After a brilliant few days in Scotland, we got the ferry to Belfast and drove down to Dublin. Here is our blog!
Believe it or not we have never tried Guinness. We decided that we just had to try it in the place it was created – The Guinness Distillery in Dublin city. After a tour around the distillery learning about the history of the distillery we ended the experience in the sky bar which looks across the whole city you can enjoy a pint of the beautiful stout. A great experience highly recommended…however we now haven’t stopped drinking it since we arrived in Ireland and now we are sitting here writing this blog will a sore head!
Stag do? Hen weekend? You HAVE to go to temple bar! Fun, vibrant, wild…that’s all we’ll say about that.
The Market Bar & Fade Street
This was extremely stylish. A tiny street light up with draping bulbs and a row of really cool bars and restaurants. We ate at the Market Bar for Tapas which we highly recommend.
The gig was insane. We managed to sell out the small venue in Dublin city centre and got a great response from the music fans. Dublin – we will be back!
As you may or may not know, we shipped most of our equipment from Nashville to Europe in our bid to help save the environment. So instead of flying around Europe we have made the decision to drive. We managed to ship over our beloved tour bus all the way from the states in a bid to make even more memories in it. However this van has toured America more than once and is nearly twenty years old…we like to think it looks ‘rugged’. On our Scottish leg of the tour we met some upholsterers in Edinburgh who offered to ‘spruce up’ our old and beloved tour bus. Here’s a blog on it in case any of you are interested?
The History Of Our Tour Bus
After we finished college we decided we wanted to take some time to travel as we’ve never really left Tennessee. Using our musical talents and strong friendship we decided to spend 3 months travelling the USA and funding it by gigging. We purchased the tour bus from a farmer who hadn’t used it in 15 years. Luckily it drove good as new so within a couple weeks we were headed to Florida! We travelled around every single state in America (except Hawaii and Alaska). As we are fairly eco-conscious when it came to our tour in Europe we decided to ship our equipment, including our beloved van and drive around Europe – avoiding planes completely in order to help save the planet.
Upholsterers In Edinburgh Changed Our Lives
This is a great story!
We were sitting in coffee shop in Edinburgh the morning of our opening night. Enjoying our coffees and big breakfasts (and curing a horrible hangover) we got chatting to a group of lads at the table next to us. They were very very interested in our tour, although they were probably more interested that we were American…
They were extremely interested that we shipped our beloved bus and decided to drive around Europe on tour rather than fly. After chatting away for a while they offered to take a look and see if they could repair some parts of the interiors. At first we were a bit apprehensive – this bus is like our child and do we trust them after all? After some convincing we handed over our keys – 98% certain we would never see the van again.
The next morning, Andy called and told us to come and collect it.
The interior was totally amazing! They reupholstered all the chairs (there is only 6 in total) but still managed to keep the vans character and vintage look- it was perfect!
Nashville, Tennessee is known for it southern fried chicken, cowboy boots and whisky. However the city has also been nicknames Music City – one of the most popular music spots in the USA.
THE NICKNAME MUSIC CITY
In the 1800s, Nashville became fundamentally important in the music industry as they were the national centre for music publishing.The band Fisk Jubilee Singers used their music to promote the education of freed slaves after the Civil War at Fisk University (in Nashville). The nickname music city actually came from the Queen of England who, after their performance said
One of the most famous music venues in Nashville is the Ryman Auditorium. It was built in 1892 and has attracted musicians from all over the world to this day. In fact, the Fisk Jubilee Singers were one of the first to perform when the theatre opened. Nat King Cole, Louis Armstrong, Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton and Elvis have all performed in this theatre.
The Ryman Auditorium is celebrating 125 years and is open for daily tours where tourists can explore the auditorium and watch films of its history.
Songwriting Capital Of The World
Songwriters from all genres of music travel to music city to visit the Bluebird Cafe to perform their own songs to a small crowd of other songwriters and music fans. Musician have the opportunity to share stories about their songs and answer any questions people have on their music.
Nashville also host an annual Tin pan South Songewriters Festival – a five day music festival where more than 300 songwriters can perform their songs to crowds all over the city.
Nashville In Popular Culture
In recent years, cable television have been really supportive of Nashville and it’s musical roots, filming many programmes and TV in the city.
