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Sep 16

But What Do I Call It…

So I’m working on a new podcast that will bring you New music from your favorite artists and introduce new artist too! Trying to come up with the name right now…
The cool part is that I have been listening to a BUNCH of Great new music from artists that I have never been introduced to! So while I work on the name, here are a few new groups and songs that I think you’ll like!

Cant get this song out of my head! The Group is called Sundy Best. The song is I Wanna Go Home. Just 2 guys but their sound is really good

So I got introduced to this by someone on Twitter. His name is Blair Hanks, the song is “Get Weird” and ladies, I have a feeling your going to be drooling…

And last but not least gotta get a Female who’s voice knocked me on my ass! Nikki Lane has that “Real” country sound that people seem to be missing! Check this single Right Time!

Sep 12

Our CMA Picks What do you think?

So the CMA’a are still almost 2 months away, but the nominations are out! So I decided to make a little game of it, yeah I just want to beat Mike Allen again! so here are all of the nominations and Mike, Our Big Boss Man, and my picks! Who do you think will have the most right picks? What picks do you think I got wrong??

2014 CMA Awards Nominees:

Entertainer of the Year
Luke Bryan
Miranda Lambert
Blake Shelton
George Strait
Keith Urban

Our Picks: Me- George Strait ~ Mike Allen – Luke Bryan ~ Boss Man – Keith Urban

Now I’m mainly picking the King because he keeps winning on all of the other shows and as far as we know this will be his last year! So I think there going to send him out on top!

Female Vocalist of the Year
Miranda Lambert
Martina McBride
Kacey Musgraves
Taylor Swift
Carrie Underwood

Our Picks: Me – Miranda Lambert ~ Mike Allen – Miranda ~ Boss Man – Miranda

Well no argument there… I’d love to see Kacey win though…

Male Vocalist of the Year
Dierks Bentley
Luke Bryan
Eric Church
Blake Shelton
Keith Urban

Our Picks: Me – Luke Bryan ~ Mike Allen – Luke Bryan~ Boss Man – Dierks Bentley

Would be great for Dierks, but I just dont think he has quite enough to get over the hump yet

Vocal Group of the Year
Eli Young Band
Lady Antebellum
Little Big Town
The Band Perry
Zac Brown Band

Our Picks: Me – The Band Perry ~ Mike Allen – Lady A~ Boss Man – Lady A

This was one of the hardest to pick for me, kinda felt that none of them had a smash year, but I was most impressed with my favorite girl band TBP! LOL!

Album of the Year
‘Crash My Party,’ Luke Bryan
‘Fuse,’ Keith Urban
‘Platinum,’ Miranda Lambert
‘Riser,’ Dierks Bentley
‘The Outsiders,’ Eric Church

Our Picks: Me – Luke Bryan ~ Mike Allen – Luke ~ Boss Man – Dierks Bently

Personally my 2 favorite albums this year were Eric Church and Brantley Gilbert but I dont think Eric has the love he did on Chief with this album…

Song of the Year (Awarded to Songwriters)
‘Automatic,’ Miranda Lambert (Written by Nicole Galyon, Natalie Hemby and Miranda Lambert)
‘Follow Your Arrow,’ Kacey Musgraves (Written by Kacey Musgraves, Brandy Clark and Shane McAnally)
‘Give Me Back My Hometown,’ Eric Church (Written by Eric Church and Luke Laird)
‘I Don’t Dance,’ Lee Brice (Written by Lee Brice, Rob Hatch and Dallas Davidson)
‘I Hold On,’ Dierks Bentley (Written by Brett James and Dierks Bentley)

Our Picks: Me – Automatic ~ Mike Allen – I Hold On~ Boss Man – I Don’t Dance

So this award is for who wrote the song, not for the artist. Always wondered what the difference was between song and single of the year! Automatic wasnt my favorite song, but I think that the lyrics are very strong

Vocal Duo of the Year
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Love and Theft
The Swon Brothers
Thompson Square

Our Picks: Florida Georgia Line

Yeah I think FGL pretty much will have this locked up for a few years….

