Cole Swindell

19 May

Hey y’all! Well it’s another day with me nose deep in music(: I’ve been super busy and haven’t really had time to slow down and write til now so I’ll be quick with my stories. Now I know I said in a previous post that I was gonna talk about mainstream country too despite my name being Red Dirt Lisa. Really I love all kinds of music; classic country, mainstream country, pop country, red dirt and Texas music country, I don’t have a limit. Of course I’ll be snarky and make my own comments on some mainstream artist but it’s only because it’s what I think. Some of my friends don’t like Luke Bryan but I have highs and lows with Luke and here’s my thoughts on that… I love some of Luke’s stuff, like the first album he put out that had good songs like ‘We Rode In Trucks’, ‘I’ll Stay Me’, and ‘First Love Song’ those to me were great coming from him and I even love some of his newer stuff like ‘Drink A Beer’ and ‘Play It Again’ but when he starts singing about being a “winner winner catfish dinner”, wearing bedazzled skinny britches and is twerking more than Miley I gotta drop my head and wonder who his publicist is and why they’re still not working with Prince. (Of course I’d be lying if I said I didn’t like watching his booty shake it for me) I like some of the country pop stuff coming out of Nashville, I admit I put in my ear buds and jam to it while push mowing my yard (Yes some of it makes me think I can dance) and I do turn it up in my car and put on my own personal concert. (Don’t judge you do too…)

While skipping through my Pandora song list one day this catchy new song came on and I thought “Who is this cat?” It was a new artist named Cole Swindell and he was singing his song called ‘Chillin’ It’ at fist I was thinking that this was some more pop in my country and people were gonna gripe about it (and they did) but the song grew on me and I liked what I was hearing. Then I read he got picked up to be an opener on Luke Bryan’s ‘That’s My Kinda Night’ tour which made sense but I wasn’t going to drop a butt load of money for a ticket. I didn’t have to, several of my Facebook friends bought tickets and went and posted video’s pictures and their own personal opinions and they all made comments about Cole. I still wasn’t sold. It took a month or two til me and my friend Ashley were in the check-out line at Wal Mart and there was the ‘last minute stuff you might need but really you don’t’ rack. I looked over and there sat Cole’s debut album sitting there all cute and such for $10, Ashley informed me Pandora played a lot of Cole stuff and he had more than just one good song, so I said “What the hey, I’ll buy it. It’s only $10.” The next day while painting my entire house I listened to that album on repeat and thought to myself “This is the best $10 I’ve spent in a while!” The more I listened to it the more I loved it. So then I did some extensive creeping on Mister cutie patootie Cole and stumbled upon several things that booted me on up to biggest fan status. He’s a Georgia native, (Well… well… well…) he and ol Luke Bryan were frat brothers in college, (I’m betting he can do one helluva keg stand!) and most importantly he writes or co-writes his own songs and this includes songs for other fellow Georgia artists (Craig Campbell, Thomas Rhett and Florida Georgia Line to name a few)

I was sold. Well not entirely, I went looking through tour dates. Listen I don’t give a crap how good you are to look at, how many great songs you have or how many awards you have displayed in your big house on the hill, if you cant knock my socks off with a live show then I’m gonna tell you about it!

There it sat… the closest venue to me was in Oklahoma City and by golly I was going. So I ordered the tickets then told Ashley to set aside any plans she might’ve had cause we had a hot date. So the end of March me, her, her husband and my boyfriend loaded up and traveled the 3 1/2 hours to OKC to watch Cole at this little place called he Diamond Ballroom. Now I guess while drooling over Cole I never thought to do research on the Diamond Ballroom… The only thing I knew about the place was there was always a good artist booked there, little did I know (I found out later from my cousin) that it was in the shady lower part of town meaning rough. In all honesty I don’t know why this thought never crossed my mind because when we walked in the door there stood four cops. Not “sugar bear cops” as my friend Jennifer calls em, but real friggin’ cop with real guns and a real badge. (Real okay?) The place was a good sized establishment, clean, very well ran and very well taken care of. I took a look around and noticed the huge pictures that lined the walls of previous artist that had been booked there then… they patted us down. Not like a little pat, I mean you had to spread em and they made sure you were packing a gun, knife, 2×4 anything that could harm someone. (Holy cow! A little heads up would’ve been great!) Once I got past the shock of that experience we walked on in and found a good place to stand to watch the show. Now when I go places I observe the place… The Diamond Ballroom had clean beer and liquor bars, friendly bartenders, ran by nice but stern people and their bathrooms were clean. Yeah you read that right, their bathrooms were clean, smelled of cleaner and had clean floors. I’m not certain on the capacity limit of the place but it was not packed nor was it sold out for this show. (Give him a year or so and he’ll pack it out) Finally, at 10:30 Cole took the stage, he did his own songs, he sang the songs he had co-wrote for other artist and even did some covers of some 90’s country songs. He was great with the crowd and was very high energy. (yep that ticket to go see him and ol Luke would’ve been a good buy…) Then just as everyone was getting all fired up the concert was over, I look at my clock and it reads 11:40. Um…what? We drove nearly four hours, got patted down as if we were hiding a shank in our bra and then the show was only and hour and ten minutes long?! I guess its safe to say while oogling over Cole I should’ve been doing research on the venue, maybe if I had I would’ve read that they close at midnight. (Way to go Lisa)

