Smooth Texas Country music and a true appreciation for the FFA are what Texas FFA members witnessed at the kickoff concert Tueday night. The Josh Abbott Band played for a crowd of more than 10,000 members and guests in the United Spirit Arena.
The annual kickoff concert has been one of the most highly anticipated events at state convention for several years. Featuring many Texas Country greats from Aaron Watson to Kyle Park and now the Josh Abbott Band, the kickoff concert has become a mainstay.
"It's really cool to play for the FFA," Josh Abbott said. "One of my biggest regrets was that I wasn't involved in FFA as a kid."
Although Abbott might not have been directly involved in FFA whenn he was younger, his music displays his true understanding and appreciation for agriculture.
"I'm a big supporter of agriculture, farming and ranching," Abbott said.
With thousands of members visiting, Abbott was able to witness what the FFA is firsthand.
"I think a good adjective to sum up the FFA is responsible," Abbott said. "FFA really instills a sense of responsibility."
With a very positive view of the FFA, Abbott anticipated making a quick connection on stage.
"Fans can expect a show that they're going to be involved in," Abbott said. "We want audience participation, we want you clapping with us."
Abbott and his bandmates have been receiving a good deal of attention in the country music industry in recent months. This has come following the success of singles "She's Like Texas," and "Oh, Tonight."
"She's Like Texas' was our first number one and a huge success," Abbott said. "We've had a real good run lately."
With rising popularity and passion for music, Abbott and his bandmates have been hard at work on their next album.
"We're almost done recording now," Abbott said. "We'll probably relesase in February of 2012."
With his performance Tuesday night, Abbott joins the ranks of many prestigious Texas Country stars. The Josh Abbott Band is scheduled to continue touring state and nationwide through the next few months.