Mary Travers

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Fan Fair is it fair or not?

Just by the title of this article, I feel like Andy Rooney of 60 minutes. I grew up watching him with my grandma, even though he looks exactly like he did when I was third So last night when I turned on the TV and he was there, I thought I would watch him bring me closer to my grandmother. Low and behold there, he began talking about the packaging and marketing of products and companies, as well as software firms have more hype then product. And when Fan Fair, I wouldagree with him.

This was my first Fan Fair, maybe I should give it a few years but I also got the pulse of the situation by other participants Fan Fair, the tried and true fans of dedicated fan fair. So let me start at the beginning. As a newcomer Fan Fair participants, I have all the wrong things. I have no reservations, and I do not have the tickets ahead of time. When I arrived at the airport, there was a woman waiting for me with a sign that had my name on it. (One of theAdvantages, I guess part of Fan Fair, but believe me, one of the very few! And I'm laughing at that!) I arrived my dear friend's house and started unpacking. The next day was a busy one with the baseball game and some interviews.

The next day arrived, Nashville by a heavy thunderstorm and lightning storm and was taken to rent a car when you call, there was no available. My first lesson at Fan Fair, to reserve a car! So I would put hitching rides with friends or the appeal to beTaxis are very expensive! The problem was that we can not get to the baseball game. All the taxis were always there and had to be called multiple times, and still show them. The only person who was nice enough to us you are not wanted in this direction because of the storm head. Okay, then I would set the Indie, which had already begun to head.

When I arrived, the Indie Fest, I met with some friends from my last European tour and saw Jack and Ernie GreenAshworth, Grand Ole Opry stars and real stars are. You should really go check them out at the Grand Ole Opry on whenever they are! I already knew of Ernie Touring last year. The Indies "played her heart out, Sean O'Brien, one of the best I've seen in a long time. What a show for singers, and someone else, which you must check out if he is playing in your town! You will not be disappointed be! And women, he is a doll! But you keep your mouth to scream when he sings only because hemarried to a beautiful and sweet woman. The Indies "were some musicians supported by Nashville's finest, Bess Travers, the bass played was great!" The Nashville Players "were there and unbelievable. Then I was someone on indie firm that was working there, said that the should Grand Ole Opry Stars, who play at the Indie Fest, all 22 of them said they were not there, were playing. I will not go to the bottom of why, but if impossible to find the set, they were disappointed !Stella Parton graced the indie festival of the stage as well as Bobby G. Rice.

After the show, a group of us headed to the famous restaurant, Houston's. While the prices were expensive, it was worth every single bite! The food was fabulous, and I would recommend all visitors to Nashville to try to make it! While we waited, I ran into Jamie O'Neil and Neil McCoy (a real cowboy at heart). Neil was very relaxed and friendly. I thought wow, this is the beginning of what I expected at the fanFair, the fans, the stars and the Fan Fair had not really started yet!

After Houston, we headed down Broadway, and for those of you not familiar with Nashville, where you can find everything. The Ryman is less than ½ block from Broadway, is world famous Tootsies on Broadway and of course, is a must see, and then there is next to Tootsies Legends just to name a few. All the bars had no entrance fee and some of the best music I've heard in a long time. We dancedthe night and arrived home at 04.00 clock. The next day I met Riverfest, a cheap ticket that had the whole day from $ 10.00. The first two hours were acts signed to major indie labels, and let me tell you, some of the deeds could not sing on key. It was not just my musicians' ears tweaked, it was, I looked around and the audience was cringing too! But then acts like T Graham Brown, Joe Stampley and The Great Divide was seasoned and the crowd, which again hope audiences. They were crowdpleasers and crowd stopper and everyone loved her.