Would I recommend you seeing him live? Yes. Would I ask his booking people to reevaluate their contracts and make the show longer? I already did(: Overall he put on a great show, our tickets were affordable and I’d for sure go again to see him. Y’all support live music!

Josh Abbott meltdown

10 Feb

Hey y’all! I haven’t been on here as much in a month, I’ve been busy redoing the inside of my house and keeping up with the music. I did however take a break Friday and creeped Twitter at the request of a friend cause I was missing quite the show…

 

As some of y’all know I’m a huge Josh Abbott Band fan and as weird as it sounds I haven’t been creeping Twitter as much as I used to. I do follow Josh Abbott Band members and Josh Abbott’s wife on Instagram and Twitter but noticed not much has been going on with any of them. Well when I creeped on Josh Abbott’s Friday I realized probably why. Josh came out and openly admitted to having problems with alcohol abuse, infidelity and language. Now this might come as a shock to some especially if you follow Josh or his wife on Instagram or Twitter, it seemed they had the perfect marriage and seemingly perfect life. I’ve had several people ask me my thoughts and opinions on the situation and well I’m about to unleash the beast on y’all…

 

I know as a child of God that we all make mistakes and that we’re also forgiven for those mistakes. I also know right from wrong when I’m faced with a situation, granted I don’t always do the right thing but when I screw up I’m ready to face the music. Alcohol abuse and language… (clearly I know this area quite well) we’ve all backslid. I mentioned this in my ‘The Truth Shall Set You Free’ blog. We all make mistakes those mistakes such as partying like a rock star, cussing like a sailor, snorting cocaine off a strippers butt cheek, wrecking hotel rooms. (Okay, so the last two things I just threw in there cause the blog needed a funny line. If you don’t find it humorous, tough crowd.) I think we’ve all made the mistake of having a drink or two and spouting off some dirty words. It’s not my place to judge, however I do not condone cheating or lying. I don’t tolerate it, I think if you’re not happy you should pack up and peace out. If you took the vow and made the promise in front of God and the one person you love the most then you honor it. Plain and simple. If you find yourself not happy or leaning toward cheating then you should sit down with your spouse or significant other and say, “We need to talk.” I have been through the divorce deal and it’s not a walk in the park, I wasn’t happy. I broke my promise to God and to my spouse, but I’ll answer for that. I’ve also been cheated on and lied to (and yes I punched him in the face. If I would’ve thought of it, I’d peed on his toothbrush) Just kidding on the peeing on the toothbrush, if you didn’t giggle over that, get out. But that’s the reaction I had; hurt, anger, betrayal. You trust the one person and they take your heart and do a tap dance on it. Now I don’t know the whole story behind Josh and his wife. I just know I sat staring at a bunch of tweets just like every other JAB fan in the Twittersphere and raised an eyebrow.

 

Remember back in 2012 when I blogged about the Josh Abbott Band show at Georges in Fayetteville? (If not, go look it up on here.) Anyways, he was blitzed, him and the band along with Rob Baird had been tweeting they had visited ‘Shotz’, a bar on Dickson Street. Then during Rob’s set Josh came from backstage and sang with him while two sorority girls stood in the back waiting on him. He wasn’t wearing his ring and when JAB took the stage for their set, and he sang ‘Taste’ and ‘Touch’ he sang them rather vulgar like… Everyone knows Fayetteville is a college town and if you’re a fan of JAB you know they’re all about the colleges. So, you can decide off that bit of info what you reckon, I know that me and my friend Megan discussed our thoughts on it, and it didn’t look good from where we stood. 

 

His wife had tweeted to someone while it was all burning up Twitter; “Please do not applaud him for his honesty. He’s been lying to me for 7 years.”  

