Crazy Dreams..

“Thank God even crazy dreams come true” – Carrie Underwood

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So guys, it happened!!

The invites started going out for Carrie Underwood’s fan club party at the Grand Ole Opry today….

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I got one!!!

Seriously I can’t even describe how badly I lost my mind when I saw the email come through! This has just sweetened my Nashville trip even more. I had a wish list of artists I wanted to see in the CMA Fest line up; and out of that list Carrie was literally the only one missing from the line up. The fact that I now get to go and see a private performance from her at the Opry means that I’ll literally see every single one of my favourite artists in Nashville. This trip could not get any better!

Also this happened today and I nearly DIED!!!

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It always makes me feel happy when they see our tweets about them when they’re so busy. This just made my day! 🙂

Also I highly recommend you check out their new video for ‘Happy People’ – guaranteed to make you smile!

See ya next time!

Bel xo

 

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Somewhere Far Away…

“Whispers on the window, gone without a trace. By the time you look for me, well, I’ll be somewhere far away” – Little Big Town

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Hey friends!

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged anything; I guess that’s because I haven’t really had much of an update to share. This isn’t a massive update either, but it’s nearly 1AM here and I can’t sleep!

Time is flying by so fast though; I remember booking this trip in early November and thinking “oh my god the next seven months are going to drag on” – but it has been the complete opposite. I’m now 28 days away from my flight to Nashville and I’m in a bit of a state of shock over it to be honest haha..

I’m in the process of working out a rough itinerary for my 2.5 weeks there. But at the same time I want to leave it kind of open because I’m sure I’ll meet a tonne of people at the hostel I’m staying at and I’ll want to go adventuring with them. My first week is pretty much set in stone though, because that’s CMA Fest week. Then I have a couple of tours booked which I’ve spoken about before.

One additional tour I locked in was a ‘Nashville TV Show Tour’ – this one takes me on a backstage tour of the Ryman, to a few filming locations, and to the Bluebird Cafe. I mainly did this because I really wanted to go to the Bluebird but heard it is so hard to get into – this tour pretty much guarantees entrance. Plus, I love the TV show of course!

Carrie Underwood just announced her fan club party, so I entered the draw to attend that one. In previous years I would always look through the photos that emerge from those parties and have had major FOMO – I’ve always wanted to go to one, but this is the first time I’ll actually be in Nashville and able to go. So please cross your fingers for me! What a dream that would be!

I’m having mental dilemmas over how much luggage to take with me. My airline allows 2 large checked bags and one carry-on bag. I went and purchased two large suitcases to take over there, but I definitely only need one. My current question is do I bring them both over anyway and fill one with my shopping? Or do I take only one and travel light, but then buy a second suitcase over there for my shopping? There will be a lot of shopping for sure

I’ve already made a bit of a shopping list! I’m going to get basically the whole Little Big Town ‘Boondocks’ merchandise range that they just released from the Opry! And I’m also going to pick up some CALIA active wear (I have an obsession with active wear in general – the fact that there is a line of active wear from Carrie Underwood is like a dream come true for me! LOL), and there are a few pieces from Karen Fairchild’s line that I absolutely love and want to pick up – like the red lace bomber jacket, and I LOOOOOVE that yellow butterfly dress.

OH! Speaking of….. there have been some exciting things going on since my last blog post. Little Big Town came to Australia and I got to see their show at the Enmore Theatre! They were absolutely incredible. All my friends know how much I adore this band and I’ve been waiting for so many years to see them live. They’d never been to Australia before, so this was a pretty big deal for me. Anyway, I can’t even describe what happened after I saw them live – I thought I was a mega-fan before, but the amount of love I felt for them after walking out of that theatre was on a whole other level. I was sitting on the balcony, front row, so I had an amazingly clear view of the stage. At one point I waved at them, and Kimberly Schlapman waved back – AND I CRIED! LOL! Such a dork! I took a few videos from that night, so here’s one of them (for real though, how good was my view!):

You can see the rest on my YouTube channel. Kip Moore opened the show for them and I got to meet him after the show! He was super cool & signed my ticket 🙂

Clare Bowen and O’Shea both just announced Australian tours for July, so I get to keep the country music gigs going when I get back from CMA Fest! I’m so excited for these ones! I saw Clare Bowen when she was in town last year and she blew me away. And O’Shea are an Aussie duo who I just adore – I was hoping they would be at CMA Fest but they’re not in the lineup. So this was a good alternative!

Anyway, now I’m rambling. I’m sure I’ll have a few updates to come before my trip, but until then, thanks for reading!

Peace!

Bel xo

I Told You So..

