Back in the day, my buddy Boo – I mentioned him earlier – and I told our folks we were going to the lake.
Instead of heading north we turned south towards Dothan; Our goal? To see The Marshall Tucker Band. We were 16. MTB was one of the Capricorn Records’ acts along with The Allman Brothers, Wet Willie, Cowboy, Elvin Bishop, Percy Sledge and a host of others.
Charlie Daniels has said that the Marshall Tucker Band “came onstage and just blew it out from start to finish.” And they did not disappoint. I was mesmerized. Something in their mix of rock, R&B (the original kind), jazz and country still influence me today.
Years later, I was playing keyboards with Derek St. Holmes (lead singer for Ted Nugent) and had a chance to open for MTB in Savannah. I met Doug Gray, the lead singer for MTB, and recounted my story to him. I told him “that night changed my life.” He smiled and said, “That’s exactly what it was supposed to do.”
I’ve been fortunate enough to share the stage with major acts including Clay Walker, Doug Stone, Trace Adkins, Neal McCoy and others, but nothing has impacted me as much as that MTB show some 40 years ago.
Is there a concert or event in your past that has impacted you? Let me know what that was!! I can’t wait to hear your story.