Call me a turkey because I’m stuffed!

Hola party people!  I’m currently sitting out here on the beach in Florida (playing here this week) where it definitely does not feel like December.  Hard to believe that Christmas is only a couple of weeks away!  As I sit out here in the sunshine with my feet in the sand, I want to tell you all about my November adventures.  

For those of you who don’t already know, I am originally from South Carolina and am a huge Clemson Tiger fan.  My husband and I traveled to Boston for the Clemson/BC game. It was FREEZING, but totally worth it!  Of course we had to visit “Cheers” while we were there.  When I walked in everybody yelled my name. Get it?  “Where everybody knows your name.”  It was much smaller than I had imagined, but there was a lot of orange in there. 🙂 

Cheers… where everybody knows your name.

Another highlight of my trip was when I got to see one of my dearest friends and my former manager.  He moved back to Maine a couple of years ago and just happened to be only about an hour and a half away so he made the trip to see us for the afternoon.  

Derick came to meet us all the way from Maine

I’ve never been to Boston and I just fell in love with the city.  Boston Commons is by far one of the most beautiful parks I’ve ever seen, and the squirrels…. they come right up to you!!  I made a new friend. Haha!  What a fun weekend.  If you’ve never been to Boston, I highly recommend it. 

Picture perfect!
My new buddy.


I played at  Legends Corner the morning of Thanksgiving with my buddies, Tim Angsten and Tim Baumgartner.  The place was packed!  Afterwards I went on over to my good friend, Elise’s house, as I do every year, and enjoyed a delicious Thanksgiving feast.  Oh, and Elise is one of the best publicists in this town so look her up at Nashville Music Media if you or someone you know is searching for one.  Not to mention she co-wrote some of the songs on my album, “Storyteller.”  She’s also pregnant with her first child, a precious little girl and I could not be happier for her (as you can tell in the picture below).  I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  I had about four Thanksgivings with friends that week and let me tell you, the struggle was real trying to find the will power not to eat all the sugary goodness!!  I only caved once or twice. Go me! 

Everyone lounging around with full bellies.
Me and Elise – the mama to be!
My other half <3

 I played several gigs in town with my band, which never disappoints, and Timmy B and I also played a house concert in Franklin, TN, where we met several talented songwriters.  I plan on playing another Franklin house concert in 2019 so be sure to check my schedule for that. 

While playing at Legends Corner one night, the band and I had a request for Bachman-Turner Overdrive – “Takin’ Care of Business,” and what happened next had to be documented.  It was quite the sight to see.  Those were some brave women to get on the bar floor like that.     

In case any of you were wondering, one of my all time favorite Christmas movies is, “Elf,” so naturally when I discovered that the Elf musical was coming to Chaffin’s Barn Theatre, I immediately bought tickets, and I must say, I was not disappointed.  A talented cast and lots of laughs.  Check it out if it’s coming to a town near you.  

In our household we put up our Christmas tree the weekend after Thanksgiving, and all of the decorating is done on the same day because, let’s be real here, if I don’t do it all in one day, it won’t get finished.  I know I’m not the only one this happens to… Anyway, having said that, I will leave you with this picture of a beautifully decorated shelf in my home.  It’s been bare and lonely since the day I bought it 6 months ago (haha), but it sure is pretty with all the Christmas decor.  

If you or any of your friends are traveling to Nashville in December, be sure to check my schedule for upcoming shows.  I’ll be at Legends Corner, Whiskey Bent, The Stage, and AJ’s Good Time Bar… unless I’m playing out on the road somewhere, in which case, I will post those shows as well (if public).  Also, if you don’t already, please follow me on social media. 

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Thanks again, guys!  I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas!  I know I can’t wait to get back home to SC to spend it with my family!  Until next time, my friends…

Boo! October is over!

BOO!!  What’s going on people?!  Can you believe it’s already November?  Turkey day is just around the corner!  October was a (much needed) relaxing, rather low key month for me and I loved it!  I played a couple of private parties here in TN, played some shows downtown on Broadway with my band, wrote a couple new songs, had a girls night, and I even got to go home to SC for a short visit with my family! <3

The first weekend of October my buddy, Tim Angsten and I played a private party for some of my dear friends in Franklin, TN.  It was a small gathering with great people and a beautiful night for live music on the patio. We played mostly original music which is always fun!

