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Beldo
(@beldo)
 

I find it hard to believe Sturgill is bigger than Jason overall. Might just be a regional thing.

"I thought, ‘That looks like a nice tree, I’m going to climb that f*cking tree.’ Climbed it and sat there with my hood up for about 10 minutes." - Liam Gallagher

 
Posted : 12/01/2015 6:14 pm
Blaze
(@blaze)
 

I find it hard to believe Sturgill is bigger than Jason overall. Might just be a regional thing.

I'm not sure. It was just in my direct vicinity. Quite a few seats opened up near and around me after the Sturge played. Might have to get Paulhead and Toddy to confirm their experiences, although they were in the VIP seats and those folks likely stuck around through both shows.

This is a casino right on the Texas border, so I'm sure a lot of people were coming up from down south. Some people even drove all the way from Arkansas. Place was pretty close to packed. It wasn't really hipster type people either. Kinda folks you would see at a red dirt show or something.

“What is it about a beautiful sunny afternoon, with the birds singing and the wind rustling through the leaves, that makes you want to get drunk?”

 
Posted : 12/01/2015 10:36 pm
Macho
(@macho)
 

My guess is that 3,4,5 months ago--Isbell was probably a little bigger, but teh Sturge has been gaining steam like nobody's bidness. Today, I think it's a slightly different story.

"Come on me bros" -Blaze

 
Posted : 12/01/2015 10:48 pm
toddygirl
(@toddygirl)
 

Some people even drove all the way from Arkansas.

Indeed!

Maybe I'm just spoiled by the fact that 90% of shows I see are in intimate venues, but this show was odd for several reasons:

1. Ticketed seats. The place was huge and it was packed -- lots of red dirt, some bros, some sorority girls (yeah, I actually ran into one of mine), some cowboys...but mostly middle-aged folks. So many (white) people of all kinds were singing along, too. I have no idea how many people this place held -- maybe 2500? Even in the so-called "VIP" area, we were pretty far from the stage.

2. Everyone sat. It was very difficult to sit through the show -- especially Sturgill. I needed to boogie and that just wasn't possible. I will say some folks at the very front stood during Sturgill, but everyone sat for Isbell (which was fine because it was a mellow set). And, like Blaze said, some folks cleared out after Sturgill.

3. No hipsters. I saw none.

4. They kept running out of beer.

5. The bathrooms were 9000 yards away.

6. The sound was pretty bad.

Now, having said all those things, I'm still quitting my job and following the Sturge. Who's with me??

Booty for life!

 
Posted : 13/01/2015 4:25 am
track11
(@track11)
 

http://blogs.dallasobserver.com/dc9/2015/01/jason_isbell_sturgill_simpson_winstar_world_casino_review.php

Now, having said all those things, I'm still quitting my job and following the Sturge. Who's with me??

Just turned in my two weeks. Can I crash with you and Curthead until the next show?
My oldest kid is pretty well behaved. Might need a little help with the other two.
Thanks!

 
Posted : 13/01/2015 10:02 am
Macho
(@macho)
 

I'll drive the bus.

"Come on me bros" -Blaze

 
Posted : 13/01/2015 10:27 am
HighPlainsDrifter
(@highplainsdrifter)
 

Good buddie of mine is working in Oklahoma this month and was at the same show as you guys. Thackerville, right? His review, via text, was that Isbell with a band can do a mean-ass version of 'Can't You Hear Me Knocking', and that they were both good sets, but he was bummed that the crowd couldn't get their shit together enough to get an encore out of either guy. Don't suppose you'd expect one from the opener, but at their level and quality, maybe. Still pretty cool to get to see live music like that in its red dirt cradle, casino or no. Especially as, my friend said, heaven knows there's very little else redeeming in that neck of the prairie. 🙂

-Sam

 
Posted : 13/01/2015 11:03 am
toddygirl
(@toddygirl)
 

Sure, Track. Can we put your oldest in charge of logistics? I've always wanted a staff.

Here is a review someone posted to my Facebook wall -- it is 100% accurate: http://blogs.dallasobserver.com/dc9/2015/01/jason_isbell_sturgill_simpson_winstar_world_casino_review.php

Booty for life!

