I have had the opportunity to perform at 2 MATS Concerts in Freedom Hall - one 2016 with Craig Morgan and the most recent in 2018 with Kellie Pickler.
It was always a dream of mine to perform inside Freedom Hall - one of the most legendary venues in the state where I am from. So many artists before me had played that same stage and it was always goal of mine to get there. That was a big bucket list concert for me. Thank you to the MATS Committee and Clay/ Triangle Talent for helping me reach that goal twice. Both shows were equally as exciting because of the fan participation. The first year in 2016, I performed in front of a lot of new fans that had not heard our music. I love the "trucker" community and I have gotten to know so many of them because of MATS - many follow us to our shows. When they ask us back in 2018 with Kellie Pickler, I also was asked to do a pre-show meet and greet with Mobil Delvac - the presenting sponsor. I had one of the longest lines I had ever had at a meet and greet. I met so many truckers and their kids and families. Many of them remembered me from my 2016 concert and welcomed me back with open arms. Many had already bought my records and told me stories about following me. I was grateful to meet those kind folks and being a part of MATS both years. I look forward to coming back to perform again soon. Happy 50th Anniversary! Cheers to many more successful years and Truck show concerts!