With Christmas less than three weeks away now, that means a new year will be upon us in less than four weeks. So today’s Top Five Friday I give you my top five favorite concerts of the year…that I attended. I think we all know I am a bit of a music junkie (okay alot of a music junkie). I thought I would share with you the ones that were top notch from 2012.
I’m going to make like Dick Clark and do a count down this go ’round…so here we go.
5. The Civil Wars at the Ryman. Who knew that might be the only time I ever got to see them live? To say they were amazing would be an understatement. I have now sat in almost every area of the Ryman and can say that front row in the balcony is the place to be if you’re not in the first few rows on the floor. Joy and John Paul have such a great chemistry on stage and their voices melt into such beautiful harmonies. It’s a shame they are going through a rough patch as artists collaboratively. The world needs music like they write and produce.
4. The Wallflowers at Live on the Green. 10 years. That’s how long I have waited to see The Wallflowers live. I was giddy like a five year old on Christmas morning when Jakob Dylan started singing One Headlight. They were the band that really pushed me to love music more for the lyrical content and giftedness of the performers than for their popularity. It also doesn’t hurt that his father is one of my favorite musicians.
3. Mumford and Sons at the Gentlemen of the Road Stopover in Bristol. This was a massive score to get the tickets. They only did five stopovers in the nation and one of them happened to be 20 minutes from my hometown. The festival was a great experience to be a part of and one of the best all-day shows I have been to before. I got to see Dawes, Apache Relay, and Justin Townes Earle before Mumford and Sons even took the stage that day. To be with eight thousand people singing their songs in a great environment was one for the books.
2. Bonnie Raitt at the Ryman. I have to say I am quite lucky in the fact I have gotten to see alot of my Bucket List shows in the 18 months I have been in Nashville. Other than Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones, there’s no one I have wanted to see more than Bonnie Raitt. My mom raised me on all three, and I could not be more thankful. Bonnie inspires me to want to learn guitar, and Something to Talk About may be one of my favorite songs of all time. The joy of getting to go was only eclipsed by the fact I got to take my mom to the show as well for Mother’s Day. It was great to be able to take my mom to see one of her favorite musicians at the Ryman.
1. NEEDTOBREATHE at the Ryman. I think I just need to set up residence at the Ryman. This year alone I have been to four shows there, and I had to use restraint to not see more. Let’s be honest too, no other band stood a chance really against NTB. I love these guys. I love their music, their energy on stage, and their humbleness in life. I was sad only to have seen them once this year, as I’d become accustomed to seeing them multiple times in a year. With their rise in popularity, they become a little less available on tour routing. However I will take what I can get, which included a white vinyl of The Reckoning this year as a birthday present. My sister came in to see them with me, and I love that we get to enjoy them together! Now, let’s work on some Tennessee dates for 2013.
Honorable Mentions: Imagine Dragons acoustic set at Lightning 100 studios, Tony Lucca at 3rd and Lindsley, and Maroon 5 after the Grammy Nominations show
What shows have you seen this year that have made an impact on you?