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On the Road with George Strait - Well, Kinda...

We start in Sacramento - February 2, 2006

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Miranda Lambert in Concert - Sacramento, CA

Miranda Lambert in Concert - Sacramento, CA

Shelly Fabian

Why Two Shows?
My attending two of George's shows wasn't originally what I had planned. The first date announced on his 2006 tour was in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand. Other dates were to be added, but it wasn't mentioned what other cities he would play, so my friend Dianne and I decided we'd travel to Las Vegas together to see him there. Great plan, until I visited the Ticketmaster site and saw the comment about "No Cameras." I don't know about you, but if I'm going to a show, and especially if I'm going to do a review of the show, I'm not going to travel to a different state to see that show if I can't take pictures. That's like toast without jam, that's like Summer without the CMA Music Fest, that's like Country Music without George Strait! What? No way, uh uh, no how. So, we scrapped our plans and hoped maybe George would play something closer to home.

Shortly after the tickets for the Las Vegas show went on sale, I happened to visit the Ticketmaster site again and noticed now that they did NOT say "No Cameras," but they said "No Video or Audio," which is what it had always said for that venue. I got ahold of my friend Dianne, and we decided to go for it. So, the trip was on again and we ended up with seats in Row W on the lower level. Not great, but hey.. we were gonna be there.

About a month after we had booked our trip to Las Vegas, George announced his remaining dates, and it just happened that the day before we were leaving for Vegas he was going to be in Sacramento. We were flying out of Sacramento the following day... hmmmm. Yeah, sounds like a plan. We'll go see his show in Sacramento on the 2nd and then fly to Vegas on the 3rd and see him again on the 4th, and come home on the 5th. Road trip!! Well, more like an Air trip, since we were flying, but I thought it would be really interesting to see the differences between the shows.

After checking into our hotel on the 2nd, we headed out to the Arco Arena. We paid a visit to the box office to pick up our Meet & Greet passes to meet Miranda Lambert before going into the building and to our seats. We still didn't get the very best seats around, but they were closer than our Las Vegas seats, and we were happy.

The Show... Sacramento
Miranda Lambert opened the show with an album cut off her Kerosene album called "New Set of Strings." She was dressed in a camoflauge tank with ripped jeans, and sounding great, as usual. "What About Georgia" was next, another album cut, and then she sang a cover of The Band's "Up On Cripple Creek." She also covered Steve Earle's "Hillbilly Highway."

When Miranda started, there were still quite a few empty seats, but people were slow but sure arriving. By the time she sang her closing number of "Kerosene" the arena was pretty well packed and people were getting on their feet to sing along with this great song. She played for about 30 minutes.

After a 10-minute break to change the stage, Tracy Lawrence took the stage for his set. He started with "Better Man, Better Off." Tracy was dressed in a gray long-sleeve shirt with jeans and his trademark black cowboy hat. Next came "Renegades, Rebels, and Rogues," then "If The World Had a Front Porch," and my favorite Tracy Lawrence song, "Alibis." My favorite part of Tracy's set was during "Is That a Tear" where the twin fiddles play. His two fiddle players would play this part and kind of lean to the left and kind of hop. It's hard to describe, but it was real cute. Tracy has so many great songs, and towards the end of his set it was time for Dianne and I to head to the meeting place for Miranda's Meet & Greet. I'm not absolutely sure what song Tracy ended with, but I believe it was "Paint Me a Birmingham," which he had the audience sing along with. His show lasted approximately an hour.

We Start in Sacramento ~ It's King George ~ On to Las Vegas

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