B-93 Birthday Bash: Day 1 6/17/17

Paradise Outlaw, Joe Diffie, Brooke Eden, Michael Ray, Granger Smith and Big & Rich


We’re just going to start this article out by saying that 1.) B-93 can throw a party and 2.) I just love Michael Ray.

Paradise Outlaw and Joe Diffie: We got to the track towards the end of Paradise Outlaw’s set (local band). We heard a few songs from them while we were walking in and they sounded great. As for Joe Diffie, we were working on getting checked in and getting details for our Granger Smith meet and greet, and didn’t see much.

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Brooke Eden: I ADORE Brooke Eden. Her set consisted of songs from her “Welcome to the Weekend” EP –  “Silence Speaks”, “Sunday Mornin'”, and her current single, “Act Like You Don’t”, along with “American Dreamin'” amongst others. We got to see Brooke afterwards because she is the SWEETEST human, and stood and signed for anyone who wanted to come meet her. (Seriously, I think she was there for a couple hours). I got to have her sign our picture from last summer and she even posted it the picture from Friday on her Instagram so that made my freakin’ day!

Michael Ray: Also on the list of people I adore is this sweet fella. Not only is he like, REALLY good looking, he is incredible live. His set consisted of a couple covers including a mashup of “House Party”, “Wagon Wheel”, and a few other tunes. He also covered David Lee Murphy’s “Dust on the Bottle”. Its one of my favorite songs on the planet as it is, and so many people cover it, but no one does it like Michael. SO. DAMN. GOOD. He sang his new single “Get To You” (ALSO SO GOOD), along with his hits “Think a Little Less”, “Real Men Love Jesus”, and “Kiss You In The Morning”. His set also consisted of other songs from his debut record including “This Love”, “Another Girl”, and my favorite, “Drivin’ All Night” amongst others. We got up to get lunch after Michael’s set and next thing I know he’s standing at the fence signing and taking pictures with people. I got to see Michael last month at The Ryman, and was so excited to see him again. (Also, I’m not sure if it was Birthday Bash, or Michael Ray Bash, because I don’t think I’ve shut up about him since Saturday, or stopped jammin’ his new single since it came out Thursday).

Granger Smith: Before the show we had meet and greets and seeing Granger is always great. He and his crew are super sweet. His show was wonderful as always. His set included “Backroad Song”, “If The Boot Fits”, “19 Forever”,  “Silverado Bench Steat”, “Remington”, and his new single “Happens Like That”, along with tons of others. Granger is always a huge crowd pleaser, especially when he walks in the crowd during “We Do It In A Field” (he high-fived my little brother and he was GEEKED). He also did some phenomenal covers of Alabama’s “I’m in a Hurry” and Deana Carter’s “Strawberry Wine”. Of course Earl Dibbles Jr. came out and sang “The Country Boy Song”. Such a great set, as always.

Big & Rich: This is the second time I’ve seen Big & Rich and they were so much better this time than last! There set included “Lost in this Moment”, “Comin’ to Your City”, and “I Play Chicken with the Train” featuring Cowboy Troy, and lots of other songs. A highlight of the show: Michael Ray wrote “Run Away With You” with John Rich, and came out to sing it, which was freaking incredible. One of the coolest things was when Big & Rich sang “8th of November” and brought a veteran onstage for the song to show appreciation for our men and women who have served, or are serving our country.  During the last few songs the veteran, along with Michael, Granger and a few others sat in the back at the bar and watched the rest of the show including “Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy”.

Day one of Bash was INCREDIBLE. Stay tuned to hear about day two!

 

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Who We’re Pulling for at the 2017 CMT Awards!

Once a year, the blingged out buckles (that actually have a very sleek design this year) are handed out to some of country’s finest, via the fan vote. We wanna know who you’re pulling for to win! Tweet us at @guitarsandjars, and check out who I’m rooting for below!

CMT Social Superstar

  • Brett Eldredge
  • Jake Owen
  • Keith Urban
  • Kelsea Ballerini
  • Lauren Alaina
  • Thomas Rhett*  (Dude got the upper hand, those cute videos of Willa Gray? If he wins this he’s accepting it on behalf of his precious little girl who’s been gracing our smart phones lately. Team Willa G all day.)

