First Post

Well, I’ve always said I wanted to start a blog and here we are. I’ve never really had time to blog but since this is an assignment for one of my classes, I’m going to start making time to do so!

I guess I should start by introducing myself. Hi, I’m Sara! Although if you’re reading this, you probably already know that. I am a junior (almost senior thanks to graduating early next year) at MTSU and I am majoring in music business with a double minor in marketing and management. If I’m not at school, I’m either working a show at the Opry (come see me, I’ll give you a tour!) or at my internship with Average Joes Entertainment. If by some miracle I have free time, you can probably find me either at a concert (usually country) or at home with my pup, Aurora.

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Stanley Cup Finals celebrations at the Opry in June 2017. Go Preds!

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Fourth of July with my sweet pup!

If you know me, you also know that one of my favorite things in the world is Hawaii Five-0. If I’m watching TV, that’s usually what I’m watching. I got to visit Hawaii in November of 2016 and it’s still one of the best weeks of my life. We even got to do a tour of the places that the show films at a lot (best. decision. ever.)

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McGarrett’s home in Honolulu (actually called the Bayer Estate)

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Danno’s favorite spot (Kuilei Cliffs Beach Park in Honolulu)

I think this just about sums up the main things you need to know about me, but then again, if you keep following my posts you’ll get to learn even more in the future. I plan on posting monthly playlists of what I’m listening to, as well as reviews of shows, books, and albums that are new or are some of my favorites. I mostly listen to country, especially up and coming artists. I’m sure there will be a concert review here or there too. Thanks for reading and feel free to post comments if you want to know anything more about me or if you want to tell me a little bit about yourself!

To close out my first post, I’m going to leave y’all with my September Spotify playlist!

Until next time…

Concert Review: Lady Antebellum at Bridgestone Arena – 9/9/2017

Happy Monday! Over the weekend, I saw the closing night of the US leg of Lady Antebellum’s “You Look Good” World Tour featuring Brett Young and Kelsea Ballerini! I had seen all three artists before but I must say, these three artists together was a perfect combination.

While this is one of the first major tours that Brett Young has been on, his stage presence is already fantastic. He ran around the stage like he’s been touring for years. I first saw Brett at the Listening Room Cafe here in Nashville a few years ago, so it’s been cool seeing him grow to where he is today. If you listen to country radio, then you’re probably already familiar with Brett’s music, considering at the show Saturday night he received a platinum plaque for his first #1 single “Sleep Without You” and a double platinum plaque for his second #1 single “In Case You Didn’t Know”, as well as a gold plaque for his self-titled debut album (which if you haven’t, check it out, it’s fantastic).

Kelsea Ballerini was up next and I’ve also been seeing her since her songwriter round days. Her debut album, The First Time, made history by having 3 consecutive #1 singles on it – something a female in country music hasn’t done in a long time (the last female to do so was Wynonna Judd in 1992). Kelsea sang a mix of songs from her first album and from her upcoming album, Unapologetically, with plenty of sass and sparkles. In true Nashville fashion, she brought out the co-writers, Hillary Lindsey and Forrest Glen Whitehead, of her current single Legends to sing it with her. I actually got the chance to catch up with Kelsea prior to the show thanks to Big 98 here in town! IMG_0017

Lady Antebellum took a break from the band last year and sometimes bands don’t come back as strong after a hiatus. This is not the case for Lady A. Their show at Bridgestone Arena on Saturday night was one of the best I’ve ever seen them put on. They played their hits that they’re known for, like “I Run to You”, “Downtown”, and “Need You Now”, as well as songs off of their new album, Heart Break. With the horn section they added for this tour, their old songs got new life breathed into them and the new songs sounded fresh and fun. During the middle of the show, they broke it down to just the three of them with Dave Haywood playing the piano. The group got a little emotional as they began talking about their journey and how this year marks their 10th year as a band. They picked it back up afterwards with their current single “You Look Good” and ended the show with quite possibly their biggest hit “Need You Now”. While the US leg of the tour may be over, if you live outside of the United States make sure to check and see if Lady Antebellum is coming to your part of the world because this is a tour you don’t want to miss!

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Thanks for reading guys, feel free to comment with your favorite songs from Lady Antebellum, Kelsea, and Brett or if you saw the tour and have any thoughts on it!