Pensacola is America’s First Settlement, established on Santa Rosa Island by Spanish conquistador Don Tristán de Luna y Arellano in 1559. Through a contest and marketing campaign hosted by Visit Pensacola, the hubs and I became tourists in our own city for a few weeks. The Visit Pensacola Passport campaign was designed to give tourists or locals places to visit and they chose some amazing places and views to #ExplorePcola. It took us at few days to really enjoy our adventures around the Pensacola area and also gave us ideas for more places that we want to visit. I believe these Passports are still available at the Pensacola, Pensacola Beach and Perdido Key Visitor Information Centers. I’ve included our adventures below but you can find other adventures with the #ExplorePcola hashtag on Twitter and Instagram. Find my adventures at @sparkplugwhit.
What a whirlwind weekend. I originally didn’t have plans to attend the Shaky Boots Music Festival in Kennesaw, Georgia but after several weeks of looking at the lineup, talking with friends, it was something that I had to attend. At least from a media perspective. As an inaugural festival, Shaky Boots definitely didn’t feel like a first year festival. From an attendees view, everything ran so smoothly. I however need to go back and re-read and re-write my “Things to Bring to a Festival.” As a festival veteran, I was completely unprepared for this festival – I’m only assuming I didn’t start packing enough in advance. It was great because normally I wear my cowboy boots because festivals are so dirty, but this festival was clean because the stages were on football fields and some even had AstroTurf! SCORE!
You’ll kinda dig The Railers after you hear their music. Comprised of band members, Jonathan, Cassandra, Jordan and Tyler – the Railers bring a fun eccentric vibe with their music to fans. They’ve toured and played with Sara Evans, Justin Moore, Hunter Hayes and will no doubt continue to gain popularity among the masses. The Railers debuted their EP, The Geraldine Sessions, last August and then released their single Kinda Dig the Feeling in September. I spoke with Cassandra Lawson, one fourth of The Railers and asked her how the two back to back releases by Warner Nashville has launched them out in front of country music fans.
New kids on the block…well, almost. The producers of Shaky Knees Festival are proud to announce a hard-hitting country music lineup for its debut Shaky Boots Festival. The festival is brand new, but the producers definitely know what they are doing. The festival takes place, May 16-17 at the KSU Sports and Entertainment Park in Kennesaw, GA just north of Atlanta. The lineup includes Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley, Rascal Flatts, The Band Perry, Kristian Bush, Eli Young Band, and more!