Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Tuesday at the Opry - CMA Fest Week

CMA Fest 2014 was a blast and just left me wanting to do…..more of it.  LOL. Tuesday saw the big day which was a kickoff of sorts for the CMA Fest week ahead.  Tuesday morning was the Carrie Underwood Fan Club Party held at the Grand Ole Opry.  Lots of fun as always.  Carrie had a blast as did all of us.  The song list was fan voted and she gave us a full near 90 minute concert of 16 songs.  I crossed several songs off the bucket list of ones that I have wanted to hear Carrie do live.  Those would be Flat On The Floor, Some Hearts, So Small, and See You Again.  I still have several more to cross off that list but the fact that Some Hearts was performed made me a happy camper for sure.  I never thought I'd get to hear her do that song live.  Sounds like I wasn't the only one that loved hearing that one brought back for the day.  Carrie did a lot of fun fan interaction with us including taking her phone out and taking a selfie with a bunch of us.  She said she would post it on Twitter later and did.  She also took a group picture with us which turned out great.  Lots of fun stories including her telling the tales of her and Miranda Lambert and motorcycles.  We should be getting the "Somethin' Bad" music video soon.  Carrie put on a show and gave all the fans a lot of great memories.  I thought it was her best one ever!  

The Tuesday Night Opry was another kickoff for CMA week.  Sold out crowd in attendance for both the 7:00 and 9:30 shows.  I attended the 7:00 show and had a great time.  Great mix of singers.  Carrie was on the lineup and finished big singing a lineup of All American Girl, Jesus Take The Wheel, and closing with Blown Away.  If you went to the 9:30 show, you got an awesome surprise of her coming out to sing with Jennifer Nettles as they performed a version of 9 to 5.  Not bad at all considering Carrie said that they hadn't even rehearsed it and just went of it.  It was great!  Anyway, back to the 7:00 show.  Jennifer Nettles made her solo debut at the Opry on this night and she was just so excited about it.  Loved her performances and it was just so great to see the excitement that she had about being on the Opry stage that night.  Josh Turner had the Opry roaring just upon being introduced.  It always cracks me up.  The women love Josh Turner.  He performed and he has become one of my Opry favorites.  That deep voice just sounds awesome there in the Opry.  Trace Adkins performed several of his hits including "You're Going To Miss This".  That sounded great in there.  Terri Clark was treated to a celebration of her 10 years of being an Opry member.  Funny moment when she was told how many times she had performed on the Opry as an actual Opry member.  I can't remember the exact number but it was either 90 or around 90.  She laughed saying that you would think she wouldn't be so completely nervous being on that stage after being there that many times.  Just shows the tradition of that place that everyone still gets nervous on that Opry stage.  The Oak Ridge Boys had the Opry rocking and they were running all over the stage.  Elvira had everyone singing along.  Charlie Worsham was a busy man on Tuesday.  He performed outside for the kickoff concert before the Opry show and then he was also on the Opry show inside.  He was a lot of fun and was out in the crowd singing, taking pictures, and having fun.  I also got to listen to him doing his soundcheck earlier in the day as I just sat out in the Opry plaza enjoying the day.  I just laughed thinking 'only in Nashville could I just be sitting outside enjoying the day and I basically have a concert going on right over here by me'. Gotta love Nashville.  Bill Anderson is always so much fun and was on the Opry show as well.  He has long become one of my Opry favorites.  A really fun day at the Opry.  All it made me think is I HAVE to do even more of CMA Fest next year.  So much fun and there is so much more that I want to do and concerts to see.  Hope you all have a great day!  Take care and God bless!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

2014 CMT Awards Winners

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The CMT Awards have become one of my favorite awards shows to watch.  It is a great thing to have right in there with CMA Fest week too.  Great, great show.  Fun moments.  Great performances.  I'm a Kristen Bell fan so I will also say, great host!  This is just such a fun awards show and I hope to get to go to the CMT Awards in person one day.  Performances all over downtown Nashville whether it was inside or even outside Bridgestone Arena.  Loved Lady Antebellum's performance by the way.  Awesome finish to the show with Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood getting to team up with "Somethin' Bad".  Then, Carrie wins for Video Of The Year.  I loved her acceptance speech where she was trying to get it all in but out of breath at the same time.  That is that fun Carrie personality that we all love.  I loved the expansion of Keith Urban's performance where we were in the Bluebird Cafe only to have the set pull back and see him in the arena.  The tribute to Alan Jackson was great and very classy.  Cassadee Pope's win and moment was just so honest for such a new star where she asked Blake Shelton, "what do I do now"?  That cracked me up.  She was so excited.  Just countless highlights of this show and it was a lot of fun.  So, who won the awards?  Well, here you go.

Video Of The Year: Carrie Underwood - See You Again
Duo Video Of The Year: Florida Georgia Line - Round Here
Female Video Of The Year: Miranda Lambert - Automatic
Male Video Of The Year: Blake Shelton - Doin' What She Likes
Collaborative Video Of The Year: Florida Georgia Line featuring Luke Bryan - This Is How We Roll
CMT Performance Of The Year: Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan (Oh No/All Night Long)  2013 CMT Artists Of The Year show.
Group Video: The Band Perry - DONE.
Breakthrough Video Of The Year: Cassadee Pope - Wasting All These Tears

Artists To Watch In Nashville - Caroline Kole

I was flipping through the channels last week and landed on CMT Pure.  I landed on a video called "If He'd Ever Look Up" by Caroline Kole.  This video hooked me immediately with a guy so distracted by social media that the girl that is interested in him across the cafe can't even get him to look up to get his attention.  LOL.  I always love these kind of videos.  Such a simple and great story for such a great song.  Just that simple dream of being interested in someone and just hoping that you can make that connection.  If the person would ever look up!!  LOL.  This seems to be the common theme in articles today but Caroline also had a busy CMA Fest week performing.  I am definitely going to have to buy her EP and check it out.  For more info on Caroline and to check out her music, head over to  I am definitely saying now that Caroline is going to be one to keep an eye on in Nashville and her video is already climbing the charts on CMT Pure's Top 12 countdown.  Do yourself a favor and watch her video for "If He'd Ever Look Up" right here.

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Artists To Watch In Nashville - Danielle Bradbery

Just thought I would spotlight some singers to keep an eye on in Nashville.  I have two that I am going to focus on today.  One is Danielle Bradbery who recently has released her second video.  After the great success of "Heart of Dixie", she has now released her next video for "Young In America".  Danielle was the winner of season four of The Voice.  She had a busy CMA Fest week which had her performing at one of the many stages in Nashville.  She also took part in the always fun City of Hope softball game.  Here is the latest video of hers, "Young In America".

Jana Kramer Debuts Her New Video and Song, Love!

Jana Kramer has had a very busy time here lately whether it has been her fan party at CMA Fest, releasing her newest single, and now releasing her latest video.  Jana's latest song is called "Love".  The inspiration of the song is about still believing in so many things.  That includes love of course.  Keep focusing and believing on all those things in your life and don't give up.  Check out her latest music video which CMT has premiered this week.  Here it is!  Great video and you will not want to miss the perfect ending to it!

Carrie Underwood on the Women Want To Hear Women podcast with Elaina Smith

Carrie Underwood is the most recent guest on the Women Want To Hear Women podcast with Elaina Smith where they discuss so many topics about ...