I look at artist in the past who have done the same. Artist such as Alan Jackson and Garth Brooks to name a few and Denise Jackson booted Alan out for a while before working on their marriage and working through the problems they both faced. So much so, she wrote a book about it. I’ve read it, it’s a great book. Garth Brooks cheated on his first wife Sandy, While he was onstage he went into to sing ‘If Tomorrow Never Comes’ and couldn’t because of the guilt he had felt, singing a song that was intended to mean something for his wife and he couldn’t sing it because of his unfaithful decision. He came clean and they worked through it, it ultimately ended in divorce and he went on to marry country sweetie, Trisha Yearwood. I look at artist that had drinking problems and worked through them. All the problems Josh Abbott has, can be fixed in time and if he genuinely is sorry for the pain and embarrassment he’s caused his family and his wife’s family and most importantly if he wants to really turn into the Godlly man he wants to be.

 

In closing, my opinion might not mean much. I see Granger Smith, Wade Bowen, Aaron Watson and Cody Canada who are all happily married and have been for sometime now and think “Man, they go out and do the same thing Josh Abbott does and they didn’t screw around on their wives, why couldn’t Josh have done that?” The songs he sings, I cringe when I listen to some because you know he must’ve written them for his wife and the love he has for her. They just aren’t the same as they were before. It’s kinda like being an innocent kid and finding out the dang Easter bunny ain’t real, you’ve been broadsided with the ugly truth and it’s hard to swallow. I think Josh Abbott Band got too big too fast. The high living of all the female fans and the hard life on the road got to him and went straight to his head (maybe both, who knows.)  The band has had a successful career and I’d hate for fans to turn their back on them but if it happens it happens, it’s all a part of God’s plan on what He has in store. Should he have went to Twittersphere with the problems? Yes and no. I think he owed it to his fans to tell the truth and to face the problem and address it, I think if he done it with the right intentions then okay but if he did it for the band to be in the spotlight and get more attention and he’s playing the pity party he needs his toothbrush peed on and slapped in the crotch. Just kidding! Until next time my friends, bye y’all!

Keith Whitley

15 Jan

Hey y’all, I hope everyone is having a great day today. It’s a new day and it’s nice and sunny outside which to me means good writing weather. (Granted I can write when the mood strikes me but when the weather is nice out that’s when I write the best.) With writing also comes the thing I rely most on which is music. Music is great for your moods, I don’t have moods or emotions like most people, I have songs. Weird I know but honestly it’s easier for me to tell someone after they’ve asked what’s on my mind, “Go listen to this.” and then I’ll tell em a song that is best describing what I’m dealing with at that time. For example; I had a bad break up awhile back and when my ex called me up to talk to me about things I said “You know I think you need to go listen to Bo Phillips Band’s song ‘The Pissed Off Clown Song’ or Keith Whitley’s song ‘I’m Over You’. Then tell me what you think.” Needless to say he didn’t call back so I think he got the hint (also if you’ve never heard those songs, I strongly suggest you stop reading and go to YouTube and look em up.)

So now that you’ve read the title of this blog and seen that I mentioned Keith’s song you’re probably wondering why I’m blogging about him. Lucky for you, I’m about to tell you why… So sit back, grab a soda pop or some Skittles and get ready to read why I think so highly of KW.

Keith Whitley…. man oh man if you’ve ever loved country music then you must’ve heard this man sing a time or two. Keith’s well known songs include; ‘I’m No Stranger To The Rain’, ‘It Ain’t Nothin’, ‘Homecoming ’63’, ‘When You Say Nothing At All’ (which was later covered by Alison Krauss and Union Station), ‘Miami, My Amy’ and that’s just naming a few. I have several friends that dote on KW and for good reason, if you went and YouTubed his song ‘I’m Over You’ and then watched some more videos then you know that his voice is one of a kind. Keith’s voice is, in my own opinion, soothing. It doesn’t matter what kind of day I’m having I can get in the car or turn on the radio and pop in one of his cd’s and BAM! Instantly I feel better. It could also be the sound of the music… no pops and whistles, it sounds like what country music should sound like. If you listen closely to his songs, you can hear the emotions in his voice. I love it. I hate the fact that I was 19 days short of being 5 when he passed away and I never got to go see him live in concert. I was just knee high to a grasshopper when my mama took me to see Tanya Tucker and then when I was 6 or 7 she took me to see Hank Williams Jr. Both concerts I remember still to this day. You can better believe I’d remember some Keith Whitley! If I could meet and interview any artist alive or dead I’d choose Keith, there’s so many things I’d ask him.

