May Gift Guide: Concert and Festival Essentials

May Gift Guide: Festival Essentials

Covering festivals can be dirty business, so it always helps to show up prepared for anything! From center stage to late-night campground parties, here are a few concert essentials I’ll never wristband up without! *this post contains affiliate links* Pelikus Felt Purse & Tote Organizer Insert / Multi-Pocket Handbag Shaper (Medium–Slender, Red) When you’re living the tote life, it’s impossible to stay organized without a little extra help. I use a combination of ipsy pouches and this handy bag insert to keep my blogging & beauty gear separated and easy to sort through. View on Amazon Peaches & Petals | Monthly Lifestyle Box I’m a proud subscriber to Peaches & Petals monthly glam box simply so I can stock up on fun flirty jewelry, scarves, and accessories that always seem to come in handy over the summer. In the past I’ve gotten hammocks that easily tie up between cars in the campgrounds, notebooks, pens, cooling cloths, sunglasses, sun cover-ups and so much more that I continue to treat myself all year long! View on Peaches & Petals Ipsy Beauty Bag | 5 Beauty Products. $10/Month. Free Shipping. The sample and travel-sized cosmetics, cleaners, and fragrances that ipsy sends are perfect for packing up a bare-essentials beauty pouch to get you through a festival without lugging along your whole bathroom cabinet, and the little bags they come in are cute to boot! View on ipsy.com Tim And Ted Bad Decisions Make Good Stories Be Wild Festival Shopping Carrier Tote Bag Soft, washable, and convenient, a canvas tote is the perfect all-weather festival friend!View on Amazon NFASHIONSO Women’s Chiffon Bikini Swimwear Printed Bathing Suit Cover Up Capture the breeze, but not the burn! I always keep a sheer cover-up in my festival bag to protect my skin when the sun starts to scorch. Just because there’s a Phoenix on my back doesn’t mean today is burning day! View on Amazon MIRA 40 Oz Stainless Steel Vacuum Insulated Wide Mouth Water Bottle | Thermos Keeps Cold for 24 hours, Hot for 12 hours | Double Walled The key to a good time is feeling good the whole time, and at a festival the fastest way to finish early is by getting sunsick and dehydrated, so I keep a wide-mouth refillable insulated water bottle with me at all times, and fill it with icewater every chance I get. View on Amazon PURELL Advanced Hand Sanitizer Portable Bottles – 1 oz. Variety Pack Travel Sized Jelly Wrap Bottles (Case of 8) You know nobody wants to come home with the festiflu! I keep one of these strapped to my bag through all the meet & greets and communal campgrounds all through festival season and manage to come out clean!View on Amazon Plugable Bluetooth Headset (Neckband, In-Ear, Audio EQ, Built-in Mic) When you’re camping on the festival grounds, tuning out the neighbor’s noise an be a real challenge. I like to pop in a pair of earbuds for my morning run and while I finish up articles covering Continue reading

Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series Kickoff on April 22-23 at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Chandler, AZ

2017 Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series on Country Music News Blog!

