Golf & Guitars: Great Music for a Great Cause
I’m not the type of person who travels 2700 miles for a concert. The best part about living in DC is that nearly all genres of music can be found just a short walk or Metro ride away. But on Monday, I found myself flying cross-country to Sacramento for the third annual Golf & Guitars charity event. Held on the Haggin Oaks golf course, Golf & Guitars begins with a tournament in which country musicians are teamed up with golfers for 18 holes. While a few singers were pretty decent with a club in their hands (Chely Wright and Josh Gracin, to name two), most…well, let’s just say it’s a good thing they can sing. Perhaps Justin Moore’s game can be blamed on the bottle of Jack Daniel’s stashed in his golf bag, and Chris Young’s on his lack of proper golfing attire (at least this year he had golf shoes, which is more than he had last year), but if it weren’t for their teammates, chances are they’d still be out there driving one ball after another into the woods and water.
Following the golf tournament was dinner, a silent auction and a sold-out concert that clocked in at over five hours. The whole concert was excellent (and, at 5+ hours, way too long to compress into a piece shorter than, say, Virgil’s Aeneid). A few moments stood out:
— Chely Wright’s “Something Positive and Hopeful” is a damn fine “screw you” song that had the crowd cracking up. A sample lyric: “Like that Rodney Crowell song Tim McGraw had a hit with/Won’t you ‘Please Remember Me’ and that you’re on my shit list.”
The song starts at 7:10 in the clip below.
— Radney Foster and Chris Young exchanging contact information backstage. Either a collaboration is in the works or they were planning to see Sex and the City 2 together.
— Wright pausing her post-set “shake and howdy” to stand by the stage like a groupie when John Berry sang “Your Love Amazes Me.” You can see a partial clip of the song starting at 5:20 below.
— Several other artists standing by the stage like groupies at various times during the evening. Country music’s biggest fans are country singers, and that’s pretty cool.
— Emily West and Bomshel joining Bryan White on stage.
— Mark Wills making a newly engaged couple dance to “I Do (Cherish You)” and subsequently asking the bride-to-be, “You gon’ wear white?”
— Emily West and Jack Ingram joining Radney Foster onstage for an excellent set that included “Just Call Me Lonesome,” “Nobody Wins,” and “Raining on Sunday,” in addition to Foster taking the time to “thank God for Keith Urban,” who’s recorded several Foster songs including his newest single, “I’m In.”
— Chris Young closing the night with a captivating set. Celebrating his first multi-week #1, “The Man I Want to Be,” Young introduced the song by mentioning that he didn’t even want to hear the demo when it was given to him. Good thing for him—and us—that he changed his mind.
— Watching 1600 tipsy concert-goers try to cut through the grass to get to the parking lot, only to realize the sprinklers were on.
Golf & Guitars raised over $40,000 for two worthwhile charities: WEAVE (Women Escaping A Violent Environment) and the Morton Golf Foundation, which funds golf programs for disabled and disadvantaged youths. If you’re anywhere near the Sacramento area, better mark your calendars for next year’s concert. It’ll be a good one. Just don’t forget to pack your sunscreen.
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