For my birthday this week, Hubster bought tickets to see Brooks and Dunn in their farewell tour, The Last Rodeo. We ended up taking the long route to the concert, towing our camp trailer half way, setting it up in an RV park, where my mother met us, and she stayed with the kids for us while we went to the concert, knowing that after the concert we were going to stay the night, then head further from home, into the mountains for camping for a week.

So we get to the concert, early, so we can get to our seats with plenty of time, we had front section seats, the best I have ever had for a stadium concert. We sat for a little while, playing stupid games on our phones, and in general being patient. Just before the scheduled start of the show, at 7:30, the opening act came out, a kid (literally) named Trent Dickerson. He claimed he was 16, and looked it if you could see under the cowboy hat he kept pulled low over his face. He sang 4 songs, and surprisingly enough, they were all age appropriate. One called “I Dont’ Have Time for a Girlfriend” and another titled “Sell me a Fake ID” After Trent came Jason Aldean, he performed for an hour, we really enjoyed his performance. He engaged the audience, and played to the crowd.

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He played for a good hour, playing a lot of his big songs, and for fun, he played an old rap/country song, originally done by Cowboy Troy. I spent a great deal of the show trying to figure out who  his lead guitarist reminds me of, I didn’t get a great picture, but here he is.

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Of course, after Jason Aldean, they had to do a set change, which gave us time to use the restrooms and get more drinks.

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When Brooks and Dunn came out on stage there was huge cheering, they started out very upbeat, playing a lot of their more recent fast songs, with projection screens in the back of the stage showing things related to the songs. Very much a modern Country concert. Ronnie Dunn sang probably 90%of the songs they did on stage, and it soon became apparent why they are retiring, something has happened to Kix Brooks’ singing voice. He seemed very upbeat and lively, having lots of fun while he was playing, guitar or harmonica, but when he sang it was subdued, almost as if in pain, and his voice sounded very off.

About 1/3 of the way through their show, Kix sat on a stool out on that peninsula of stage that is so popular, and they played stump the singer, played some very old songs, some things off their first album. When Kix started telling the story behind ‘Lost and Found” I knew what the song was right away, but those around me, who haven’t been listening to country music as long, or are a bit younger than me, had no clue what he was talking about and didn’t recognize the song when he started singing it.

After a bit they picked up the pace a bit, and started doing some more fast paced songs again, Kix took the camera from one of the camera men, and started panning the crowd with it.

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One of the last few songs that they did before the encore was Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue, and they brought out a trio of Marines onto stage for the song, and set of a bunch of red white and blue streamers into the crowd and over the marines, it was very touching.

In this last group of songs, Ronnie explained that he has always been a cowboy, since he grew up on the ranch his father was foreman of. But on of his biggest regrets is that he can’t wear a cowboy hat, and never has been able to, he said he looks like a peanut head when he tries… So he did something… and when he sent a picture of it to his wife, she sent an email back stating she wants a seperation. Her next email back said she was so angry she was shaking and he should “go to hell and stay there.”  Then he showed us what he did… and he rolled up his sleeves, which had been around his wrists the whole night, and he would off and on mess with the cuffs, which had caught my attention but I couldn’t figure out what was up…

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check out the right forearm…. he said it was real.. and I watched it, there was no sign of it running, or rubbing off like even a permanent marker would from that kind of exertion or sweating. I can understand her anger, I was that angry when Hubster buzzed his head about 8 years ago. I cried, it was that bad…

Despite the requests, they held off performing Boot Scootin’ Boogie until the Encore, which only made it more popular, it was their last song on stage, and while Ronnie sang, Kix pulled up this little girl out of the crowd and danced her around on stage, I am sure that is a memory she will have forever.

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All in all it was a great show, and I really enjoyed it, it is too bad they are retiring, but I can understand it.

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