In between, a DJ from the radio station in Nashville asked the audience how they wanted the new venue. The crowd roared with a huge "boooo, we hate it!" The DJ seemed really overwhelmed and surprised by the reaction. I decided then one of the people sitting next to me why he and his wife did not like the new hall had to ask. They said they had bought tickets for the Adelphia board, where all classes and Fan FairConcerts took place, and they were sitting so far away at the concerts that the stars looked like ants. I decided to do some research. I went to the set the same question: "Do you like the new format of Fan Fair. Why or why not?" It was always the same answer. Too many people. Too much corporate, not enough stars and the few stars who actually showed himself for something other then the concerts were only there for a short time. Extremely difficult to find parking, and alsomuch traffic.

My friend took the Fan Fair booklet and only 26 booths counted actual signature for stars of the 100 some odd stalls in the Adelphia building. WOW! Wait a minute. I thought this was Fan Fair, and the latest gizmo gadget not fair. After the recent Fan Fair participant, Fan Fair used to be held on the fairgrounds. There were a lot of stars and star classes, concerts, and everything was in one place. No hopping, trying to find parking and try to do itsomething that already happened prior to your arrival. Another huge complaint was that the place to go during the week and was more used, and now it was held during the busiest time at the weekend and it was shorter. I did not hear one positive remark from the fans about the new format.

But we come back to my experience at Fan Fair, the Riverfest stage. Sherrie Austin came out, and the men went wild. She sang a storm and sounded as good live as she does on her CD. Afterthey finished, a few of us decided to go to eat a bite before we saw the next round of people on stage. We went to Broadway and was looking for. I went to a cute little store called Cotton Eyed Joe's, a bag to carry some things that I had received in his hand. Nice little business, cost type, with a lot of tourism products for those of you who search for the type of thing. When we took to the streets, I was one of the girls said she wanted some French fries and that she wanted to goHooters to get in them. I said, 'Are you crazy? I've never been to a Hooters in my life and I do not want to start now. "Live for those of you that I have seen, it is not argued a threat to me, it is that I feel it is demeaning to women. Of course, none of the men in our group … LOL! How would . Snicker. So, we went to Hooters, and my friends urged me to say I was there to get a job. NOT! Okay, so I was wrong, it was not at all what I had expected. Instead,the bikini-women I had seen in advertising, contributed to T-shirts that offend me not to have while I ate.

Our plans were crushed, while we eat, our kitchen was to Hooters (just the name is offensive to me, sorry guys!), As the rain starts pouring and a lighting storm of enormous proportions from hitting the fair city of Nashville. It rained all day, so our plans will head back to Riverfest up to some of the most popular artists for this week were disappointed. ByIn the evening the rain had stopped and we drove to the Nashville Palace with some friends. The kitchen has much to be desired. None of us liked our food and our drinks, but the entertainment was great. Vern Gosdin showed much improved after his stroke a few years ago and sang a few songs, much to the delight of the entire audience. What a legend! The house band was awesome and I began to realize just how common feeling among such great talent that is everywhere, on everyCorner!

What was surprising for me was that the cover bands were mostly for Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, Willie Nelson and songs by some of the legends and the crowd would roar for more. They would hear, "We want to tune more Merle ',' Play another Dolly ',' I want a different tune Waylon". These requests and continued throughout the night. She heard a rare Shania Twain or Faith Hill song, and never a song Jessica Andrews. What Ifound so interesting was whether the people in the crowd were 25, 72, 43 or 14 (and there were many in the teenage group), they all knew every word to the old standards and wanted to hear more. I even heard several youth, when one shouted played the newer songs: "We do not want to hear, we want to Merle!" So the trend record companies have to let the "old can go" is not what the audience wants, who knows? perhaps because country music is dying, andRecord companies are out of business. Could it be they can not hear what the people want, and see only the demographic development, which they consider the most important people buy? Is there a place for the "old" with the "new"?