CMT Performance of the Year

  • Jason Aldean – “Hicktown (from CMT Concert of the Summer)”
  • Jason Derulo and Luke Bryan – “Want to Want Me (from CMT Crossroads)”
  • John Mellencamp and Darius Rucker- “Pink Houses (from CMT Crossroads)”
  • Alicia Keys and Maren Morris – “80s Mercedes (from CMT Crossroads)”
  • Meghan Trainor, Jill Scott and Kelsea Ballerini- “A Tribute to Shania Twain (from CMT Artists of the Year)”***
  • Nick Jonas and Thomas Rhett feat. Danielle Bradberry- “Close (from CMT Crossroads)”

Collaborative Video of the Year

  • Artists of Then, Now & Forever – “Forever Country”
  • Chris Young feat. Vince Gill – “Sober Saturday Night”
  • Dierks Bentley feat. Elle King – “Different for Girls”
  • Florida Georgia Line feat. Tim McGraw – “May We All”*
  • Keith Urban feat. Carrie Underwood – “The Fighter”
  • Kenny Chesney feat P!nk – “Setting the World on Fire”

Breakthrough Video of the Year

  • Brett Young – “Incase You Didn’t Know”*
  • Jon Pardi – “Dirt On My Boots”
  • Kane Brown – “Used to Love You Sober”
  • Lauren Alaina – “Road Less Traveled”
  • Luke Combs – “Hurricane”
  • Raelynn – “Love Triangle”

Group Video of the Year

  • Eli Young Band – “Saltwater Gospel”
  • Lady Antebellum – “You Look Good”
  • Little Big Town – “Better Man”
  • Midland – “Drinkin’ Problem”
  • Old Dominion – “No Such Thing as a Broken Heart”*

Duo Video of the Year

  • Big & Rich feat. Tim McGraw – “Lovin’ Lately”
  • Brothers Osborne – “21 Summer”
  • Dan + Shay – “How Not To”
  • Florida Georgia Line – “H.O.L.Y.”
  • LoCash – “I Know Somebody”

Female Video of the Year

  • Carrie Underwood – “Church Bells”
  • Kelsea Ballerini – “Peter Pan”
  • Lauren Alaina – “Road Less Traveled”
  • Maren Morris – “80s Mercedes”
  • Miranda Lambert – “Vice”
  • Reba McEntire – “Back to God”

Male Video of the Year

  • Blake Shelton – “Came Here to Forget”
  • Eric Church – “Record Year”
  • Jason Aldean – “Lights Come On”
  • Keith Urban – “Blue Ain’t Your Color”
  • Luke Bryan – “Huntin’, Fishin’, and Lovin’ Every Day”
  • Thomas Rhett – “Star of the Show”*

Video of the Year

  • Artist of Then, Now and Forever – “Forever Country”
  • Brad Paisley – “Today”
  • Brett Eldredge – “Wanna Be That Song”
  • Carrie Underwood – “Church Bells”
  • Cole Swindle – “Middle of a Memory”
  • Dierks Bentley feat. Elle King – “Different for Girls”
  • Florida Georgia Line – “H.O.L.Y.”
  • Jon Pardi – “Dirt on my Boots”
  • Keith Urban – “Blue Ain’t Your Color”
  • Kelsea Ballerini – “Peter Pan”*
  • Little Big Town – “Better Man”
  • Luke Bryan – “Huntin’, Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day”
  • Miranda Lambert – “Vice”
  • Thomas Rhett – “Star of the Show”

Song Suffragettes Show!

Song Suffragettes || The Listening Room Cafe

Monday, May 15, 2018

Kalie Shorr | Mae Estes | Tristan McIntosh | Cheyenne Goss |Krysta Nick

#LetTheGirlsPlay


Its no secret there is a lack of women on country radio. This show started to attempt to combat that. Every Monday night at the Listening Room Cafe in Nashville, 6:00, no cover charge (just a $10 food/drink minimum per person), the Song Suffragettes hold an all female writers round.

I’ve been watching Nashville Friends’ Snaps and Instagrams from the Suffragette shows, and all sorts of other shows at the Listening Room for a few years now. I finally got to go to the Listening Room when we were in town on vacation, and I was so excited to be able to catch the Song Suffragettes Show!

I’ve been following song writer Kalie Shorr for a few years now. I was not familiar with and of the other four girls’ writing, although I remembered Tristian from her time on American Idol. Let me tell you this round was incredible.

I remember a few names of songs that the girls sang, but if we’re being honest, I was pretty in the moment, so I didn’t think of taking note of song titles. (Bad blogger I guess, haha). Each girl sang three songs.

