Reba McEntire is a country legend, and yet I’ve never seen her perform live. I rectified that last night as I, along with a packed house full of fans, braved dreary weather and traffic jams to Reliant Stadium to see one of country music's best-selling queens.
Sitting in our seats waiting for the concert to start, I was knee-deep in a very serious conversation about the rodeo's latest snack invention, fried red velvet cake, when the crowd went wild. Reba had entered the stadium.
As she walked on stage I couldn’t help but notice (and envy) her flashy over-the-knee sparkly boots. They were the talk of every woman (and man) around me. That is, until the music started.
Reba kicked off the evening with recent release“All the Women I Am” followed by “The Fear of Being Alone” and “The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia.” Energy was high and people were dancing in their seats.
In the middle of her set Reba cranked out a handful of ballads including “Is There Life Out There” and “Does He Love You.” Blame it on my attention deficit disorder, but it was one too many slow songs in a row for me.
Next came “Because of You.” I was familiar with Kelly Clarkson's pop version, but I had no idea McEntire and Clarkson also recorded the song as a duet. This was a pleasant surprise and once again got us out of our seats.
People all around me went crazy as Reba sang one of her most enduringly popular tunes, “Fancy.” It's such a big hit, I thought for sure it would be her finale, but she gave us one more song before departing the stage, her latest No. 1 hit “Turn on the Radio.” Cue the fireworks as Reba departed the stage and waved good night.
Driving through rain, traffic and roadblocks (thanks to Obama’s Houston visit), I arrived at Reliant wishing I'd stayed home with take-out and a movie; however, by the end of Reba McEntire’s performance, I was glad I went. Reba left me wanting more … and wondering where she got those boots!