Country Favorites: Summer 2017


Even though it’s technically still spring, summer music is undoubtedly here.

Some of my favorites:

  • Body Like A Back Road (Sam Hunt) Talk about one of those instant feel-good jams. Goin 15 in a 30, I ain’t in no hurry, Imma take it slow just as fast as I can.
  • Craving You (Thomas Rhett & Maren Morris) Two of the top most popular country artists collaborating. What a beautiful thing!
  • Happy People (Little Big Town) This song has the best vibe and super solid lyrics too. Personal favorite line…Happy people don’t fail; happy people just learn.
  • The Fighter (Keith Urban & Carrie Underwood) Am I the only one who has a significant urge to kick-box when I hear this song? I’m still thinking about a full out routine to go with the song…
  • For Her (Chris Lane) Maybe the most adorable song ever-check it out.
  • Greatest Love Story (LANCO) This song is the first LANCO song I ever did hear and let me tell you they just might become a favorite of mine. If you have not yet heard this song, check. it. out.
  • No Such Thing As A Broken Heart (Old Dominion) Another extremely catchy song with excellent lyrics.
  • Round Here Buzz (Eric Church) This is a JAM! I have heard really great things about Eric’s Holding My Own tour and I just just imagine him singing this one live.
  • You Broke Up With Me (Walker Hayes) One of my gym buddies caught me jammmmmmming to this tune last week in my car…I had no idea he was driving in the lane next to me… The tune/lyric combination is on point. Do yourself a favor and listen to this one.

Live From My Living Room: ACM’s 2016


Any country party beginning with Luke Bryan is sure to be a good party. And that’s exactly what’s happening tonight. He’s singing “Huntin’, Fishin’, and Lovin’ Every Day” and he’s wearing a baseball hat. I’m so glad to see Luke rockin’ his super-country roots.

Luke just announced his co-host Dierks Bentley, and Blake Shelton shows up on the stage! I’m legitimately not sure if this is a prank because Luke’s lookin’ a little shocked.

Now it’s Blake Shelton’s turn to sing for real. Props to the lights guy because absolutely everything and everyone appears to be in black and white besides Blake. He’s singing “Came Here To Forget” and, honest moment, he has AGED.

Luke and Dierks are finally together on the stage and they are looking VERY GOOD in suits. I think Blake Shelton is having some #probz letting go with the hosting thing.

We’re getting a bunch of shout-outs dedicated to Chris Stapleton here -Charles Kelly (from Lady Antebellum), Thomas Rhett, Jason Aldean, even Carrie Underwood chimed in.

Old Dominion is the new vocal group of the year, and they’re singing Snapback.

Kenny Chesney is up, singing “Noise.” He’s staying true to himself in jeans and a cowboy hat. Side note shout-out to Kenny’s bass player, a female #girlboss.

Jana Kramer and Von Miller announced Song of the Year. Nominees: Burning House, Girl Crush, Nobody to Blame, Raise Them Up, She Don’t Love You. Chris Stapleton wins with Nobody To Blame. I think he deserves it but I would have loved Cam to win that one.

Cassidy Pope and Chris Young are singing “Think Of You.”These two make a good duo! Cassidy Pope is wearing a tight and sparkling gold pantsuit. 10 points for her blinged-out microphone box matching her outfit though. They ended the song with a hug which was perfect and adorable.

Chris Janson is announcing the campaign Fight Hunger. Here is the link in case anyone wants to check it out.

The next performer, Eric Church, is looking classic as always. He’s singing “Record Year” which is turning into a jam-sesh featuring some artists who recently passed away.

Dierks Bentley is up next performing “Somewhere On A Beach.” Observation: his guitar is 100% for decorative purposes in this song. Observation 2: Things are a little awk because nobody knows the words to the song yet. A bunch of ladies are swaying in the background…

Cam is up next, performing Burning House. She is beautiful with her classic blonde curly hair and a simple dress. I like the arrangement she put together for this show. Normally I’d say this song is too sad/slow for an awards show, but it’s such a popular and loved song that she pulled it off.

Miss America and Jake Owen are performing the next song together. TWO. GOOD. LOOKING. PEOPLE. right here. Single Record of the Year nominations: Burning House, Buy Me A Boat, Die A Happy Man, Girl Crush, I’m Comin’ Over, and Take Your Time. The winner is Thomas Rhett with Die A Happy Man. He gave a real cute thank you speech acknowledging his wife first. #goals.

Jason Aldean is singing “Lights Go On,” and I’m thinking it’s new because I don’t know it yet.

