Wednesday, Sept. 7, 7:30 P.M. at Morgantown, WV my mother and I drove and rode in a car two and a half hours to see a childhood dream she and I never thought would happen come to light as Vince Gill made a concert appearance. The ride up was scenic and beautiful but the anticipation leading up to the concert as the hands spun on my wrist watch was breathtaking. Within several minutes as the Lyell B. Clay concert hall doors open the seats filled to capacity then shortly after the announcer came on with his opening remarks. Vince Gill came on stage; grab his signature stage prop and opened with the fast number “Turn Me Loose”.
The night was filled with fast and slow songs most notably all his hits I grew up listening to throughout the nineties incl. I Still Believe in You, When I Call Your Name, Look at Us, One More Last Chance, and more plus sang a couple new ones like “Threaten Me with Heaven”. My only regret is he didn’t sing my first favorite “Liza Jane” but beyond my expectations he sang for almost 3 hours. During the interludes I call them he told stories and stirred quite the laughs from the audience and some awes, too. My 44 yr. old mother enjoyed every song and was laughing at most of the stories and if you we’re there and came prepared like my mother, she brought tissues for the “Go Rest High on That Mountain” performance.
Before the concert I did buy a t-shirt and the only photo of him he would allow for purchase I was told. During the concert I attempted to takes some photos but from my distance the photos turned out blurred. I did not apply for the meet and greet this time for I yet to sign up for Vince’s fan club for the 20 yrs. I have been a fan. So no chance for a personal photo backstage but I did wait around two hours near the bus to catch him and just as the bus pulled out and was ready to leave one of the crew came out, ask me what I wanted signed and I handed the guy the purchased photograph, 5 cassette sleeves, and a thick cd booklet. Apparently, he mentioned that only 20 people bought this album, I was one of the few collectors which, in return made me feel special. I also had 20 cd booklets and I knew by the time he signed all of them he would have had carpal tunnel…so I gave his fingers a break.
Overall, the concert was well worth its reasonable price. One half of my childhood dream came true. Now, I just got to meet and greet him and I can say I’ll die happy knowing I’ve got to see Vince live and in person. I recommend a Vince Gill concert for the coyest of country music listeners. You won’t find any high-fructose processed entertainment at one just pure organic country soul.