We ended up in second row center for Randy Travis in Baltimore last week.  Believe it or not, this isn’t necessarily the best vantage point when the stage is higher off the ground.  Kind of like the front row at a movie theater.

Randy Travis signs our CD Case at Pier 6 in Baltimore

Randy Travis signs our CD Case at Pier 6 in Baltimore

But, it has the obvious advantages of being close to the action.  Randy’s band was a collection of aces (some from Nashville, no doubt), including some who have been with him a long time.  And, when you’re this close and the artist is this nice about getting close to the crowd it turns out you can get close enough for an autograph! He’s signing our CD case in this picture.

He played a nice full set with material from all across his career.  This is the second time we’ve seen him – we saw him a few years ago at Wolf Trap and we were so impressed with his stage presence that we wanted to see him again.  He really is a great act to see in person, he seems to work hard to please the crowd, and I really enjoy the more traditional approach to Country & Western music.

He did seem to be getting over a cold a little bit, which was noticable when he talked between songs.  The sound was a little muddy too for the vocals, but this might be another “minus” to sitting close – you’re in front of the sweet spot for the sound system.

IMG_0175Weather was great for an outdoor concert as well.  While Pier 6 isn’t the best venue in how the seats are laid out (long and narrow, so most of the seats seem far from the stage), you can’t beat the location on a nice night watching the sun go down over Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.  And, lots of dining choices near by including Little Italy. Also, camera friendly policy for this performance.

A nice night. The only negative – took forever to get out of town because of some event at the nearby stadium. Detected too late to head out the other side of the harbor.

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2 Responses to “Randy Travis at Pier 6 in Baltimore”

  1. Francie Says:

    We were at this show, too! Our seats were in the 3rd row, just about center. You’re correct in that there is a slight disadvantage to being so close, but for us ladies, we muddle through somehow. 🙂

    Randy’s set was excellent!!! I am so glad he did so many of his greatest hits.

    The extra positive for me was that I won a Meet & Greet at this concert and Randy was as nice as you can imagine! He is one of the best….always and forever!

    Thanks for your great review! Got any more photos??? I’d love to share!!


  2. Lyle Says:

    No others worth sharing, unfortunately. I took this picture from my cell phone, and the low vantage point and the stage lighting behind resulted in mostly unusable pictures, unfortunately. If I had known the venue allowed cameras I would have brought a real one. My small Canon Powershot handles stage lighting conditions much better.

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