Could it be that this industry and others, the following are tailored thrown away have a tradition, because everyone is older than the age of 40 years? This is sad. It seems to have taken over the charge, which allows us to think, feel and see. Somehow, in theAmericanized part of the world, people over 25 years ago has become outdated and too old and forget it if you are 40 or older. I know nothing about the rest of you know, but I love my grandma then nothing. I think of her then no one high I have ever known. And though she is a virtual library of information. She is beautiful and interesting and fun. Nobody will tell me that because she is older, it is not the value!

Recently, when I was theWebsite of a popular radio station, I a statement and a list that was read as follows: "Artists who we play," "artists, who we respect, but not play." All older established artists and the legends were respected on the "list" and all "corners" have been on the "we play list '. I called and asked for the program director and asked why a certain artist, I thought was "newer" because they had a number one hit in the last year, was on the 'respected, but not play "list. I already haveSuspicion on why the others gave up, although I may not agree. I was told that while they respected the older artists, the artists I was referring to was too old because she had just turned 40, and they did not play a female past 40 years at their station. What surprised me was that he have the courage, I had to say so. Are there any age-and gender-discrimination laws? He said, listen to their demographic group like only younger artists. How I wished he had been in Nashville thatNight!

What is an eye opener, the explanation was for me! My answer to him was, "Okay, so you are telling me that Cher, Ella Fitzgerald, Kenny Rogers and have lost their voice and sing no more, and we should now stretched to the pastor?" Right! " I hung up on him. Cher and Kenny Rogers had to know both big hits in recent years, and we all know that they have 40! Okay, enough of my ranting. Back to Fan Fair and the original number. In the majority of the bars, the old standardswere the most popular, especially Merle Haggard, and that was what people wanted to hear.

The next day we rehearsed for singing at the Blue Bird Cafe, a huge thrill for me was. I had never been to the Blue Bird. We rehearsed, hung by the pool, and then went to the Blue Bird. There were some great talent there. So many wonderful singers I can not name them all! For those of you who have never been to Nashville are you sure, the Blue Bird Cafe were taken. It isvery small, we will sooner or it will not be a place for you. If you do not make it there or to Nashville, they broadcast live on the internet so you hear the talent there. We have the concert with Joanne and the people came to tell us us that she loved him, and we were a breath of fresh air. That was beautiful. We drove back to downtown and back to Broadway to see what is happening there.

Daryle Singletary was shown in Tootsies and sang his hits from a few years ago. He wasunbelievable. What a velvety voice. What I would like to know is why he was released from his contract, and why he is not signed yet again? The audience went wild for him, the women cooed (me too … whoooo baby … what love for a Hottie!), And the men it too! Someone should grab him, or he needs to start his own label. This was the last night of Fan Fair, and my last night in Nashville, so we had to make the best of it. We meet almost every bar on the strip, learning new dances,Hearing the talent to see old friends and feel the breath in the last of the home country, or at least the best can get in a big city. My last stop was at the Grand Ole Opry Hotel, a real tourist what to do and it was around midnight, but which last for a great station. It is the largest hotel in the world with approximately 2,000 rooms and a beautiful tropical surroundings right in the middle of their huge atrium DAB. What beautiful a sight, and how. It was a great light show, which happenedwith water shortly after our arrival, and we spent three hours just walking and saw the beautiful architecture. There was a lot more to the trip, but unfortunately there is not enough space just

My general opinion of the Fan Fair is that I do not go back. There were not enough stars for the general fans and it was not at all what it had been built up to be. I would always go Nashville and over and over again. I love this city! It is a great place, a great environment with lots of funThings to do, and a wealth of talent that is incredible! If I were becoming a little about Andy Rooney Fan Fair, I would say it was so much air in this huge package, and if you put a hole in the package and let all the air, there was hardly a product. The most fun I've had in Nashville, I could have had if Fan Fair was there or not. Although I have been a part of the previous Fan Fairs never my vote cast for the old site to the stars is to bring them home!

CopyrightJaci Rae 2005


April 27, 2010 - Posted by | Mary Travers Articles

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