It's quarter to one in the morning (Saturday) and we've not long returned from the Pengrowth Saddledome where we have enjoyed an evening of fantastic country music. It was a triple bill with the music kicking off at 7.30pm with Taylor Swift. She's 17 and wrote all the songs on her debut album which has resulted in two Number 1 country singles so far. She is absolutely excellent...extremely talented...and the crowd absolutely loved her.
Taylor was followed by Rodney Atkins, who has had a number of big hits in the last year. Again, he was really good. At the end, he played a song from his forthcoming album which revolved around the idea of him giving up cigarettes, booze and women..."the worst 15 minutes of his life!" It was good fun.
The main attraction though, was Brad Paisley. He is superb...one catchy tune after another, superb musicianship and very entertaining. The crowd went nutty for him, but then they seem a very warm crowd, having given similar rousing receptions to previous artistes we have seen there.
We left the arena, slightly deafened as we were pretty near the stage, but very happy!