Archive | March, 2013

Jason Boland and the Stragglers

27 Mar

Hey y’all! So now that I’ve recharged my batteries, I’m ready to tell some more stories(: I kinda left y’all hanging after my Bellamy Brothers story and I didn’t mean to so that being said let me finish talking about my weekend… That was my Friday night and while it would’ve been cool to say I partied like a rockstar with the Bellamy Brothers, let’s be realistic okay? My liver couldn’t handle all that excitement and I’m a little classier than that. So I drove home, crashed, then got up Saturday for the longest 8 hours of work I have ever experienced. (Aside from my early partying days, and yes I partied I’m human not dead!)

My mama was my date that night simply because she loves Jason Boland and the Stragglers and I knew she would have fun despite the smoked filled Longhorn Saloon. Now I forgot to mention in my Bellamy Brothers blog at just how nice the Saloon is. If you’ve never been, you need to go. It’s nice and the atmosphere is clean and good natured. You won’t be bothered with that hip hop madness everyone is raving about. You know that Harlem Shake? I don’t know I seen some people dancing to that and I thought they were either one, having a seizure or two trying to act like a zombie. Moving on… so we got there early and watched the opener band, Downday. Now I ain’t one to say anything negative about bands cause in the music industry it’s tough and you gotta be damn good to get anywhere. These guys know how to rock. It doesn’t matter what they sing they own it, If you ever get the chance to see them, take it you won’t be disappointed especially if you like southern rock.

Before I start telling you about the Jason experience I’m going to tell you why I respect him on so many levels… And yes I’m going to get serious for a minute so no yapping. If you’ve ever been to a red dirt/ Texas music concert you know there’s drinking involved, including the artist on stage or before and after going up to perform. Turnpike Troubadours pass a bottle of whiskey around while performing, I’ve drank beer before and after a Bleu Edmondson concert with Bleu himself, hell I’ve even taken shots with Bo Phillips’ band! So it’s a well known fact there’s alcohol involved and no you don’t have to drink any kind of alcoholic beverage to have fun at a concert. (ask my mama, she drank water the whole night.) Jason grew up in a little town outside of Shawnee, Oklahoma and then went to college in Stillwater where he was in fraternity. As everyone knows, when you’re living in a college town it’s a constant party where drinking is involved and Jason going to college, in a frat, being an artist playing in bars was consuming the alcohol. Eventually down the road he checked into rehab and turned his life around. THIS IS WHY HE HAS MY RESPECT! Yes I just yelled at you. Not many artist openly admit they made a trip to rehab for alcoholism but he is. Don’t believe me? Go read his website and its there. Also… oh yeah there’s more… After rehab, three years later, he ruptued a polyp on his vocal chord and it was said he might not ever be able to sing again. After all the trials and tribulations he’s now alcohol free, healthy and newly happily married. Bet you respect someone who has faced several hiccups in their career now don’t ya?

Him drinking alcohol has no affect on his live shows. I’ve seen him while he’s been drinking on stage and I’ve seen him sober on stage, the show he puts on is just damn good. Jason’s sound is more of the older country like the older George Strait, Merle Haggard stuff. Fiddles and steel guitar (sigh) I love me some fiddles in a country song. Nothing is more country than a fiddle in a song, except sweet tea and I love that too…

Whether he’s singing about cheap bourbon whiskey and pearl snap shirts or about being somewhere down in Texas you can’t help but love a song or two or everyone he’s recorded and released. And his show at the Longhorn? It sold out and was full of lifetime and new fans of the Stragglers. His original fiddler was out so guess who filled in? Randy Crouch! I’ll admit I was about 5 beers in and mistakened him for Bob Childers… Don’t laugh or judge my vision was impaired and all I knew was there was a living legend on stage alright?! Jason didn’t let the crowd down and I didn’t hear one bad thing said about the show. Afterwards, he came out to the merch booth, signed autographs and took pictures with the fans. Something that he’s probably done since 1999… Proud daughter moment was when my mama stood beside him smiled and got a pic with one of my bucket list artist. I couldn’t be more proud to say she is my mama and she knows damn good music(: Until next time y’all!

Bellamy Brothers

25 Mar
Hey hey y’all! So I told y’all that I had been visiting some shows, well have I got a treat for y’all! This past weekend some friends and I loaded up and traveled to the Longhorn Saloon in Ft. Smith to watch the Bellamy Brothers. That’s right, I said Bellamy Brothers. Now I know they’ve been around for some time but let me tell you, you cannot beat good music like that with a stick. You see, the Bellamy Brothers were at the Longhorn Saloon here awhile back and there was an overwhelming response to them so Shannon, the owner booked them again and they brought their a-game back to Arkansas.
 
I missed the first time they were close to home and I hated it. All I heard afterwards were people talking about how good they were and how good of a show they put on. So when it was announced they were coming back I knew I wasn’t going to miss them again.
 
