My favorite event of the year, here in Sacramento, is Golf and Guitars so of course I went to both nights of shows and the golf for charity part Tuesday morning as well. When you go and watch the artists play golf most of them are happy to take pictures and give autographs and sometimes even hang out with fans. It is a side of them you may not get to see if they were just playing a show. You can tell the artists are more comfortable and real in a setting like this with only a handful of fans around then when there are over 1000 people at a show. I got to meet and get pictures with the majority of the artists that day but a few really stuck out.
Stephen from Love and Theft was the first one I ran into. He was just about to give the radio station and interview and still agreed to take a picture with all three of us separately. Right after that we ran into Colton of The Swon Brothers. I came up to him with my baby girl, Ky, and he picked her up for the picture.
Of course he asked first but it was so sweet to have him be so comfortable about it. She doesn’t really let many people hold her but she didn’t cry or throw a fit about it. Her face shows that she was not really feeling it but I think she knew to just go with it as long as I was right there.
Ira Dean was next and he made a joke asking if she was his kid while we were walking up to him. He was probably the funniest artist we had seen that day. The last one we got to see before Ky had to go home for her nap was Eric Paslay.
He was super sweet but still seemed a bit new to meeting fans. He kind of seemed like he didn’t know why we would want a picture with him. It was cute.
Later I ran into Logan Brill who I actually got to talk to for a bit and she agreed to do an interview with me the next week. That girl has so much talent and charisma. It was a breath of fresh air to talk to her. You’ll see how sweet she is when we do our Skype interview next time or you get to meet her yourself. Other artists we got to see that day included Frankie Ballard, Chuck Wicks, Jon Stone of American Young, Johnny Bullford, Erin Enderlin, Craig Campbell, Jason Eady and Kelby Ray of The Cadillac Three. Seriously some of the nicest country artists I have ever met. There was one artist who I avoided after meeting him a couple years ago at G&G but I won’t name names. He was just very unfriendly and rude.
Logan Brill, Brett Eldredge and Thomas Rhett tied in the tournament so they all got money for each of their charities!
After the Golf Tournament the show started. The hosts Love and Theft and Chuck Wicks were hilarious. They kept the show moving while in between performers. Not a lot of people knew who The Cadillac Three or The Swon Brothers were but by the end of their sets they had everyone dancing and singing along. Everyone put on a great show and I can’t wait for next year! During the show some artists walked around and met fans so throughout the whole day you can really meet many country artists and get a feel of how normal they really are. The show was about 5 hours long but I believe everyone would have stayed a lot longer if there were more performers. Golf and Guitars really has a Country Music Festival feel to it and that is why I love it so much.
If you get a chance to go next year, don’t think twice! Buy your tickets when they go on sale so you don’t miss out on all the fun. It will sell out pretty quickly.