May Estes started the night out with a song called Secrets, and another one of her songs was a sassy song, now don’t direct quote me, but it was along the lines of “My Backside is My Best Side Anyways”. So sassy, SO GOOD.

Krysta Nick performed her single, “Strange Love” and it was wonderful! I downloaded it as soon as I possibly could… and you should too! (Of course, all of the info will be at the bottom of this post).

Kalie Shorr was next, and because I’ve followed Kalie for a while, so she’s the one I can tell you exactly what she sand! (I did one thing right, haha). Kalie sang a new (hilarious) song called Astronaut, a new song off her “Slingshot” EP, Nothin’ New, and of course her XM hit from last summer, “Fight Like A Girl”.

Tristan McIntosh has an absolutely stunning voice. Here is a video posted on the Song Suffragette YouTube from the show of her performing “Normal People”:

Lastley, Cheyenne Goss sang a trio of songs about an ex. Below is a clip posted of Cheyenne by the Suffragettes. She also announced at the show her new single will drop June 9!

The girls closed the show by doing a beautiful cover of “Speak to a Girl” by Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.

If you are in Nashville on a Monday night I highly recommend getting a free ticket to the Song Suffragette show. The show was incredible and we got to chat with some incredibly sweet songwriters. One of the highlights of our trip for sure! I got to see Kalie, who I have been a fan of for a long time, and learn of some awesome new female songwriters.

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Catch a Song Suffragette Show, every Monday, 6:00, The Listening Room Cafe!

Can’t make it? Follow them on Twitter/Periscope to live stream the show.


Music and Social Media Pages:

Song Suffragettes:

  Website: songsuffragettes.com

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnazDW1L5q8M2WzB0yI8iJg

Twitter/Instagram: @songsuffragette

Facebook: @songsuffragettes


Mae Estes:

Facebook: @MaeEstesMusic

Twitter: @maykestes

Instagram: @maeestes


Krysta Nick: 

New Single: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/strange-love-single/id1211103733

Twitter/Instagram/Facebook: @krystanick


Kalie Shorr:

New EP: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/slingshot-ep/id1208735374

Twitter/Instagram/Facebook: @kalieshorr

Website: kalieshorr.com


Tristan McIntosh:

Twitter/Instagram/Facebook: @tristianmcintosh


Cheyenne Goss:

Twitter/Facebook: @cheygoss

Instagram: @chey_goss


*Also, my Trisha Reba Shania Shirt was a big hit at the show… Get it at the Whiskey Riff

Shop Here:

Trisha. Shania. Reba. T-Shirt


#LetTheGirlsPlay

Georgia On My Mind Show – Nashville, TN

My parents and I headed to Nashville for vacation in early May. When I was planning for the trip I was so excited to find out the Peach Picker’s Annual Georgia on my Mind show was happening at the Ryman Auditorium. Not only was I excited because we were going to Nashville and it was going to be a great show… but it was my first show at the Mother Church.  This benefit is put on by the Peach Pickers (the trio of Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson and Ben Hayslip, who are responsible for a lot of the music you hear on country radio right now… – think “Honey Bee” and “Huntin’, Fishin’, and Lovin’ Everyday”), and benefits Georgia Music Preservation.

Some of the country acts announced prior to the show were Michael Ray, Lauren Alaina, Chris Janson and Kip Moore. I found out the morning of the show that Thomas Rhett was added to the lineup and was basically the happiest human. Also added was Jon Pardi and Billy Currington.

The show was absolutely incredible. Some of my favorite parts: Michael Ray and Lauren Alaina sang there respectable number ones with “Think a Little Less” and “Road Less Traveled”. Cole Taylor stunned with a new song he wrote. Chris Janson did a mashup of “Buy Me a Boat” and his new single “Fix a Drink”, and Kip Moore did a beautiful acoustic version of “That Was Us”. The Peach Pickers were also wonderful, singing songs recorded by artists such as Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton and Jake Owen. Rhett Akins sang That Ain’t My Truck and the whole Ryman Auditorium was on there feet. However, my favorite part of the night, of course, was Thomas Rhett. TR’s sang “Star of the Show”, then said he was just “this much tired” after being a father to he and Lauren’s 18 month old daughter who had arrived home just five days earlier (sweet Willa G is the most adorable thing, keep sharing those sweet Insta stories, TR!). He thanked his Dad for allowing him to get out of the house for a few hours with a laugh, then dedicated his second song to the women who was watching his child as he said, then played “Die a Happy Man”. (Other acts included T Graham Brown, Driving and Crying, and Ottis Redding III, amongst others).

