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May 2023

Jewel’s Controversial Performance of the National Anthem at the Indy 500

Good morning!

What are people complaining about today?

Jewel’s performance of the National Anthem at the Indy 500 this past weekend.

Ok, I’m just gonna say that I thought it was fantastic.

Jewel did the anthem HER way which is what works for HER voice. Had she tried to sing it traditionally, it wouldn’t have worked.

Here’s the thing, the National Anthem sung traditionally is super had to sing- it’s got that octave jump and anyone who doesn’t nail it as written gets slammed online. So, really, artists are being set up for failure unless they’re freaking Whitney Houston.  So, Jewel decided to do the anthem in her own style. So what?  Did she get down on one knee?  Did she spit like Roseanne Barr did? Did she say or do anything even remotely anti-American? No? What’s the problem then?

Honestly, I’d be down for changing The National Anthem for something like “America the Beautiful” or Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA”. But people would complain about that, too.  “That’s the way it’s always been done!!!” Yeah, those people.

I think it was a cool version, and people need to chilllll… if this is what gets you all fired up, you’ve got bigger issues in life than a folksie twist on the National Anthem.

What did you think of Jewel’s version?

Nailed it? Or nah?



This AI Beer Commercial Is Terrifying

AI is everywhere these days, and for me, it’s absoluely terrifying. I mean, if it’s gaining this much traction now, imagine a decade from now… a century from now (That is, if we even exist as a species, which I highly doubt).

Yeah, crazy stuff.

Anyhow, a UK production company called Private Island (privateisland.tv) made a 30 second beer ad using AI, and it’s creepy AF.

What did I just watch???

I feel like it’s a modern-day episode of the “Twighlight Zone” which is not far off from what our future is going to resemble.

When it comes to AI, just becuase we can, doesn’t mean we should.


Hot Country Knights Feat. Lainey Wilson “Herassmeant”

Ok, so a couple of days ago, I heard that Hot Country Knights (Dierks Bentley’s 90’s Cover Band) collabed with my girl Lainey Wilson, and I was on high alert until this dropped this morning.

Lainey (aka Darla McFarland) and Dierks crushed this song called “Herassmeant”, and let’s be real, Lainey is perfect for it, as she’s got the voice AND the ass for it!

If you didn’t find this funny, well, I’m sorry about your life.

Also, I need Dierks’s shirt.


Halestorm Feat. Ashley McBryde “Terrible Things”

I freaking LOVE Halestorm and Lzzy Hale, and Ashley McBryde is one of my favorites on the Country scene right now, so when I saw that they just collabed on a re-imgained version of “Terrible Things” I was here for it.

And yes, it’s hauntingly perfect.

The song is spot on for our world just now (sadly) and the vocals are glorious.

Can we get more of this, please?



2 Moms, 1 Mic Interview!

Now that I’m a mom, I find a whole new world of things hilarious that I never would have understood before.  So, I was pretty stoked to chat with Comedians Selina Ringel and Kaela Crawford of the Amazon Prime Comedy Special “2 Mom’s One Mic”.  All my momma friends will appreciate this!

Aren’t they fun? Love them!!!

Find out more about Two Moms 1 Mic here!



Jelly Roll Feat. Lainey Wilson “Save Me”

Jelly Roll has surprisingly become one of the hottest acts in Country music lately, and it’s well-deserved!

Let’s be honest, no one looks at Jelly Roll and says, “yo, that dude’s COUNTRY”.  But thankfully, Country isn’t just about the look. It’s about the music and the stories and life behind it, and Jelly Roll has one of the best stories to tell.  His song “Save Me” was already great, but add Lainey Wilson to it?  Freaking stellar.

And they performed it on the “American Idol” finale last night with Oliver Steele, and crushed it.

It’s just such a good song with incredible vocals, and a theme that, sadly, many can relate to.  Also, with it being “Mental Health Awareness Month” it’s definitely one I want to share.

By the way, Jelly Roll’s first full-length Country album “WHITSITT CHAPEL” comes out June 2nd.

Jason Aldean “Try That in a Small Town”


Jason Aldean just put out a new single, “Try That in a Small Town”, and I have a feeling it’s his next #1 hit.  Because it’s Jason Aldean, and no matter how generic a song is, if he sings it, it’s an automatic #1 at Country Radio (he and Luke Bryan have this in common), and also, because the content speaks to a majority of the Country demographic.  Having grown up in a small town (Henderson, TN- look it up, ya’ll), it spoke to me as well.  My husband and I both hail from small West Tennessee towns, and this song is spot on.  And honestly? It’s not a bad thing.  Life truly is different in the Country, and I really can’t wait to return one day. Don’t get me wrong, it’s been great to live in all kinds of parts of the US, and experience different ways to live, but small-town life on the farm will always be where my heart lies.

And good luck taking anyone’s guns in a small town.  Especially my husband’s!

Yep, small town life truly is different, and again, not a bad thing.  A lot of my “City Friends” hate on the lifestyle, but until you have truly lived it and experienced it, don’t judge, ok?

Except for mudding. I still can’t figure out why people think that’s fun?


Boy George Interview!

Being a child of the 80’s and growing up in the MTV era – you know, back when they had music videos? Good times- I was more than happy to chat with the iconic Boy George of Culture Club this week!

Check the interview here:

How much fun is he?  I just adore him even more now.
Boy George with Culture Club, Howard Jones and Berlin are hitting the road this Summer, and you can catch them in KC at the Starlight Theater on August 8th!
Info/tickets at 949kcmo.com
Boy Freaking George, ya’ll!

Foo Fighters “Under You”

Have I mentioned that I love the Foo Fighters? Maybe a thousand times?

Well, they just dropped a new song called “Under You” and it is a perfect tribute to the late Taylor Hawkins.

Sentimental, lyrically on-point, and with the signature Foo sound that has made the band a staple for decades.

“Someone said I’ll never see your face again
Part of me just can’t believe it’s true
Pictures of us sharing songs and cigarettes
This is how I’ll always picture you”

Those lyrics just hit hard.

The Foo Fighters will release their new album- their first studio effort without Taylor- on June 2nd.

Bittersweet for sure, but I’m happy they are continuing as a band, and using music to heal.

After all, it’s the best medicine there is!

Ed Sheeran and Luke Combs ACM Performance

The 2023 ACM Awards were last night in Texas, and as per usual, the live performances did NOT disappoint!

(Also, I enjoyed watching it on Prime- way less commercials, and it only took a couple of hours, which is perfect for my short attention span)

Here’s one of my favorite performances of the night:

Ed Sheeran and Luke Combs “Life Goes On”

Ed and Luke together?

YASSSSSSSS. So much talent on that stage.

And Ed did say this week that he would love to transition to Country music, so we shall see…

Here’s the rcorded version that just dropped this morning:

So, soooo good.

I’m totally down for Ed on Country radio.

What do you think?