I admit I'm really lazy when it comes to recreation. So much time and preparation has to go into it for me, it's just not worth it. Hey, we're all different. I used to have a boat years ago and I see all these people heading up the road for the 4th. Boats, campers, four-wheelers etc. Do you know how much work has to go into all of that?

People put days into getting all of those things ready for 8 hours of recreation. Loading then unloading. Food and fuel, then the trip to get there. After you have your two days you load everything back up, turn around, and head home. Then, the work starts all over again. Now you have to unload, clean everything up, unhook and put everything back in its spot so it's out of the way until next time. I'm getting exhausted just thinking about it.

Most of the people in the family are all into helping with all of it. Try to get volunteers to mow for an hour and it's nearly impossible. Even going to a concert, wow. Get cleaned up, drive in, park, wait in line to get in. Finally, the show. Okay, great.  Two hours of entertainment then empty the building. Wait to get out of the parking lot for 45 minutes then drive home.

If somehow that was all a little bit easier. It seems a lot of work has to go into not doing any work for a while. It's always better to know someone who has a boat and a camper and get invited than being the one doing the inviting. No matter how you recreate this weekend, stay safe, and we'll see you back here Tuesday at 5. I'll bet you'll be tired.

5 Hottest Country Tours of Summer 2021

There’s a lot to consider when making a list of the hottest tours of summer 2021, including star power, opening acts, venues and set lists. Add to that concerns and cautions as the country begins to emerge from a pandemic and that no one has seen live music in 14 months. It’s quite likely you’re craving live music like a drug that’s just out of reach ... or you’re scared shirtless to surround yourself with 10,000 fans indoors. 

All the emotions about reengaging with the live country music community are valid. While at first it seemed September would be start-up month, several tours on this Hot List begin in July and August at outdoor venues across America. The No. 3 tour and No. 1 tour on our list are mostly indoors, but both are banking on increased safety that comes from a majority of the population having the COVID-19 vaccine. 

Once those lights go down, all of these worries will be carried away by the buzz in the air (and maybe, from your cup). Find five total professionals on this list of Hot Summer Tours, each bringing a total stage show, plus several in-demand opening acts with a proven track record of live entertainment at the highest level. There’s no fat on any of these country tours — if you stick to the tailgate through an opener’s set, you’ll truly be missing something special. 

As always, let us know who you can’t wait to see on tour in 2021 via Twitter or email

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