New Artist of the Year
Brandy Clark
Brett Eldredge
Kip Moore
Thomas Rhett
Cole Swindell

Our Picks: Me – Brett Eldredge ~ Mike Allen – Thomas Rhett~ Boss Man – Brett Eldridge

Love Kip but really? How does he keep getting nominated for new artist?? I think Brett has this one hands down, and thats not taking anything away from anyone nominated, this is a great batch of artists!

Single of the Year
‘Automatic,’ Miranda Lambert
‘Drunk on a Plane,’ Dierks Bentley
‘Give Me Back My Hometown,’ Eric Church
‘Meanwhile Back at Mama’s,’ Tim McGraw and Faith Hill
‘Mine Would Be You,’ Blake Shelton

Our Picks: Me – Drunk on a Plane ~ Mike Allen – Mine Would be You ~ Boss Man – Drunk on a Plane

This is where I think the biggest snub happpened, I can’t see any reason that Beat of the Music didnt even get a nod! It’s the most played song on Country Radio this year! I really wont be surprised if any of these win they are all great songs.

Musical Event of the Year
‘Bakersfield,’ Vince Gill and Paul Franklin
‘Meanwhile Back at Mama’s,’ Tim McGraw and Faith Hill
‘Somethin’ Bad,’ Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood
‘We Were Us,’ Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert
‘You Can’t Make Old Friends,’ Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton

Our Picks: Me – Keith & Miranda ~ Mike Allen – Miranda and Carrie ~ Boss Man – Miranda and Carrie

Somthing Bad is definitly the flashy pick for this, and it was epic, but I think We Were Us will find a way….

Music Video of the Year
‘Automatic,’ Miranda Lambert
‘Bartender,’ Lady Antebellum
‘Drunk on a Plane,’ Dierks Bentley
‘Follow Your Arrow,’ Kacey Musgraves
‘Somethin’ Bad,’ Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood

Our Picks: Drunk on a Plane across the board!

Really, have you scene the video? I still laugh! Now I’d love Something Bad to win just so we can watch the video again…. ;)

 

Sep 10

I know Blake can eat a pizza.. But sell one?

 

Blake Shelton took pizza lovers by surprise when he showed up at a California Pizza Hut to sell a few pies. The funny singer posed as a worker named Stephen, going undercover — but can a six-foot-tall (and lots of change) celebrity ever really blend in?

“Come here, tell me what you want. I’m new here,” Shelton tells a hungry patron who walks into the restaurant.

“This has to be something … This is freaking me out,” she says, looking for hidden cameras. Somehow, we don’t think she’s buying it.

Shelton gave it his all, even sporting a Pizza Hut uniform complete with a name tag. While she stammers in confusion, other pizza workers assure her that Stephen is their newest (very tall) employee.

“You’re Blake Shelton!” the woman finally says, but the ‘Ole Red’ singer won’t give up on his prank. “I truly am, I’m Stephen,” he tells her with a smile.

The young woman asks Shelton if he helped make her Pizza Hut pizza, but he admits he’s no chef: “I wouldn’t do that to you.” We concur — it’s probably best that he not try his hand at slinging dough.

While playing Stephen at the California store, Shelton tricks many people before posing for photos with them and giving out a few hugs with their hot pizza pies. The superstar is the new face of the restaurant, as revealed earlier this year.

taken from: tasteofcountry.com

Sep 9

2 Black Cadillacs drivin’ to TV!

Well if you ever wanted the whole story of what really happened in the song Two Black Cadillacs by Carrie Underwood, you have to wait no further! They are making a TV mini-series based on the song! I have a feeling some guys are going to get a little nervous watching this one!

Carrie Underwood is returning to the small screen — sort of. The songstress will executive produce a six-hour limited event series, ‘Two Black Cadillacs,’ based on her platinum-selling song of the same name, which she wrote with Hillary Lindsey and Josh Kear.

