Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Home ... Home ... Homer ... on the Range

When most people think of country music they think of Nashville. They think of the pop music with a fiddle They think of over-starched shirts, cowboy hats, and sequined western shirts.

I don;t much like that kind of country music.

But I LOVE Texas country music.

Yes there is a HUGE difference.

So one of my favorite events of the year is Homer's Backyard Ball which takes place in an empty field on the east side of Amarillo each and every May.

The event started as backyard party at a guy's house back in 1997 and has now blossomed to an all day music and food fest with an impressive lineup of bands each year, with proceeds benefiting The Make A Wish Foundation.

This year's headliner was Cody Canada and The Departed.

But the headliner didn't hit the stage until well after dark and for most of the day it was hot and sunny. Everyone has different ways to cope with the Texas heat but most people bring a canopy of some sort so the place begins to look like a tent city after a while.

My group of friends was no exception, but a tent alone is not enough to coll off a big hairy fella like me. So I got in touch with my inner pirate, by kicking off my shoes and letting the rum flow underneath my awning. (By the way, that fella with the fancy ink on his leg. He actually took all of these pictures except this one. His name is Damian. He possesses mad skills with a pogo stick.)

Some don fancy hats to keep the sun off of them.

After seeing this hat, I realize the box that Coors Light comes in is actually more valuable than the stuff they call beer in these silver bottles.

Some prefer their beer delivered in a high sped manner.

As the beer flows, so does the tunes. Here is a video from Casey Derry, of one of Amarillo's finest musicians.

And of course others prefer to keep cool with well-placed straw hats.

Yep, Texas is a mighty fine place.


KaHolly said...

Yep, I agree with that whole heartedly. I enjoyed the music. Thanks for including the clips!! You can imagine how cold I've been up here in Cape Breton after being in the Texas heat! It was 90+ when I left and only 30 when I got here! ~karen

Old Kitty said...

The straw hat bra!!! LOL! Amazing!! Take care

Charles Gramlich said...

Ever heard the soundtrack of From dusk till dawn? There's some Texas country on there.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Hey, is Cody Canada from . . . Canada? What's the story of his moniker, do you know?

DrillerAA09 said...

My favorite country music comes from the mid-seventies and late eighties. I liked Waylon and Willie, I liked Garth, Trisha Yearwood, Travis Tritt, and others from the late eighties. Not a huge fan of most country music now. Everything seems to be about the product and branding.

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the walking man said...

My idea of Country Music I only wish I could have seen Doc Watson play with Bill Monroe. RIP Doc.

Seems to me that cardboard hat would be hotter than having the sun blaze you off.

Jenny Woolf said...

Nice clips, and what a nice atmosphere there seems. I love laid back events like this.

Rachel Cotterill said...

That looks like an amazing event :)

G. B. Miller said...

Kewlness personified.

Some of the events out here can take a couple of lessons from that one.

lyzzydee said...

Looks Great, one day I'll visit!!!

Gary Dobbs/Jack Martin said...

Cool - totally cool