I know I’m not the only one who misses live country concerts.
I never thought when I became addicted to going to live concerts, I’d have to go so long without attending any. Yes, I did have the opportunity to go to the Listening Room in Nashville with my beautiful girlfriend on September 4. That night we had the chance to hear the songwriting styles of Matt Thomas (lead singer of Parmalee), Justin Wilson (“We Went”, “Drunk Me”), and Dylan Schneider (“Momma’s House”, “How Does It Sound”).
When 2020 started I imagined going to as many concerts as possible while working around my already busy work schedule. It was off to a great start in the first few months. I had the chance to catch Chris Janson on January 25 at the Carson Center in Paducah, Kentucky, after receiving a pair of tickets shortly after posting on social media about how badly I wanted to go. I also had the chance to see Dan + Shay on March 6 (right before the COVID-19 pandemic started in America) at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee.
In saying all of that, I do miss being around people and sharing an experience. It’s amazing the vibe and emotion you can feel in a room with other country music fans. It’s a feeling you will never forget, no matter how long you go without attending a show.
Venues are slowly starting to reopen and allow people back in after closing to the public for nearly six months because of COVID restrictions. One of the venues opening to allow at least a small percentage of their regular show is the Grand Ole Opry. The stage that “made country music famous,” is celebrating 95-years in October and is inviting some of the biggest names in the genre to help celebrate.
As we slowly start to reopen more things back up venues WILL reopen and begin to allow a reduced version of their crowd to enjoy something that tends to heal during this broken time. Country music is a genre that does what it intends to do by healing those who write the music and those who listen to it. I am so proud to be a part of this community. One that has a love for its fans, and also the artists have a love and respect for each other.