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George Strait & Reba McEntire by Frankie LealTrue Country Music
Rides into Fresno

February, 24 2011.
by Celeste Leal :: photos: Frankie Leal

Growing up in a "Farmers" town you can say I'm a little familiar with Country Music, so when I heard that three of the most talented country artists were riding into the Save Mart Center I knew it was going to be a night to experience. Unfortunately due to the enormous traffic that started from the Shaw exit on highway 168 we were a little late and I didn't get the chance to see Leanne Womack's set but I did catch Reba and Headliner George Strait.

Reba came onto the stage as graceful and young as ever. Dressed in a sparkly black outfit with Red locks flowing past her shoulders. She sang her latest songs and a couple classics to Her own rendition of, "If I was a Boy". She saved the best song for last, "Fancy", in which she went off stage and came back out dressed in a flapper like red sparkle dress. Growing up hearing Reba on the radio and seeing her on TV and then actually being able to see her live was truly unforgettable.

Now, I must be honest. I am not your biggest country fan. There are many new contemporary country artists out right now and some traditional artists as well, such as Reba, that will catch my ear every now and again, but when it comes to that "old country twang" I just can't seem to get into it.

But when George Strait's band came out and started to play, everyone rose to their feet. The Save Mart Center went dim then the spot lights came on and I saw this older "all-american" handsome gentleman make his way to the stage, I knew I was about to experience a true country concert. George Strait's entire Band was dressed in Red in honor of the soldiers that are still at war. Of course the first song had to be something with a whole lot of twang to it, but I didn't care, I was living in the moment yelling and Yee-hawing all the way!


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