If it were up to Cliff, he'd never go to a concert.
Oh, he loves country music. He'd just rather listen to it on radio or CD.
However, I have this THING about wanting to see my favorite performers and songwriters live. And Cliff tries his best to keep me happy. So if he can't pay someone else to take me to see my favorite performers, he can be pursuaded to take me himself.
Some of those we've paid good money to see have been worth it: Jerry Lee Lewis (in the old days), Dolly Parton and Porter Wagner (also in the old days); Mickey Gilley and Moe Bandy more recently, in Branson. Travis Tritt seemed appreciative of his audience when we saw him, a few years ago.
Other big country stars would rather not have been there. We saw George Jones twenty-five years ago, and again five years ago. Both times, I got the distinct impression he was wishing he were somewhere else. Merle Haggard was the same. I love both those old guys and their music, but they didn't appreciate their audiences; and I don't appreciate that sort of attitude.
There's just something about being taken for granted that I resent... whether it's by country singers, or people around me.
I won't stand for it.
I'll buy their music. I'll accept them as friends or family. But I won't be walked on or treated like dirt.