It’s no secret how much I love country music. Like, none.
In my mind, there is a country song for any situation. Happy? Sad? Feelin’ wild? Just got dumped? Falling in love? Lost your way? Following the yellow brick road? Yup, we’ve got a song for that.
For as much as I love country music, there’s just something about hearing the strum of that guitar, slide of a fiddle, opening note of your favorite song – that just sends chills down your back.
And when I love a band? There’s no telling how many times I’ll see them in concert. (For example, I’ve seen Garth Brooks 3 times on this tour alone. No ragrets.) So, when I got an email back in April that Zac Brown Band was going to be playing in Raleigh in October – I had the credit card information ready before I even looked at the date. (Again, no ragrets).
… Fast forward 6 months – and we finally saw them this past weekend!
LJ had never seen them live; I had the chance to see Zac Brown Band in Atlanta back in spring of 2013, while Louisville was in town beating some team from up north in some big tournament to win a shiny trophy. It was a free fan fest concert, and I wasn’t sure if it was the combination of cheap whiskey, new friends from Georgia Tech, and spring air – or if they really were that good. (Plot twist, they really were that good.)
Once we got in the gate, we saw a big green tent and heard the words “free waterbottle and free water all night!” Yup, I had heard enough. (When a bottle of water is $9, can you blame me?) Come to find out, they were simply asking a donation for the water bottle – the proceeds of which would benefit Camp Southern Ground. Ok, take my money.
My dad and I had just been talking about Camp Southern Ground a few weeks ago when I was back in PA, so I was over the moon to be able to make a donation. You can check our their website here – but I’ll give you a quick run down —
The mission of Camp Southern Ground is to provide extraordinary experiences for children to recognize and magnify the unique gifts within themselves and others in order to profoundly impact the world.
The long and short of it is that CSG is an all-inclusive summer camp, with a special focus on military children and families. especially military families with members suffering from post-deployment issues like Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). HOW AWESOME IS THAT?
As for the concert? I can’t even begin to put it into words. Like I said, there’s something so special about hearing those songs you love live, and singing along with all the words. He played both of our favorites, I think LJ’s favorite that night was “The Wind” and mine would have to be “Homegrown.” But, it’s safe to say there wasn’t one song that didn’t blow our socks off. His band is full of some the most raw musical talent you can imagine.
2 pre-sale tickets: $160
Water bottle and free water: $15
The beer we ended up buying anyway: $25
The memories we made together singing our hearts out: Priceless.
In case any of you aren’t familiar with Zac Brown Band, I made a playlist of (some) of my favorite ZBB songs – granted, there’s not one that I don’t like.
Are you a ZBB fan? If so, what’s your favorite song to sing along to?