The show was incredible, and we were fortunate to meet some wonderful and kind artists both before and after the show. (My meet and greet picture from TR’s Hometeam tour came out a blurry mess, so if I was the happiest girl when he was gunna be at the show, you can only imagine how happy I was to get a clear picture and to meet him again). The BEST night! Check out some photos below!

 

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Concert Review: Drake White and the Big Fire

When your local radio station puts on a show that is across the street from the community college you graduated from the day before, you go. I paid $20 a seat for my  sweet Momma and I to see Drake White Saturday night, and it was one of the best choices I ever made. If we’re being two hundred percent honest, I really only knew a few songs going into the night, however, I had heard from so many people say that he is absolutely incredible live… they weren’t kidding. SO GOOD.

Although I didn’t know a ton of the songs, I was so entertained. Drake’s show was so high energy. He ran up and down the aisles of the theatre multiple times, and at one point did an unreleased song acoustic, while the rest of the band was off stage. During this time he stepped away from the mic and sang, just him. I had chills, it was one of the most incredible things I’ve ever seen.

What you really need to know is that during band introductions at the end of the show Drake had a flock of small children dancing on stage (and it was the most precious thing I’d ever seen). He then introduced his incredible band and finished the song, backup dancers included.

After the show Drake took the time to go out to the merch stand and sign autographs and take photos with anyone who waited in line. He was such a class act, and I can’t wait to catch his set again at Faster Horses on the Next from Nashville Stage!

You NEED to go to the Opry…

I’m going to school for radio/communications in August. My dream job is to work at country radio, so logically Nashville is my favorite place. In 2015 my parents and I went to Nashville (and Gatlinburg). Originally, we were supposed to be going to Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge to go to Dollywood first. Well then it was announced that Hunter Hayes was playing the Grand Ole Opry. My sweet Momma changed our wholeeee vacation around because he is one of my absolute favorites. So we spent our first day in Nashville exploring, then it was time to go over to the Opry.


We got inside and I sat in chills in the pew seating. I was amazed by Mickey Guyton’s vocals, Kristian Bush was great, and it was so cool to see Mark Wills sing Nineteen Something’. Then it was time for Hayes. The awesome thing about the Opry is that if your seats are on the floor you can walk up to the stage, sit on the floor and take photos. So cool. Hunter did 21 for one of the first time live ever at the Opry, then he played Wanted and I Want Crazy. I’ve never had so many chills in my life. Just being in the ambiance of the Opry is magical.


We arranged in advance to do the Opry Backstage Tour. Ironically enough, we were talking to the lady who was our tour guide before the show, and she was from the same county as us in Michigan. So ironic!

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This sweet lady was our tour guide and the tour was magical. We got to see the dressing rooms, and even go in one. We seen a line where the flood water was up to back in 2o10. We seen artists mailbox, entrances and warmup areas, and walk where everyone we love has in the Opry halls. The coolest thing? We even got to step into The Circle. (I’ve never had the chills so dramatically in my entire life). If you are planning to go to Nashville soon a trip to the Opry is a must! If you get the opportunity to do the backstage tour, do it! Not only was it so cool to see such a cool piece of history but all the staff was amazingly sweet. It was the highlight of the trip for me. I can’t wait to go back later this month, because I’m so obsessed with it. Its incredibly awesome to be in such a historic place for country music.

ACM Awards Predictions 2017

Some people get excited for the Super Bowl once a year… I get excited for country awards shows a few times a year. Today, we’re breaking down who I think will take home the ACM Awards on Monday, and who I would love to see walk away with them. I’ve noted all the nominees, along with my choice and my prediction. I’ve also still included the new vocalists categories,  even though the winners have already been announced, to recognize these wonderful new talents who were nominated (and to tell ya who I wanted). Tell us who you want to see in the comments or on our social media pages. We’d love to hear from you! -Jessica


Songwriter of the Year Nominees:

(For the convenience of our readers who may not be familiar with the names of these amazing  songwriters I’ve included some of there songs that have been recent singles for artists).

