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Mud and Suds

Just got home from the Brad Paisley/Sara Evans concert. It was pretty kick ass. Opener was Andy Griggs who I was skeptical about since he looked like too much of a pretty boy to make for a good country music singer, but he actually had a few really good songs. He sounds a little like Travis Tritt. He played for about half an hour and then they prepped the stage for my girl Sara Evans. She came out and the crowd went nuts. She looked pretty damn good for having just had her third baby about four months ago. A little too much makeup, but I hate makeup to begin with. Man can she sing. She’s got such strength to her voice and a real comfortable stage presence. I really liked the fact that she kept most of her songs close to the way they were recorded for her albums. I hate when artists try to jazz up songs at concerts with stoopid ad libs and the band going off on inappropriate solos. Her band was tight. Speaking of which, her fiddle player/backup guitarist was a ridiculously hot blond named Katie Kirkover. Holy cow she was smokin’, and she handled the fiddle part to perfection (I could tell, cause she played it the way it was supposed to be, just like the album). Some of those fiddle parts were tough too, really quick and lively. Katie Kirkover is as they would say on talk shows, lovely and talented. Sara Evans went on to finish her set with a cover of Belinda Carlisle’s Heaven is a Place on Earth and as much as I liked the Go Go’s, I have to say Sara’s rendition blew the doors off Belinda’s version. It was a great finisher. Then after the short break, Brad Paisley came on and it turns out I knew a lot more of his songs than I thought. Mud on the Tires was probably his best song tonight, but his whole performance was entertaining with lots of his humor coming out. He sang one song about putting the toilet seat down which was pretty damn funny. The thing that really impressed me about him is that he actually really plays the guitar. He wasn’t just standing up there singing and strumming, he was flat out playing the guitar like a madman. Great stuff. And one more thing I gotta say, I definitely dig girls in cowboy hats; it’s a great look!

So the concert was great, but the drive home through the blizzard was hell. It took only about an hour and a half to get there, but the drive home was about 5 hours! There were accidents everywhere because of the snow, so a few times I was just sitting there without moving for at least 40 minutes. Then I heard on the radio that all lanes were closed up ahead due to another accident, so I exited out and took the Merritt, and just when I was a mile and a half away from my exit, traffic comes to a stop again. Another hour sitting there doing nothing. Good thing I bought some Krispy Kremes as I was leaving Mohegan Sun. You’d be surprised how much more patient you can be in a traffic jam when you have donuts!

Gone Country

Well, after much deliberation, I finally picked out the specs for my hat and placed the order. I’m getting a black cattleman style hat, 20X felt, sides pressed and shaped to medium high, with a plain black leather string for a hat band. For an extra $50 I put a rush order on it, so hopefully I’ll get it in about 6 weeks instead of 5 months.

I spent a lot of my weekend watching CMT to check out different cowboy hat styles and caught a couple of interesting shows. One was the Ross Coleman rodeo documentary. It was ok I guess, but it didn’t do anything to show me what technical skills are involved in being a great rider. A much better show was the premier of the MusikMafia show where they follow Big & Rich, Gretchen Wilson and the rest of their buddies on their nationwide tour. I bought the Big & Rich CD and after watching the show, I’m definitely gonna get the Gretchen Wilson one too. That redneck woman has a strong set of pipes. Yes I do still buy CD’s of the artists I like instead of downloading stuff for free, just on principle. You gotta support the artists you love. So in one of the concerts that the show covered, Gretchen did a cover of Heart’s “Straight On” and man I tell ya, it kicked ass. Looking forward to the next episode where they covered what went on when Kanye West made some disparaging comments when Gretchen beat him out for Breakthrough New Artist at the American Music Awards. Apparently he said he was basically robbed and called her music “bullshit”. Fortunately he subsequently apologized to her at the Grammy nomination presentations. What the MusikMafia is trying to do is different than anything else that’s ever been done. “Country music without prejudice” is what they say. I hope Kanye West goes to a MusikMafia show (Gretchen invited him after he apologized) and maybe learns what they’re all about. Who knows, maybe he’ll collaborate with them somewhere down the line. That would rock. Cowboy Troy, the black member of the MusikMafia is doing music he calls hick-hop. Sounds good to me. Country music without prejudice indeed.