Monday, September 11, 2017

Satur-date: You Look Good Tour

Y'all know how much I LOVE Nashville.  It was the city that originally lured me south, drawing me in with the neon lights and always-present stream of vocals flowing out of every door.  The one thing I miss most about moving to AL from Tennessee is the short commute to Nashville that I would make biweekly.

That being said, I love my new home, and the now hour and a half commute to Nashville is nothing to complain about; I can still drive up for an exciting evening of music and Nashville eats!

When Lady Antebellum announced that they would be going on a You Look Good World Tour, I was quick to hop on the internet to hunt for when they would be coming to a venue near me.  I saw that they would be spending their last concert date state-side in Nashville and quickly wrote down the ticket release date in my planner, followed by the date of Heart Break, their next album's release.

Lady A has been a favorite of mine since I first saw (and met!) them back in 2008, only a couple months after their release of their first album. Now, nearly a decade and six albums later, I was more than ready to see them in concert for the forth time.

Meeting Lady A at Country Jam in 2008
We got to Music City early enough to have dinner in one of the always-packed Honky Tonks on Broadway.  Carl had never been to Alan Jackson's ACME Feed and Seed, so we decided on that as our dinner destination.

Despite all the hype, my first impression of ACME had not been stellar, but I'm always willing to give things a second chance.  After biting into my beer belly tacos, I realized that ACME's second chance had once again failed me.  Though they looked pretty enough for an instagram pic, my tacos were fairly dry and not overly flavorful.  Adding the Texas Ketchup (which is more of a BBQ sauce) helped to spice things up.  The other downside (literally, because all my toppings fell down out of the shell), was that the kitchen didn't double-up on the corn taco shells. ROOKIE MISTAKE, Y'ALL.

Beer Belly Tacos at ACME Feed & Seed
Carl was kind enough to give me a bite of his hot chicken sandwich, which was nice of him considering if roles were reversed, I don't know that I would have shared, because IT WAS SO GOOD! Lesson learned, if I go to ACME again I will only order the Rule the Roost hot chicken sandwich.

After dinner, we slowly made our way back up Broadway to Bridgestone Arena for the concert. The first opening act was Brett Young, wearing a Tennessee Titans jersey.  I was excited for Brett because I had never seen him live before, and it is rare for that to happen!  I only knew a few of his songs, but since he only performed a handful, that didn't bring down my concert high. Carl pointed out that Brett Young must be really tall, and when your 6' 4" boyfriend tells you someone is tall, you look it up because you've never heard him call someone tall before. Yep- 6 feet 6 inches! (There is your fun fact for the day). During Brett's performance, Big Machine Records (his label) came out to present him with a plaque for one of his songs going platinum I believe (I can't remember exactly!)

Low quality photo, high quality sound

Kelsea Ballerini was next.  I had seen her twice before, the first being at NHL All-Star Week.  I had only known her song "First Time" at that point because it was a free download on iTunes, but after leaving that day I was definitely a fan and couldn't get to the store fast enough to purchase her album! (Am I the only one who still purchases tangible CDs??)  I've purchased the two singles that have been released from her sophomore album, "Unapologetically," but am anxiously awaiting the full album to come out on November third!

Anywho, I was in awe the whole time Kelsea was onstage. She rocked a gorgeous outfit covered in sequins paired with sparkling heeled booties.  Carl said he would buy me a pair if I traded them in for my Adidas sandals, but I think we all know that will never happen. Kelsea performed all of my favorite songs from her first album, the two songs that she has so far released from her second, as well as a couple of other songs she had written that haven't yet been released.

The headlining act came out preceded by triumphant blasts coming from a trumpet and trombone, both played by energetic, spirited musicians. Lady A recruited some horn players for their tour, and I was loving the energy they produced! It was great to hear new songs that I'd never seen performed before, and old songs adapted to include the horns. Students from the Nashville School of the Arts even brought their horns out to play "You Look Good" with the band. Brett Young came back out to sing "Something Like That" by Tim McGraw, and Kelsea joined Hillary back on stage to perform "Crazy in Love" by Beyoncé.

My favorite moment was when the trio pulled out a piano and some stools to slow things down, and before they began performing they took some time to just talk to each other and to the audience. They shared how they had come together in Nashville a decade ago, and began performing as a group just down the street. They shared their memories from 3rd and Lindley and declared how appreciative they were of their fans and everyone who helped to get them to where they are today. There were tears shed on stage, and I'm sure in the audience too, as Lady A reveled in the fact that they were back where they started to follow their dreams at a time when their dreams had all come true. 

Now, Lady A heads over to Europe for the next leg of their tour and I wallow in post-concert withdrawals, anxiously awaiting the next musical excursion.

Ran into some friends at the concert!

If you haven't already gotten the albums, no sweat! Here are links to all of them!  There are only 15 weeks until Christmas, treat yo' self! (or someone else!)

"Brett Young" by Brett Young

"The First Time" by Kelsea Ballerini

"Unapologetically" by Kelsea Ballerini

"Lady Antebellum" by Lady Antebellum

"Need You Now" by Lady Antebellum

"Golden" by Lady Antebellum

"747" by Lady Antebellum

"Heart Break" by Lady Antebellum

"A Merry Little Christmas" by Lady Antebellum

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