July Playlist

Happy July y'all! Do yourself a favor and go listen to "Party in the U.S.A."- I'll give you a minute. Now that you're back, check out my picks for the month!

I will admit, a lot of these are from albums that already came out last month, but tbh I haven't stopped listening to them. Case in point- Maren Morris, Dan + Shay and Ariana Grande. Also, one of my new faves, Grace, released her first album this month, and I'm pretty pumped about it. I've been a fan of hers since I heard her EP, Memo, last year, and one of the things she did that I think is awesome is that she only included two songs from that EP on her album, not all of them, like a lot of people are doing. That's always a little bit of a letdown for me because if you've already heard the EP, you've basically already heard a good chunk of the album. Grace also named her album FMA, which stands for Forgive My Attitude, and now I love her even more. Now I'm off to get patriotic- talk to you soon!

xo, HB

CMA Fest 2016

Full disclosure here- I (sadly) did not attend the nightly concerts at Nissan Stadium. BUT I did walk around downtown a lot and take in some major free shows!

June Playlist

GUYS can you believe it's already June? This year is flying by and I am not down with it. On the upside though, summer means pool time and great jams, and I can sit by the pool like nobody's business. Just give me a raft and my day is booked. Highlights this month include Dan + Shay and Maren Morris' new albums, which are delicious, as well as "Chainsaw," because I've really been digging all the new music JoBro #3 has been rolling out lately. He also just released a song called "Bacon" that I like mostly because it's called "Bacon." Which reminds me- I need to go make breakfast. Happy June!

xo, HB

When Mom Comes to Town

Hi friends! My momma came to visit me this weekend and I wanted to share a little bit of her trip with you! This was her very first time to Nashville and it's safe to say she was excited, and I hope her trip lived up to her expectations! (I mean aside from meeting Blake Shelton, I'm pretty sure she had a great time.)

Ariana Grande's 'Dangerous Woman'

Ever since I first heard "Dangerous Woman," I was dying for this album to come out, because I was hoping it would be full of songs that slayed me just like DW did. It isn't, but I guess I'll get over it, because not everything can be in 6/8 time and there are a few gems on here that are basically giving me life right now.

And I have to say, the more I listen to Dangerous Woman, the more I like it. It's very jammy, kind of in a JB Purpose way, and I'm not mad at it. The sound is kind of all over the place, but that's kind of okay, and it means there's definitely something for everyone.

Meghan Trainor's 'Thank You': The Bass is Back

Sophomore albums can be a tricky thing, because you have to change what you did on your first album but you maybe shouldn't change too much. It all depends on the particular artist, and on Thank You, my girl M-Train definitely dropped a whole new sound on us but managed to keep her signature vibe, ushering in a new era of empowerment that feels like a totally natural progression. And she brought the bass back, so I'm not complaining.

May Playlist

Had to shout out to the Purple One this month- U Got the Look, indeed. (If y'all aren't familiar with Prince's music, you should be.) Also crazy fun fact- a few months ago I saw one of the writers on "Gettin' In the Way" perform the song and loved it then, and now it's on Ripcord! Nashville, right? And since Mother's Day is coming up, I popped Meghan Trainor's 'Mom' on here bc 1. it's the best song from Thank You so far besides 'No' and 2. you should play this for your mom on Sunday bc yay for moms! (Mine's pretty great too, M Train.) Happy Mother's Day to all awesome moms and happy May to all y'all! Lots of anticipated (for me anyway) albums out this month...stay tuned!

xo, HB