(Again, what is with this not-being-able-write-an-opening-paragraph-thing that’s been happening lately? I’m rusty but I didn’t think I was this rusty!! Send help, y’all! LOL)
Hi guys! Happy September and welcome back to the blog! What did you guys think of my last post – Made to Flourish? I know it was mostly just an informative post about the event, and I had hoped to have a little more depth in it, but with still being as rusty as I am when it comes to writing I just didn’t get there. Now I know what they’re talking about when they say writing is like a muscle that needs to be exercised… I haven’t written in so long that my writing skills have begun to seize up and it’s taking longer than it used to because I’m so out of practice. I should’ve kept writing during my hiatus even if it was just to keep the writing muscle conditioned. But I’ll be working on that with every post I write from here to till the new year, so hopefully, by then, I’ve found my writing groove back. Just bear with me until then, okay, guys?
Anyway, let’s jump right into today’s post which is going to be all about the Lady Antebellum concert that I went to a couple weeks ago. I haven’t been to a concert in two years so it was super exciting to finally be able to attend another one! It was at an outdoor amphitheater but the weather was just about perfect for an outdoor concert. Unlike the last time that I was there – which was Kelly Clarkson – that concert was amazing but it was so hot that summer! The opener was Brett Young, who I don’t really know too much about because he is pretty new to the country scene and I don’t keep up with the men in country music. *As everyone who loves the men in country music gasps* I wasn’t sure what to expect with him since I didn’t know much about him, but I was pleasantly surprised because he had a really good set. I did realize that I had heard a little bit of his music while out and about, and he had a good voice. His set lasted about twenty minutes and then they did a quick set change before Kelsea Ballerini’s set which I was probably the most excited for. I know it was a Lady Antebellum concert, and I do love them, but I really wanted to go because of Kelsea. 🙂
Growing up I’ve followed many artists careers such as Taylor Swift, Reba McEntire, and Carrie Underwood, but I especially love to follow up and coming artists like Maddie and Tae, Lauren Alaina, and Kelsea Ballerini because at one time I wanted to become a country singer. Plus as an avid music lover and self-proclaimed music critic, it’s just fun to follow these people and watch them do what they love. I don’t really remember what made me fall in love with Kelsea’s music, I think I found some radio tour videos on YouTube or discovered her first single on iTunes or something… Anyway, I’ve followed her since somewhere between her first and second single release. I bought her CD and played the heck out of it at home and in my car on the way to work. I’ve rooted for her whenever she’s been nominated for any awards and had been wanting to see her in concert for a while but she hadn’t come close on any tour until now.
I haven’t been this excited to see someone live, since Reba for sure, so as her video intro played before she came out I started to get super excited. It felt like I was about to see Taylor Swift or something cause that’s what it felt like. When I tell you I was excited, I was EXCITED! My “fangirl self” hadn’t been out for quite a while, so it was quite a treat. I think I took more pictures during Kelsea’s set than Lady A’s set, that’s how excited I was! LOL! Thankfully, I took a lot of great pictures because I was pretty worried about the quality since we weren’t super close; they all turned out pretty decent from my phone. Ah, I love technology and how far they’ve come with picture quality just on cell phones.
Kelsea opened with Love Me Like You Mean It which was her first single that she released from her album The First Time, and it’s such a good song!
The next song she performed was called Roses from her upcoming album Unapologetically, and I’ve been waiting to hear this song live since she posted it on her Instagram after all of the hype of people thinking it was a TS song.
The next song she performed was her second single called Dibs from the same album The First Time, and she played a video featuring her dog also named Dibs so that was pretty cute.
Then Kelsea played a new song called I Hate Love Songs, which at first I thought was going to be a cover of Love On The Brain because of the way the intro to the song sounded, but I was wrong. 😛
After that, Kelsea played a song called, Unapologetically, which is the title track of her new album that releases on November 3, 2017, and I am IN LOVE with it! It’s so good!
Next she played a song called Stilettos off of her album The First Time, and also one of my favorites, which is saying a lot because I love her whole first album. 🙂
Then Kelsea did a cover of Closer by The Chainsmokers.
Next Kelsea sang a song called XO also from her first album. Great song as well but super fast verses that I have a hard time keeping up with. LOL!
She followed it with her single called Peter Pan also from her first album which was her third number one single.
Then she played her current single Legends which is completely amazing, and it’s an amazing introduction to her new album!
The last song she played was Yeah Boy also from her first album The First Time.
After Kelsea’s set, which I never wanted to end, they had to do the big set change before Lady A, so they had a dance cam on the two side screens were pretty cool because it was fun to watch and interactive with the audience. (I tried to hide because I didn’t want to be on there, and I can’t dance anyway. LOL!) It was a cool way to pass the time while switching things out on the stage. I haven’t been to many concerts but I know every artist does those in between times differently but a dance cam was definitely pretty neat.
As much as I was looking forward to Kelsea, I did grow more excited to see Lady A. I haven’t kept up with them as much as I used to, but I’ve loved them since Need You Now so it was very cool to finally get to see them live. I knew I wouldn’t be disappointed at all, and I was right because they put on a fantastic show! Their set started off with a horn battle between their trumpet and trombone players, which was really cool! Their first song was Downtown.
Then Our Kinda Love from Need You Now
Then This City from their latest album Heart Break, which was really good! This definitely sounds like the music they used to produce but so fresh and current!
After that was Dancing Away With My Heart.
Next was the title track of their latest album – Heart Break. Those four small screen were really cool with all of the things that they projected onto them!
Next was Compass from Golden that I don’t have a picture for, oddly enough, but they used the four smaller screens for that one as well and had lights shooting across the surface of them. Then We Own The Night which I also don’t have a picture for, so either I got the pictures out of order or I didn’t have pictures that were good quality. (Guess we’ll never know!)
After that, they did American Honey, at which time Hillary Scott left the stage to go down to the front and sang in front of some little girls and took pictures with them so that was sweet!
Next they sang I Run To You from their self-titled album, and a new song from their latest album Heart Break called Good Time To Be Alive.
Then they slowed it down and talked about their break before releasing Heart Break, and how Hillary did a Christian & Gospel album with her family during that time. Hillary sang Thy Will and then they went into Hello World right after that. They also talked about how they had been together as a band for ten years now and how Shania Twain had influenced them a lot, so they sang Still The One.
They also sang Just A Kiss.
Then they livened it up again with You Look Good.