Well, I'd bought the ticket 2 months ago, the very last on on the website, but then I forgot about it until I got a reminder email on Friday & dang was I happy!! 😄😄 I got to go to the Cactus Theater to see Diamond Rio last night. Woohoo!!
DR, as they are known to their friends, is a country band that has been recording & touring for more than 30 years & they have great voices & a slew of hits & I'm a huge fan. I would not have gone to a big place to see them but the Cactus is 426 seats & feels very cozy. It's been remodeled, has great sound, a concession stand & is very easy to get to & park around. Always clean & a nice respectful. Mostly they do tribute shows & oldies nights, which suits geezers like me. Occasionally, I've seen famous people too. I got to see B J Thomas there last time he was in Lubbock & since he's my favorite singer ever, I was thrilled. And sometimes there is Diamond Rio!!
A Lubbock musician named Jeff McCreight & his band of 2 guitar players & 2 background singers opened the show. He's a good singer & I've always enjoyed his music. He was saying he'd just recorded his 1st CD in Nashville & I might have bought one because again, I like his music & I like to support local but I have absolutely no way of playing CDs anymore. Think he's possibly a decade too late. He played one song that I liked in particular that said something like "If you aren't seeing love, you're not looking hard enough". Love the lyrics & the message. His guitar players were phenomenal & I know he introduced them but I don't know names. Don't remember the guy but I'd seen the girl in the hat at the Lubbock Songwriters Showcase last year. Both left me speechless. I had a corner seat & my pics are not great but here is Jeff & his crew:
Then it was showtime!! And what a show it was!!
They sang a whole bunch of their hits & sounded wonderful. They had a real ass band behind them, full of energy & fun. Both primary singers played guitar, they had a girl who played manodlin & fiddle & sang back up, plus a guy who played bass guitar & banjo, a drummer & a keyboard player. The music was amazing. They didn't act asshole-y playing for a small crowd instead of a bunch in an arena. (Hello, Toby Keith). They actually seemed to be enjoying the smaller crowd & interacted with the audience throughout the show. And it added to the fun. Everyone I saw left happy. Good job, Cactus Theater!! Great job, Diamond Rio.
Diamond Rio trivia: There have been some rollover over the years. One of their former lead singers is Ty Herdon
I've been humming Diamond Rio all day!!
|Diamond Rio 4-16-2023|