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Gearing up for Josh Abbott Band

Where: The Blue Note

When: Thursday, April 6. Doors at 7 p.m., Show at 8 p.m.

Tickets: $16 in Advance / $18 Day of Show

Opener: Troy Cartwright

In a world of countless country music sub-genres, the Josh Abbott Band transcends. It’s hard for me to place a label on them as one “type” of country music because their music is relatable to all country fans. They’re damn good and even if you’re unfamiliar with the band’s name, you’ve probably heard them on any mainstream country music radio station.

So why is the Josh Abbott Band an all-around solid country music group? They tell great stories lyrically and melodically. These stories are so relatable that, at times, you may feel as if you’ve lived them. And you very well could have because most of their songs were written by Josh Abbott about his life. Abbott doesn’t skimp on vulnerable details either. The band’s latest album “Front Row Seat” is structured as “acts” in a play that take listeners through the rise and fall of Abbott’s relationship with his ex-wife. When you see this band live, be prepared to feel an emotional roller coaster of country greatness. (With a beer in your hand, of course.)

The Josh Abbott Band puts on one hell of a show. They’ve been doing the “music thing” for years. See below… Remember “Oh Tonight”? It was one of their first national singles and it featured a young Kacey Musgraves before many of us even knew who she was. It’s my personal Josh Abbott Band favorite.

You’ve probably also heard the band’s latest hit “Wasn’t That Drunk,” which features another up and coming female country star, Carly Pearce. Talk about paying it forward to the ladies in this industry! Am I right or am I right? This song is sure to be a crowd favorite at The Blue Note next Thursday.

I think it’s safe to say that romance will be alive at this show, and speaking of love, I’m quickly falling for the newly announced opener, Troy Cartwright. I had heard Cartwright’s song “Arkansas” before and now I get to see him LIVE with Josh Abbott Band. You’re sure to find me grooving by the stage. Get your tickets and I’ll see you there!


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Aaron Lewis: Show Preview

Where: The Blue Note

When: Friday, Feb. 24. Doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m.

Tickets: SOLD OUT

Openers: Alex Williams + Travis Marvin

Aaron Lewis has been labeled a rocker, an acoustic-grunge guru, but he swears that “A country boy is all I’ll ever be.” And boy am I glad the day is nearing for Aaron Lewis to wreck us with his deep rugged voice and painstakingly real lyrics. Raw music fans can attest to the belief that some of the best songs do not dance around the truth, but bite right in. That type of songwriting is Aaron Lewis’s specialty.

Although he rocks some intense ballads, he’s ready to bring a good time. This guy knows how to throw down and liven up a party. The stomping of boots at this sold out show will undoubtedly have the dance floor rumbling.

Along with his country coined hits, Lewis is no stranger to musical success. You’ve probably heard him sing songs such as “It’s Been Awhile” and “So Far Away” because, yes, he’s also the lead singer of the alternative metal band Staind! Although the band is no longer creating music together, Lewis tends to mix some of his Staind favorites into his sets.

If you’re lucky enough to have snagged tickets to this sold out show, congratulations. Get ready for another outstanding night of live music at The Blue Note.

This post was written by Rebekah Northern, contributing writer for The Blue Note and Rose Blog.


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Show preview: The Cadillac Three

Where: The Blue Note

When: Thursday, Dec. 1. Doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m.

Ticket cost: $18

Openers: Ryan Beaver

The Cadillac Three has a distinct fuzzy country rock band sound that is raw and relatable. Experiencing “TC3” live changes the game, and it’s going down tomorrow night. Let me help you become acquainted with these badass musicians.

The Tennessean bandmates Jaren Johnston, Kelby Ray and Neil Mason have been creating music together since their teenage years. From playing empty dive bars and crashing couches, to writing hits on Nashville’s music row, to selling out major shows throughout the U.S. and Europe, the trio has collectively encountered just about every high and low within the music industry.

From their experiences, a raw and unique sound was born that transcends genres and some may even say eras that go back to 70s southern rock. The Cadillac Three has the ability fully bring down a house full of Lynyrd Skynyrd to Dierks Bentley fans without rearranging a song on their set list.

Grinding out hit songs is nothing new to The Cadillac Three, especially for lead singer and guitarist, Jaren Johnston. Along with writing with TC3, Johnston has written songs cut by likes of Jake Owen, Keith Urban, Frankie Ballard and Tim McGraw… just to name a few.

The trio’s top hits include their staple single “The South”

…along with “White Lightening”

and “Party Like You.”

A die-hard Cadillac Three fan, like myself, will tell you that it is really tough to pick a favorite song from their albums.

Here is mix of TC3 essentials for you:

With the great amount of music and success associated to The Cadillac Three, Jaren Johnston recently shared with CMT, “I don’t actually think we’ve ever really tried to write a hit. It’s the realness bringing people in. We’ll sing about fighting, growing up in a small town, spraying your name on a bridge or me missing my wife. I think fans are seeing the realness in a world where a lot of it’s fake.”

Do not miss your chance to see The Cadillac Three at The Blue Note.

P.S. Show up early because Ryan Beaver will starting the night off right! Check him out:

This post was written by Rebekah Northern, contributing writer for The Blue Note & Rose Blog.