Garth Brooks was video-recorded in to do an announcement for the ACMs. Album of the yera nominees are: I’m Comin Over (Chris Young), Montevallo (Sam Hunt), Mr. Misunderstood (Eric Church), Tangled Up (Thomas Rhett), and Traveler (Chris Stapleton). With no surprise, Chris Stapleton wins with Traveler.

Cole Swindell is singing an acoustic version of You Should Be Here, which is so fitting and so sweet.

Brett Eldridge is singing “Drunk On Your Love” while walking down the aisle with flowers. He handed out five flowers to the luckiest five ladies ever.

Keith Urban is performing “Wasted Time.” He looks classic in black pants and a t-shirt. Props to the stage crew because there were flames and wind on the stage. Talk about a hot performance ūüėČ

Little Big Town is up next with a big band crew on stage with them. They’re singing “Stay All Night.” I will always think that Karen and Kimberly are among the prettiest singers ever. I will admit that I’m not 100% sure about Karen’s black and mesh star-patterned pantsuit. I can fully support Kimberly’s pink tasseled dress. THIS IS WHAT I LOVE ABOUT THE ACMS. I love that LBT just performed a song from their album with a total fresh take.

Let’s all have a mini freak out sesh because KELSEA BALLERINI IS PERFORMING! She’s singing “Love Me Like You Mean It.” She’s wearing a blue romper and heels. She looks comfortable on the stage which is so impressive since she’s so young and new. Kelsea paused for a quick second to sing to her new single, “Peter Pan.” She also clipped an long blue skirt extension onto her romper. BRB while I continue drooling because I haven’t seen Nick Jonas in ages and he looks amazing in his leather jacket. Nick played the guitar and sang and I am in happy shock and satisfaction reflecting on this amazing performance.

Little Big Town announced Tim McGraw next, singing Humble and Kind. The crowd is waving their arms wrapped in glowing bracelets. Tim appears to be surrounded by fireflies; it’s magic. Everyone knows all the words to Humble and Kind. I can hear the crowd belting out the lyrics. What a powerful, moving performance. People are dressed up on stage, representing various cultures and occupations. I can tell that Tim is deeply moved by his own song.

Charles Kelley is singing “Lonely Girl,” and he definitely is displaying a new side of himself with a patterned short-sleeved collared shirt and to background singer-dancers. Charles is one talented dude, but I’m not the number-one-fan of his solo career.

Martina McBride and Darius Rucker spoke to honor the life of Joey Feek. The crowd regognized her life with a very nice applause. Then, Martina and Darius announced the Vocal Group of the Year nominees: Eli Young Band, Old Dominion, Little Big Town, Zac Brown Band, Rascal Flatts. LBT is the winner and I continue to be so proud of them.

TIME TO GEEK OUT BECAUSE CARRIE UNDERWOOD IS RELEASING HER NEW SINGLE, CHURCH BELLS. I love this song. In a word, this performance is creative. Carrie looks so tough. Lights are shining everywhere. Carrie’s wearing strappy black heels and a silver dress that could have also been used in the Hunger Games (this is meant to be a compliment). The stage is covered with smoke and staircases. CARRIE UNDERWOOD IS REALLY GOOD AT HER JOB.

We have Kiefer Sutherland announcing the female vocalist nominees: Kelsea Ballerini, Jana Kramer, Miranda Lambert, Kacey Musgraves, Carrie Underwood. (Can they all win? I LOVE ALL OF THEM.) Miranda Lambert is the winner. LOVE. HER. She looks really good in black and silver.

Sam Hunt is singing “Make You Miss Me,” and he’s playing the piano too. Sam is wearing a white track suit with a baseball hat and white shoes. There’s a bunch of lights shining on the piano. The performance is simple and classic but I’m okay with that, because #SamHunt.

Thomas Rhett is performing “Die A Happy Man.” Keeping things very classic and simple, Thomas gave a very sweet performance. The camera showed a teary-eyed Mrs. Rhett. He’s a happy man, and she’s a lucky lady.

Miranda Lambert is singing “Tush” with ZZ Top and his very long beard.

Nancy O’Dell announced the nominees for the ACM Male Vocalist of the Year: Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Brett Eldredge, Chris Stapleton. No surprise, Chris Stapleton takes another award.

Kacey Musgraves took the stage to announce Katy Perry. Can I say, she looks hilarious in a country costume with giant star earrings. Katy announced a trailer for Dolly Parton’s movie, “Coat of Many Colors.” I didn’t realize that Jennifer Nettles played a role in that movie, but now I reallllly want to see it.