 
Posted : 13/01/2015 11:36 am
melt
 melt
(@melt)
 

2. Everyone sat. It was very difficult to sit through the show -- especially Sturgill. I needed to boogie and that just wasn't possible. I will say some folks at the very front stood during Sturgill, but everyone sat for Isbell (which was fine because it was a mellow set). And, like Blaze said, some folks cleared out after Sturgill.

Yeah, but when you get a chance to sit in a hotel conference room-quality stackable chair, you gotta take full advantage of that shit.

 
Posted : 13/01/2015 12:23 pm
Macho
(@macho)
 

Here's a review I saw on an alt country message board- http://blogs.dallasobserver.com/dc9/2015/01/jason_isbell_sturgill_simpson_winstar_world_casino_review.php

"Come on me bros" -Blaze

 
Posted : 13/01/2015 12:32 pm
bltkmt
(@bltkmt)
 

Here's a review that my friend from Colorado pointed me to: http://blogs.dallasobserver.com/dc9/2015/01/jason_isbell_sturgill_simpson_winstar_world_casino_review.php

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I mean I don't even know how they let you post here if you haven't developed a gamma-radiation imaging system yet. This isn't Reddit.

 
Posted : 13/01/2015 12:40 pm
paulhead
(@paulhead)
 

I find it hard to believe Sturgill is bigger than Jason overall. Might just be a regional thing.

I'm not sure. It was just in my direct vicinity. Quite a few seats opened up near and around me after the Sturge played. Might have to get Paulhead and Toddy to confirm their experiences, although they were in the VIP seats and those folks likely stuck around through both shows.

This is a casino right on the Texas border, so I'm sure a lot of people were coming up from down south. Some people even drove all the way from Arkansas. Place was pretty close to packed. It wasn't really hipster type people either. Kinda folks you would see at a red dirt show or something.

No question more people were there to see Sturgill. I saw lot's of folks walking around before and after the show in Sturgill shirts. He's going to be more accessible to the traditional country music crowd. It's hard to remember for a lot of us but most people don't pay attention to lyrics so Isbell probably put a lot of people to sleep.

 
Posted : 13/01/2015 12:50 pm
paulhead
(@paulhead)
 

Good buddie of mine is working in Oklahoma this month and was at the same show as you guys. Thackerville, right? His review, via text, was that Isbell with a band can do a mean-ass version of 'Can't You Hear Me Knocking', and that they were both good sets, but he was bummed that the crowd couldn't get their shit together enough to get an encore out of either guy. Don't suppose you'd expect one from the opener, but at their level and quality, maybe. Still pretty cool to get to see live music like that in its red dirt cradle, casino or no. Especially as, my friend said, heaven knows there's very little else redeeming in that neck of the prairie. 🙂

I'm guessing the lack of encore may have something to do with ordinances or something since the lights came up pretty abruptly. Who knows, maybe they wanted to get out of there asap.

 
Posted : 13/01/2015 12:56 pm
track11
(@track11)
 

A review from someone that was at the show.

http://blogs.dallasobserver.com/dc9/2015/01/jason_isbell_sturgill_simpson_winstar_world_casino_review.php

 
Posted : 13/01/2015 1:25 pm
Blaze
(@blaze)
 

Good buddie of mine is working in Oklahoma this month and was at the same show as you guys. Thackerville, right? His review, via text, was that Isbell with a band can do a mean-ass version of 'Can't You Hear Me Knocking', and that they were both good sets, but he was bummed that the crowd couldn't get their shit together enough to get an encore out of either guy. Don't suppose you'd expect one from the opener, but at their level and quality, maybe. Still pretty cool to get to see live music like that in its red dirt cradle, casino or no. Especially as, my friend said, heaven knows there's very little else redeeming in that neck of the prairie. 🙂

I'm guessing the lack of encore may have something to do with ordinances or something since the lights came up pretty abruptly. Who knows, maybe they wanted to get out of there asap.

Sturgill's merch booth was cleared out soon after his set. Usually they are selling that stuff throughout.

“What is it about a beautiful sunny afternoon, with the birds singing and the wind rustling through the leaves, that makes you want to get drunk?”

 
Posted : 13/01/2015 2:04 pm
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