Here’s one more go-round for a country music playlist featuring artists that I’ve been able to see in person at the Eastern Idaho State Fair, going on now.


Roy Clark - March 2002 Photo by Alan C. Teeple...
Roy Clark – March 2002 Photo by Alan C. Teeple User:ACT1 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


This time, I’m going with a couple of the best guitar players that I’ve seen at the fair — Roy Clark and Vince Gill.


Growing up, I got a pretty steady diet of the TV show “Hee Haw,” with Clark and Buck Owens hosting every week.  I knew what Roy could do with a guitar.  I was still living at home when I went to the fair with my mother to see him in concert.  Seeing him on TV showing the speed he plays with is one thing.  Seeing him do it live is another.


There’s an episode of the old TV sitcom “The Odd Couple” in which Clark guest-starred, and for a few minutes he showed his gift on the guitar by playing “Malaguena.”  It was something to behold.


And then there’s Vince Gill.  He might not have the speed of Roy Clark, but he’s still one fine player.  He’s also got a crisp, clear voice that helps him to stand out from the crowd.


Cinderella (Vince Gill song)
Cinderella (Vince Gill song) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


I remember Vince’s talents going back to his days with Pure Prairie League, particularly on a song like “Let Me Love You Tonight.”  He was once offered a spot in the rock group Dire Straits and turned it down, but he went on to do great things in country instead with a bunch of awards from the Academy of Country Music, the Country Music Association, and Grammys galore.

Put Roy Clark and Vince Gill together and just let ’em start playing guitar, and there might be enough fireworks coming from them to light up any stage.




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