When you hear the name Bellamy Brothers you automatically think of ‘Gimme A Redneck Girl’ or ‘Let Your Love Flow’ and well you know they’ve been around for some time. 38 years to be exact, ‘Let Your Love Flow’ went #1 in 1976 (I was just as shocked as you are right now.) But let me tell you something…. 38 years later they still have it. You hear their songs on the radio still to this day and the way they sound on those records that are thirty some odd years old, they still sound that same way. Their voices haven’t aged and neither has their sound. Which when you’re an artist, thats good especially for your career and for your fans.
 
Now I’m 28 years old, and when I say this I mean nothing bad about it so for y’all reading don’t get your feathers ruffled, I knew there would be older people there. That’s a given, they’ve had the same fans plus new ones for 38 years! But what I was shocked to see was there were fans there my age if not younger singing along, knowing all the words to the songs and cheering. This makes my chest swell with pride (hold your jokes and laughter!) simply because, the fans my age and younger know good country music when they hear it. They were raised with good music morals and that’s a good quality to have when you’re looking for a good ol country boy (or girl for all you guys reading this) to dance with or to get cozy with(:  
 
Will I ever go back to a Bellamy Brothers concert? Hell yes! Will I encourage others to still buy their music and support them when they come back to town? Of course, and you should too. You might curl your nose because they ain’t Luke, Jason or Carrie but they had to look at someone for musical inspiration! On a lighter note, I still dont know the ‘Reggae Cowboy’! Someone needs to teach me(: 

‘1994’

25 Mar

Hey y’all!!! So I have been busy with buying new albums and visiting some concerts so be prepared for some new reading material the next couple of days! So, I’m pretty sure my last blog I said I was going to start blogging about more stuff than just concerts, let me get started(:

Now, I’m a fan of Mr. Dirt Road aka Jason Aldean. I’ve bought every one of his albums and he does have some good songs that fit any mood one could be in. Happy, sad, heartbroken, you know all the emotions. So when he released his latest album ‘Night Train’ I was hesitant. I jam out to his first release off the album ‘Take A Little Ride’ its fun; makes you wanna grab a beer and a backroad. I bought it and wasn’t disappointed, yeah there were some songs I was like ‘Eh’ but the more you listen to em the more you like them. I was really surprised he released ‘The Only Way I Know’ featuring previous tour mate Luke Bryan and pal Eric Church but it was successful for all three artist and it became a fan favorite just like ‘Take A Little Ride’. Here’s where things take a turn for the worse…

Let me start out with the good okay? Jason has some good perks with me. One, he’s a Georgia boy! Everyone knows I’m a sucker for a boy from the south especially a Georgia boy. Two, he’s a hottie patottie! Those earrings and the way he shakes his country booty while on stage *sigh*. Three, he’s a hunter, fisher and looks good in camoflauge, need I say more?! (Cue the dun dun dunnnn music right now for this next part) He’s got all these good quirks and then he released the single ‘1994’. Holy guacamola, whoever thought this would be a good move for Jason’s career must’ve been hitting the crack pipe! Do y’all remember when Jason released ‘Dirt Road Anthem’ previously recorded by Colt Ford and Brantley Gilbert? Okay, he doesnt have the best luck at rapping so I can only imagine someone lied to him telling him he had it going on cause let’s be honest, he don’t.

‘1994’ has that effect on most, you know the one where you hear it and it’s so freaking catchy it’s stuck in your head for the rest of the day and you can’t help but bob your head and say “Joe Joe Joe Diffee!” at random times. Just me? Well that’s unfortunate… I’m guilty as one that when it does come on I move my head with the music and get into it without noticing, but then again I do that to a lot of songs. As a matter of fact, it just came on the radio… cue me dancing in my chair and causing a frenzy with the chanting of Joe Diffee.

If I could pick an artist that could pull it off it’d have to be Thomas Rhett. Ironically, his daddy Rhett Akins help pen the tune ‘1994’ and I’m basing it on his own little rap ditty ‘Front Porch Junkie’ (If you haven’t heard it, YouTube it. I know every word by heart and rock out to it on road trips) however, I don’t see myself doing the same with ‘1994’ and that’s The Truth! (Like what I did there? I know I’m corny but you smiled!) Until next time y’all!

Hey y’all!!!!

16 Mar

Goodness I took some time off from writing and now I’m ready to get back in the full swing of things! First things first, I do attend shows and give you awesome readers insight to my opinions of how I think the artist did and how the show went, but I’m gonna start something new… Not only am I going to tell y’all about shows I’ll also share my thoughts and opinions on new music I pick up at Hasting’s, Cavenders or from the artist themselves. Also, I’ll write up blogs about my thoughts and opinions on not only red dirt/ Texas music releases but also mainstream music (I keep an open mind so not all of my thoughts and reviews will be solely on red dirt/ Texas music, I’ll throw some mainstream in there every once in a while just to keep y’all on your toes!)
So your homework is to go check out my buddy Doug Balmain. He’s an artist out of Wyoming that in my opinion needs to visit Oklahoma, Arkansas and Texas to do some shows to get his name out. Go to YouTube and look up some songs and head over to Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to follow him. He writes his tunes and has a unique different sound that no matter what kind of country music you listen to you’re bound to like it(: I’ll talk to y’all soon!