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  • Writer's pictureCarly Dibble

You bought a concert ticket to see your favorite artist next month. You bought an outfit the week before. You booked a hotel room so you could have drinks with your best friend at the show. You took a Friday off work so you'd make it three hours down the road to be there when doors opened. A few days before your trip or a few hours before showtime, you hear that it's cancelled. Now what?

Nobody is happy about it. Did the artist WANT to cancel? I can assure you not. Did the band members who make their living playing music want to cancel? Nope. Did the venue who would've made their money from the food/drinks sold that evening want to cancel? No way.

There's no good way to describe how much truly goes into putting on a concert for attendees to escape their lives and enjoy music for a few hours. This goes for the venue, the ticket company, the marketing company, the booking company, the artist, the artist agency, the artist management team, the photographer that was hired, and the list goes on. Every single date is planned and prepped to ensure everyone that has a ticket has a GREAT experience and leaves a bigger fan of the artist and venue than they were when they arrived.

We all know that there are trolls on the internet, but sometimes normal people get their feelings hurt and decide they'll message XYZ artist or ZYX venue if something happens. Of course, feedback is ALWAYS welcome. Constructive criticism is a wonderful thing. I guess where I'm getting at here is that behind ALL forms of social media, there are real people working together to push information out. Real people are reading what you send. Those same real people are also NOT happy that something has happened to the show. Would you talk to your friends or family the way you're messaging an account? Think about it next time.

Cancellations from weather and sickness are things that cannot be avoided. Before working in the industry, I can 100% say that I would've been annoyed if a show at 7PM didn't happen because there were storms from 9AM-2PM... Why can't they just hop on stage and play?? Now I know. There are hours (literally sometimes 10+) that go into setting up for an outdoor show and if it doesn't stop storming until 2PM, then the lights and everything else you see on a stage can't be unloaded from a truck and programmed to put on a show in just a few hours. The only thing I can say about anyone complaining that XYZ cancelled because they're sick, is that I hope you never have to use a sick day at work. It's the same thing. Think about it.

A little more on cancellations.. When you buy a ticket, read the fine print. Did you click the "I have read and agree to the current Terms of Use" or whatever you need to click on the website you're buying from? Not all, but MOST ticket companies are "All Sales Final - NO Refunds". If there's an option for the ticket insurance, maybe get that if it makes you feel more comfortable. If not, then you're risking it with the rest of us.

Last piece of this.. Opening acts. You bought your ticket "only" for the opener. We love that, but you also *most likely* agreed to something along these lines in that fine print you may or may not have read: "Opening acts or guests may sometimes tour with headlining performers. XYZ is not always made aware of opening acts or the length of their performances. These opening acts are subject to change or cancelation at any time without notice. No refund will be given if an opening act is changed or canceled." Every venue is different. Every ticket company is different. Every situation is different.

Moral of this whole story: Be nice. Remember everyone is only human. Concerts are a luxury. Enjoy them all and support local when you can.

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  • Writer's pictureCarly Dibble

Gooood morning and happy Friday! I’m still confused how it’s May already??

Last weekend Lacey (coworker) was kind enough to come with me to see Paul Cauthen last minute after she got back from working in Alabama! 😊 The show was at Brooklyn Bowl (easily my favorite venue in Nashville) and was sold out. His band is incredibly talented and the show is nothing but high energy. I’ve tried to explain it to some people, but “a vibe” is the only way I know how. As soon as he gets on stage the whole mood changes and nobody in the crowd can stand still.

  • After seeing him in 2021 at Calf Fry I went and read his bio online and then listened to Room 41 and had a whole new respect for him/his music

  • April 1 he released Country Coming Down after “playing more golf than he ever thought he’d get to at places he didn’t think he’d have the chance to”

  • After only seeing him at a red dirt festival in OK, I wasn’t sure what age demo would be at a show here. I think I was one of the youngest in the room?? The crowd was eclectic, but a LOT of 28-40 year old couples dancing and having a night out.

