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Josh Abbott stands up for what's right

Mike Sudhalter  |  May 20, 2012


That's Josh Abbott...he's a good dude.

Country music is supposed to be a well-behaved place, and it usually is. It's the kind of genre where fans, from age 2 to 102, can have a good time at a concert without worrying about misbehavior.

That was the case on Friday night when the Josh Abbott Band played a 90-minute show at the Strawberrry Festival in Pasadena.

The show was all about the music, and the West Texas native performed a variety of songs from his first three albums, as well as a unique, yet impressive cover of Tom Petty's "Free Fallin'"

It was an enjoyable evening all the way around with one major exception. A fan threw an aluminum beer bottle toward the stage and it hit a 6-year-old in the back of the arm. The child, comforted by her mother, seemed to be OK.

But the fact that it happened is terrible. Abbott spoke about and said as much, "The person that threw that beer bottle...you're an (expletive)," Abbott said from the stage.

Fans should do a better job of seeing if there's an unruly people in the crowd who cause such problems.

As the old adage goes, it only takes one bad apple to spoil a good time.

Country music has worked hard to build a reputation of good family fun, and Texas Music, Red Dirt or Texas Country - whatever you choose to call it - was built on camraderie and friendship.

Keep these values going strong, and prevent similar incidents such as Friday's by watching your fellow fans and reporting problems to security.

:: Posted at 10:32 PM by Mike Sudhalter ::
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