I learned to two step to Keith’s song ‘Ten Feet Away’, still to this day when I hear it, it takes me back to that moment in my life. (I was 16!) I remember spending the summers with my memaw and aunts and they would turn on CMT, of course I was glued to the TV. I remember sitting there watching ‘Homecoming ’63’ and ‘When You Say Nothing At All’ videos. One of my good friends, Erin Bear Glinski (formally Neal) and I used to listen to Keith a lot. Erin had this white Ford Mustang at the time and back in the day when it was cool to cruise we’d drive around listening to Keith. One memory that stands out in my mind and I’m not sure which one of us was nursing a broken heart from a bad break up at the time but she slung a Keith cd in the Mustang and turned up the volume and on came ‘I’m Over You’ and away we went driving and listening to that song as Erin Bear sang to it loudly and I giggled. I might not have remembered which one was broken hearted but I remember after jamming to that song 1,486 times, neither one of us was suffering anymore.

Another Keith song that stands out to me is ‘Don’t Close Your Eyes’ which went #1 in 1988. My Lord, it gets to me. I listen to it continuously and the line that sticks out the most is:

“Darling just once
Let yesterday go
You’ll find more love
Than you’ve ever known”

I think everyone has thought that at least once in their life. If you’re not familiar with the song once again, go visit YouTube or go buy an album. I can assure you, you won’t be disappointed by any of his songs.

Unfortunately, Keith’s career was cut short by his untimely death May 9,1989 at the young age of 34. I, in my own opinion, will say this about Keith… had he not passed away he would’ve had a larger than life career and he would’ve been one of the few artist to stay true to his country sound. Call me crazy but I strongly believe it. I can mention Keith’s name and whoever I’m around, you can see it in their face, they light up and start talking about their favorite song and boast on him and his music. I have friends that weren’t even born until after Keith’s death and you can believe they love his music and own all his albums. If that doesn’t tell you what a amazing singer he was then I don’t know what will!

I’ve read Lorrie Morgan’s book 5,493 times (True story, I’ve read it so many times. It’s that good!) If you haven’t, I strongly suggest you buy it and read it. It’s in her own words and it’s about her love story with Keith. From the time they met til he passed away, she recounts everything. I respect her on many levels and once you read the book, you will too.

 While they were together they had a son, Jesse Keith Whitley, now if this name doesn’t sound familiar you take your butt right back over to YouTube and look him up right now. He’ll knock your socks off with his voice and his performances. Jesse Keith is one of those artist in Nashville that, I know, will be a household name within the year. Yes, he’s that good and who would’ve doubted it? His mom is Lorrie Morgan and his dad is Keith Whitley, God couldn’t have planned that any better. While you’re creeping YouTube, look up his song ‘Kentucky Thunder’ and then look up his cover of ‘Tell Lorrie I Love Her’, a song written by Keith to Lorrie that he recorded on a little recorder in their living room then was later sang at their wedding by a friend.

I had contacted Jesse Keith last October to ask about a possible interview for All Twang TV. We planned it and I took off for Tennessee the end of November, that trip was short lived. I was hit with terrible pain in my right kidney and then later realized I had a kidney stone. So I had to cancel and come home, I’m hoping I can reschedule that highly anticipated interview with JKW for this year. He, just like his daddy, interests me and I’ll gladly support both of them openly and proudly.

Y’all have a fabulous day and as soon as you can take your butt to Hastings, Wal Mart, Best Buy or wherever they sell cd’s and purchase any Keith Whitley album you can find and if you already have them, then take a hour break from whatever you’re doing and relax to some soothing sounds of KW. Until next time, bye y’all! 

The Truth Shall Set You Free

14 Jan

Hey y’all, I hope everyone had a good week and weekend. I’ve been busy tying up loose ends here and there while lining up potential interviews with some of my favorite artists.

This blog is going to be a little different… It’s not music related, of course there are some songs that come to mind regarding this blog but I’m not going to discuss em. However I’m going to do something I rarely do. I’m going to bare my soul and let y’all into my personal life.

