Where have you been? (Recap from Summer)

Hi. Life has been crazy since the end of June when I last posted (yeah, sorry about that).

I was putting a lot of time into this blog, and I love it, don’t get me wrong, but I also wanted to live more in the moment in June and July and soak up my time at shows and with friends and family because…

I moved across the state for college. You may or may not know that I want to go into radio, and I’m working on a communications degree. Since I started school, I started an internship at a rock station. Even closer to my heart, I now have my own country radio show called Country with Jess on the college station.  A lot of life has happened since I last posted, but hopefully, I can do better with this again.

It wouldn’t be fair for me to not take you through the rest of the summer now that life has “calmed” (not at all I’ve just adapted haha) down since I’ve moved.

I left off at Sam Hunt 15 in a 30 Tour and me freaking out about Michael Ray at Birthday Bash.

At the end of June we went to WYCD’s Hoedown at DTE Energy Theatre. We seen Russell Dickerson (who you may or may not remember I adore), Brett Young, Kelsea Ballerini and Lady Antebellum. We had VIP so I got to see Kels and hear some of the songs early off the INCREDIBLE record that has since been released . During Kelsea’s set I got to hang out with Russ and Kailey in the pit, and as you can imagine watching one of my favorites with another was a dream. Also, Brett Young took a selfie on my phone so RIP Jessica.


Then after trying all day, I won tickets to a private Michael Ray listening party, with about twenty other people and it was one of the absolute highlights of the summer. He’s the sweetest human, I adore him, and he was basically the theme of the summer because hugging him happened a whole lot. He played a couple new songs for us, (Cold as You, Get to You, Her World or Mine and the Jerrod Nieman cut he wrote – God Made a Woman). Then he took time to take pictures and talk with everyone, and I will never not tell you how he’s the SWEETEST human I’ve ever met.

Then it was Faster Horses time! The highlights: the radio girl gave me meet and greets for Michael (yay, more hugs haha), Bailey Bryant KILLED it, and LANco was even better this time than the last two times I’d seen them.

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Then we went and seen and met Granger Smith at the Clair County Fair, and he was INCREDIBLE, as usual.

Then I moved across the state for college and it only gets better from here… I will have a post to follow with an update from September to now up soon!


Sam Hunt 15 in a 30 Tour 6/16/17

Sam Hunt, Maren Morris, Chris Janson and Ryan Follese

DTE Energy Theatre || 6/16/17

Pre Show: We drove to DTE and I had VIP for Maren, so we went and picked up my pass, and stopped by the radio stations, where we signed up to try and win signed Sam Hunt guitar (because thats obviously likely, haha)… then went and pulled up some ground on the hill for a while. Then I went to go line up for my meet and greet with Maren Morris. Next thing I know I’m backstage, down a flight of stairs talking to a girl I went to college with and my Mom appears. I’m sitting here thinking, oh my goodness, did my mother just sneak into MM’s meet and greet? Is something wrong? What the heck is happening?… My Mom won the signed Sam Hunt guitar, a Maren meet and greet and two passes for us to meet Ryan Follese, who I had been tweeting all week hoping to meet. So we got to meet Maren, I got my laminate signed, and Momma got my CD signed, and we took pictures.


Ryan Follese: We then got back to the hill for Ryan’s set after MM’s meet and greet. His set was great including “Wilder” from his EP, along with “Float Your Boat”, “Put a Label On It”, and his next single “Lose a Little Sleep”. The Hot Chelle Rae front man, turned solo country artist, closed his set with a mashup of the band’s hit “Tonight Tonight” and the Fresh Prince of Bel Air theme song. Ryan’s set was great, then we were headed backstage to meet him, which was awesom. Such a sweetheart!


Chris Janson: Chris always puts on such a great show! His set consisted of “I Love This Life” (recorded by LoCash, wrote by him), “Truck Yeah” (recorded by Tim McGraw, wrote by him), along with “Holding Her”, “Fix a Drink”, “Buy Me a Boat” and others. Lots of energy, dancing and harmonica playing, and an incredible show.


Maren Morris: OH. MY. GOODNESS. The girl sounds so beautiful live! She sang a bunch of hits from her Hero record, including “Sugar”, “Rich”, “Second Wind”, “80’s Mercedes”, and “My Church” and her latest single “I Could Use a Love Song” amongst others. Maren started “I Could Use a Love Song” just her and her guitar. So incredible. So beautiful.


Sam Hunt: I’d seen Sam twice before this, and this time it was next level. He opened with “Leave the Night On” followed by “House Party”, along with bunch of hits including “Make You Miss Me”, “Break Up In a Small Town”, “Body Like A Backroad”, “Speakers” and “Saturday Night” amongst others. He also sang a cover of Alan Jackson’s “Don’t Rock the Juke Box”, and Travis Tritt’s “Great Day to Be Alive”. Maren, Ryan and Chris also joined Sam onstage for a cover of Outkast’s “Hey Ya!”. The show was incredible, and Sam had gotten so much better since I seen him back in 2015 and 2016.


The 15 in a 30 Tour was incredible. Be sure to check it out if it hits a city near you!

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!