Music City, baby!

It’s July 6th, 2012 and I’ve been counting down to this day for at least two months. I’m writing this post from Nashville, Tennessee, and for obvious reasons I’m quite excited. Being in the heart of Music City always revitalizes my passion for country music and sparks my mind to keep creatively exploring how I’ll get to where I want to be professionally and personally when I finish my college degree. For me, it’s literally the city of dreams. My dreams.

As a celebration of this trip, here are a few of my favorite country music videos that were filmed in downtown Music City!

Song: “Hello World”
Artist: Lady Antebellum
Album: Need You Now
“Hello World” was filmed very close to the intersection of 3rd Avenue and Deaderick Street, and you can see the War Memorial building in the background any time Dave is shown playing the piano. The video itself is incredibly powerful and is definitely my favorite Lady A video. If you watch one video in this post, make it this one.

Song: “Ours”
Artist: Taylor Swift
Album: Ours- Single
According to Taste of Country, the Nashville airport was shut down for this video! I guess if you’re as famous as Taylor Swift, you can’t risk thousands of passerby recognizing you in the time it takes you to shoot a music video in an airport. The entire video was shot around Nashville, but the airport is the most recognizable location that’s shown.

Song: “Take It Off”
Artist: Joe Nichols
Album: It’s All Good
I was able to figure out that part of this video was filmed on Third Avenue North downtown, but I can’t seem to figure out where the rest of it is shot. I’m not familiar with the building that’s in the background during the park scenes, so if you do know, leave a comment and help me learn my Nashville geography!

Song: “Temporary Home”
Artist: Carrie Underwood
Album: Play On
Like “Hello World,” this one is amazingly emotional. This video won “Inspirational Music Video of the Year” at the 16th Inspirational Country Music Awards in 2010, and for good reason. I cry every single time I watch this video, so if you watch it and the same happens to you, don’t say you weren’t warned.

Song: “Even If It Breaks Your Heart”
Artist: Eli Young Band
Album: Life at Best
This video was filmed at Gruhn Guitars (on the corner of 4th and Broadway) in downtown Nashville (source: Taste of Country). In the time since this song was released, it has more or less become my theme song. Chasing big dreams can bring proportionately big heartbreak, and I’m learning that I have to keep going after what’s in my heart even when I seem to hit roadblocks and letdowns along the way.

Keep talkin’ twangy!

-Allie

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Show Review- Lady Antebellum’s Own the Night Tour

I saw the Own the Night tour twice:

1. Columbus Civic Center in Columbus, Georgia on March 3rd, 2012

2. Gwinnett Arena in Duluth, Georgia on June 22nd, 2012

Thompson Square was the first act to take the stage. I’ll admit that I don’t know much of their music other than the handful of songs that are played on the radio most often. Even so, I enjoyed their short set. Keifer and Shawna have this really entertaining energy that I would attribute to their real-life marriage. They didn’t use any crazy special effects, and quite honestly, they didn’t need them. Their performance of “Glass” during both shows was incredible. Their show almost had a pop feel to it, but lyrically, there’s no doubt they’re rooted in country music. The only complaint I have against their time was that it wasn’t long enough! I love Thompson Square’s style, and it would’ve been great to hear more than just the four or five songs they did.

March 3rd, 2012 at the Columbus Civic Center

June 22nd, 2012 at the Gwinnett Arena

Next up was Darius Rucker. I was really surprised by how long his set was. He sang several of his own songs (I didn’t realize how many hits he’d had until then!), and he also sang a Hootie and the Blowfish number. His visual effects were slightly corny, but not enough to take away from his music. He was dancing the whole time and you could tell he was pouring his all into making it a lively show. He succeeded. He had me dancing around the whole time and singing along to most everything. My favorite song that he did was probably “This,” mainly because that song rings true in my life right now! He was pretty laidback, but definitely not sloppy. I just got the impression that he wanted the audience to see him as a normal guy—he came out in jeans, a t-shirt, and a baseball cap. It’s nice to see artists who aren’t all into the glam factor—they just want to perform. And that he did, very well indeed. I won’t say what the song was, but his last number was a bit random for a country concert. It went on for a LONG time, and I was relieved when it was over. I will say that it was slightly out of context, but I’m sure some folks loved it. I wasn’t really one of them…

March 3rd, 2012 at the Columbus Civic Center

June 22nd, 2012 at the Gwinnett Arena

Lady Antebellum, as expected, was SWEET! I sat down for maybe two songs the entire time. They were all over the stage, and I danced until I was exhausted! Their lights and effects were more intense than their opening acts, obviously. They were really good about getting the audience involved just by singing, waving their cell phones, etc. They’ve got a great energy with the full band, but even when they stripped it down to an acoustic portion, they still sounded incredible. For me, the highlight of the entire show was their performance of “Hello World.” If you’ve ever seen the music video for that song, it’s really powerful, but their live performance gave me chills. I don’t want to say too much, but simply put, it was amazing. Their entire set was obviously very well thought out. This is a bit of a random thing to notice, but I thought the camera crew did a really great job throughout showing all of the members of the band equally—Charles, Hillary, and Dave, but also the rest of the instrumentalists. Lady A brought out the other two acts to end the show, and with that much talent on one stage, they certainly served up some great music together! Their encore was “Need You Now,” and that was a close second for my own favorite number of their show.

March 3rd, 2012 at the Columbus Civic Center

June 22nd, 2012 at the Gwinnett Arena

I definitely left the show as a happy fan. The June 22nd show was on my 19th birthday, and being the social media freak that I am, I tweeted at all three acts ALL WEEK prior in hopes they would sing to me. It didn’t happen, but quite honestly, I didn’t care because I loved the show anyway. It was definitely worth it to go to that concert, and I would certainly go and see all of them perform live again if the opportunity arises… actually, I already did!!! 🙂

Ellis and I rocked out the whole night. Heck yes!

Keep talkin’ twangy!

-Allie