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Book Review: The Man Who Carried Cash by Julie Chadwick

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Book Review: The Man Who Carried Cash by Julie Chadwick
Book: The Man Who Carried Cash: Saul Holiff, Johnny Cash, and the Making of an American Icon
Author: Julie Chadwick


I found out about this book when the author Julie Chadwick followed me on twitter. I scrolled around her twitter page and realized someone else had an obsessing of Johnny Cash similar to mine. I am always willing to learn something new about him or the people associated with him. So I jumped at the chance to review a book about Saul Holiff.

I was in literally tears by the first few pages. The way Chadwick wrote about Holiff's suicide just freaked me out a little but made me want to read more. I learned more about Holiff and Cash's life than any other book I have read in my lifetime.

The structure Chadwick chose to write the book was really incredible. I have to compare it the film that Holiff's son made about his life. They were both incredible works of art.

I really hope to read more from Chadwick in the near future.

Rating:
4.5 star out of 5 stars

Album Review: Kensie Coppin

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Album Review: Kensie Coppin
Artist: Kensie Coppin
Album: Kensie Coppin


Let me just tell you something, your mind will be blown by the vocal talent Kensie Coppin has. I actually get mad that I hadn't heard of her until last year. Kensie's songwriting ability and vocal range is really incredible. The talent she has in her pinky finger can put half of the music scene to shame.

The release of her self titled album was really mind blowing for me. Every song has an impact on you and will help you with every part of life you may go thought. The song Lie to Me, really helped me through an intense break up I went through. Her music is making an impact.

Rating:
4.5 stars out of 5 stars

Book Review: Rob Sheffield's Dreaming The Beatles

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Book Review: Rob Sheffield's Dreaming The Beatles
Author: Rob Sheffield
Book: Dreaming The Beatles: The Love Story of One Band and Whole World


The last few months I have had the privilege of reading Rob Sheffield's books. He has books about great power houses of the music world. I was so excited when I heard word that he was in the works of writing a book about The Beatles. The Beatles have always been a band I could listen to no matter what mood I was in.

One of my favorite things about the book is how much Sheffield notes that Buddy Holly was a big influences on there music. As a Lubbock Native, Buddy Holly's hometown I enjoy that his music is enjoyed and continues to go on.

Sheffield notes that growing up he would get into "Beatles arguments," growing up I also did. I would argue that "Hey Jude" was better then "Here Comes the Sun," both great songs. Just personal preference. It was wonderful to know that people have a love of music just like me.

This book was more than just a book this was a telling of phenomenon that The Beatles created. Rob Sheffield brought a new light to the world of Beatles fans.

Rating:
5 stars out of 5 stars

The Art of Finding the Perfect Red Lipstick

Thursday, June 29, 2017

The Art of Finding the Perfect Red Lipstick
For so many years I have tried to find my perfect red lipstick. Something with amazing shine, long lasting and something that would just go with my pale skin tone. It has always been a fight to find something perfect. I wanted something beautiful and something that would make me look incredible.

I have tried everything from the most expensive lipstick to the cheapest of the cheap at the trendy clothing store. All have made me look bad or that would spread quickly into my foundation. I even begged my mom for her recommendations, but the color was way to orange on me and looked like I was holding an orange in my teeth.


One day I had to run into my local grocery store to get an emergency eyeliner because my last one my dog ate. Ugh. I walk down the makeup isle and a lipstick catches my eye. I grab it and take the top off. I scan the tube is it the perfect red? Does it give me a special feeling when I put it on? I see the color of red and my heart soars. This is what I’ve been waiting for, now hopefully it would look good on me.

$5 is the price. Thank goodness that’s all it was. I thought there was something special about it, something I just had to have. I pay out and the cashier tells me that the brand just re formulated and it had a better feel.

I walk out the store to the car and get in. I flip down the visor and line my lips. Wait what? Is this really the red I think it is? Is this the perfect red? I finish putting it on and rub it in. I bloat my lips and realize this is what I’ve been looking for.

More than just red lipstick, this gave me the little self-confidence I needed in my day.  