The 2017 Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series Presented by GEICO will rev into high gear with The General Tire ‘Duel In the Desert’ Presented By OPTIMA Batteries, on April 22-23 at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Chandler, AZ. Early bird tickets are on sale now. Buy tickets and get more information at www.LucasOilOffroad.com. Welcoming motorsport enthusiasts from all over Maricopa County, The General Tire ‘Duel In the Desert’ Presented By OPTIMA Batteries will kick off at 8:00 am with karts and UTV features beginning at 12:00 pm and opening ceremonies at 2:30pm each day, offering attendees a weekend full of high-intensity, family-friendly fun. Guests are invited to walk around the pits, hang out with the racers, and enjoy an entire day of racing on Saturday and Sunday. See schedule below. “We love being out here at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park,” says race legend Brian Deegan. “The excitement is palpable when we come out to this track and we know this weekend is one you will not want to miss.” Racer RJ Anderson says, “We are all so excited to get out on the track and to give off-road racing fans a weekend they won’t forget.” The Lucas Off Road Racing Series Presented by GEICO (the #1 off-road series on the planet) is the evolution of the long standing support of short course racing by Forrest Lucas and Lucas Oil. Steeped in the Midwest tradition of short course off road racing infused with a West Coast influence, Lucas Oil Off Road Racing brings intense four wheel door to door action to challenging, fan friendly tracks. Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series: This is Short Course. The General Tire ‘Duel In the Desert’ Presented By OPTIMA Batteries takes place on April 22-23 at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Chandler, AZ. Buy tickets and get more information at www.LucasOilOffRoad.com. Early Bird tickets are available now for a limited time, and for the first time ever, reserved seating and VIP packages are also available. What: The General Tire ‘Duel In the Desert’ Presented By OPTIMA Batteries Where: Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park 20,000 S. Maricopa Road, Chandler, AZ 85226 When: April 22-23, 2017 Cost: $20-$105 Tickets can be purchased at www.LucasOilOffRoad.com. SATURDAY, APRIL 22 8:00 AM Main Gate Open to Public 8:30 AM JR 2 Practice/Qualifying JR 1 Practice/Qualifying Mod Kart Qualifying UTV Qualifying Pro 4 Qualifying Pro Lite Qualifying Pro Buggy Qualifying Pro 2 Qualifying 12:00 PM JR 2 Kart Race JR 2 Kart Race Mod Kart Race UTV Race 2:30 PM Opening Ceremonies Pro 4 Race Pro Lite Race Pro Buggy Race Pro 2 Race SUNDAY, APRIL 23 8:00 AM Main Gate Open to Public 8:30 AM JR 2 Practice/Qualifying JR 1 Practice/Qualifying Mod Kart Qualifying UTV Qualifying Pro 4 Qualifying Pro Lite Qualifying Pro Buggy Qualifying Pro 2 Qualifying 12:00 PM JR 2 Kart Race JR 2 Kart Race Mod Kart Race UTV Race 2:30 PM Opening Ceremonies Pro 4 Race Pro Lite Race Pro Buggy Race Continue reading

No Pool? No Problem!

Never underestimate the power of redneck innovation when it comes to solving a problem! We know sometimes it takes a little more than duct tape and bailing wire to come to the rescue in some dire situations, but when it comes to beating the summer heat, these champions of resourcefulness take the trophy!

Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood Moving to Nashville

In an interview with CMT Trisha Yearwood recently revealed that she and superstar husband Garth Brooks are planning to move away from Oklahoma and back to Nashville, TN. This comes on the heel of Brooks’ youngest daughter finishing high school and moving off to college in the fall. The empty nesters are gradually getting back into the music scene after taking things relatively easy in the last decade. “I have loved living in Oklahoma,” CMT.com reports Yearwood said. “It’s been a great place to raise our girls, and the thing I’ll miss the most is that I’ve made some of the best friends I’ll ever have. But we’ll always be best friends. “Garth and I have always sort of been gypsies. If you do this for a living, home for us is really just where we are together,” Yearwood told the website. “…There’s an energy about Nashville that I love and I miss. And it’s so awesome right now. It has a new energy that’s so cool. And it makes sense because it’s been a bit of a challenge to not live there and to have to fly in and out for work.”

