Random Access – Show #7 – Happy Trails To Rex Allen Jr
As long as I’ve been going to country music shows, I’ve had the chance to see Rex Allen Jr, probably a dozen times or so over the last 30 years. Always pleasant, always jovial and a hit with the audiences no matter where he goes, I thought it was time to catch up to him on his “Sunrise To Sunset Tour” that will wind up in September — right here on Random Access.
I first learned of his retirement from the road in November of 2016 when he appeared in Emmetsburg, Iowa at the Wild Rose Casino. The crown gasped when he announced it and I also couldn’t believe it’s true. All good things must come to an end, and in this case, Rex Allen Jr was a good thing.
While waiting to get my photo signed, I heard him talking to the fans. Naturally, they remember his Dad, Rex Allen and the many shows he was on and that country radio just isn’t the same as it was. When asked about his plans, Rex told one fan, “I want to get my music on CD and I want to get Dad’s music on I-tunes. I think it will be quite a project, but I’ll get it done.” When you’ve spent 50 years on vinyl, maybe it’s time to do some updating. Rex will have plenty of time for that.
I wish Rex the best in his retirement from touring — and if he ever wants to get back on the road, I’ll be first in line to buy a ticket!