Album Review: Kirk Baxley's The Pain We Bring

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Album Review: Kirk Baxley's The Pain We Bring
Album: The Pain We Bring
Artist: Kirk Baxley


The whole album will refresh your heart. I hear a mix of love, compassion, heartache, and a dash of honky tonk spilling over. You can hear the power coming from Kirk’s voice as he tells you each story. I really feel like the whole album is more of a book and each song is a chapter of the story. 
As soon as Small Town was half way sung I had chill bumps all over my body. There something special about the song that I can’t exactly put into words.
The song speaks of his hometown Belton where he spent most of his time growing up. I also grew up in a small town so hearing him of his experience growing up and experience new things brought me back home to my hometown.
If this is the first-time hearing Kirk Baxley, you will enjoy ballads, incredible duet and amazing tone. Kirk Baxley will leave a mark on your soul.

Rating:

4 stars out of 5 stars

Music Video: Brandon Rhyder's They Need Each Other

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Music Video: Brandon Rhyder's They Need Each Other
Recently Brandon Rhyder released a new music video. He wrote They Need Each Other, with the amazing songwriter Lori Mckenna. Check it out and enjoy it!

Album Review: Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit's The Nashville Sound

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Album Review: Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit's The Nashville Sound
Album: The Nashville Sound
Artist: Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit


Words of truth in the form of poetry are the words I used to describe Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit's album The Nashville Sound. The album starts out the song Last of my kind, the phrasing of his words and the cadence of his guitar playing reminded me a John Prine song. I was thinking maybe while writing this song he was eluding to the fact that he was the last of the southern gentleman. In the same William Clark Green did in his song Old Fashioned. 

I really enjoyed the sixth track on the album called Anxiety, the song starts of with powerful guitar riffs. Jason starts to sing and his wife Amanda Shires joins in with harmonies. Which in this song is perfect and incredible. The song Hope you Take the High Road, will leave you with chills. The harmonies of Jason and Amanda will leave you haunted.

Jason creates magic, this is really just the beginning of it and I can't wait to see what he will do next.

Rating:
5 stars out of 5 stars

Album Review: Paul Cauthen's My Gospel

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Album Review: Paul Cauthen's My Gospel
Album: My Gospel
Artist: Paul Cauthen


A huge soulful voice is something that would describe Paul Cauthen. He brings an old school gospel vibe with a twist of Waylon Jennings feeling. Paul gives me this since of safety when I hear the deepness of his voice.

The album starts out with the song Still Drivin, what I like about this song is that he gets in such a deep register but then a few bars later he comes up to sing in a higher register. Which is incredible, there are very few artists who can do that so I really commend him for that.  I really enjoy the fifth track on the album called Saddle, it just gives me this feeling. The sound of the spanish guitar and the trumpets is just incredible.

I really can't wait to hear more from Paul Cauthen.

Rating:
4 stars out of 5 stars

Album Review: Brandi Carlile's Bear Creek

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Album Review: Brandi Carlile's Bear Creek
Artist: Brandi Carlile
Album: Bear Creek


Oh wow what soul. I recently found out about Brandi when I heard Kaitlin Butts playing her song on Instagram and let me just say woahhhhhhhhhh. This girl has pipes and so much soul. I am so mad no one had told me about her music before. I need more of it.

I have to say the whole album is put together very well. I would say there is a certain vatcination about her song called Raise Hell. This is a wonderful way to start your knowledge of Brandi's music.

Rating
4 stars out of 5 stars

Album Review: Paul Childers's Naked Poetry

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Album Review: Paul Childers's Naked Poetry
Artist: Paul Childers
Album: Naked Poetry


The sound of Paul Childers's voice is a mix of Micheal Buble, John Mayer and maybe a twist of Disney movie soundtrack. Now Childers's fans please don't get all mad at me for comparing him to Disney movies soundtracks, they are usually pretty well put together. But far from being in a Disney movie with songs such as Why Don't You Stay or his Title Track Naked Poetry.

I absolutely love the song The Art of Being Twenty, probably because I've totally felt the way he probably did while writing this song. I really admire the craftsman ship he had in this album. I really see big things happening for him.

Rating:
3.5 stars out of 5 stars

Album Review: Lillie Mae's Forever and Then Some

Friday, May 26, 2017

Album Review: Lillie Mae's Forever and Then Some
Album: Forever and Then Some
Artist: Lillie Mae


If you are into old school country and bluegrass Lillie Mae's voice is really a breath of fresh air. The sound of a steel guitar and mandolin will really make your heart melt. Her voice reminds me of early Natalie Maines.

I really enjoy her song Wash Me Clean. Lillie Mae's album is completely relatable I feel like I have been in her shoes. If I had the opportunity to see her live I would I jump for the chance.

Rating:
4.5 stars out of 5 stars