Underwood will partner with famed movie and TV producer Jerry Bruckheimer, whose many credits include ‘Top Gun,’ ‘Black Hawk Down,’ ‘CSI: NY’ and ‘Pirates of the Caribbean.’ The six-hour series, written by Ildy Mordovich (‘Necessary Roughness,’ ‘CSI: Miami’), will explore a dangerous love triangle that occurs in the South.

The mother-to-be admits that song was a departure from what she usually records, but one she was happy to include on her ‘Blown Away’ album.

“It was so fun writing that song,” she tells The Boot. “Obviously people know it’s not my life. I try not to overthink it … If I had a whole album full of songs like that, it would be like, ‘What is she trying to say here?’”

While it’s unclear if Underwood will have any screen time in the new series, she did come up with and star in the concept for the dramatic video.

“I had this idea … If the car did the killing — a la ‘Christine,’ the Stephen King book — I just thought that would be a cool little twist to the story,” she explains. “So I did reach out to ask if he might give his blessing, and I told him, ‘I would never want to do this if you didn’t sign off on it first.’”

‘Two Black Cadillacs’ will air on Fox. No word yet on a premiere date.

taken from theboot.com

image from: deadline.com

Sep 4

Pistol Annies Hang Up The Six Shooters

Angaleena Presley is finally speaking out about the future of the Pistol Annies, the trio that also includes Miranda Lambert and Ashley Monroe. Unfortunately, for the group’s fans, it may not be good news.

“We’ve decided at some point we’ll be Pistol Grannies together, but we just had to make a choice and decide,” Presley confirms to Fox News. “When Ashley and I didn’t have that much going on, it was easy to coordinate our schedules. We just had to take a little break, but never say never.”

The songstress is releasing her debut solo album, ‘American Middle Class,’ next month and is already crossing the country, performing solo shows and also serving as the opening act for the Indigo Girls. But she says Lambert and Monroe are never far from her mind.

“I’ve learned so much from them,” Presley acknowledges. “I kind of got thrown into this. I was a single mom, just recently divorced. A songwriter in Nashville. The biggest place I had ever played was the Bluebird Cafe. So the next biggest place I played was MGM Grand in Las Vegas at an awards show in front of, like, 1.2 million viewers, and I think there were, like, 30,000 people in the audience. So needless to say, I jumped in right with the big fish, and luckily, Miranda is a shark, and she taught me so much, and I’m just thankful for having her as a mentor.”

As Presley focuses on her own solo career, she admits having someone like the reigning ACM Female Vocalist of the Year doesn’t hurt.

“Sure, it helps,” she concedes. That’s just one of the best things that could have ever happened to me. Especially with the networking and the relationships and the people I’ve met with Pistol Annies. Most of all, the fans. Our project was fan driven 100 percent. We put this little record out not expecting it to do anything. It was just three girls having a good time, a girl party, “Let’s just invite everybody,” and we did, and everybody came! It blew up. We just couldn’t believe it. We have the best fans in the world. So to me that’s the biggest advantage, is just so many people know about our music, and if you like our music, you’re going to like my music because it’s very similar.”

Presley released her debut single, ‘Ain’t No Man,’ last month, which she says is indicative of the rest of the record.

“The songs on ‘American Middle Class’ are like pages out of my diary, lyrical snapshots of the joy and pain of being a hard-working, blue collar citizen whose goal is to keep food on the table and dreams alive,” she explains. ““I feel more like a song catcher. My process is to always carry a pencil and notebook with me, and no matter what I’m doing, I brake for ideas. I learned this the hard way because I let a lot of them slip away.”

Taken from theboot.com

Sep 3

Jason Aldean has the new album ready!

We are less than a month away from the Jason Aldean concert here in Sac! And to get you ready jason has announced details about his new cd PLUS he’s letting you hear a new bonus track off the CD!

