Mando Pickin’

Three weeks ago I decided I wanted to learn how to play the mandolin. Random, I know, but why not? I truly believe I have no musical talent, but maybe that will change. One of my very good friends has been helping me out, but he told me I need to go and get some actual lessons by a mandolin person since he is more of a banjo man.

It is pretty interesting that with the chords I have learned, I could play many different songs, but I first have to actually learn them. My goal is to be able to play some killer bluegrass. Notice, I said goal. It’s hard to practice on my own when I have school and work to do, but I will learn it and be able to play “Whiskey Bent and Hell Bound,” as my friend put it because it is based off the chords I am attempting to play.

Meet the mando.

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Gold Tone F – Style Mandolin.

Now listen to the first song I am leaning. Dooley.

So far I have the first line down….. Dooley was a good ol’ man he lived below the mill…

Definitely need to practice more.

Until next time.

Like a Stonewall

Yes, I am referring to Stonewall Jackson. Two weeks ago a couple of my friends and I headed out to the Loveless Barn to catch a music show called Music City Roots. It is a weekly concert and live radio show (hippie radio 94.5) at the Loveless Cafe Barn. The best part, tickets are 10 bucks, 5 with a student ID!

It is mostly bluegrass and folk music with lot of local talent, fried chicken and beer. I was mostly excited about Steep Canyon Rangers, but was introduced to some great acts such as Westbound Rangers who sing a song called “Stonewall’, Ben Sollee, Ashley Monroe, and Joy Kills Sorrow.

Ben Sollee

Ben Sollee

I immediately came home and downloaded the Westbound Rangers albums off iTunes.

Here’s some Steep Canyon Rangers for you – Stand and Deliver

Last, but not least, Ben Sollee with The Healer

Just another reason I love Nashville. Get ready, the next post involves trying to find the musical genius in me.

Until next time.

New Year, New Beginnings

I am a little late on the whole new year, new you deal. So, a happy belated New Years to my short list of readers. It has been a busy past couple of months with work and school, and honestly not really wanting to write any blog posts because I was down in the dumps. Thanksgiving came and went, and then December arrived and it hit me that I was supposed to be leaving to head to Fiji. Actually, I would be there at this very moment. Yes, I am still a little bitter about the vents that occurred, even though you can’t control mother nature.

Honestly, it was a blessing in disguise. As most of you know I have rheumatoid arthritis. It is not something I talk a lot about on the web because I do not like to complain about it. It is a pain though, and for a while I was in remission, but as of August not anymore. I have gone through three rounds of infusions and finally after this last one it is helping. I have my next one in a few weeks and have started to notice the pain coming back. Cold weather also makes it worse. See, complaining.

I have also come to the realization that Nashville doesn’t  feel like home anymore. It feels like a stepping stone to wherever I end up next. Who knows where that will be, currently I am thinking out west. That could change next month, and it probably will. Because of the weird emotions I have been having I up and decided to delete Facebook this past Sunday, along with Tinder and OK Cupid. New year, new beginnings as I said.

There were some great times though. My family spent Thanksgiving and Christmas together for the first time in two years. My brother could not be here this year since he is doing the grown up internship year of his residency program. Family is amazing. Friends are amazing and when the blues hit you, they are what keeps you going, well for me at least.

I rang in the New Year with my best friend, Amber at the Old Crow Medicine Show Concert. Duh.

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We have also enjoyed going to Predators games and planning our spring break! Hooray for being a student!

Speaking of hockey games, I also got to see one of my great friends who no longer lives here, the one and only Josh.

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The spring semester started today and I am taking a full load of classes and working. I am still working on my 101 in 1001 list as well, along with wanting to travel and get outside more.

Things might be changing around the blog, but please do not leave me. I feel that I am discovering the person I want to be. Things could get interesting.

Unti next time.

Another Night at the Opry

Starting in November, the Grand Ole Opry moves to the mother church of country music, the Ryman. I once again attended a showing there on Friday night with my Dad and friends. You might know who was playing; Old Crow Medicine Show! Surprise, surprise. There were other performers, but there was a special guest by the name of Winston Marshall, a member of Mumford and Sons. Yup! He has been in town for a while and you can catch him on Lightning 100 tonight, well it might be over now.

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I am just a little excited.

Until next time, Old Crow, and maybe Winston.

