Doug the Pug and Dierks Were Highlights of My Trip to Nashville [PICTURES]
I have just returned from a great trip to Nashville for the Country Radio Seminar. I always come back renewed and fired up to hit the microphone. It is a great event with a lot of useful education and a whole lot of music and festivities celebrating the country music industry and radio. I got to connect with a lot of old friends and made a lot of new ones as well.
I did some amazing things like go to Luke Bryan's house for a Super Bowl party, see about every artist from Kieth Urban to Thomas Rhett to Dierks Bentley perform live and so much more. One of my favorite moments was getting to sit on a bus with LoCash and listen to their upcoming album with them and then have the Warren Brothers, who are amazing song writers, pop onto the bus to hear the final recording of a song they had written with LoCash. To sit and listen to them all talk to each other about how it all came together was something a music geek like me lives for.
I had the privilege of seeing one of the greatest bands I have ever seen in my life...Hot Country Knights. WOW! These guys are incredible. Okay, it is a fake band that Dierks Bentley and his band disguise themselves as and it is unlike anything ever seen before. They dress in 90's clothes and sing nothing but 90's country and stay in character the whole time. They act as a bar band who fight and argue the whole set through while their crew tries to hang banners and keep them from killing each other. Artists like Jon Pardi joined the band and all sang nothing but 90's country. It was a riot.
It may be surprising to you that the most starstruck I felt all week was not even because of a human superstar but a very famous dog. This was not just any dog actor, this was the world famous Doug the Pug!! We were all gaga over this little superstar. Doug was so nice and hasn't let stardom go to his little pug head. He even posed for pictures with all of us. My pug Oprah is so jealous because she thinks he is so hot. I did show Doug a picture of her and he said if he wasn't neutered he would have been interested.
I would have to say that winning the award for Small Market Music Director of the Year was an unexpected end to the seminar. I was shocked, thrilled and honored. I love what I get to do for a living and can't wait to share all the great new music I heard with you. God bless country music and all involved in the whole machine that makes it work.