ROOTS AND BOOTS CONCERT IN WOODSTOCK, VA
I had the opportunity to see them at the Shenandoah County Fair in Woodstock, VA on Thursday, September 1st. I was curious to see the nature of the crowd. As expected there were several old timers in attendance but there was a surprising number of young people there as well. In fact a pre-teen sat behind me and sang along to practically every song. It just goes to show you that traditional country music is timeless.
There was a lot of lighthearted banter on stage. Sammy Kershaw was the main perpetrator but Aaron Tippin and Joe Diffie had their fair share. Between all the jokes and chatter they each took turns singing some of their greatest hits.
After Sammy Kershaw sang his number one hit “She Don’t Know She’s Beautiful” he laughed about never making it to number one on two other songs because Tracy Lawrence kept edging him out. I don’t think the crowd cared – they seemed to enjoy singing along to “Cadillac Style,” “Queen of My Double Wide Trailer,” and “Third Rate Romance.”
As for Joe Diffie, he struck me as a humble and talented musician who thoroughly loves playing music. With a twinkle in his eye he sang “Prop Me Up Beside the Jukebox,” Pickup Man,” “Third Rock From the Sun,” “John Deer Green,” and “Home,” to name a few.
Aaron Tipping received a standing ovation for “Where the Stars and Stripes and The Eagles Fly” as he honored the military. The crowd also enjoyed “You’ve Got To Stand For Something,” “Kiss This,” “There Ain’t Nothin’ Wrong with the Radio,” “Workin Man’s Ph.D.” and “My Blue Angel.”
I wish them the best as they travel the country as ambassadors of traditional country music, courageously sharing the stage and the limelight with fellow artists. We, the fans, are the true benefactors.