Davis Event Center, Fulton, MS on March 9, 2007
It was different, actually, in that it was basically an all weekend bluegrass festival, and Marty and the guys were the only "not totally bluegrass" act, although they did some bluegrass stuff at the end. Fulton was a small place not too far from Tupelo, where I went to kill some time Saturday since I stayed for both days so I could see Rhonda Vincent on Saturday night.
My seat was on the far end of the front row so I had a good view unobscured by tall heads (I'm short, so that's a pet peeve of mine). The sound was pretty good, too, and it was a very good show. I do remember several Johnny Cash songs, and after I left the show I realized that it's the first time in a long time, I think, that I've been to see him and he didn't sing "Burn me Down". They closed with mostly bluegrass stuff, including Brian's version of "Stayin' Alive" (Bee Gees, originally) that was a hoot. I'd heard about it but never actually seen/heard it done by them.
"Badlands" was on the original list but he replaced it with "The Wall" and I think another song that I couldn't remember once I got out the list and started looking it over immediately after arriving home.
There were not a whole lot of people there--the place was probably less than half full, but it was a big new "event center" or some such thing that apparently a man named Mr. Davis who owns the Ford place there donated a lot of money to have built since it was named for him and his brother, I think. Everyone talked about what a nice place it was compared to where they used to have the festival (apparently it's an annual event and was formerly held in cramped quarters).
I'm an old fuddy duddy and opted to go back to the hotel room and hit the bed rather than stand in the autograph line as I've done that bunches of times and have a huge array of photos and autographs and had forgot to bring in something that wasn't yet signed and they were not selling any new t-shirts or anything that I wanted. As I told several people, Marty and Harry (my favorite--love that tenor--but that's not a put down by any means of Brian and Kenny--all quite talented guys. But if I have to pick a favorite, Harry's it) had already seen me and nodded in my direction from the stage and they knew I was there and having fun, so I didn't see that I'd accomplish much by standing in the line. . .the bed just sounded appealing. I'm an early to bed early to rise kind of person.
By Bess Wilson
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