weekend recap: zac brown band!

Friday night we hopped into the car and headed to CT for the Zac Brown Band Concert on Saturday night. We spent the weekend with Natalie family, which felt like some type of hotel resort for the weekend.


how gorgeous is her dads garden!

The Zac Brown Band concert was THE BEST EVER. I know I say that after every concert, which is natural since I am SO obsessed with live music but this really was amazing. It was at the Xfinity Center in CT for their Jekyll and Hyde Tour. Most of the concerts I have been to in college and since have been at this venue which I LOVE!!


They opened with “home grown” which got the crowd going.  Then they did SIX covers of OUTSTANDING classics.

He ended the night with Chicken Fried, the song that made me fall in love with them in the first place! It was hands down the BEST concert.

What is your favorite concert ever?


Saturday Night Fever: Grand Ole Opry

I somehow convinced Bailey we should get tickets to the Grand Ole Opry,

“the show that made country music famous”.

The Grand Ole Opry is a weekly country music stage concert in Nashville that has presented the biggest stars of that genre. Membership in the Opry remains one of country music’s crowning achievements. Such country music legends as Hank WilliamsPatsy ClineRoy Acuff, the Carter family, and many others!! In recent decades, the Opry has hosted such contemporary country stars as Dolly PartonGarth BrooksReba McEntire,  Carrie UnderwoodBrad Paisley,Rascal FlattsDierks BentleyBlake Shelton and the Dixie Chicks

We went to the area a bit early so we could check out Gaylord Opry Land Resort which was most certainly worth it. Its a fabulous space and sprawls over acres and acres of land. With beautiful gardens and even fountains that reminded me of the Bellagio hotel in Vegas!

IMG_3882 We arrived at the Opry just as the show began. There was a mix several older artists sprinkled with new acts. One of the new acts – James Wesley preformed “Real” – which lyrics pick fun at “reality television”!

 My favorite would have to be Jimmy Wayne where he did his “Do you believe me now?”. He was such a great performer, there were tons of woman trying to get photos of him and he let them come on stage and take a picture with them – while he was singing – which put him in all kinds of positions, even laying down!

IMG_3957I had to feel for Bailey during this one – she isn’t the biggest fan of country music, don’t ask me why but she sat through this one like a trooper.


The Man in Black: Mr. Johnny Cash

Saturday we visited the popular Johnny Cash Museum after a quick detour into a bar along the way where Bailey attempeted to fix my “tummy ache” with a Bloody Mary. Of course there was a live band and they were just hilarious, adding their own one liners to the popular cover songs they were playing! IMG_3962


The Johnny Cash museum is set up as a self guided tour and it cost us $14 to enter. It started with his childhood and went all the way through his death. There were a few songs selected from each era that you could watch the “music video” (Johnny on stage singing) of. Bailey pointed out the “man in black” song which explains why he always wore black clothes: “I wear the black for the poor and the beaten down, livin’ in the hopeless, hungry side of town, I wear it for the prisoner who has long paid for his crime, but is there because he’s a victim of the times.”



One section of the exhibit that particularly caught my eye was the song “ragged old flag” it was written out as you can see in the image below and there was a video of him reading it.


You cant talk about Johnny with out talking about his love for June Carter. Not being the HUGEST Johnny Cash fan, I think I was drawn to the love story behind June and Johnny.

I think I took a bit of extra time in this museum because it was a place Bailey enjoyed so much. It reminded her of her younger brother, one of the few people she worried about leaving. She explained the “Man in Black” song particularly made her think of Ben, because he would always prefer to be with the “forgotten” or less paid attention to, he thought those were the real people.

“Golden Nuggets” from this stop would be:

-Johnny Cash lived a FULL life, one of fame, fortune, addiction, love, family, belief, hard work and peace.

-His love for June Carter was unlike anything else he had ever experianced. It was a true love story and she made him a better man.


They even had a few pieces from the “House of Cash” where June and Johnny lived until their death. This one in particular reminds me of my mother. Her taste is very Victorian and she often times came home from yard sales or flea markets with bold pieces such as this. IMG_3876

Not that I cry anymore but if I were too, the music video of his song HURT  at the end would have gotten me.

I think I have become a fan of Mr. Cash.