Pocahontas proud 

And summer reading has begun for the kids! That means a new start for sockrockerz shows!! A few days ago, I got ready to head to Nashville and head to Indiana with Natalie. I’d been needing a new tire for my car and thought it’d be smart to get one before making the trip. Walmart quickly put a tire on my car for me and I was ready to hit the road. About 60 miles down the road people started honking at me from all directions.. What in the world now??.. I turned down my music and heard a weird noise, so I took the first exit.. And would you know it, the new tire was completely flat!! I called Walmart right away and told them what happened. They asked me if I bought the warranty, which I never buy. I hung up because there were 3 trucker men standing by my car, I opened the door and they asked if I needed any help. They immediately got to work, the tire was changed to a little donut in a matter of minutes. The 3rd man told me the tire needed air, but money in the air machine and filled it up. I couldn’t be more grateful to them, they weren’t much talk, just did the work and headed on, so nice! I went on to the nearest Walmart, and they told me about a manufacturer warranty that comes with the tire, so the warranty they try to sell you is just total bogus! Don’t fall for it! They said it was a mistake the mechanic made and fixed it. Our trip got delayed a bit, but we made it to the hotel in Auburn, Indiana a bit after midnight. 

We spent the next few days in Butler, Auburn, Garrett and Waterloo. They are all cute little towns and the kids were super excited to see us. 


Yesterday we had 2 shows followed by a 10 hour drive to Kansas City. As usual I looked for traces of the Amish, but we didn’t see them this time. I guess they don’t live right of the main highway. Around dinner time we stopped to get some food, I was ready for some McDonald’s dollar menu, but Natalie treated me to a delicious pizza dinner at a local place called firefly grill. It was in the middle of nowhere surrounded by the garden where they grew the veggies for the restaurant. 

We were just a little underdressed.. Everyone was in fancy suits and we looked like we just ran a 10k. After dinner we went back on the road. Since we were driving through Illinois I looked up if we were anywhere close to Pocahontas, the town where Gretchen Wilson grew up. When I was 15/16 I would order her albums online and waited for 2 weeks for them to finally arrive at my doorstep. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve listened to her songs. I was such a big fan that I even bought her book. I was just convinced that I was too, a redneck woman, tho I had no clue what a skoal ring was, nor had a ever seen plastic pink flamingos. After moving here I’ve found out I’m probably not as redneck as I thought I was when I listened to those albums 😉 although a few weeks ago I did drink coffee out of a mason jar. Anyways we drove right through Gretchens town!! Of course we made a stop and I found the sign I had read about.

I felt like I was 16 again for a bit, we filled up the tank and drove out listening to “Pocahontas proud.” 

CMA Fest

Walking back to music row yesterday I started smiling. I looked back over my shoulder to Nashville as I was walking up the hill. All the tourists, sunburnt and exhausted, but excited to be here. I thought back to 2008, the first time my parents took me and my sister over here. 

For years I had been collecting CDs of my favorite artists. I’d order them online and had to wait several weeks for them to come in. They were my treasures. And then to finally get to set foot in THE city of country music was a dream come true. We weren’t even allowed in the bars yet, but we’d listen from outside to the bands playing.

And then here I am today, working for cmt, living just a few hours from this great city, walking back to where I’m staying on music row. I would’ve never believed it if you’d told me that back in 2008. I might not be a big star like I want to be but at least I’m dating one 😉 

This week I worked for the broken skull challenge for the cmt show. It was an obstacle course and of course I had to try it too! I made it up the rope woop woop! 

Guess my yoga has paid off! Next to us was the stage where artist had interviews and played songs. Little big town, Keith urban, Darius Rucker, the oak ridge boys, Chris young , kellie pickler and Jo Dee Messina were some of the line up. Jo Dee Messina is one of my all time facorites! Can’t wait to listen to her new album. She was extremely interactive with the crowd and very funny. Some dude asked her to play “I hope you dance,” by Lee Ann Womack. Not even her song! She was a good sport about it, got out her iPhone to find the lyrics and sang the song without missing a note. 

Very much enjoyed this Cma week! Now home to my own country star and little puppies 😘