Tim Angsten and me after the gig

 

As I’m sure you all know, with hectic schedules and life in general, it’s virtually impossible to see your friends other than in passing.  Well, my girlfriends and I FINALLY got in a night together!  Woohoo!  We grubbed out, drank wine, and figured out a way to take over the world… ok, not really, but it was nice to finally visit and catch up with one another.

“There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship.”                 – Thomas Aquinas

Me with a few of my favorite women that I’m lucky enough to call friends.

 

Not only did I get a girls night with some of my favorites, but my husband and I got an entire Saturday together!  We definitely took advantage of this and decided to head to Germantown for Nashville Oktoberfest.  We took our French bulldog, Winnie, and I don’t think my husband and I could walk more than two feet at a time without someone wanting to pet her and/or take her picture.  I should have charged people for pictures… I probably would have made enough money to record another album.  Haha!  Ok, that’s a little extreme, but it did let us break in the beer line a couple of times so at least we had that going for us.

Mark and me with Winnie at Oktoberfest

 

Moving right along….. Tim Baumgartner and I played a birthday party out in Duck River, TN.  Driving out there was quite the adventure with red dirt roads and all.  We got there early to set up and have some down time before showtime, but as we’re setting up, what do we discover? This girl showed up to an acoustic gig without her guitar!  What?!  Who does that?!  Yeah, first time for me!  We had to drive an hour back to get my guitar and as a result we got started an hour late.  Needless to say, I was not happy about that!  It started out not so great, but we ended up having a great show and an awesome time!  The crowd got into and started dancing and all was grand until we had a man down.. and a microphone down.  Nothing a little duct tape couldn’t fix in good ol’ Duck River, TN.

Duct tape saved the day and the show went on!

Me, Tim, the two birthday boys, and their wives. Great folks!

 

My band and I played our regular shows here in town on lower Broadway and I had a number of friends come see me play – I even had some friends come all the way from Norway.  They stayed for an entire week and followed us from show to show.  🙂  I also had some friends from my hometown that I have not seen in ten or more years come to my show at AJ’s Good Time Bar.  It always makes you feel kinda special when you have people travel from all over to hear you sing.  I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of that feeling!

My Norway friends and I hanging after my show at AJ’s Good Time Bar.

Me with some friends from my hometown that I haven’t seen in ages.

 

With the change in weather, I caught the crud that was going around and ended up losing my voice (a huge bummer) and had to sub out one of my gigs (another huge bummer).  I did, however, get to use those few days to travel home to SC and visit with my family.  I have three gorgeous little nieces: Lillian Marie (6), Olivia Eden (4), and Abigail Rae (2).  It’s difficult being so far away from family and missing out on special occasions so I figured those who can’t sing, visit home.  Right?!  It was such a joy watching my nieces dress up for Halloween and seeing the excitement in their eyes. Time, I’m going to need you to slow down…. they’re growing up too fast!!

My brother and sister-in-law with their girls, Lillian & Olivia, and my Mom on the right.

My sister’s baby girl, Abbie Rae, dressed up as Minnie Mouse.

 

After driving all the way back from SC, and having only 30 minutes to get ready, I went straight to my gig at The Stage on Broadway.  Talk about a long day!  The very next day my other sister, who lives in Charleston, SC, came to visit me in Nashville.  I guess you could say October was a family filled month for me.  I’m not complaining! 🙂

My husband and my sister at Arrington Vineyard

My sister, Lyndsay, and her college roommate, Allison watching me perform at AJ’s Good Time Bar.

 

Thanks for taking the time to read my October blog!  Be sure to check my schedule for November shows, and if you don’t already, please follow me on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter).  Also, I will be posting a video or two of some original music this month so be on the look out for that!  Thank you all for your love and support!  God bless!