Dolly has joined the stage with an extremely sparkling suit (I would expect nothing less).

Dolly Parton and Katy Perry are singing “Coat of Many Colors” together followed by a duet of “Jolene” and “9 to 5.”

Florida Georgia Line is performing “Confession.” The stage is filled with trees, smoke and lights. I think green rain is pouring down behind Brian and Tyler. …

Chris Stapleton is back on stage, this time to perform! He’s singing “Fire Away” with his wife (props to my roommate Megan for that fact).

Tom Hiddleston announced Entertainer of the Year. Nominees: Jason, Garth, Luke, Eric, Miranda. Jason Aldean is our Entertainer of the Year!

I am satisfied with tonight’s show. I love country music. I LOVE AMERICA!

Pageant Material: An Album Revue


Did you catch what I did there with Kacey Musgrave’s album “revue”? This post is in honor of Kacey’s most recent album, “Pageant Material,” and her “Country and Western Rhinestone Revue” tour.

The album begins with “High Time,” a catchy and clever song with an ode to unwinding. You can’t not hum along.

Next up is the¬†adorable “Dime Store Cowgirl,” and as a small town girl I can relate. “You can take me out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of me… I still call my hometown home.”

Kacey slows down the pace with “Late to the Party,” where she pulls off being sassy and sweet at the same time. Not everyone can achieve this art, but Kacey nails it!

The album’s namesake, “Pageant Material,” comes next. Once again you will find me singing along with an occasional “amen sista.” Because I ain’t pageant material either, and “it ain’t that I don’t care about world peace; but I don’t see how I can fix it in a swimsuit on a stage” (Can I get an amen sista?!)

My current favorite is next. Listen to the small town chatter before the singing starts in “This Town.” I find these lyrics to be so dang relatable! My small town has a good Mexican restaurant and a beauty salon and a zip code but it’s too small to be mean (cuz somebody’s mama knoes¬†somebody’s cousin) and “around here we look out for each other.”

You may already know the next song, “Biscuits,” and if you don’t know it yet, you’re missing out! Another song with classic and cunning and clever lyrics, Kacey reminds us all that “pouring salt in my sugar won’t make yours any sweeter!”

The next song is called “Somebody To Love.” I think it’s among the most vulnerable songs on the album. It’s slow and sweet and honest; “we’re all hoping, we’re all hopeless…and just searching for somebody to love.”

The¬†next song, “Miserable,” is another melancholy tune. ¬†The lyrics are soft but confrontational, “you ain’t happy unless you’re miserable.” The song is fascinating as it combines misery with a on upbeat¬†but¬†honest tune.

“Die Fun” is a song about living it up since “we can’t do it over…all were gettin is older… so let’s love hard, live fast, die fun.” What a humbling reminder that life on earth only lasts an unknown amount of time. I say it again, amen sista!

Awe man do I love “Family Is Family!” Listen to all the lyrics on this honest and perfectly imperfect song. “Friends come in handy, but family is family… and you love’me.”

I catch Miranda Lambert vibes off of “Good Ol’ Boys Club.” I actually read one article that Miranda and Kacey used to write songs together in Texas and Miranda ended up begging Kacey to have “Mama’s Broken Heart” and Kacey agreed as long as she could sing harmony. Cool story? I think so. ūüôā

“Cup of Tea” is another upbeat, honest tune. “Nobody’s everybody’s favorite,” which is truly a good point that also fits very well in this album.

A sad,¬†slow song called “Fine” comes next. “Just like the circus, you always leave town…but I leave the light on… I’ve stopped counting sheep, now I just count the days…”

Willie Nelson is featured in the next song, “Are You Sure.” The duo takes turns singing lines, “are you sure this is where you want to be” with instrumental breaks between lines, maybe for contemplation. ¬†It’s as sweet as it is straight country and western.

And that, my friends, completes my review of the album! I would highly recommend taking a listen to this sweet, sassy, sarcastic, soulful set of songs. (Can you tell that Kacey’s alliteration is rubbing off on me? I think I could take a few lessons from her.)


February Health Tips


I’m back with more tips from the “supereasy” health resolutions from the article provided by POPSUGAR.

