Country Music - 06/03/14

I can remember singing Patsy Cline with my mom as a little girl.  My mom loved listening to the Forester Sisters and I would sing those with her too.  I remember Ray Stevens songs and how often my grandfather would play them.  I can sing almost every word to "The Mississippi Squirrel Revival."  My great grandparents were banjo pickers.  I've known some level of country music for as long as I can remember. 

It's funny because my dad is all rock-n-roll and I've listened to every Steve Miller, Allman Brothers and Boston album.  Dad plays the guitar and drums.  My uncle plays a mean Hammond b3.  I've been known to pick up a microphone or pick up sticks and sit down at the drums.  (Confession: I played the french horn in school)

Moving to Nashville has been an amazing experience on a music level and a coming home of sorts.  Of course country music has changed since Patsy but I still love it.  I dig everything from Jake Owen to Carrie Underwood - Blake Shelton to Little Big Town. 

"Pontoon" isn't a new song but it's my summer anthem.  Every time I hear it, I go to a happy place:  boat, water, sun, laughs... and maybe a cold beverage :)

 

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