Monday, April 17, 2023

Diamond Rio

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

Thursday, April 13, 2023

Reta's Broccoli Salad

Reta's Broccoli Salad

4-6 Cups Broccoli Florets (Fresh)
1 Cup Miracle Whip
1/4 Cup sugar
1/4 Cup Onion
1 TBS White Vinegar
5 Slices of bacon, fried and made into bits
2 oz sunflower seeds
4-8 oz cheddar cheese, finely shredded

Prepare salad dressing by mixing Miracle Whip, sugar, onion & vinegar.  Mix well with broccoli and refrigerate overnight.  Add bacon bits 2-4 hours before serving.  Then right before serving, add cheese and sunflower seeds and mix thoroughly.   

This is my favorite salad ever and it's really easy.  Cutting the broccoli takes the most time.

My dear friend Reta used to bring this to work functions by the big Thanksgiving roaster-full.   It always goes fast!!