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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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!

My favorite live acts and who I REALLY want to see…

Concerts have always been my thing… My first one? The Backstreet Boys when I was five years old. Over the years I’ve been to a whole lot of concerts. In no particular order my favorite live acts are:

Kelsea Ballerini

I seen Kelsea for the first time (no pun intended) when she played the Next from Nashville Stage at Faster Horses in 2015. I’ve seen her five time, and will see her for a sixth on the Hometeam Tour (and hopefully a seventh when she’s here with Lady A this summer). I like to think I was on the KB bandwagon before there was one. My favorite thing in the world was tweeting her the night before a show about how much I loved Peter Pan LONG before it was a single, and she recognized me singing on the front row and started pointing and singing to me. (I was recording it at the time, and oh boy, I still get EMOTIONAL when I watch that video, because that song…just, uhhh, yes). It was also so fun to be one of the only ones who knew all the words to all the songs she sang right after Love Me Like You Mean It went number one at Faster Horses.

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Thomas Rhett

Those dance moves give Luke a run for his money. I love seeing TR live, and can’t wait for round three on the Hometeam Tour. No one does onstage humor quite like TR 😉 Also, the best thing in the world is seeing Laur sit side stage and just look like the most proud human.

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Alan Jackson

Alan is different than the others you’ll see on the list. He doesn’t dance around the stage like TR, and his show definitely has a different vibe than FGL, but seeing him at Faster Horses… I have no words other than beautiful. I was so excited to see him live after wanting to see him live for about 13 years. SO. GOOD. So emotional. It takes a lot to make me cry at a show (i.e. Kels’ Peter Pan LB Drink a Beer and Carrie Underwood Don’t Forget to Remember me are the only songs that have done it) but I got a little overly emotional more than once during Alan’s set.

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Granger Smith

One of the nicest guys in country music. I love watching Granger’s live show. It’s funny because I seen him three times as opening acts/festivals, but this summer I seen him headline for the first time. It took me wayyyy to long to realize just how much I adore Granger, but then I did his VIP experience and met him this summer, and realized how much I loved his music and how dang sweet he is. (Side note: he and his crew are the sweetest. It was over 90 degrees out and his manager gave us all water when we were getting off the bus. Also, can everyone do VIP meet and greets on the bus, because COOLEST THING EVERRRR.) He puts on such a good show, and has a way of getting a crowd fired up. Granger’s live show is always about being up close and personal with the fans. Whether its slapping high fives to everyone he can reach, or literally going up into the middle of the grand stand at his headlining show, he’s always all about the fans.

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Florida Georgia Line

ENERGY. No one brings the party quite like FGL. Not only do they put on a dang good show, but they can pick some opening acts (notice TR, Granger and Chris are all on the list. TR was the middle slot on there first headlining tour, and Granger and Chris just finished up the Canadian leg of the Dig Your Roots tour). I love these fellas, and don’t miss them when they come to Michigan!

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Hunter Hayes

That boy can play guitar. I’ve seen Hayes more than any other artist (he and Kelsea will be at six shows each after the Home Team tour) and he’s one of my favorites. I had the opportunity to see him play the Grand Ole Opry in May 2015, and there is nothing more magical than that.

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Chris Lane

I tell y’all all the time he’s the sweetest human, but his live show… Amazing! All the dance moves, all the boy band covers and all the wonderful that is Chris.img_8921

Eric Freaking Church

Those vocals. That says it all. Going in, I’ll be honest, I was NOT excited he was headlining Faster Horses 2016. Some different things were said over the years that made me less than a fan. I liked some of his music, but some things he said really upset me. I never understood why everyone freaked out about Eric Church. After seeing him live my opinion has changed. I absolutely LOVED his live show. It was absolutely amazing. I can’t get over it, and I would see him again in a heartbeat.

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Brooks & Dunn (probably)

I’m sure B&D was great live… but I was YOUNG when I seen them. (I was 10 when I seen them, so it was also 10 years ago). What I remember was great, but I don’t remember much. My feet hurt, we were on the hill at DTE Energy Music Theatre, I was afraid I was gunna fall down the hill and I was so tired (from SCREAMING during Sugarland). I remember the confetti at the end during Only in America, and I remember an audience member calling someone on the phone so they could listen (Throwback Thursday ha.) and Kix said I hope you have a good minute plan and sat the phone on the stage.

Top Vocalists live:

  • Mickey Guyton
  • Eric Church
  • Carrie Underwood
  • Jason Aldean

 

My concert bucket list (as of right now):

  • Garth Brooks
  • Maren Morris (15 in a 30 tour this summer, I get to see her and I’m FREAKIN out)
  • Tim McGraw
  • Maddie & Tae
  • BRETT ELDREDGE!!! (The Faster Horses lineup comes out next week and I’m praying his name is on it…
  • BRETT ELDREDGE!!!
  • BRETT ELDREDGE!!!
  • (I just REALLYYYY wanna see Brett okay?)
  • I’d also love to remember a B&D show if the opportunity ever presented itself
  • Brett Young (I got to see half his Faster Horses set, but I adore him)

 

So now you’ve heard who I love live… I want to know who you love! Tell me in the comments, under this post on Insta or Facebook (@pinkguitarsandmasonjars), or tweet us (@guitarsandjars).

The 50th Annual CMA Awards!

Disclaimer: I’m writing this article about the CMA Awards as a whole, but I may just obsess over how precious Kelsea Ballerini and her boyfriend, Australian singer/songwriter, Morgan Evans were on the red carpet.

So lets start with this… Who I wanted to win, who I thought would win and who did win

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So fun fact… Most of this didn’t go how I wanted or thought it would go… But the show was AMAZING. Lets start with some highlights from the red carpet:

Brett Young looked very handsome (nothing new)…

Ummm… Can Queen Carrie do any red carpet wrong? (The answer is no).

 

These sweet babes always look amazing… Love me some Laur and TR

WHAT A NIGHT!!!🍾🍾#singleoftheyear

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AND FINALLY…

Kelsea Ballerini looked like a princess. Her dress, her hair, her makeup, her performance… JUST YES. She and Morgan were the cutest thing ever on the carpet. She called dibs, got her lipstick on his cheek, he looked like a stud, she looked like the happiest human and I just CANNOT DEAL.  So stunning… Y’all know I’m bias because she’s basically my favorite human, but I think Morgan and Kelsea, (along with TR and Lauren), won the red carpet!

 

Now to the show… THAT OPENING. So amazing to see so many legends… Reba, Alan Jackson, and so many more. Then the ending, Randy Travis put tears in my eyes, amen. Then it was onto that hilarious monologue. Carrie and Brad have wrote a lot of great songs, but “We’re so freakin’ sick of politics, we don’t even care who wins” may be the best one yet. Then it was on to single of the year and this happened:

Love you babe

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I adore TR… I adore Laur… and I adore this song.

As far as the rest of the awards, I was pretty heartbroken when it came to the Kelsea/new artist category and the huge FGL upset:

However, on the new artist front I must say if KB couldn’t win it I’m super glad it was Maren 🙂 I love Maren, and was really rooting for her in Album of the Year. (But I love that the Chief won something, FINALLY!)

As far as performances, we already talked about the amazing opener, so onto Kelsea. She sounded beautiful, she looked beautiful, the dancers, her dress, my favorite song, it was just phenomenal.

I of course loved the performance of May We All by FGL and McGraw. Alan Jackson and George Straight are simply amazing. The Dolly tribute was wonderful (we’d stumble if Dolly was in front of us to, Reba).

Overall, this awards show was absolutely phenomenal. The performances blew me away. Here’s to another amazing 50 years of country music!