Summer's over. Vacations are over, weekend getaways and canyon campouts are a thing of the past. It's time for people to start turning their attention to the great indoors.
That means the beginning of the fall country music concert season.And this year Utahns will be reaping quite a harvest.
The Country Music Association Awards usually kick of the fall season, so local country fans will be pleased to learn that a couple of award-winners will be making their way to the state.
Here's what's in store:
GEORGE STRAIT and PATTY LOVELESS: Oct. 25, Salt Palace, 8 p.m.
"Gorgeous George" walked off with Entertainer of the Year honors again this year. That probably won't generate more frenzy at the Salt Palace, however. It couldn't. Things get incredibly frenetic there every time George shows.
The singer will have several new songs to pitch that local fans have yet to hear in person. We'll likely get "Love Without End, Amen" and "Drinking Champagne," for example, as well as a taste of the new single he showcased on the CMA show, "I've Come to Expect It From You."
As for Patty Loveless, the last time she was in town she played to a rather disinterested audience at the Westerner Club. Now she's back, this time with two number-one hits to her credit and a blockbuster new album, "On Down the Line." Reaction will be anything but apathetic this trip.
For information call 972-1043.
SAWYER BROWN and TRAVIS TRITT: Nov. 9, 8 p.m., SUSC campus in Cedar City; Nov. 10, 8 p.m., Salt Lake City, Salt Palace; Nov. 12, 8 p.m., USU campus in Logan.
This double-bill is designed to bring in the young fans - both hard country (for Tritt) and rock-a-billy country (for Sawyer Brown).
Mark Miller, lead singer for Sawyer Brown, is a bit of a chameleon. He'll do a bluesy, motown sound for one release, then put a twang in his voice and sound like a Kentucky colonel for "The Race Is On."
Still, if you like your country music pumped up and just a bit punky, Miller and his band are for you.
Travis Tritt, with three strong singles to his credit, has a poweful, emotion-packed voice that sells itself.
ALABAMA and CLINT BLACK, November, Salt Lake City. Time and place to be announced.
Who woulda thunk it. Instead of being the brassy new band booked with an old pro, Alabama has become the classic, old country group booked with a young, hot-shot artist.
Clint Black was named CMA Male Vocalist of the Year for a reason. There's a sweet and gritty authenticity to his voice on "Killin' Time" and "Nobody's Home." Soul and sugar.
As for Alabama, they were the prototype for all the new geared-up bands you hear out there. And the foursome's latest single, "Juke Box in My Mind," shows they still have access to some of the best songs being written in Nashville.