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!