What an incredible weekend! I’m lucky to live in San Diego, a city musicians seem to love visiting, and these weekend I had the great pleasure of watching Eric Church and the Randy Rogers Band play live.
For those of you unfamiliar with these artists, they both fall under the “Country” umbrella; they sound nothing alike, however. Church’s music is heavily influenced by rock and roll (the title of one of his biggest hits is “Springsteen”), whereas the RRB is red dirt-style country, with the fiddle and the steel guitar making their presence felt in almost every song.
Church played the Valley View Casino Arena in Point Loma, while the RRB played the Belly Up in Solana Beach. And while the thrill of watching Church play was satisfying enough, it was a completely different experience being pressed up against the stage while the lead guitarist played inches away from my face.
If you’re ever able to take in a show at the Belly Up, I highly recommend it, despite the headlines it’s made recently.
Below are two of my favorite songs. The first, “Lightning”, is a song Church wrote about a man condemned to death. It’s melancholy, haunting, and beautiful. The second, “Buy Myself A Chance”, exemplifies red dirt music to me. That fiddle! This song – and all songs by the RRB, honestly – just makes me want to dance. Enjoy the music.