#TBT, Country Style

Happy Throwback Thursday! Let’s celebrate with a classic for country music legend, Loretta Lynn!

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Going to Carolina in My Mind

I, like most of the world, am trying to wrap my head around Tuesday’s horrific shooting of three students in Chapel Hill, NC. I just can’t fathom how someone can have so much anger and hatred to the point they take the lives of fellow humans.

Having friends who attend both UNC Chapel Hill and NC State University, and friends who are Muslim, I have seen the impacts this scary situation has had on them.

Today, I’m “going to Carolina in my mind” and praying for the students’ families, friends, and for peace to come.

Source: YouTube

The Place We All Call Home

For the past few nights, I have been glued to the History channel, watching Sons of Liberty. This three part mini-series depicts how our founding fathers fought against British rule and created a new country. Even though I knew the outcome of these events and the Revolutionary War, I sat there in suspense. Chills ran up my arm as I saw delegates from the 13 colonies sign their names for something they believed-the Declaration of Independence.

One of my all-time favorite songs is country singer Dierks Bentley’s ‘Home.’ The song tells the story of America and how this is “still the place we all call home.” As the years 1775-1776 played out on the t.v. screen, I couldn’t help, but remember several verses to the song that describe the mini-series and the birth of our country perfectly:

Free, nothing feels like free
Though it sometimes means we don’t get along
Cause same, no we’re not the same
But that’s what makes us strong

From the mountains high
To the wave crashed coast
There’s a way to find
Better days I know

It’s been a long hard ride
Got a ways to go
But this is still the place
That we all call home

Brave, gotta call it brave
To chase that dream across the sea
Names, and they signed their names
For something they believed

Red, how the blood ran red
And we laid our dead in sacred ground
Just think, wonder what they think
If they could see us now.

Source: http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/dierksbentley/home.html

Rascal Flatts Annouce Riot Tour 2015

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Another major country tour was just announced and trust me, you don’t want to miss it!

Country music supergroup Rascal Flatts revealed today their plans for their RIOT TOUR 2015. The tour will start on May 29 in St. Louis, MO and will continue into the summer. Country music star Scotty McCreery is joining the “Unstoppable” singers for the summer.

Tickets will be available for purchase, starting January 26.

Source: http://scottymccreery.umg-wp-stage.com/scotty-mccreery-part-country-supergroup-rascal-flatts-2015-riot-tour/

“Dreams Can Grow Wild inside an American Child.” -Phil Vassar

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Happy Monday!

Just wanted to share with y’all a really cool (in my opinion) project I’m working on and need your help.

Country music portrayal of patriotism and American values has always interested me. Doesn’t hearing the words to Tim McGraw’s ‘If You’re Reading This’ or Dierks Bentley’s ‘Home’ pull on your heartstrings? Now, I’m getting the chance to research this topic and turn my research into a documentary. This documentary will consist of interviews and footage throughout Nashville, North Carolina, and Virginia. However, the budget for the documentary is very low and any donations to help me get to the places above is extremely appreciated!

You can donate at: http://www.gofundme.com/juu9es . No amount is too small!

Thank you for your consideration and help in making this really cool country music project a reality!

Happy Birthday to the King of Rock ‘n Roll

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Happy Birthday to the King of Rock ‘n Roll, Elvis Presley! Presley would have been 80 years old today.

To celebrate his legacy, here are my top 5 favorite Elvis song:

1: ‘Jailhouse Rock’

2: ‘In the Ghetto’

3: ‘American Trilogy’

4: ‘Kentucky Rain’

5: ‘Always on My Mind’