Jason Aldean has revealed the details for his upcoming sixth studio album.

The country superstar will release ‘Old Boots, New Dirt’ in October via Broken Bow Records. Working once again with longtime producer Michael Knox, Aldean took a slightly different approach for the new project.

“With this new album, it’s definitely the same old me. But, I like to mix things up and try new sounds and go into territory I’ve never explored before, so I do a little bit of that too,” Aldean explains. “That’s why I named the album ‘Old Boots, New Dirt’ … I’m almost 10 years into this crazy ride, but in a lot of ways, I feel like I’m just gettin’ started.”

The members of Aldean’s touring band played on the new album’s 15 tracks, including the lead single, ‘Burnin’ It Down,’ which has held the top spot on Soundscan’s Country Genre Chart since its release. The song is the fastest-breaking single of Aldean’s career to date.

‘Old Boots, New Dirt’ is set for release on Oct. 7. Aldean is partnering with BuzzFeed for what is described as an “unprecedented digital event” to help launch the album on Tuesday evening (Sept. 2) at 8 PM ET.

“I think my fans have come to expect some surprises from me, and we’ve got another big one comin’ tonight,” he says. “You’ll have to pay attention or you could miss it in a flash.”

Jason Aldean, ‘Old Boots, New Dirt’ Track Listing:

1. ‘Just Gettin’ Started’
2. ‘Show You Off’
3. ‘Burnin’ It Down’
4. ‘Tryin’ To Love Me’
5. ‘Sweet Little Somethin’’
6. ‘Laid Back’
7. ‘Tonight Looks Good on You’
8. ‘Too Fast’
9. ‘If My Truck Could Talk’
10. ‘Old Boots, New Dirt’
11. ‘I Took It With Me’
12. ‘Don’t Change Gone’
13. ‘Miss That Girl’
14. ‘Gonna Know We Were Here’
15. ‘Two Night Town’

And check out the bonus track “Fast Lanes” right here!

http://theboot.com/jason-aldean-fast-lanes-premiere/
Story taken from theboot.com

Aug 14

Be in Brad Paisley’s New Video!

So Brad Paisley wants YOU to be in his new video! check out all of the details right here! He also released a teaser video for my favorite week of the year… Shark Week!

Brad Paisley is putting together a video for a new song titled ‘Crushin’ It,’ and he’s asking fans for their help.

Paisley has teamed up with The Boot, as well as our partner sites Taste of Country and PopCrush, to give his fans the chance to participate in the clip.

The country superstar is inviting fans to knock back a can of their favorite beer or soda, then crush the can and capture it on video. Then you can use the link below to share the video on Instagram, where Paisley will choose his favorites to incorporate into the ‘Crushin’ It’ video. Click below to learn more about the rules and to submit your video.

“This is a moonshine jar half full kind of song for people who work hard and play hard,” Paisley tells Taste of Country.

‘Crushin’ It’ appears on his upcoming album ‘Moonshine in the Trunk,’ which is set for release on Aug. 25. The album’s first single, ‘River Bank,’ is already at radio. Paisley is currently crossing the country on his Country Nation World Tour. He is also appearing on the new hit reality singing competition ‘Rising Star.’

‘Moonshine in the Trunk’ is currently available for pre-order.

Click to Submit Your ‘Crushin’ It’ Video

Taken from theboot.com
Jul 24

My Epic Pig Roast!

So last weekend I was finally able to check something off my bucket list that I have wanted to do for years, a whole pig roast! Now let me say that if you are squeamish, don’t look any further! I am going to post some pick of the roast! So I have had tons of questions about where I learned about this and so on, so I” give everyone all the places that I got my info from!

So the first question I kept getting was, “Where did you get a whole pig? Well I did a search online for whole hog Northern California. I found a few places around here and started calling. I wound up using Dee’s Meats, located in Galt. Bob helped me out and got exactly what I needed and prepped the pig for me.

