An Olympic Revelation at the ACM Awards

admin | April 18, 2010 in Music | Comments (5)

(Tim McGraw and the Dancehall Doctors are set to perform on the Academy of Country Music Awards this Sunday, April 18 at 8/7 CST on CBS in Las Vegas, Nevada.)

We’re in Vegas for three days. The producers for the 2010 Academy of Country Music Awards have been preparing the show for months. We’ve flown in the entire band and crew, shipped in most of our gear, and maybe even rented a few additional pieces.

There’s lighting people, video people, production people, catering people, driving people, publicity people, media people, newsy “let me have a peek inside of your world with a less than comfortable question on camera” people…and all kinds of other just “people people” that I don’t know WHAT they do.


SIDENOTE: Have you ever said a word over and over so many times, it starts to sound silly, to the point that you begin to wonder if it’s really a word at all? You at least question the spelling? It’s weird. “P-e-o-p-l-e. Okay, yeah, that’s right.”

We’ll have tons of friends at the show. I’ll probably run into Chesney’s guys tonight at some point. It’ll be good to see ‘em. Keith Anderson will be all smiles if I run into him. Blake Shelton. The Rascal Flatts boys.

Everybody that we never see because THEY are out on tour when WE are out on tour. It’s a busy night, bands coming and going, but we’ll run into many of our friends, even if for just a moment.

There will be others there I don’t know. I know where folks are scheduled to sit because of the placeholder cards propped up in chairs with their names and photos. L.L. Cool J. Really? Matthew McConaughey. He’s from Texas, and he’s been here before.

Lindsey Vonn. Lindsey Vonn?

Lindsey recently won the 2010 Olympic gold medal for women’s downhill skiing at Whistler Mountain in British Columbia, Canada…and she’s coming to the Academy of Country Music Awards.

Really. Okay…my night just got a lot cooler.

She’s been on my radar all winter. I already knew of her start, honing her early skiing skills on Buck Hill in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Was watching as she wrestled with injuries. Held my breath as she was forced to debate even competing.

Watched…and rewound…and watched again as she won the gold medal after flying down Whistler Mountain.

Lindsey will be front and center as I man my post behind my keyboard rig for tonight’s performance. She’ll be listening – and I’ll be remembering that MY first snowboarding day this season was ALSO on Buck Hill…and that I ALSO helped close the season on at Whistler…

Wait…”McMahon heads to the Olympics.”

Maybe there’s still a chance…


5 Responses to “An Olympic Revelation at the ACM Awards”

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  1. Comment by Barbara — April 18, 2010 at 5:07 pm  

    WOW!! Jeff, I love when you write, and remember – dreams do come true!! OLYMPICS that would be awesome!!!

    Barbara Ann

  2. Comment by Kimmy T — April 18, 2010 at 5:08 pm  

    Have a fabulous night, Jeff…I’ll be watching for your hair-tossing moves 🙂

  3. Comment by Kyle DreierApril 19, 2010 at 7:08 am  

    If you look in the very very back of your shot with the seating place cards you can see my name … oh wait … that’s the men’s restroom sign. Well, fun how all your randomness somehow ties together. Good stuff. – Dreier

  4. Comment by Christine — April 19, 2010 at 1:19 pm  

    Jeff… thanks for your “pre show” pictures and insight into the ACM show in Vegas. The show came across well on my TV screen, and Tim & the boys sounded great as always. So glad to hear “Still,” my personal favorite.

    I can’t even imagine what it is like to be there in person and on stage. All that energy and….maybe lots of PEOPLE?

  5. Comment by Stacy Jo KimbroughApril 19, 2010 at 5:38 pm  

    And I thought I was the only one that gets side-tracked by such silly thoughts! Been there, done that. Try saying “WORLD” about 20 times…it’s one of those words that becomes nothin’ reeeeal quick! LOL I always enjoy your updates and you guys sounded amazing as usual last night! TTYS *hugs*

    -Stacy Jo

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