I know I’ve been open about my beliefs and opinions on some things and I know that I’ve been private about some things, since this matter is going to come out in the public then it’s best I go ahead and address it. Everyone reading this will have their own thoughts and opinions on my decisions, that’s normal. I wouldn’t blame you one bit for having something to say whether it be good or bad. However, if any questions come to your mind, please feel free to private message me on my fan page or my personal Facebook page or even text me if you have my number. Also, before I get started, this is a very hard thing for me to write about. As I’ve said before some areas in my life I’m very private, very tender hearted. So note this is very emotional for me, if you’re a believer of God you better grab some tissues. Here we go…

 

I’m 29 years old and I’ll be the first to admit I’ve done some pretty stupid things in my life. A lot of things that should’ve prohibited me from sitting here writing. In the recent months, I’ve slowed down my nightlife and focused on things that are more important. I haven’t been out partying, burning up the bar tabs like I used to, waking up with hangovers or nothing of that nature. I’d have a glass of wine here and there at the house after a long day. I had been focusing on getting closer to God. Some of y’all might find it hard to believe that I asked God to come into my life September 5, 1999 and publicly showed my decision on September 19,1999 when I was baptized. Sure I got off track and backslid but hasn’t everyone, we’re not perfect.

Here and there in the past couple of months, I’ve been really focusing more on a closer relationship with God. He is bigger than all the problems we face everyday but unfortunately it hadn’t fully sunk in quite yet to me and in my hard head… I won’t go into detail on here but like I said before if you have any questions please contact me and I will answer almost any question you have. This past Saturday night I was arrested and went to jail for the first time in my entire life. Being my age you think you’d be able to handle the fact you’re handcuffed and in the back of a police vehicle but let me tell you something, I don’t care how old you are when you’re in that position, you want your mom. Every emotion one could feel, I was feeling it, but the one that stuck out the most was being ashamed.

I don’t recommend anyone going to jail; it’s filthy, scary, you’re treated like you’ve just committed first degree murder and you feel really claustrophobic. What’s even more humiliating is having to change from the comfort of your own clothes to jail clothes and then reality hits. It’s a really bad feeling. I wouldn’t wish what I seen or went through on anyone.

I had a lot of time to think about the situation I was in. Lord, I thought about everything. My son, my mom and dad, my little brother when he was arrested a couple of years back, the decisions I had made. You have your thoughts and that’s it. No one to talk to, sure I had cell mates but when I found out one of my cellmates was in there for manslaughter my Lord I almost lost it. No internet, no Facebook, no phone. NOTHING. Before I was walked to my cell in the women’s corner of the jail, I was in a huge area by myself. I huddled in the corner and cried and then prayed. Then I thought about everything imaginable. I thought about all the things I had done in my life and about everyone in my life. And it dawned on me, this was God’s way of showing me if I didn’t change my life then I would continue to travel down a path I didn’t want to be on. I believe God has ways of getting our attention, after my friend died in November that’s when I really started thinking about where I wanted to be in life and I started leaning toward God and His way. He had my attention and was working on me. Then here I was making a stupid decision and there was God getting my attention. He did, He had my full attention and I was listening. At four something in the morning as I’m sobbing and praying I asked God to forgive me of my shortcomings and I gave Him my life back like I had done back in ’99 to take over and to lead me to be closer to Him. 

Six long hours later I was released to my Aunt Marilyn who then took me to my mom and son. I did a lot of crying like I’m doing right now as I write this to tell you my story. I cried when I seen Aunt Marilyn and I cried again when I seen my mom and son. I cried when I got home and my sister was waiting on me and had no clue where I had been nor knew the extent of what I had been through til I sat down with her and poured it all out. I still have a long road ahead of me until I get out of this mess I got myself into but lesson learned. God is a great teacher and someone we should all be close to. Of course now instead of facing problems on my own, I know that He will help me through whatever I face and I will not be alone.

All my friends and family that have spoke kind and encouraging words to me, thank you. You’ll never know what it means to me and you’ll never know how much they’ve helped me along with God’s kind hand. I love you all and wouldn’t know what to do without y’all. Until next time, bye y’all.   

Bottoms Up!

7 Jan

Hey y’all! I’m in a writing mood so I figured I better utilize it the best I can for now(: Today I’m gonna give y’all my opinion on Brantley Gilbert’s newest video and release, ‘Bottoms Up’. Now before I get started let me make some things clear… These opinions and thoughts are based solely on what I think, I’m a BG fan from way back when he first hit the scene (yes way before he came out with his album Halfway To Heaven, like a fan from when he blasted through my speakers singing about ‘Whenever We’re Alone’ *sigh*) I’ve met BG countless times and he’s one of the nicest people one can meet in the business. Let’s get started shall we?