  • From a different show but a good video you can see his energy on stage -

Dri (coworker) and I went to Live Oak on Monday to catch Kat & Alex play a writers round – We both agreed that if they aren’t winning Duo of the Year awards in the next few years, then something is wrong. They released “Let’s Find A Bar” today!

Chris Colston also played at Live Oak and has never disappointed.

Whiskey On You – Nate Smith went viral with “I Don’t Wanna Go To Heaven” earlier this year and has teased “Whiskey On You” for months before finally releasing it today. He’s reached over a million followers on TikTok now and you can scroll through his page to see how consistent he’s had to be on the platform to keep that growing.

Next Week in Nash: Nash.TN Presents Smoking Section Live w/ Jimmie Allen, Abby Anderson, Robyn Ottolini, Frank Ray, Aaron Goodvin, Alana Springsteen, Neon Union, and Landon Parker. This event is happening Tuesday at 6th & Peabody for free!

More new music 😊

Last – This article gave me goosebumps so I had to share!

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  • Writer's pictureCarly Dibble

Updated: Jun 3, 2022

Alright, it's been more than a year. Whoops!

I started writing for work so I make time to do this again. Here's a mix of new songs, videos I love or some things that've blown up on TikTok/social media just for fun.

First up… Zach Bryan... Is anyone surprised? LOL if you know me, then you're not at all. He has a 33 song album releasing May 20. “Something in the Orange” came out April 22 and on April 23 there were 15-20k people singing it back to him at Auburn Rodeo. He release two versions of it and one has 2.5M streams on Spotify alone in one week.

For those of you that have TikTok -

This guy popped up on my page after he posted one of his first videos and has over 70k followers in less than two months time. The way people are interacting with his page shows how die-hard the people are that listen to this whole genre of music. If you need any new music ideas in the “country-rock-Texas-outlaw-ish” scene, check out the page for ideas or just follow for some entertainment. 😊

A few other artists..

  • Josh Meloy – Love. Love. Love. He's Oklahoma based and just been doing the bar scene mainly from what I've seen. He’s is that “raw country rock” feel. He's first of three at The Ryman in August and I am SO bummed that I'll be working another show out of town. His voice stands out from other artists – He’s one that I’ve played in the car with my family and every single time my dad has to ask who it is because it stands out. Here’s the countryvsmetal guy listening to Josh Meloy -

  • Bailey Zimmerman is who did a showcase at Losers a few months ago that a few of my coworkers went to and I regret missing it. He has doubled in TikTok followers since then (more than 700k now) and has 1.2M monthly listeners on Spotify. Another one that is very much rock country.

    • Songs to listen to: Change, Fall In Love, Never Comin’ Home

  • Ella Langley is who my coworker and I saw open for Randy Houser a few weeks ago and came to work the next day talking about, but her new song comes out around Mother’s Day and I can’t wait for it. “If You Have To” has been on my repeat playlist since seeing her. She has toured with Randy Houser, Elle King, and Koe Wetzel recently. Elle King’s “Out Yonder” that just came out is one she helped write it one weekend they were on the road together.

  • KTLYN – Female rapper from the L.A. area that blew up on TikTok after adding her own flare on "HANDSOMER" by Russ. He asked her to tour with him so that just started a few weeks ago and just announced that she signed to Diamond Records with him. She had just at 100k monthly listeners on Spotify about 6 weeks ago and is over 3M today. Andale has been on repeat on my workout playlist since finding it.

  • Kaitlin Butts – Her new album came out Good Friday (literally been waiting years for this one!!) and she had two songs on the “Texas Music Pickers” charts ( the week after. She is married to Cleto Cordero who is the lead singer of Flatland Cavalry and she just signed with WME a few weeks ago. We all need to see more females on lineups everywhere. When I saw her two summers ago at Weedstock in Oklahoma she came on stage to WAP if that tells you anything about her personality – SO FUN.

OK that’s all for now – Happy Friday 😊

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