As a native and 7th generation Pensacolian, sometimes the city is just a little too small. Everyone knows everyone and knows about everything, and has their own opinion about it, especially downtown. Don't get me wrong, it's one of the reasons I love it and it's so hard to leave. They always say Pensacola is a black hole. You can leave, but you'll always come back.
During the summer, the Fish House had a series of concerts called Summer Country Jam. Here is a list of the performers that made their way to Pensacola, Fla.
July 14: Chuck Wicks
July 21: Matt Mason
July 28: Rhett Akins
Aug. 4: Tyler Reeve
Aug. 11: Brett Eldredge
Aug. 18: Jared Ashley
As a country music fan, I attended every concert...rain or shine. It helped that my friend Shelley Yates helped promote these concerts, my friends at Cat Country 98.7 were sponsors and my dear friends at GoPensacola.com were also supporters. Another BIG HUGE Thank You to Shelley Yates and Julio Diaz (Pensacola News Journal and GoPensacola.com) for letting me be a part of the meet and greets. I sincerely appreciate it. Also a BIG thank you to Phil Bailey (GoPensacola.com photographer) for the wonderful photos! These photos above were all taken by Phil Bailey and GoPensacola.com. There was always a group of ladies that attended together. We love to laugh, giggle and sing along. We also loved our chance to chat up the artist and band, take pictures and have a good time, and boy did we.
Always wanting to get into the country music industry, I wanted to chat about their career, Nashville, their travels, etc. After one show particular show that we loved (Jared Ashley Band), I bounced right up to the stage and chatted up the bass player, who I found out his name was Rodeo and asked him about being in another band. After that ice breaker question, we chatted about Sugarland and the stage collapse that just happened, how they handled the situation, and how their PR team was doing. I'll talk all day long about public relations if you let me.
A couple of months later, I saw that Jared Ashley was coming back to Pensacola....I had to go. I talked a girlfriend of mine into coming with me. As the band took their first break set, I walked over to the bass player Rodeo, and he automatically remembered me. What a great feeling! I told him where we were sitting and left him to chat with fans, take photos, etc. He came over to us after that and chatted during set breaks. We were telling jokes, cutting up and having a good time and at one point he said something really funny and my friend Mallory laughed really hard. He looks at her without skipping a beat and says, "That came from a healthy place." We will NEVER forget it. At that time, you felt a friendship blossom. Now, every time one of us has that distinguishable laugh that came from deep down, it's always said...."That came from a healthy place." I love when you can get those catch phrases out of the smallest conversation and we always remember him when it's said. Here's to you Rodeo.