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July 22, 2010 - Michael Palmer
The weather this year was typical Jambo heat and humidity with just a breif rain shower on Friday spoiling the otherwise sunny four day stretch of weather.
The media tent is becoming a bit like an annual reunion for me now. The photographers from other areas that attend along with local persons who have photo passes have all become friends.
I now know some of the staff and several of the fans recognize me, so it is a lot more fun to get back and say hello to the hard working people at the event and the fans.
The fans are a treat, most just are mello beer drinking music fans, however, there are always the crazies. There were women who have little shame and nothing to hide and men who fit right into the same category. There were reports of a man wearing just a bandana strategically tied around himself.
The usual underage drinking problems keep the undercover officers quite busy and there are always a few rowdie fans who get gooned up and out of control.
I ask the question: So you want to be a country music star?
I had the opportunity to go back stage at Jamboree in the Hills and see a typical day in the life of a country music star on tour.
Some were picked up by limousine and played a round of golf or just chilled in a local hotel or resort, ther just sat quietly on thir bus and waited for the call to action.
First up are the local media questions from newspapers and WTOV9 if the artists agree to such interviews. Then a call to action and they walk across the lot onto the sstage for their perfromance.
Then into the tent for a line of fans who have paid for or won the opportunity for a meet and greet. Some quick photos and a word or two of conversation with the fans and then back into the safety of the lot.
The stars have an entourage of people along and of course their musicians and background singers. We know a lot about them and are looking forward to meeting them, they really have to just become a stream of nameless faces after 200 shows a year.
Even in a cozy custom motor coach, the travel has to be monotonous and be it ever so humble.... ther's just no place like home. I toured for a while in college with a small jazz ensemble and despite getting to play some of the finest country clubs, yacht clubs and gazillion dollar a plate fundraisers, it was fatiguing to be constantly on the road.
I had the opportunity to meet a few of the stars this year and found them to be very down to Earth and cordial. In reality, there is little reason to talk with the local press after the promotional material and advertising have been printed. In that regard, it was quite nice of them to agree to an interview.
I will follow up with e mails of thanks and wait for next year when maybe they will return for the 2011 event.
Overall I had a great time.
I took loads of crowd photos to use for next year's Jambo newspaper covers and they are all on the CU web pages.
Now we turn our attention to football. The OVAC All Star Game is Sunday!
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