I’ve tried to keep things pretty upbeat and positive lately because well, the last few years hasn’t always been sunshine and rainbows. Having lost my last three grandparents in a span of 22 months pretty much sucked. Two of the three were very unexpected; yes they were old, but still unexpected. I decided people would rather hear positive vs the negative. I realize not everything in life is positive and sunshiny; but hearing whining all the time sucks.
That said, this is probably going to sound a negative and whiny, but I feel like I just need to get it off my chest. I wish my friends and some family would support me. I’ve put a lot of blood, sweat, and tears. Okay, maybe not blood, but definitely a lot of sweat [literally] and tears oh yes, the tears into Labor Daze Country Fest. While I might be the “back end” and not up on the stage performing… not a single friend of mine showed up last year, and likely not again this year. Sure I have friends there, they are all friends I’ve met through music, because of music, and will be involved somehow.
I’m grateful for that. Only this year did a friend share a Facebook status about the event, small, yes, but it’s getting the word out. The whole thing is very grassroots. Our hard earned cash is going into this, and frankly, the first few years isn’t always profitable; but it’s a risk we wanted to take… Cody gets about 90% of the credit, he ran his ass off last year, I literally sat and sweated mine off and sold merch after the music started.
We don’t have a national act, this year, but we do have regional favorites, like Cody Hicks, Casey Muessigman, and The Plott Hounds. We have some amazing younger “kids” who are growing into amazing young men, The High Bank Boys, Treyor Wood Band to name a few. I couldn’t be more proud of the acts we have.