Music & Family

Music has always been a big thing in my family. Ever since I can remember, we’ve been going to shows together. I know for a fact that my parents took me to shows while I was still in a stroller, and I can clearly remember seeing Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers for the first time…when I was six.

For years, my brother and I tagged along with Mom and Dad, watching classic rock acts of which they were fans. Now, however, we are much older and we have begun carrying our parents to shows. Well, our mom, at any rate. Dad isn’t very sociable anymore.

I am a huge fan of local acts, as everyone who follows this blog has surely realized. I hang out at shows so much that I’m recognized by bands, staff at the venues, etc. I made it my mission to introduce my mom to that world (she didn’t frequent the local scene when she was younger). I was most insistent that she attend a Lynam show with me, for they are the band that I am closest to. She has now seen them four or five times, and she adores vocalist/guitarist Jacob Bunton almost as much as I do.

Anyway, a little over a week ago, she and I hit a Lynam show. My brother joined us after work. I had the best time with two of my family members there. Jacob even gave my mom a shout-out from the stage.

And now, pictures!

Mom, Jacob, and me

David Lynam and me

Framing the Red

Song of the Week: “Country Band Man”

I saw this band for the first time on Saturday and it was instantaneous love! They put on a great show. Even more importantly, they are extremely talented musicians. I could be biased because they hail from the South–ha!–but seriously, y’all should listen to this song, love it (because you will), then go stalk their YouTube channel for more! 🙂

Framing the Red — “Country Band Man,” from the album Welcome to the Show (2012).

These Self-Proclaimed Princes

Last Thursday, I went to see Almost Kings in Madison. Insert everything I’ve ever said about them into this post and you will be able to almost imagine how epic my night was.

I will never get over this band. I’m impressed by the fact that these four men give 200% at every show, both on and off the stage. They are the kindest, most wonderful and talented people, and I hope they know how much happiness they have brought to my life. Seriously, I can’t say it enough: if you ever have a chance to see them, take it! You won’t regret it!

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Song of the Week: “Bounce”

Since I’m going to see them tomorrow, I decided to honor Almost Kings in this post. Although, actually, I don’t need an excuse to honor them…I love them so much that their songs are pretty much always a top pick ❤

Almost Kings — “Bounce,” from the album Filthy Nice (2009).

Song of the Week: “They Say Vision”

If you don’t know this song, I’m not surprised. It was the only single from Res that ever got any notice–and even then, the attention came from VH1 and virtually no one else. Still, I thought it was a fantastic song. My mom and I used to listen to it every day before I went to school.

Res — “They Say Vision,” from the album How I Do (2001).