Here are the next four tips:

  1. Listen to motivational music
    Music is best for so many reasons! It can be motivating; it can instantly change your mood. It can inspire me to run faster and lift heavier. Music can help me to stay focused, too.
  2. Get outside for 10 minutes daily
    I need to take this advice! Going outside is a blast when it’s nice outside, and it’s important to take advantage of good weather.¬† But when the weather is not so nice, fresh air still has its benefits.
  3. Food journal for a period of time
    I kept a food journal for about six months when I joined the gym. I don’t regularly food journal anymore but I do think it’s a good idea to food journal at times. If you’ve never food journaled: see if your gym offers a website for food logging, or find an app to use (such as My Fitness Pal). If you HAVE food journaled: still consider logging your food for a few weeks to see if you’re staying on track.
  4. Floss before bed
    Another habit I need to develop! Flossing is so important yet many of us disregard this health tip. I do believe that if I develop the habit of flossing it will become routine AND my dentist will be happy with me!


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Jam Sesh : What I’m Listening To


We have made it to November and I’ve found myself enjoying some new songs in this small window of November where I’m not allowed to listen to Christmas music just yet. Click on the links to listen to some GOOD MUSIC.

Top Favorite Song Of The Week:
HOUSEFIRES II: Good Good Father. If you can only listen to one song on this post, make this be your choice. Talk about a beautiful, true, wonderful song!

Favorite Song On A New Album:
CARRIE UNDERWOOD: Dirty Laundry. Everybody knows Carrie is one of my all-time favorites and this song on her newest album does not disappoint! I love how this song is catchy, sassy, clever AND a great showcase for Carrie’s talent.

Favorite Pop Song:
ADELE: Hello. I’ve always appreciated Adele but this one has spoken to me louder than Adele’s own voice in the chorus. As an added bonus, it’s hilarious at work trying to answer the phone in the same tone as the song. #iDareYou. I know I’m not the only person who’s fanatic about this song; I’ve caught other people jammin to this hit (no judgment)!

Favorite Country Song:
THOMAS RHETT: Die A Happy Man. Two of my favorite friends are serious Thomas Rhett fans so they knew about this song ASAP. They shared it with me and I, too, can feel the love. What a good one!

Favorite Guilty Pleasure:
THE WEEKEND: Can’t Feel My Face. Because every time this one comes on I just want to sing and dance and my mood shifts to a happy-funky vibe. #SorryNotSorry

Favorite Christmas Song:
PENTATONIX: Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas. Guysssss I’m sorry; I cannot resist a little Yuletide spirit! And what’s more cheerful than an acapella holiday fave?

On Carrie Underwood’s Upcoming Album and Successful Career


I am freakin’ out, people! Carrie Underwood is releasing a brand new album THIS WEEK! And if that’s not good news enough, she’s including a duet with Sam Hunt! #WhatMoreCouldAGirlWant?!

I admire Carrie Underwood because:

  • She gives off a down-to-earth while also being super-woman vibe.
  • She inspires me to “Stay The Path” in fitness.
  • She’s beautiful!
  • I was one of the 5 people who watched and ENJOYED her version of The Sound of Music (people gotta appreciate!)
  • She is an amazingly talented singer
  • She + Brad Paisley are amazing co-hosts for awards shows.
  • She has such a cute family!
  • I watched her become famous beginning with her season of American Idol (so I feel like we “go way back” or something).
  • Her duet “Somethin Bad” makes me believe she’s friends with my other home-gurl Miranda Lambert

Cheers to all the other Carrie Underwood fans out there!

xoxo, sarah

My Summer Country Favorites


Summertime never lets me down in the country music world. This season a lot of good songs have been playing on the radio. Here are a few of my favorites:

  1. Sam Hunt, House Party. When you think about it, this is really a re-make of Shania Twain’s classic Party For Two. And I’m OK with that.
  2. Kelsea Ballerini, Dibs. I am being a little before-the-times with this one but it’s just adorable. If you’ve got a Friday night free and a shot-gun seat, well I’m just sayin I ain’t got nowhere to be.
  3. Thomas Rhett, Crash and Burn. Truly this is a sweet song but it’s the catchy beat that gets me jammin.
  4. Jake Owen, Real Life.But that waitress, she’s real rude. She’s got real problems but we do too so we tip her anyway.” JUST YES.
  5. Carrie Underwood, Smoke Break. I love Carrie and I’m just glad she’s back with new stuff on the radio.
  6. Eric Church, Like a Wrecking Ball. Does this count as a guilty pleasure? Admit it, you love it too.
  7. Florida Georgia Line, Anything Goes. Because FGL is such a summer band and this song simply does not disappoint.
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I thought this was a perfect opportunity to share this picture of Kara and I with a “taller and better looking Jason Aldean” at Country Thunder.