Randy Erickson

Entertainment and county government reporter

Bio

Randy Erickson covers arts and entertainment and county government for the La Crosse Tribune. Contact him at 608-791-8219 or randy.erickson@lee.net.

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Randy Erickson

Dang, you're probably right. I don't know how I can be so irrationally optimistic after all these years as a journalist. I should be a lot more jaded.

Randy Erickson

You have a point. The lineup for the first Country Jam held in 1990 included Alan Jackson, Charley Pride, Clint Black, Eddie Rabbit, Glen Campbell, Lorrie Morgan, Patti Loveless, Ricky Skaggs, Rodney Crowell, sawyer Brown, Tammy Wynette, Vince Gill, Shenandoah, Desert Rose Band and more. So …

Randy Erickson

Jon Holthaus did mention to me that this will be a much more affordable experience than Country Jam/Country Fest. He didn't get into the details, of course, but I do think they are aware of that concern.

Randy Erickson

So sorry I left out that part. The board members haven't gotten any health insurance benefits for four or five years and they've never gotten pension benefits.

Randy Erickson

I think you'd have that one, Chuck. You still consider yourself a journalist, don't you?

Randy Erickson

Patti Smith is the one I feel worst about not supporting by buying her album, I think. I loved her versions of "Because the Night" and "Gloria" and I remember being impressed with her on "Saturday Night Live." But even if I had bought her album when it came out…

Randy Erickson

First, thanks for your nice review of my review. I should add that Oz was probably expressing perplexity that "Bayou" wasn't the first song, as it is his usual opener. I thought it was going to be the opener Saturday, too, as I heard the swampy frog/cricket sounds playing as the ba…

Randy Erickson

You have a point. I do like Sinatra and am awed by his artistry, but I feel underqualified to write about him.

Randy Erickson

I should try listening to commercial top 40 radio, but I haven't done that for a long time. I do check out some "kids" music on Spotify, though.

Randy Erickson

Well, I do share my birthday with Ian McCulloch, lead singer for Echo and the Bunnymen, and Bill Ward, the drummer of Black Sabbath, and Chris Brown and a guy from Megadeth. Happy birthday to you guys, too!