There is now a TV drama series Nashville which is filmed in Music City and has global popularity. The show centres around the city’s country music roots and features many of Nashville’s best restaurants, landmarks and venues.
Nashville has been voted the ‘Best Music Scene’ by Rolling Stone with The Black Keys, Kings of Leon, Justin Timberlake, Sheryl Crow, Black Eyed Peas and Keith Urban all originating from Nashville.
If you love live music then you absolutely have to come to Nashville. Musicians play live sets in pubs and venues all over the city every single night. The famous Honky Tonks offers free live music every single day of the year.
Our Scottish Tour – Sponsored By Window Blinds Glasgow
Back in 2017 we decided to bring country music to Europe. There is a growing popularity of our genre of music in Europe thanks to film, TV….and Taylor Swift. Thanks Taylor. On our 3 month tour we will play to crowds in Ireland, England, France, Spain, Germany, The Netherlands, Italy and many more. We promised our fans we would document our travels via vlogs on our Youtube channel. However we also thought we would treat you all to blog posts as well. This blog post will be dedicated to the beautiful country of Scotland – where we kicked off the tour. Thankfully this blog is sponsored by window blinds company Glasgow, Casa Blinds.
Our opening night was a success! We were so thankful to get such a great response from the Edinburgh crowd so – THANK YOU! We were excited to visit Edinburgh for the bagpipes, haggis and famous castle. Edinburgh castle is a must see if you’re ever in town – the history is almost unbelievable – very very cool. Haggis is delicious. That’s all there is so say about that. We tried Irn- Bru which is a fizzy orange soft drink – being American this was very similar to the utter trash we are used to. But yes, it was delicious and a life saver on a hangover by the way. All in all – Edinburgh was a success and we are looking forward to returning one day.
We were lucky to play to a beautiful crowd in world famous venue – King Tuts (apparently Oasis were discovered here). Glasgow took us by surprise. When you think of Scotland you think of miles of mountains and old castles. Actually Glasgow was ‘sound’ (apparently this means cool in Scottish slang). It wasn’t raining and it wasn’t that cold either – result! We met some really friendly and funny people everywhere we went! There was a large pink sign right in the city centre that read ‘People Make Glasgow’ – and they really do. Random passers by in the street told us all the great bars and restaurants to go to and most were even keen on coming to our gig in King Tuts Wah Wah Hut (haha what a name). If anyone asks – we would definitely recommend Glasgow for a ‘great night out’. The people are awesome, the bars, clubs and restaurants are great and the city is so much fun! The music scene is Glasgow is one of the best in the UK, never mind Scotland and there is lots to do in terms of day time activities – walks in the parks, food festivals…The ‘West End’ is a must for quirky coffee shops and cool activities. Don’t tell anyone but we much prefer Glasgow to Edinburgh.
Our first tour break took place after our Glasgow gig – we had 3 days to chill and explore before hitting up Belfast in Ireland. We decided we had seen all there is to see with Scotland’s biggest cities and took a drive up to the highlands.
The beaches, the mountains, the rivers, the ‘lochs’. This has to be one of the most pure, clean and amazing places we have EVER been to visit. Although it was a little chilly we were lucky to experience the glorious highlands in the sunshine. We spent 3 days hiking up the mountains, exploring the sandy coast and meeting the locals in the local pubs. We were shocked to find nobody was wearing kilts, screaming ‘FREEDOM’ at the top of their lungs and living in castles but living normally like the rest of the world. How narrow minded are we eh?! Again we would highly, highly recommend a holiday or weekend break in Scotland – because the country in so small you can easily get around by car and the public transport services are top notch with regular trains and busses going everywhere. – Thanks to Window Blinds Glasgow for making all this possible!
Now we are looking forward to getting the ferry across to Ireland for the next leg of our tour. Bring on the Guinness, YE-HA!
Do you ever get frustrated with yourself, or the situation that got you into a mess? Or have you ever felt like your stress level is just way up there and you get fidgety out of nowhere? Well the great news is you don’t need any medication for these situations, but all you need is music! Weird? Not at all because apart from becoming our companion during our drive to & back from work, music actually calms us down with its melody. Several studies show that even animals get calmer when they listen to soothing music. Go ahead, try it!
