Steuben County Fair - Bath, NY on August 22, 1998

Although this is a couple weeks overdue, I thought I'd submit my review of Marty in Bath, NY 8/22/98 if only to answer the age old question - - Should I go to both shows?

The Steuben Co. Fair venue was disappointing as the stage was located on
the far side of the track. Marty and the Rock and Roll Cowboys seemed too far away! They were looking good even from a distance.

The early show was opened with "Hey Baby" and "Cry, Cry, Cry." "The Whiskey Ain't Workin'" was followed by some drinkin songs like "Tonight The Bottle Let Me Down" and "You Don't Have to Call Me Darlin" for the fairgoers. The band member introductions and spotlight solos were followed by "Burn Me Down," and several songs featuring Marty on the mandolin. They then performed "Tempted" and a couple songs that Marty said would be on the new album including "Hobo's Prayer." The 1 hr. concert concluded with "Hillbilly Rock" and a short encore.

The second show opened with "Anything You Ask" and "The Whiskey Ain't
Workin'," followed by "Country Girls," then with Marty on the mandolin, "Oh, What a Silent Night." Marty introduced the Cowboys (they were all from the Finger Lakes region of NY!!) and the Fair Director and his wife who were celebrating their wedding anniversary and the crowd serenaded them with "Can't Help Falling in Love With You." " Burn Me Down," "Amanda," "Tempted," "Honky Tonkin's What I Do Best" and "That's What Love's About" followed.

At one point, a woman screamed out to Marty, "Take your shirt off!" to which
he replyed "Take your dress off!" Then he proceeded to "show and tell" why he couldn't take off his shirt --since his very tight jeans had split out! LOL The almost 1-1/2 hr concert concluded with "Now That's Country" and "Hillbilly Rock." The encore was "I'm Working on The Building."

Besides for the obvious answer of seeing Marty whenever possible, only four songs were repeated at both shows and although we'd listen to the same songs over and over, Marty has enough material to make each show special and unique!!!!

Review by Lois Davis

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