Thunder On The Mountain-Day 1

Thunder On The Mountain – Day 1 – Through The Eyes Of HaleighT. It is hard to believe that after months of preparation and exited jitters, the first-ever Thunder On The Mountain is behind us. After the three days of non-stop music, I find myself still trying to recover from my sleep deprivation and the loss of my voice. My fun filled work-cation began Wednesday night, June 7. I drove through the beautiful Mulberry Mountains and arrived at the festival grounds to check in and get my media credentials. I then drove to Ozark and had supper at Rivertowne BBQ, the smoked bologna with baked beans was to die! While eating, my partner in crime for the weekend, Melissa and I made some new friends. They were a group, I believe from Iowa, who had floated the river all day and would also be attending TOTM. Campground Set Up. The next morning was a bit of a hectic one, not for me but for those campers who decided to be at the festival gates when they opened at 6am. My cousin, Amme, rolled into the area with her fiancé and a group of friends around 4am. They had eight trucks and 11 campsites between them, over 20 people in their own little village. To say this group came prepared and ready to party is an understatement! Their headquarters were fully equipped with tents, canopies, ice chests, generators, grills, yard games and more. Fortunately for those festival goers who decided to wait for the sun to rise before they showed up, their entrance to the campgrounds and set up went a little smoother. In my down time between morning responsibilities and the first show, I along with Melissa, Riley and Tia (two of my weekend neighbors) went to get the feel of the land. We saw some interesting campsites, passed out fans to cool off festival goers and crossed a treacherously muddy field. At one point we had to cross a newly formed river by using an air mattress that was left behind from Wakarusa as our bridge. We really should have followed the flags that marked off the rough areas…oops. The Music Although campers and festival goers were still rolling in, the music for the day and the entire weekend began at 12:45pm. The first band to take the Country Pavilion stage was Whiskey Myers and boy was this an excellent choice! They definitely set the mood for the weekend and got the crowd primed and ready to go. As soon as Whiskey Myers set was over, the hardest part of TOTM began, choosing which stage to go to and what act to see, because from this point on there were multiple stages occupied with live performances. My day seemed like a whirlwind, I saw Aaron Watson, Shooter Jennings, parts of Bucky Covington, Greg Bates and Reckless Kelly before a short dinner. I then, was BLOWN AWAY by Randy Houser’s performance. I had seen him before, but his type of Continue reading

Country Music Grits N’ Pieces: Brad Paisley, Jana Kramer, Brantley Gilbert and More

Country Music Grits N’ Pieces: Brad Paisley Sings for Honey Boo Boo, Brantley Gilbert and Jana Kramer Living Together, Carrie Underwood Sells a House and More! Around here at CMNB we mainly just cover the facts, news and our own opinions, but we know we all need our fluff fix every now and again. To keep things nice and simple for you, we’re putting all of the country music gossipy tidbits (think who broke up with who, who wore what, etc.), plus other odds and ends that might be of interest, in one spot with the this weekly post of “country music grits n’ pieces” (cute, huh?). So, grab a cup of coffee, and settle in for a quick break! Here are this weeks hottest tidbits: Brad Paisley sings the “Ballad for Honey Boo Boo” on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Brace yourself. For awesomeness. Country couple, Jana Kramer and Brantley Gilbert are living together in Kramer’s Tennessee house. Too cute. [CMT] Carrie Underwood sold her old house back in August for less than she wanted. [countryweekly] Sad but true Taylor Swift has moved on from UK youngin’ Harry Styles. Moving on! [HuffPo] Miranda Lambert likes shiny things! [CMT] Taylor, Carrie, and Jana all made Men’s Health list of hottest women in 2013. Although, the year just started. So, the list might be a bit premature. [Men’s Health] Here are the Top 10 Dance Songs country fans shook their groove to in 2012! [MusicRow] Darius Rucker is featured in Southern Living, talks his ideal day! It’s very heartwarming. [AllAccess] Oh Randy Travis. What are we to do with you? [The Tennessean]

Shot of Country: New Years Eve 2012

Whip Up A Delicious New Years Eve Drink with Your Shot of Country! For country music, 2012 has been a really great year! There have been some big announcements, like George Strait unveiling his final tour. We’ve seen some new talent rise up in the ranks like Kip Moore and Hunter Hayes, and some of our favorite artists released new albums, like Jason Aldean‘s Night Train. No doubt, 2012 will bring lots more great music, tours, and exciting developments for country, and we can’t wait! We’re definitely ready to celebrate, and no doubt, you are too! No matter what your New Years Eve plans are, we’ve got a drink that you will love! Check it out below. Get Your Shot of Country Now!

Video: Sh*t Southern Women Say Episode 2

Watch Sh*t Southern Women Say Episode 2! The southern gals behind “Sh%t Southern Women Say” have struck again with a follow-up to their debut internet video showcasing all those funny little things southerners (especially the ladies) say…a lot. These videos really only work if they’re right on point, and luckily its clear that the inspiration for these videos is coming from a place of experience. Check out episode 2 below! Watch: “Sh%t Southern Women Say” Episode 2! Find the Southern Women on Facebook and Twitter!