Its magic doesn’t stop there because music is also known to have a big impact on mental & physical health. Have you ever been on massages & wonder why they play those calm, soothing tunes at the back while you’re being graciously rubbed on? It’s simply because of the serenity it brings to both the masseuse & the client. Music also sets different kinds of moods – depending on the genre you’re listening to. Some mommies out there would play Beethoven for their unborn child before their sonogram, to keep the baby behaved so that the doctor can take an Instagram worthy “picture” of it.
Some teenagers for instance use rock or fast paced music to help them with their assignments or some listen to overly romantic songs to mend their broken hearts from a painful breakup. No matter what music it is, or who it is listened by, the one outcome that it provides the listeners is the calmness that it brings to the soul. Others go for programs like Panic Away that specializes in calm and peaceful techniques, but does panic away work? Checkout reviews over there.
Though it is an unconventional & an approach people don’t tend to realize, music works its wonders in mysterious ways. Music decreases health problems unknowingly & encourages healing to your body. So, the next time you’re on PMS, or having a bad or a good day even, or you feel nervous about a surgery or an exam – give music a try. You’ll be euphoric with the results.
Alternative country is referred for the “Americana”and also defined for the country music. It includes the acts which differ significantly in style from mainstream and pop country music. It used to describe the country music bands and artists which have incorporated influences ranging from the Roots Rock, Punk Rock, Alternative Rock and Honky-Tonk.
It attempts to combine the punk and country that were pioneered by the Jason and Scorchers, in the late 1980s southern Californian cowpunk with the bands like The Long Ryders. These styles are fully merged in Uncle Tupelo’s 1990 LP no depression, which is credited for being the first “Alternative country” album. Members and associated figure with the Uncle Tupelo formed major bands in the genre are Wilco, Son Volt and Bottle Rockets.
In the late 1990s the term Alternative Country Music begins and used to describe the diverse group of musicians and singers operating from outside the traditions and industry of the mainstream country music. No Depression is the best known magazine genre has been declared, it covered by the Alternative Country Music. Uncle Tupelo Alternative country music has continued to grow and explore the new areas. Billboard’s Chet Flippo suggest the four categories that are helpful in classifying this disparate genre. Alternative country music has the strong fan base in Chicago, Austin and Raleigh in addition of the regular music festival and the internet has played a crucial role in its growth.
America “No Depression” folder generates the substantial material and led it for the establishment of two central alternative country electro mailing list that are postcard and postcard II. Postcard discussed about the work of Uncle Tupelo and its offspring bands while Postcard II was designed to cover the other Alternative Country bands. Both lists provide a network of support for Alternative Country music and artists.
Alternative Country is defined as a subgenre of country music. This is a subgenre of music that involves acts which are different in approach and style in comparison to the mainstream of country music. The music patterns ranges from Roots Rock, Honky-Tonk, Bluegrass, Rockabilly, Alternative Rock, Punk Rock and Folk Rock. Jason and The Scorchers had attempted to combine Punk and Country music together. In the year 1990, the fusion music styles were merged in Uncle Tupelo’s ‘No Depression’ which is the first Alt-Country album!
For the growing popularity, the members associated with Uncle Tupelo formed three major bands, i.e. Wilco, Bottle Rockets and Son Volt.
What makes the Alternative Country Music widely admired and unique?
Apart from the music fusion the lyrics that sometimes are wretched or focused on generating social awareness must be creative and engaging so that the audiences would enjoy the entire show without getting bored. The bands performing Alternative Country Music are keenly focused on creating the music pattern with base of traditional country folk music. There are numbers of bands formed by the crazy music passionate and performers. As there aren’t too many information about Alternative Country Music the music lovers get sad. A platform where music lovers, musicians and performers get closer is indeed a great place to share thoughts, information and knowledge. You might hear this playlist and let yourself know the reason for wordwide admiration.
Alternative Country Music and related facts
Alternative Country Music is paralleled with alternative rock and is being used for describing the diverse group of musicians and singers
These groups performed outside the traditional theme of mainstream country music. (but if you’re looking to learn mainstream vocals, checkout superior singing method discount here!)
For the growing popularity, the music production values started being sensible thus dominated the traditional music industry with the infused strong rock and roll and punk aesthetics
Sometimes the lyrics used in the music pattern and creation are miserable or focused on social awareness but are heart-touching
The music-styles of the artists that are identified as per the genre reflects the traditional American Folk Music but are infused with rock patterns
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