If you asked anyone who attended the Raymore Summer Slam what they thought of Gord Bamford; you’d likely hear many similar replies .(And I bet all positive). Many people told me afterwards how impressed they were with the setlist. “I could sing a long word-for- word to every song!”, was a comment I heard a lot on Saturday night. I’m guessing after the weekend many people would comment on Gord’s character, and how good of a guy he actually is.
On Saturday morning Team Bamford arrived in Raymore at roughly 11AM. About 5 minutes after getting the bus parked, Bamford was on the ball diamond playing slo-pitch with locals. Gord didn’t make a short appearance playing ball with his fans either… In fact, you almost had to drag him off the diamond to get ready for his show.
In the music world today this is somewhat rare…. An artist not just spending a few minutes taking photos with his fans, but spending hours with them on the diamond and getting to know them like old friends. It was incredible to see!
What was also incredible… Gord’s ability to hit a baseball.. (This was his worst hit of the day. The next few were all near home runs.)
What a memorable afternoon, and it carried over into the evening! Bamford’s set included ALL of his hits, a cover of Merle Haggard, and a pair of encores that included “New Orleans Is Sinking” from The Tragically Hip. A nice touch!
Raymore is a town of roughly 600, and at this moment Gord had about 1200 “Drinkin’ Buddies” singing back to him.
Thank You Raymore and Thank You Gord Bamford… What an awesome weekend. The Summer Slam is an event that will have you hooked. Once you go, it will become an annual tradition.
A special thanks to Aaron Miller, Albert Bamford, and all the committee. Oh, and to Terry Fazakas for the place to sleep. (Save the elevator).
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