Such moments don't seem out of character for Shooter, a musician who has garnered a reputation for championing independent and grassroots music. His show on Sirius XM's Outlaw Country station heavily promotes such artists and he's expressed strong sentiments — both musically and in interviews — about the deplorable state of the music industry.
Still, Shooter has been accused of moments of hypocrisy. His decision to promote an $85 meet-and-greet package for this September's Muddy Roots festival drew rebuke from at least one critic who dubbed him the "Svengali of Country Music" and his recent Twitter rant against John Mayer only raised eyebrows farther.
But, in a relatively rare moment for Mankato — that is, an artist of national renown sticking around longer than is required to familiarize themselves with the local scene — Shooter proved himself capable of an authenticity that caught the attention of at least one person in attendance.
"I was just excited and happy he wanted to play with us," Ocho said. "I was impressed by his decision, in general. It showed he didn't have to be on a big stage in front of thousands of people to play music."