So before all that happened though, I had to do some research on it! (Gotta love Google!) I found 2 web sites that had the best info that I could find.

http://cuban-christmas.com/pigroast.html

http://amazingribs.com/recipes/porknography/whole_hog_pig_picking.html

Between these 2 sites I learned a lot about the roast, including how to build my roaster and other great pointers!

So back to my actual roast, I built my roaster about a week before the roast to get it out of the way. Next I built the grills/stretchers the week of. I picked the pig up on Saturday morning. When I got it home I finished prepping it by cutting off the silver skin inside and then injecting the meat with a brine. After that I put on a rub that I got off of the amazingribs.com site. then I salted the skin and put him on ice till the morning!

The morning of, I got up at 6:30 and started getting everything together. I started the charcoal at about 7:15 and woke up my “helper” Miles. We got the pig on the stretchers, and clamped it shut. Maxwell, as we started calling the pig, went on the grill at exactly 8am.

At 9am, I opened my first beer!

8 hours, (and a bunch of beer) later, Maxwell was registering done in all areas! We pulled him off, let him rest for about 20 minutes, and then I started shredding up the meat to the delight of the now 60+ people that had gathered at my house! ( I actually heard it was more but I didn’t have time to count!)

Overall I think that the pig turned out great, and no one got sick, well at least not from the pig! I had a blast doing it and even more fun getting to hang out with all of my friends and family.

The lesson here is, when you really want to learn how to do something, just research the hell out of it, save up and do it! I’m so happy I finally got to do this if it would have failed, I had the pizza place on speed dial!

 

Jul 11

GARTH IS BACK!

Garth Brooks was a huge reason that I started listening to Country music back in the 90s. Shameless has been one of my favorite songs since I first heard it and on my 18th birthday, just hours after I watch Garth live on stage the night before, I got Shameless tattooed on my arm in a shamrock! So I am a very happy fan of Country music when I saw the news today that Garth has signed a new record deal with a new single coming soon, album due out in November, and of course a WORLD TOUR to follow!!

Image from The Winn Hotel and Casino 

Garth Brooks confirmed rumors of a new album and world tour at a press conference in Nashville Thursday (July 10).

The superstar — who retired for nearly a dozen years to raise his children, performing only sporadically and releasing just a handful of singles — announced a new record deal with Sony Music.

His longtime producer, Allen Reynolds, has retired, and Mark Miller is stepping in to produce the new project, which has no release date as yet. The album will be released through a partnership of Pearl Records and RCA Nashville.

Brooks also announced that he will finally make his music available digitally.

“That will begin within the next two to three weeks,” he stated. But he’s still not going to partner with iTunes, which he has long resisted. Instead, his music will be available digitally exclusively at his official website for now.

The singerr did not reveal the dates for his upcoming world tour, but did confirm that a tour is coming. He will announce the first date on July 14.

In response to a question from reporters, Brooks said he would still try to work out the five comeback shows he canceled in Ireland after the Dublin City Council refused to grant licenses for two of them, but that it would require a higher official getting involved to reverse the decision of the city manager.

“With a simple ‘Yes,’ you can make 400,000 people happy,” he reflected.

No title has been announced for the new album, but Brooks revealed it will be a double album, and is likely to be released around Black Friday in November. The first single will be revealed in the next month.

Brooks has previously stated the upcoming tour will feature new music, and could last as long as three years.

Taken from theboot.com

Jun 26

The Fat Guy Chronicles – Week 4

So Sean T and I have broken up! I’m off the Insanity kick! I’m back to running! Starting with at least 4 times a week for 1.5 to 2.5 miles. My goal is to be able to run in the Sacramento Marathon in December! It’s a BIG goal I know and the most I have ever run was the Urbanathalon in SF 3 years ago, also right about the last time I ran! LOL!

I think I’m going to use the Nike Running app to track my progress unless someone has a better idea! Once I get it all set up I will post my info if you want to make fun of my progress! LOL!

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