11/10/09

I'm just a 'Country' Gal!

One thing this Brit Gal has completely embraced, is the love for Country music here in the USA. Back in the UK Country music is miniscule and most Brits still associate it with Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers. As I was leaving Keith Urban (Nicole Kidman's hubby) was starting to breakthrough onto the radio, but I have no idea if he ever took off?

I was already developing a love for it before I moved here during visits, it helped that the Hubster plays and sings in a country band. But he tends to be traditional country, and I'm 'new' country, we have however both come to respect the others preference.

Very early on I found Brad Paisley and he singlehandedly turned me into the country fan I am today. I loved the catchy tunes, but more than anything his autobiographical and often funny or touching lyrics. Nobody else touches a nerve or the funny bone like Brad does with his lyrics. And as a fellow lead guitarist, the Hubster likes and respects him for his amazing guitar skills. I have even turned my bestfriend back in the UK into a Brad fan too and had to mail her his new album this year.

I joined Brad's fan club in 2006 and later that year we got the opportunity to see him live in OKC. And being a member of his fan club we got the best seats in the house and yes that really is how close I was to him! I could have literally reached out and touched him, they were the best concert tickets I have ever had. The Hubster now uses one of Brad's guitar picks when he plays, thanks to a lucky catch!

Brad is one heck of a live performer and I have been to well over 70 big name concerts in my life, but he's right up there with the best of them. He also happens to get some of the best support acts along too, and last time it was Carrie Underwood and boy what a voice from such a tiny lady! This time we will get Miranda Lambert.

I have been waiting (impatiently) since 2006 for Brad to return to OKC, and last week finally I got the presale email once again. We are now the happy owners of two more fan club seats for the OKC show on January 8th, and I am already counting down the days! We are booked into the hotel right next to the venue in Bricktown for ease and I am 'raring' to go.

In the meantime I'll be cheering him on at the CMA's where he is host and a 7 time nominee. I may just be one of his unlikeliest fans, but he certainly made a convert out of this Brit former R&B and Hip-Hop fan!

17 comments:

Kay said...

I'm not a giant country music fan but I really like some of them. I do happen to love Dolly Parton, Shania Twain, Kris Kristoferson. Now that I've read your great post and saw those awesome photos, you're making me want to listen to some.

Mary said...

At my house we love Brad. He's the only Country musician my youngest daughter will listen to - she's more of an alternative fan. I think he's such a talented musician/writer - and funny!

Hope all is well with you, Sarah : )

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Hey great pictures, you were very close. I'll have to give him a listen. I notice he has a hat! So he must be authentic. I'll expect a post concert report in January.

Sherri said...

Sarah, I too like "new" country better than the old country. Carrie Underwood is one of my favorites! Glad you got the Brad Paisley tickets for January!!

Pam said...

Yay for the tickets! That is how I felt about seeing U2. Gotta go. Gotta go! I think Miranda is now dating Blake Shelton? I don't keep up with it like I should. Just the bit you get around here from osmosis.

Daryl said...

Keith Urban, Lyle Lovett .. two of my favorite country music men ... tho I am still and always will be a 'standards' gal .. I have a place in my heart for these two ...

Jo, a retired teacher said...

Brad did a concert in Utah a while back and my nieces--big fans--attended and loved it. Enjoy the upcoming event!

Silverback said...

Country music and pickles in sandwiches...I run a mile from both.

I did take my US friends to a Shania Twain concert in Sheffield a few years ago but I much preferred the ABBA tribute band who opened for her.

She just went around the edge of the stage high fiving and shaking hands with fans and so her voice was all over the place.

That's not what I pay to see and hear. Happy you've embraced it though.

Linda J. said...

You GO girl! What a great after Christmas event to look forward to!

Katrina Chambers said...

Keith is huge in Australia of course!

Oz Girl said...

I've been a country music fan for at least the last 20 years, I think. I'll be watching the CMA awards tonight, and I'll bet you are too. :)

How awesome you got such great tix to Brad's concert... I would be counting down the days too, if I were you!!

Oz Girl said...

Noticed Pam's comment about Miranda Lambert... yes, she's dating Blake and they were somewhere in southeast KS last week deer hunting. I wondered if they might be close to us, but I guess I'll never know.

Lew said...

Sounds like a lot of fun. Enjoy the show!

Jenny said...

What an amazing night that must have been to see Brad that up close and personal. I've seen him, but from really really far away and he still blew me away. Congrats on getting tickets, and hopefully he won't wait so long between visits in your area in the future.

I can't wait to take my English husband and step children to see country concerts when we move to Virginia. It'll be a whole new world to them. We all only listen to country, but as you know, here in England, they are frowned upon because of their musical tastes.

Expat mum said...

Have to say that country music is a lot more interesting and edgy than it used to be. When I forst moved the the States Garth Brookes was brand new - and I loved it. We're all over Taylor Hicks in this house and the Queenager went to see her last month.

Brit Gal Sarah said...

Toni, good to know someone is still all over Taylor HICKS - but I think the Queenager will be mortified LMAO!!

Expat mum said...

Oh. Yes. I was the one who had him pegged as the winner the first time I saw him. Freudian slip. I wrote that first thing in the morning so I can't even blame the Pinot Grigio. Ha ha.
Well, so, how 'bout that Taylor what's her name at the CMA's then?