This is a melancholy Throwback Thursday. The picture below popped up on Debbie’s Facebook Timeline this morning and reminded us that on this day, last year, was the last REALLY happy, fun, celebratory time we had at Coyote Joe’s.
Alan Pressley’s country bar powerhouse on Wilkinson Boulevard has been a “home-away-from-home” for us at times over the last 15 years. We’ve spent countless hours in there, with you, enjoying some of the greatest music ever made.
An annual event for us at Country 1037-for more than a decade-was Stout/Tanner Pull. On Tuesday night, January 21, 2020, we all gathered together for an acoustic night of greatness from John King, Travis Denning, Ryan Hurd, Lauren Alaina, and Kane Brown. And for the first time, our son was 18, and allowed to hang with Mom and Dad at the bar.
I know, it’s not exactly Norman Rockwell, but it’s us.
I’m not sure when we will all be able to get back together again at Coyote Joe’s. Maybe late spring? Maybe summer? Maybe fall?
And I’m not sure if our event will return or not (the business of these sort of radio events has changed due to the pandemic, and they may not be available to happen again). So in memory of our last big party we shared together, I wanted to remind you of how great Kane Brown was.
And on the subject of throwback greatness at our event, how about this. In early 2014, a new artist named Sam Hunt was offered to the station for our next event (these are worked on/booked starting almost immediately after one is finished). Our boss at the time took a chance and said, “Sure.”
Well, in the eleven months between that moment and Stout Pull 2015, Sam Hunt literally EXPLODED on the scene. By the time he took the stage, on that January night there was not a bigger star in the music business, and he was right there in front of you.
Debbie and I brought him on stage and then sat behind for this first song. In all of our years of doing this, we’ve never felt the electricity we felt at that moment, that night, when Sam Hunt sang “Take Your Time.”
Here’s to “I can’t wait until we can to do this again.”