Josh Abbott Band at the Lyric

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This past week I got the chance to see Josh Abbott Band here in Oxford at this charming venue called the Lyric.  It’s nestled right downtown in the historical square.  If you have a few minutes to do some reading I highly suggest learning the history of the Lyric.  It was originally a stable owned by William Faulkner’s family and the Lyric has restored it to its former glory to put on some amazing shows.  One thing I have found so endearing and captivating about living in the deep South is the amount of history and pride behind these towns.  Every building has a story and someone that is eager to tell it to you!

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Josh Abbott Band is a group right out of Texas…and proud of it!  For a band that didn’t start striving for the big time until 2008 it has been a quick climb for them.  They appreciate each and every single fan that comes out to their shows and have been known in their beginning days to buy the entire bar a round to show their appreciation for supporting them.  I absolutely love their heavy use of a fiddle in their songs.  The entire night was kept Texas from the music to the crowd that was decked with ten gallon hats and belt buckles large enough you could see a mile away.

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Although they continue to stay strong in their Texas roots with songs like “She’s Like Texas” and “My Texas” they are quickly rising in the country genre nationwide with hit songs like “Hangin’ Around“.  They made sure to play their song “Hotty Toddy” while in town as well as ask that infamous question….”Are you ready???”  They’re an adorable group of guys who obviously enjoy being able to play music for a living and I would recommend going to see them if given a chance.  Here’s my playlist of my favorite Josh Abbott Band songs, which ones do you like!?

Images Courtesy of:  cmt.com and Visit Oxford

Ashley
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Album Review: Taylor Swift – 1989

I wanted to wait to write about Taylor Swift’s new album until the dust had settled a bit and I could really get a chance to listen to it. Miss Swift made a bold leap by jumping from her roots and arguably her musical family of country music to release an entirely pop record this time around.  She announced she would not be attending any of the country award shows this season (although she’s still up for awards from her previous album Red) and even relocated herself to New York City.  Add to this her recent decision to pull her entire music catalog from Spotify and you have enough fuel to fire several months worth of media pieces.

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Now, all of the political nonsense aside, within the first week of sales 1989 sold 1.287 million copies.  That’s right MILLION.  Say what you will about her dating habits or behavior but this girl knows music.  While digital sales are down Swift just comes in and stomps on the statistics of the past year.

My friends and I (all women our age for that matter) have a unique view on Swift because, in a sense, we’ve grown up with her.  With each album she’s released, she has been in the same time of her life as we have.  When she wrote “Fifteen” we all remembered that feeling we’d had just two years prior of falling in love with someone for the first time.  That amazingly naive high school world ending love.  We all sang along to being “happy, free, confused and lonely at the same time” at the age of “22“.  Now with 1989 the track list reads like a diary we’ve kept for the past year.  Many of us having made the jump from hometown to big city, “Welcome to New York” is the perfect anthem for the new working gal.  “Blank Space” is a tribute to this time in our lives in which dating is an exciting game.  We’re finally in control of what we want and know how to go through the motions of actually dating like an adult.  As T says, “I love the players and you love the game”.

Say what you will about her jump from cowboy boots to stilettos or cute to classy, 1989 hits a home run with me.  It is the kind of album I want to put on blast while commuting to work in the city, going for a run, or getting ready for a night out with some friends.  Let me know what you think!

Now as far as music videos go, I think that this one for “Blank Space” is UNREAL!  It is so visually stunning.  If Gatsby and the Kennedy’s (pun completely intended) had a baby it would be this video.  The moment they strut as a couple with the dogs….EPIC.  Just EPIC.

Image courtesy of:  Taylor Swift

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