Well the title must have caught your attention huh? You were wondering if it were actually true? Ok, before you get all worked up and start planning on how this can happen to you, I will explain. But I sure love to think this could be true.
The big dream begins; Trace had a show scheduled on June 28th at the Rabobank Theatre & Convention Center in Bakersfield, CA. I thought, "Wow, the jackpot, he must know it's my birthday on the 27th so that's why he is coming to town, (Ok, I told ya it was a big dream) I really did toss around whether to go or not since it was on a Thursday night and the venue is not real close, "school nights" are tough so not an easy decision to make. But then the dream got bigger; I was awarded a chance to meet up with Trace before the show, got selected through his Fan Club. So the decision was now set & was to become a reality. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME.
Getting there, meeting up with my concert partner in crime Sandy, having dinner, arriving at the venue to await the Birthday Hug was just a build up to what I knew would be a totally wonderful evening,
When the "tall drink of water" strode out onto that stage it was on !!!! I have always enjoyed every Trace show, but my favorites are when he is in smaller venues such as the Rabobank Theatre and is just being himself and sort of running his own show. He is witty, a dry wit but I love it, but most of all he gives you his relentless talent. Much to our surprise he started out the evening with songs from his last CD, "Proud To Be Here", songs you never heard on the radio but some you surely thought should have been. Beginning with "Days Like This" and continuing with most of the rest of the album with, "Proud To Be Here", "That's What You Get", just to name a few. Trace also included a special song to honor the Marine's called, "Semper Fi." I was so happy to see these songs take on a life.
Trace made the comment that they had learned from doing this "Songs & Stories" Tour in theatres that it's proper to take an intermission, so he did just that. He came back out swinging with some of his number one favorites; "Hot Mama", "Ladies Love Country Boys", "Chrome" & of course ending with the beloved "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk". You know there is still one more song coming & Trace rounded out the evening with a great saying, "We get paid to ride on that bus from show to show, what we do here on this stage for you all is what we love to do." Hence the song "Ride" off the "Dangerous Man" album, a great song that depicts the life on the road.
On this tour Trace has been meeting up with local hometown heroes in every place he has gone. He had no problem finding three of them in Bakersfield. Click on the coverage GAC gave this and it gives a much better insight than what I could give you. http://blog.gactv.com/blog/2012/07/02/trace-adkins-visits-hometown-heroes-in-bakersfield/
As you can tell my dream was big, full of fun and great memories. To me it was a Birthday gift no matter how you wrapped it. And I will always hold in my silly mind that he came in town cause he knew it was my day. We all can live large huh?
(All Photos by Mary Kay)
P.S. A very special thanks to my gal Rhonda; You rock !!!