people believe in fate. Other’s say God works
in mysterious ways. There’s also luck of the
draw, in the right place at the right time and several
more neat phrases that I can’t think of right
now. I believe in luck, but I think luck is when
skill meets opportunity. It was luck that I met
was mine, the skill belonged to Bret. I caught his
show one hot afternoon in mid-1998 at Gruene Hall in New Braunfels,Tx.
For those of you unfamiliar with Gruene Hall, it is
the oldest dance hall in the entire state of Texas.
If the walls of this hall could only talk! Thousands
of artists have performed here. Many got their start
here. Ever heard of Hal Ketchum or George Strait? Anyway,
back to my story. I first heard Bret and bassist Gerry
Burns one hot summer afternoon at Gruene Hall. Oh,
by the way, Gruene is pronounced "Green" for
those of you wondering. I was completely blown away
by Bret and his music. Never had I witnessed such pure
raw talent captured in one man.
After over 20 years of seeing literally THOUSANDS of
concerts in the great state of Texas, Bret is still
my favorite performer. I’ve seen Bob Dylan from
the front row at the Summit in Houston. I’ve
seen the Rolling Stones from 20 feet away on their
last stadium tour. I saw the Eagles "Hell Freezes
Over" tour. I saw Johnny Cash at the Erwin Center
in Austin. Caught Bruce Springsteen at the Cotton Bowl
in Dallas. Elton John and Billy Joel at Rice Stadium
in Houston. Tina Turner from the front row at the Alamodome
in San Antonio. After all of these shows, and hundreds
of others I haven’t mentioned, Bret Graham is
still my favorite performer.