I don't care how good an artist's recordings are, it's always interesting to hear them in person; you gain new insights.
John is also one heck of a guitar player. He had anticipated singing to backing tracks but the venue he performed at did not have the right audio set-up, so he had to do his whole show with just him and his guitar -- like Jim sometimes had to do.
I must say it was one of the most intimate shows I've ever witnessed, as the philosopher in John came out. Both he and his famous uncle were into philosophy and without getting preachy, John made some pithy observations about the music scene today, family, love, growing older, etc. Profound.
The whole mood of the theater changed when he took the stage. The singers ahead of him were very entertaining and I know John enjoyed them as well because I sat near him in the back. But after intermission, when John came on to perform, things got real quiet as people paid close attention.
It's been said many times that when Jim Reeves sang, you could have heard a pin drop. The same could be said for when John Rex was on the stage.
He wasn't flashy or loud or raucous. He was just quiet and dignified and he really put a lot of soul and feeling into his vocals.
It was an informal evening as if he was in your living room and I was very impressed. In fact, I felt honored to meet a real Reeves (though I actually met one of Jim's sisters years ago when I visited Mary in Nashville).
John Rex and I also had a very interesting conversation afterward. And I enjoyed meeting his lovely wife of 53 years, Neva (who took our photo).
Great country music is a Reeves family tradition.