Embarking on an adventure with over 19 bands is both a difficult and truly amazing experience. The Texas Red Dirt Pub Crawl allows fans, staff and musicians to enjoy every moment of the week-long event together. This year, I was blessed with the opportunity to partake in the TRDPC and report on it firsthand.
After a whirlwind of a first day (Nov. 26), it is without a doubt these people are MY people. It’s like I’ve known every single artist and their crew for years. Every person I’ve come across, musician and pub crawler alike, has been so genuine and inviting. Over 64 participants boarded one plane with 23 guitars and a few eccentric cowboy hats. You really get to know the people behind the songs you love when you’re stuck sitting next to their snoring, laughing and story-telling. If you ever want to spend quality time with your musical inspirations, there really isn’t a better place to do it than here.
Once in Ireland, we had a few hours to sleep, sightsee and get ready for our evening. Just around the corner from our quaint hotel, Murray’s Pub held our late night festivities. One small stage homed nine singers and some fiddlers throughout the three sets. Large groups of supporters gathered at tables surrounding the stage, anxiously awaiting our favorite sound. For the first time in our trip, everyone was together at the exact same time for the same reason—to listen to Texas Red Dirt in Dublin.
Aaron Copeland, Bri Bagwell and Matt Hillyer opened the acoustic show with enthusiasm and a certain liveliness only explainable in person. Mike Stanley, Steve Helms and Sarah Hobbs gave us three types of Red Dirt straight out of their bellies and into a thirsting crowd. Cleto Cordero, Kailtin Butts and Mark McKinney closed the show with familiar tunes in an unfamiliar setting and some never-before-heard songs that kept the crowd showing off that two-step Texas style.
Overall, day one was a whirlwind experience of laughter, a little bit of confusion and a whole lot of love for your fellow pub crawler. I’m beyond excited to experience and explain the next six days with day one being such a blast!
Stay tuned to find out what shenanigans Ireland has in store for our full days coming up. We’re also running a Western Fashion series daily which coincides with each day’s events throughout the TRDPC.