 

Three weeks ago Brantley released his newest video and to my surprise it wasn’t some sap song milking a broken heart. (We all got the memo about his and Jana’s split.) What was an even bigger surprise was the fact that he has numerous leading ladies hanging off of him like drunken prom queens… (The broken heart must be healed… just saying..) At first, I didn’t know what to think about the new song, I’m used to his sound from ‘Take It Outside’, ‘Hell On Wheels’, and ‘Kick It In The Sticks’ which granted he does carry that sound and a little more with it. The sound I’m hearing from this song is…. well it just ain’t something I expected out of Brantley. His songs from ‘Halfway To Heaven’ make me want to drive fast and this song makes me want to slow down. It doesn’t mean the song hasn’t grown on me cause it has. It makes me want to grab a Mason jar of moonshine and dance even though I’m not much of a drinker nowadays and dancing, well I can pull a move or two out if needed.

His voice in this song has that raspy, sexy sound to it which is a plus, but I can’t understand what he’s saying in some parts of the song cause his voice is so low and raspy. How romantic and sexy is it when a guy says something and you have to say “Huh?” totally kills the mood so maybe just maybe BG needs to rework his sexiness… I wish I had that problem!

Now onto my thoughts on the video… I love the Bonnie and Clyde feel it has to it, the gangster look. All the fashion in this video from Brantley’s attire to the ladies dresses, the cars, the guns, all of it is rocked well by all involved. They start out loading up moonshine into the back of the car then Brantley and the three flapper girls get into his car and his band members all dressed in the same gangster fashion get into their car, guns loaded and drive off. They’re seen driving down a paved country road and eventually they pull into the driveway of a huge mansion, all get out of the cars and walk up to the mansion and are greeted by the doorman, who in real life is his bodyguard. As they walk into the mansion, the era changes and its todays times. All the clothes are updated and instead of walking in with all those crates of moonshine, they’re walking up with barrels of whiskey and then walk in to a raging party. Guys and girls are dancing everywhere while guess who is singing about Bottoms Up. While the party is getting crazy inside the mansion the next scene shows the sheriff walking up to the steps and the doorman redirects him. In case y’all didn’t know the sheriff is played by BG’s manager. (Everybody had a hand in this video for sure.) As the party is winding down, you see Brantley and his crew walking out of the mansion wearing their gangster clothes and getting back in their cars to go home. As Brantley pulls back into his driveway, he parks and gets out and has his back to the driveway, where the sheriff just so happens to be parked waiting on his return. The sheriff quietly gets out with his shotgun and walks up the driveway, as he approaches he cocks the shell into the chamber, Brantley turns around with two guns drawn and the screen goes black then you hear a gunshot.

The director of this video gets two thumbs up, something about the transitioning, the acting and the small details is what brings this all together and its flawless. However, I would change up Brantley’s style a smidge, something about his black jean sleeveless shirt he was wearing in the mansion just doesn’t do it for me and maybe not so many rings…. More is less BG(: Y’all can view this video, just go to http://www.youtube.com, search for Brantley Gilbert, then scroll through the results til you find Bottoms Up, click and enjoy. Also, call your local radio station and request to hear it. Until next time, bye y’all!

 

Goodbye 2013 Hello 2014!

6 Jan

Wow last year was a long hectic crazy year! So crazy and hectic I haven’t wrote in ten long miserable months:( I know I know it’s time to get with the program and I have. While I was busy with shows and buying albums last year I also added to my plate.

I got a message one day asking me if I’d be interested in talking music on a podcast on Thursday night’s out of Lubbock Texas. So I said I’d give it a whirl to see if I’d be interested in doing it all the time and to my surprise I loved it and so did the guys and listeners that I now talk to every Thursday night. If y’all wanna call in and listen or talk to me or any of the guys that host Smokin’ X call 1-347-202-0263, also go ‘like’ their Facebook page titled Smokin X. Also…. I went on a limb and tried something new, I took a correspondence position. That’s right you read that correctly, I now interview artist instead of just talk about them.

 

I struck up a friendship with the producer of All Twang TV one night on Twitter after going on a rant. We talked music for two weeks when he asked me if I’d be interested in being the Oklahoma/Texas/Arkansas correspondent. Heck yes I’d be interested! But it wasn’t that easy and that quick on me making a decision… I was scared. Of course I can talk to anyone but talking to just anyone with a camera in my face? That thought scared the crap out of me and it still does even though I’ve already done two interviews. I know that the more I do the more easy it’ll be but until I get fully used to it, you can laugh at my nervousness when you watch the interviews.

