Tennessee the color of music x

Jamming at The Rutledge

July 18, 2014
Oh dudes, I am dragging today! (TGIF, right?) I have to apologize to new readers – I will be back to my regular scheduling on Monday. Until then though I’m just going to be a huge slacker, mkay? 😉 

Last night? AMAZING. For those following along via my Instagram, you may have picked up on where I was and what I was doing. Last night, I heard the best, most moving gospel, blues, and jazz music (all rolled into one) I’ve ever heard in my life. 
Rev. Jimmie Smith & Band at The RutledgeOH MY GOODNESS. 
First though, can we just talk about how much I love Nashville’s casual style?? LOVE. “Fun casual” is what I was told (by my husband) when asked what the attire would be. What? You cannot tell a girl “fun casual.” WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?! Like, what KIND of casual?! What makes it fun?! After having been here for even 24 hours though I quickly learned that “fun casual” (aka: a night out in the industry) means JEANS. Thank you, Lord, because that’s my idea of “dressy” too. So- while this is not a fashion blog, I will share with you my horrible, blurry attempt at a “fashion selfie.”
I wore jeans, a black top, black wedges, my mini harmonica necklace, and my favorite beaded bracelets from this etsy shop. 

K, so back to the show. There was one point in the night when I turned to our friend sitting next to me and said, “I may be from Chicago but I am straight up SOUTHERN tonight.” That’s what happens when you’re in the presence of insane talent and music like that- you are changed. I later heard someone in the audience say, “Well, I won’t need to go to church for weeks after this, I am full to the top.” I’m telling you- it was impossible to not feel so moved! 

Christian is endorsed by Hammond Organ and, as biased as I may be, is AMAZING ‘on the keys’, as they say. I’d never really gotten into organ playing/music until I met X but let me just tell you- it’s not always just your typical “churchy organ tunes.” 
When you hear someone play on a Hammond, I truly mean it when I say you get a glimpse into their soul and who they are as a person. It’s not a sheet music kind of instrument… instead, you play what you feel, and if you’re good- you make the audience feel what you feel too. 
Not only did Jimmie KILL IT on the keys last night, but there were so many amazingly talented organ players and musicians in the room (I’m talking award winning artists), I could not get over how much talent was in one room together. Towards the end of the night, Jimmie called out to Christian and some of the other musicians to join him on stage and have a little “playoff” – it. was. AWESOME. And I’ll tell you what- I was like some sort of crazy soccer mom, taking pictures with a permanent smile on my face, feeling SO proud of my husband as he played his you-know-what off. 
It was one for the books, for sure. I’ll remember that night, and the people who so graciously made it great, for a long long time.
Wishing you all a FABULOUS weekend! I’m going to sign off for a few days but I will see you on Monday for the Grateful Heart linkup! (If you need a button, you can grab one here.) 

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  • Wow! Looks and sounds like an amazing night. 🙂

  • That's adorable. Legit rock star status.

  • This sounds like an AMAZING evening!! I wish I could have heard all the music!!

  • For one, is that a new signature or have I never noticed it.. regardless, I like it!! Also, this is wicked cool! I saw this on instagram last and thought it was so cool!! Have a great weekend lady!

  • For the record I was following on Instagram and was very excited to hear all about this evening! Sounds like an amazing night, especially when Christian got invited up on stage!! Like whoa!!

  • He's a rockstar! 🙂

  • This is so unbelievably cool!! I love southern gospel/rock/bluesy music – it's just good for the soul! And girl, your outfit was adorbs. You can totally pull off the southern casual fun look lol!

  • You know what's better than the dress code for a night out in the music industry? The dress code for a work day in the music industry – JEANS!!! I occasionally dress up, but I mostly wear jeans to work. It's awesome. 🙂


  • What a fun night! And you look fabulous 🙂