  • Ashley Gorley (“Middle of a Memory”, “You Should Be Here”, “Dirt on my Boots”, “Black”, etc.)
  • Hillary Lindsey (“God, Your Mama, and Me”, “Girl Crush”, “Church Bells”, “Blue Ain’t Your Color”, etc.)
  • Lori McKenna (“Humble and Kind”, “Girl Crush”, “God Made Girls”, “I Want Crazy”, “Your Side of the Bed”, etc.) *My Prediction
  • Luke Laird (“Fast”, “American Country Love Song”, “Head Over Boots”, “Smokin’ and Drinkin’ “, “Wildcard”, etc.)
  • Shane McAnally (“Body Like a Backroad”,  “Vice”,,”Different for Girls”, “Stay a Little Longer”, “T-Shirt”, etc.) *My Choice

Vocal Event of the Year:

  • Different for Girls – Dierks Bentley ft. Elle King
  • Forever Country – Artists of Then, Now and Forever *My Prediction
  • May We All – Florida Georgia Line ft. Tim McGraw *My Choice (I have lyrics to this song tattooed on my back, you can’t actually be surprised haha).
  • Setting the World on Fire – Kenny Chesney ft. P!nk
  • Think of You – Chris Young ft. Cassadee Pope

Video of the Year:

  • Fire Away – Chris Stapleton
  • Forever Country – Artists of Then, Now and Forever *My Prediction
  • Humble and Kind – Tim McGraw
  • Peter Pan – Kelsea Ballerini *My Choice (and if you didn’t know that already you clearly haven’t been reading this blog much ;P )
  • Vice – Miranda Lambert

Single Record of the Year:

  • Blue Ain’t Your Color – Keith Urban
  • H.O.L.Y. – Florida Georgia Line *My Choice
  • Humble and Kind – Tim McGraw *My Prediction
  • My Church – Maren Morris
  • Vice – Miranda Lambert

Song of the Year:

  • Blue Ain’t Your Color – Keith Urban
  • Die a Happy Man – Thomas Rhett *My Choice
  • Humble and Kind – Tim McGraw *My Prediction
  • Kill a Word – Eric Church
  • Tennessee Whiskey – Chris Stapleton
  • Vice – Miranda Lambert

Album of the Year:

  • Black – Dierks Bentley
  • Dig Your Roots – Florida Georgia Line *My Choice
  • Hero – Maren Morris *My Prediction
  • Ripcord – Keith Urban
  • The Weight of these Wings – Miranda Lambert

Note: I had a HARD time with this category. Honestly, FGL and Maren’s albums are STAPLES in my car. I love them both. I also had a hard time choosing who I thought would win. My gut said to go with Maren, but I also think Miranda’s new record is a strong contender.


New Vocal Duo/Group:

  • Brothers Osborne – EARLY WINNER
  • A Thousand Horses
  • Dan + Shay
  • LoCash
  • Maddie & Tae – My Choice

New Male Vocalist:

  • Jon Pardi – EARLY WINNER
  • Brett Young – My Choice
  • Chris Lane – My Choice (I refuse to pick between Brett and Chris, I’ll break my nonexistent trophy in half for them)
  • Chris Janson
  • Kane Brown

New Female Vocalist:

  • Maren Morris – EARLY WINNER/My Choice
  • Brandy Clark
  • Cam
  • Lauren Alaina

(But seriously can we talk about how all four of these women deserve this award? They’re KILLER, but if I HAVE to chose I guess its MM.)


Vocal Group of the Year:

  • Eli Young Band
  • Lady Antebellum
  • Little Big Town *My Prediction
  • Old Dominion *My Choice
  • Rascal Flatts

Female Vocalist of the Year:

  • Carrie Underwood
  • Kacey Musgraves
  • Kelsea Ballerini *My Choice (Duh.)
  • Maren Morris
  • Miranda Lambert *My Prediction

Male Vocalist of the Year:

  • Chris Stapleton *My Prediction
  • Dierks Bentley
  • Jason Aldean
  • Keith Urban
  • Thomas Rhett *My Choice 

Entertainer of the Year:

  • Carrie Underwood
  • Florida Georgia Line *My Choice
  • Jason Aldean
  • Keith Urban
  • Luke Bryan *My Prediction

(Couple things… 1. I’m not taking my prediction to the bank, I’m not really sure. 2. I will take my choice to the bank. I’ve seen everyone in this category at least twice. I think FGL puts on the best show out of them all. 3. WHERE THE HELL IS THOMAS RHETT? Why isn’t he nominated?)


I cannot wait for the ACM Awards! The red carpet looks I’m most excited about: Kelsea Ballerini, Thomas Rhett and Lauren Akins (and Baby Akins), and of course FGL and there ladies. Be sure to tune in Sunday at 8/7C!