 

I mentioned I had already completed two interviews… My first one was Rich O’Toole and let me tell you, I don’t think I could have chose a nicer more laid back person to interview my first time. Rich and I had kept in contact after one of his shows and he became more of a friend to me than me being a fan and him being an artist, when I approached him with the idea of me interviewing him he jumped at the chance. the interview went great and hopefully by the first of next month you guys will be able to view it.

 

My second interview was with up and coming artist Kaleb McIntire. I had seen the Missouri native several times in concert and was intrigued by his bad boy image so when his manager hit me up about interviewing him I couldn’t say no. I had some questions for him! Kaleb was such a great artist to interview and even played two of my favorite songs acoustic that you guys will hopefully see soon.

 

You can view my interviews along with several others. All you got to do is go to YouTube, type in the search bar, All Twang TV and then you can choose which episode you want from the results that pop up. Please subscribe to the channel as well and you’ll also get updates on upcoming shows.

 

I wasn’t sad to see 2013 go, sure I had some good opportunities but not all was good in ’13. There was heartache, lessons learned (hard lessons learned!) and loss. I had a close friend that was a proud supporter of Red Dirt Lisa pass away. It was unexpected and there’s not a day that goes by that I don’t think of him or want to call or text him to tell him when something exciting happens to me. He was always one of the first to know when I had exciting news and that’s what is so hard to swallow now… I know Luke is in Heaven and is making sure I keep in line, there’s a sense of comfort knowing he knows before I do when something good is going to happen in my life.

 

As I wrap up this blog I wanna share with y’all my new years resolutions and to give you guys a sneak peek at what’s ahead for me in 2014 and what y’all can expect out of me. I plan on driving to Texas and joining Granger Smith this year for his 100 mile Boot Walk, interviewing artist on a special bucket list I have made for myself, helping KTCS with the Make-A-Wish radiothon, having a closer relationship with God, being a better mom to my son and the two most common; losing 15 pounds and getting out of debt(:

 

Thank y’all so much for your continued support, you’ll never know how much it means to me. Until next time, bye y’all!

Yee Yeeing and gettin’ Redneck Crazy!

18 Apr

Hey y’all! I hope you guys have been doing good, me I’ve been creeping Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram keeping up with the artists and what’s going on in the world of music. I hit the jackpot this week(: Casey Donahew Band and Granger Smith released new albums on Tuesday, April 16, 2013 and Tyler Farr and Earl Dibbles Jr. released new music videos. Now I haven’t got my grubby hands on the newest albums BUT my good friend Adam has and he says he couldn’t get enough of each (I know I’m slacking on the album buying process) but I’ll be going this weekend to watch Casey Donahew Band live and snag their newest CD and then I’ll just swing on by Hastings and score me a copy of Granger Smith. Keep your eyes peeled for my review of both albums shortly.

So I mentioned new videos… Now I’m going back to Granger Smith for a minute… If you’re not familiar with Granger, let me keep it short and sweet with you, Granger has an alter ego named Earl Dibbles Jr. and it’s rumored that Granger does half the show as himself which is normally him acting like any other red blooded Texan then halfway through the show he goes back and changes into a pair of overalls, white wifebeater tank top, boots and painted on tattoos, comes back out onstage and brings the house down with his cracking a cold one, putting a good dip in and YEE- YEE-ing (a two worded chant that has become familiar in most households). I’ve yet to attend a Granger/Earl show but I have one in my sights May 23rd in Fayetteville (keep your eyes peeled for that blog!)

My cousin introduced me to Earl. I had heard of Granger and loved what he was putting out and I was slightly confused about if Granger and Earl were twins (I know I know, I’m a true ditz sometimes) I watched the video for ‘The Country Boy Song’ and was cackling and gigglesnorting throughout the entire video. Right now stop what you’re doing and go YouTube it! The line:

I keep a twelve gauge by my water bed,
Cause the next trailer over lives a meth head, uh huh
And that ain’t biscuits he’s cookin’

I lose it every time I hear it, we’re talking howling with laughter (you gotta know the county I live in to fully understand the humor in the line. However, if you live in a trailer park or small town you can probably relate.) I have watched the video countless times and was wondering if he would come out with more music. And then the music Gods heard me and presented ‘Country Boy Love’. This video is just…. well I’ll tell you this I was gigglesnorting then gagged then cackled by the end of it. In that order too(: My advice to you is to go watch it and keep an open mind, it might seem stupid at first but before you start bashing and turning your nose up, keep in mind it is for fun and it is making him extra money because fans can’t get enough of Earl. So crack a cold one, put a good dip in and YEE YEE!

