Last night at the Collier County Fairgrounds, they hosted a country music concert called Country Jam. And I'll will be honest with you, it was awesome!
Personally, I do not care for country music, but friends, Julie, Mike, and daughter Kayla seemed to think I needed a good taste of it. So I tagged along with them and enjoyed every bit of it. Even better, Julie got us all tickets into the VIP section where we had front stage seating, our own bathrooms, and beer tent. It was great!
The first band we listened to shortly after we arrived was Parmalee. Never heard of them in my life, but they were pretty good. I have to admit, country music has changed to a more pop rock kind of tune, so really it wasn't all so bad. Honestly, whenever I think of country, I think of that that song from Deliverance. Never could get that out of my head. (Ner,ner,ner,ner,ner,ner,ner,ner,ner,......)
The crowd at the fairgrounds seemed pretty good. I would say by the time we got there at around 6, I counted about 1500 people. (Yeah, I am good at guesstimating.) Slowly, as more musicians went on, and by the last band, it had swelled to easily over 3,000 people. And boy, there were some serious redneckin' going on! Cowboy hats, boots, and a beer sounds about right. I just stuck to the latter.
Shortly after Parmalee, was American Idol contestant, Casey James. The beginning of his music reminded me of Elvis for some odd reason. Maybe it's what I wanted to hear, I don't know. He was very good, but apparently not good enough to win the American Idol. But goes to show you, his talent has certainly taken the stage and he has done very well for himself.
Last up at 9pm was some guy by the name of Justin Moore. Again, never heard of him either. Kayla, who is 13, was really there for him, as were all the other teenagers. And thinking about it, really everyone else, too. And boy, he stole the show alright. He played for over an hour and I enjoyed every bit of it. Yeah, I may have been just about the only one not dancing, standing on chairs with a beer and cigarette in my hand, or holding up a lighter trying to sing the tunes, but I admit, he was awesome!
So there you have it. Annette Kniola likes country music. And Julie, more than likely you are reading this, I thank you and your family for a great night out. We need to do that more often. And yes, I just may be tuning into that Cat Country station after all.