“If I told you that I realised you’re all I ever wanted, and it’s killing me to be so far away; would you tell me that you love me too, and would we cry together? Or would you simply laugh at me and say “I told you so” ..?” – Carrie Underwood & Randy Travis

Hey guys,

Last one from me tonight! Here is my cover of ‘I Told You So’ by Carrie Underwood & Randy Travis:

Bel xo

Before He Cheats..

“Right now, he’s probably buying her some fruity little drink cause she can’t shoot whiskey!” – Carrie Underwood

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Hi guys,

I had a very country music filled weekend (which in my opinion, is the best kind of weekend!). I spent a lot of time driving around listening to Carrie Underwood & Little Big Town in my little red car! And then I spent heaps of time learning and recording some covers on piano.

Here is my piano cover of “Before He Cheats” by Carrie Underwood.

Hope you like it! 🙂

I’ll upload a few others that I’ve done this weekend!

Bel xo

What Are You Listening To?..

“I put that record on – girl you know what song.. And I let it play again and again” – Chris Stapleton

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For this blog post I wanted to write a list of my 10 favourite albums from the last year or so. Some of these are older than one year but they have pretty much defined my playlist over the last 12 months (these are in no particular order):

  1. Storyteller – Carrie Underwood
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    Favourite Tracks:
    – Choctaw County Affair
    – Smoke Break

    I was lucky enough to attend the Australian leg of her Storyteller tour. It was by far the best concert I’ve ever been to – she’s  an incredible performer. I even got to meet her! – Picture below (you’ll have to excuse my ‘deer in the headlights’ expression). If you’ve ever wondered what she is like in person, she’s very sweet & genuine. I walked out an even bigger fan!

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  2. Traveller – Chris Stapleton
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    Favourite tracks:
    – Tennessee Whiskey
    – Fire Away

    I actually discovered Chris Stapleton one day through Spotify. ‘Tennessee Whiskey’ ended up on my “Discover Weekly” playlist and I immediately fell in love with this album.

  3. Ripcord – Keith Urban
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    Favourite Tracks:
    – Blue Ain’t Your Colour
    – Wasted Time

    Finally new music from Keith! This one sounds pretty different to his previous albums but every song is catchy as hell. I got to see him perform live in December last year and boy can he entertain a crowd!!

  4. Hero – Maren Morris
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    Favourite Tracks:
    – I Wish I Was
    – I Could Use a Love Song

    Maren is probably the artist that I am most excited about in all of country music. This album is honestly amazing – it lives in my car CD player and I listen to it daily. I’m so glad this artist is starting to be recognised!

  5. The Breaker – Little Big Town
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    Favourite Tracks:
    – Rollin’
    – Better Man

    Ok this one has only been released for 2 days but I have to include it. It is all I’ve listened to since the second it was released and I’m OBSESSED! Little Big Town never disappoint!

  6. The Weight of These Wings – Miranda Lambert
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    Favourite Tracks:
    – To Learn Her
    – Vice

    This album is an emotional rollercoaster. I first listened to it on the train on the way to work the morning it was released and I was laughing one minute, then crying my eyes out the next (yes, in public!). This is some of her most honest and raw work yet and you can always count on Miranda to make you feel something when you listen.

  7. Deep Tracks – Faith Hill
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    Favourite Tracks:
    – Somebody Stand By Me
    – Back To  You

    Ahh Faith Hill was actually one of my favourite artists back when I was a kid! Her vocals on this album are brilliant and I’m so excited to see her tour with Tim McGraw next year!!

  8. Puxico – Natalie Hemby
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    Favourite Tracks:
    – Cairo, IL
    – Lovers on Display

    Natalie Hemby has penned some of my absolute favourite songs from some of my favourite artists. So to say I was excited by the release of her solo album is the understatement of the year. Every song on this album is incredible and I hope it gains some recognition in upcoming country music award ceremonies!

  9. Southernality – A Thousand Horses
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    Favourite Tracks:
    – Smoke
    – First Time

    This album is a hell of a lot of fun! It has a country meets rock-n-roll feel to it. This is another one that I discovered through Spotify’s “Discover Weekly” playlist. I’m really hoping these guys will be around CMA Fest this year – I’m dying to see them perform live.

  10. Black – Dierks Bentley
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    Favourite Tracks
    – Why Do I Feel
    – Black

    Dierks has been a favourite of mine for a long time! This album is no exception. I like to put this on when I’ve got a long train trip ahead of me and just chill out. I would recommend this one to everyone!

 

Well that just about wraps it up! All of these albums and artists left a huge impression on me. If you’re looking for new music, give these albums a go! 🙂

What albums have left an impression on you?

Bel x