Now I’m gonna talk about Tyler Farr… This feller, has it going on. He waltzed into the music scene with his popular song ‘Hello Goodbye’ and whoooooed over all the ladies with his cutie patootie good looks and country boy attitude and let’s not forget his list of friends caught our attention as well. (Lee Brice, Randy Houser and Jarrod Niemann) Remember all those social media networking sites I mentioned above? Well you can find Tyler Farr on all of those so go follow and keep up with what’s going on!

After Tyler came out with ‘Hello Goodbye’ I was pretty much hooked like a trophy bass. Let’s list the reasons (for the ladies, y’all guys probably won’t be too amused with my reasons for being hooked) 1) He’s got a beard 2) He sings country music 3) he looks good in camo 4) he roots for the Georgia Bulldogs. I think I got my point across and he for sure got my attention when I seen him wearing a UGA ball cap in a picture. I thought quietly to myself: “Yep this feller needs me as a fan. Yes sir, you are welcome!” (Come on you laughed!) Anywho, my buddy Brad texted me one day and this was our conversation:

Brad: Have you heard of Tyler Farr’s song ‘Redneck Crazy’?
Me: No is it good?
Brad: It reminds me of something you would do, go listen to it.
Me: Ohhhhhh emmmmmm geeeeeee, this ought to be good…

When I hear the term ‘Redneck Crazy’ so many possibilities come to mind… getting drunk, getting mad and jacking some stuff up with anger. I didn’t know whether to be flattered or concerned with Brad’s observation of my redneck attitude I flaunt ever so often, so I YouTubed the song. I was expecting high energy with craziness but instead I got a guys point of view on how he feels about his ex girlfriend shacking up with another guy and how he plots his revenge on letting them both know he’s Mr. Pissy Pants and he doesn’t care who knows about it. I’m digging it… I could totally see myself getting my heart broke and being drove redneck crazy (Right on Brad!) So I started super stalking Mr. Farr on every social media networking site imaginable. (Listen before you start preaching to me about super stalking the cops haven’t caught me yet so it’s still technically legal!)

Behold, on Twitter and Instagram Tyler starts posting pics of him, fellow country rapper Colt Ford, Lee Brice and my fave Willie Robertson, CEO of Duck Commander and star of A&E’s hit show ‘Duck Dynasty’. So many beards in one place I got all kinds of excited! (someone bring me a fan!) Cue the week or so of pictures, tweets and updates on the making of the video for ‘Redneck Crazy’, just when I’d almost forgotten about the video Tyler posted it on his website http://www.tylerfarr.com for all to view.

45 minutes later I got to view it… (my phone service was not at its best) It’s pretty much Tyler, Colt, Lee and Willie planning this route to his ex girlfriends house to sabotage her romantic night with her new boyfriend. and of course there’s mud flying, beards flapping in the wind, and several ATV’s. There is a lot of humor to the video cause when you listen to the song you can relate, especially if you’ve gotten your heart broke due to a cheating lover, you know exactly the feeling he’s talking about. But the light humor in the video reminds us that there is a funny side especially when revenge is involved. And did I mention, it shows Tyler rolling over Lee’s Rhino? (gigglesnort) Overall, the video will make anyone who is having a bad day happy happy happy! Bye y’all!

Lyrics to ‘Redneck Crazy’
Gonna drive like hell through your neighborhood
Park this Silverado on your front lawn
Crank up a little Hank, sit on the hood and drink
I’m about to get my pissed off on

I’m gonna aim my headlights into your bedroom windows
Throw empty beer cans at both of your shadows
I didn’t come here to start a fight, but I’m up for anything tonight
You know you broke the wrong heart baby, and drove me redneck crazy

Wish I knew how long it’s been going on
How long you’ve been getting some on the side
Nah, he can’t amount to much by the look of that little truck
Well he wont be getting any sleep tonight

I’m gonna aim my headlights into your bedroom windows
Throw empty beer cans at both of your shadows
I didn’t come here to start a fight, but I’m up for anything tonight
You know you broke the wrong heart baby, and drove me redneck crazy
Redneck crazy

Did you think I’d wish you both the best, endless love and happiness
You know that’s just not the kind of man I am
I’m the kind that shows up at your house at 3am

I’m gonna aim my headlights into your bedroom windows
Throw empty beer cans at both of your shadows
I didn’t come here to start a fight, but I’m up for anything tonight
You gone and broke the wrong heart baby, and drove me redneck crazy
You drove me redneck crazy, oh