For those of you in or near South Alabama this week, you might want to make your way to Dothan Wednesday night for what is probably one of the best country music concerts to slide under much of the entertainment industry’s radar.
The brainchild of Spectrum Outdoors’s Sam Klement and his good friend, country singer Rhett Akins, Country Goes Huntin’ is a four-day event that allows the performers to get together for some turkey hunting before they perform an up-close and personal performance. Funds raised through ticket sales and an auction go to support an area charity that provides outdoor opportunities for disabled sportsmen. Last year the event raised more than $100,000.
I attended two years ago when there were five performers and I can tell you, for those who paid, they got more than their money’s worth with food, an autograph session and one heck of a show. Now in it’s fifth year, the event is bigger than ever with performances by Rhett Akins, Jeff Bates, Tracy Byrd, Craig Morgan, Daryle Singletary, Jason Aldean, Troy Gentry of Montgomery Gentry, Gary LeVox of Rascal Flatts, Blake Shelton, Danielle Peck, Jamey Johnson, Gary Morris, Andy Griggs and Josh Gracin. I don’t know of anyplace where you can enjoy a concert with such big name stars in a setting as unplugged and personal as your neighborhood bar.
I’ve had the privilege to meet a number of these guys over the years and have hunted with a few and I can say I have been impressed with how approachable each of these guys are. Despite their fame, they are no different than anyone else in hunt camp and act like just one of the guys. To me that makes their music that much more enjoyable.
I have to confess, I am not a hardcore country music fan and remember the first time I hunted with Rhett. While riding in a truck, he asked me which of his songs were my favorite. All I could do is laugh, and was greatful that he did the same, because I couldn’t name a single one! “So how famous are you?” I jokingly asked. As it turns out, I did know virtually every word to “That Ain’t My Truck,” which was one of Rhett’s earliest hits.
So again, if you’re in the Dothan area Wednesday, March 29, get over to the Dothan Civic Center where the show will begin at 7 p.m. It’s reserved seating and remaining tickets are limited so buy yours now by calling 334-793-0126. Click here to buy tickets online.