Ex-Oh,

Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall

Well, September has come to an end, but what a fun month it was!  Tim Baumgartner and I played some acoustic duo shows out on the road which is always a blast!  Labor Day weekend we traveled to Axton, VA and played at Mountain Valley Brewing, a small, local, family owned business out in the beautiful country side of Virginia.

All set up ready to play.

 

I have a lot of family in that area and was pleasantly surprised to see several of my uncles, aunts, and cousins (some I hadn’t seen in many years) come out to show their support.  It truly was like a family reunion for me!  I’m sure Tim was just thrilled being surrounded by so many of my family members.  Haha!  I bet you can’t guess which one is my mom in the picture below… hint: she looks like an angel.  😉

VA Labor Day - family
Here I am with Tim, the long legged guitar pickin’ man, my mom, my grandmother, and two extended family members.

 

And if you didn’t notice in the first picture,  we had a cute little 15 pound roadie/bodyguard on this trip – she goes by the name of Winifred Blue, AKA – “Winnie.”

Winnie
If you look closely you can see our little roadie, Winnie, in the middle.

 

After Virginia we headed up to Chester Springs, PA to play our 2nd annual Labor Day house party, hosted by some friends we met at a Nashville show a couple of years ago.  As always, the party was a huge success!  Before the show started everyone participated in a flag folding ceremony, led by Gene Hough.  This was an amazing experience as this American flag has been all over the world.

Labor Day
All of us folding the American flag. Amazing moment!

 

While Tim and I play many acoustic duo shows on the road,  I’m always excited to get back to Nashville to play with my amazing band.  This month I also had the honor of filling in for the very talented, Taria Lee, and her awesome band at Whiskey Bent Saloon.

Life gets busy and I consider myself lucky to stay so busy doing what I love, but I’m not going to say that I wasn’t glad to be able to sneak off for a few days to relax.  A few girlfriends and I vacationed in Mexico, and stayed at the The Fives Azul Beach Resort in Playa del Carmen. You want to talk about breathtaking?!  Wow!  That trip was just what I needed to unwind, and if you ever get the chance to go, I highly recommend it.  Just watch out for the spider monkeys… that’s all I’m going to say about that.

Mexico
The girls and I at dinner in Mexico

 

I can’t finish this blog without mentioning one of the first friends I ever met when I moved to this town.  My buddy Tylor Bailey, we used to play shows together when we were first starting out and we learned a lot together.  He was like a brother to me and though I don’t get to see him hardly at all anymore, it’s always a happy time when we do run into each other.  Reminiscing is the best!  This particular night just happened to be his birthday.

 

This last weekend of September we played at the newly renovated Miamisburg Moose Lodge in Miamisburg, OH.  We have the pleasure of playing there quarterly thanks to our good friends, David & Sherry Pratt.  No matter how many times we have played at The Moose, the crowd never ceases to amaze and keeps us wanting to come back!  If you’re in the area, be sure to check my schedule for the next Miamisburg show!

Miamisburg Moose
Timmy B. and I at the Miamisburg Moose Lodge

 

So, we started September off with a family reunion for me and we ended September with a family reunion for Tim.  One of the perks of playing on the road is having the opportunity to play in or near your hometown and, although they may be short visits, they sure are sweet.  Tim’s cousin, Mick, had us come out and play at his pizza place in Brookville, IN.  First of all, if you live anywhere near the area, (heck, even if you don’t),  Third Place is a must!  The food is incredible, top shelf bourbon on tap, wonderful staff, and the venue itself is just beautiful.  We played a great show and Tim had several family members come up and play with us.  I must say, he comes from a very talented family and it was awesome to see them share the stage after not seeing each other for so many years.  By the way, HOME is always first, WORK is second, and the BAR is third – hence the name, “Third Place.”  🙂

Treble Clef
The treble clef dinner bell!

 

Well, that’s it for now.  Thanks for stopping in!  Be sure to keep an eye out for my upcoming shows – I’ll be at Legends Corner, The Stage on Broadway, and AJ’s Good Time Bar.

 

Ex-Oh,

 

 

 

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