The Heart of Texas fair had milder weather than usual following some much needed rain earlier in the week. Seventies instead of nineties temperature was definitely better. The show was an outdoor one that began when the rodeo in the nearby coliseum was finished.
Wade took the stage, leading off with a couple of his hits, "On a Good Night," followed by "Don't Stop." Then he introduced one of his latest compositions, "Good Day to Go Crazy," to an approving crowd. He followed that with "She Knows Me," another recently written song that received solid crowd approval, too. "Wichita Lineman," always an audience pleaser was followed by "How Do You Sleep at Night," "I'm Still Dancin' With You" and his signature, "Old Enough to Know Better."
Trent Willmon did several of the songs from his albums- "So Am I," "Surprise," "Ropin' Pen," "Island" (written for his daughter), and one of my favorites, "Louisiana Rain." Wade had mentioned that when he and Trent sat down to write the first time, they discovered that they were both big fans of George Strait, Merle Haggard and Gary Stewart.
For an encore, the two performers showed their stuff on two of Haggards's hits, "I Think I'll Just Stay Here and Drink," and "Working Man Blues; "Stewart's "Drinking Thing" and finished with Mellencamp's "Small Town."
Wade and Trent, both powerful performers and solid writers who're well steeped in traditional country music, can kick it up a notch to rock-out on one song and put tears in your eyes on the next one. That's what good country music's all about.