Dave’s Brushes with Greatness Gallery Part I [PHOTOS]
I have discovered an enormous amount of photos featuring myself and a number of country music stars. So, I’ve decided to share them with you. And because of the amount of pictures and stories that go with them, I’ll break it up into a couple 0f installments.
First up is Terri Clark. Terri was opening for someone over at Roberts Stadium. Right now, I cannot for the life of me remember who it was. But obviously, THEY/HE/SHE weren’t doing meet & greets. But Terri was, to our great fortune. She has a huge personality and is incredibly funny…not to mention insanely talented. She was a blast.
Way back in 1991, during the Gulf War, we had thousands of WBKR “I Support Our Troops” buttons made so we could distribute them at remotes and other functions. I still have one. And, on one occasion, we combined two events for a live broadcast at the mall–distribution of the buttons and a meet & greet with Vince Gill at Disc Jockey. Wax Works had brought Vince in for some kind of promotional gig and he was kind enough to sign autographs at the mall. I think he was a little overwhelmed at the turnout, but he was a game participant, nonetheless.
On three separate occasion, I’ve had the opportunity to meet and chat with Garth Brooks. He’s incredible. Now, I’ve had skeptical friends suggest that his extraordinarily good treatment of his fans and radio personnel is political–gladhanding because he knows why he’s where he is–but nobody can fake sincerity like that. He’s a good guy. He’s been a gracious host every time I’ve met him. Two of those occasions were in Evansville in 1994 and 1998. In 1998, I wasn’t sure I’d get to see him because we were shortchanged two backstage passes. But that didn’t matter to him, he sent one of his people out to get Jeannie James and I and brought us backstage. And in ’94, as you can see, Garth decided to have a little fun with my height.
Now, later in 1994, we gave away tickets to a Joe Diffie concert at Diddle Arena on Western Kentucky University’s campus in Bowling Green. It was in early September, I think, because I remember the campus being packed. Anyway, it was a terrific show complete with a meet & greet backstage. (One of Diddle’s classrooms doubled as the backstage area.) Joe is one of the nicest guys I’ve ever met, so understand that it was just an accident that it looks like we were having a “Whose Pony Tail Is Better?” competition. Yeah, it was a friendly competition because I had no idea it was even happening until earlier today when I saw the picture again for the first time in years. Hilarious!