Every now and then, something good comes into your life at just the right time. This was one of those times.
Today I’m focusing on something I don’t normally write about, music.
Okay, so those of you that know me in real life know that I have struggled with anxiety and panic disorder for a long time. A few months back, I was having awful spells of anxiety as the weight of working and grad school and life crushed my soul. I was on the verge of a panic attack all day on this particular day. One of the ways I prevent my panic attacks is by listening to some really great music. Mostly country. Mostly old school country. I had listened to all my country legends playlists a million times already that week and I wanted to find something I hadn’t listened to before.
During my search and after the death of country music legend (& one of my favorites), Merle Haggard, I came across a Paste article about artist, Caleb Caudle. I figured I would give him a chance since “Haggard’s influence on his music was obvious.”
I am so glad I did.
I listened to a small sample of his song, Carolina Ghost, and decided I would do it the most justice if I waited to listen to the whole thing until I was in the car, on a backroad, with the windows down. I was right. His music has this chill vibe to it and it was just what I needed to get myself out of the grip of my anxiety. I have been a fan of Caleb Caudle and his band ever since. His album, Carolina Ghost, is one of my favorite albums of 2016. You should buy it on vinyl because everything is better on vinyl.
I was fortunate enough to be able to see him perform at The Evening Muse in NoDa. It was incredible, and here is why:
1. I got my fiance to come with me (he isn’t the biggest country music fan .. we only agree on Garth and Cash), but he enjoyed himself and admitted to me that I was right, it was good music.
2. Because of my anxiety, I have a hard time with super crowded places. The venue was pretty full, but not so much so that I felt uncomfortable. Not to mention, the people of good country music are always a delight.
3. Caroline Spence was the opener and she was amazing. Her voice, her songwriting, all of it. It was the first I had heard of her, but I am excited to purchase her music soon! And let me just tell you, her song ‘Softball’ will soon be in my Top 25 Most Played playlist.
4. Caleb Caudle’s band is SO good. Seeing them do their thing live was awesome. J and I especially liked the keyboardist and we wish we were talented so we could be keyboardists, too.
5. The music/his voice were even better live. Which is always exciting. I’ve seen some terribly disappointing live performances (looking at you, Cage the Elephant), this was FAR from that. Lightyears.
6. The show was over around 10:00 PM so J and I didn’t have to stay up late, which was a true gift after a packed, but lovely, day!
Above all, I also think there is something really inspiring about seeing other young adults really pursue their passions. Kudos to the young artists who put themselves out there and are willing to be vulnerable. I am rooting for all of you.
And special kudos to Caleb Caudle and his band for putting on an awesome performance and for making great music that has helped me tremendously. And also for making music that isn’t misogynistic and constantly repeating stuff about long tan legs and tailgates. Yes!