When I sold records in Ft. Worth, Willie Nelson was the second most popular artist. The most popular was Bob Wills and The Texas Playboys. So, when Willie announced he was coming to Columbia for a concert in 1979, I just had to go.
Delbert McClinton opened for him. He was great. Then, Willie came on stage. He did a killer show. The one thing that I was amused at, and I know he was too, was that a bunch of guys in the audience showed up wearing cowboy hats. The hats were nice and clean. They looked like they had never been worn before. What was funny about that was what I had seen in Texas. Any self-respecting Texan would buy a cowboy hat and then run over it with their car or truck before wearing it. That fashion statement was important, because it had to look used. It had to be dirty. And, it had to look beat-up. None of these guys in Columbia had hats that looked like that. They weren't real cowboys. They were showy, fake cowboys.
So, if you go to a country music concert, be sure to roll your hat over with your car or truck, preferably in the mud.