Shuffle Time

It has been a busy past few weeks here in my life. I started a part time job at Zoe’s Kitchen, pretty freaking good, and my first class just wrapped up this past Friday. I am currently on fall break and I didn’t really realize that until yesterday. It is cold here in Nashville and I have no heat because I forgot to call the gas company about it. My bed broke Sunday morning because I can’t read directions and put a frame together. My best friend and I saw Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley Saturday and then went out for a good time.

This is really not much of a post so I am going to put my iPod on shuffle.

Here we go.

Mississippi Saturday Night – Old Crow Medicine Show
Just to Satisfy You – Waylon Jennings
Warm Tape – Red Hot Chili Peppers
Freakshow – Keller Williams
Communication Breakdown – Led Zeppelin
Who’s that Knocking at My Door – The Dreadful Snakes
Let the Groove Get In – Justin Timberlake
Blue Jeans Pizza – moe.
Sorrow – Pink Floyd
Losing Lisa – Ben Folds
Pretty Girl from Michigan – The Avett Brothers
Our Love – The Derek Trucks Band
Little Miss Magic – Jimmy Buffett
Lost in Mississippi – Dead Fingers
Super 8 – Jason Isbell
Lost – Coldplay
Sister – The Black Keys
Jerusalem – Matisyahu
Ramble on Rose – Grateful Dead
Cranberry Rock – Chance McCoy and the Appalachian String Band

A Night at the Opry

There was a reason I had to be back in Nashville on the date that I picked. There is aways a reason, and it normally involves music. The next night Old Crow Medicine Shoe was going to be inducted into the Grand Ole Opry. Being the huge fan that I am, I had to go. Thanks to having a wonderful father, he made it happen. It was quite the line up. There were tons of people backstage, as most of Old Crow’s family joined them for this special night. Little Jimmy Dickens made an appearance. It was his first time after some time away due to him being sick. Dustin Lynch sang a couple of songs, as well as the little Hunter Hayes. He is so tiny! One of my favorites, Dierks Bentley sang, although Bourbon in Kentucky was not on the set list. Maybe next time. My friend and I wondered around behind the stage and heard Ketch from Old Crow practicing in a room all by himself for their set. It was really cool to hear that. The whole night was awesome. To be there with one of my favorite acts, and to see their reaction on that special night, it is something I will never forget. All the members are so kind and do not mind talking to their fans. My dad shared a special connection with a few being as they are from the same area of New England, and one of them is from the same hometown as my dad’s mom. The accents came flowing out. It came time for Old Crow to hit the stage and they sang five songs. A little film was shown about their journey to that very night. Mumford and Sons even left them a congratulations. This was a night I will truly remember, for a long, long time.

Now some pictures from the evening.

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Little Jimmy

Teddy, from the TV show Nashville

Teddy, from the TV show Nashville

Dierks Bentley

Dierks Bentley

Marty

Marty

Awkward shot

Awkward shot

Behind the scenes

Behind the scenes

Old Crow watching the film

Old Crow watching the film

After it was all over.

After it was all over.

Welcome to the family

Welcome to the family

 

A Post about Music

Being from Nashville, or Music City USA, well, has spoiled me. There are always concerts going on all over the town. There are the country bars where songwriters hope someone will hear them and they will make it big, the ones playing on the street, and tiny bars where country music typically is not played. I want to talk about one band in particular that played on the streets in front of the Ryman before they made it big.

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Ladies and gentlemen, Old Crow Medicine Show.

They have been around about 15 years, starting in New York, making their way down to North Carolina and eventually to Nashville. When most people here their name, they automatically assume Wagon Wheel. Yes, they have that great song that everyone sings and is played at frat parties all over the place. It was the first song I heard by them in 2004 and I was hooked. I first saw them live at the Station Inn a few years after that and was blown away. Is it possible that a band could sound better live? The answer is yes. Since then I have seem them numerous times and each time it gets better. Tonight they were invited to join the Grand Ole Opry as members by Marty Stuart. Wish I could have been there.

In honor of that I am going to list a few of my favorite songs.

1. Crazy Eyes – Tennessee Pusher
2. When Dey Wud No Crawfish – Greetings from Wawa
3. Hesitation Blues – Eutaw
4. Trouble That I’m In – Live
5. Tell It to Me – O.C.M.S.
6. Take ’em Away – O.C.M.S.
7. Carry Me Back – Carry Me Back
8. Bootlegger’s Boy – Carry Me Back
9. Tennessee Pusher – Tennessee Pusher
10. Cocaine Habit –

I could keep going, but that would be a long list. So congratulations again guys, y’all deserve it.

If you have not listened to them, do it. Now.