Toadlick Music Festival. Now a southern staple of the music scene located in Dothan, Alabama. It is South Alabama’s largest music festival and this year it celebrated its 5th year. In previous years, Toadlick was held in April and after fighting with rough weather every year, the organizers decided to move the festival to June. So why the name Toadlick? The festival was already in creation before a name was formed. We’ve heard over the years that it all happened around a campfire one night. Toadlick Festival President, Chris Gilbert confirmed that they wanted a catchy name and his little cousin said Toadlick – it caught his attention and it stuck.
I am so excited!! Yesterday, I saw a sneak peak of my new blog design. I’m happy to be redesigning with a friendlier layout and setting goals to update frequently with more content. I’ll also be updating my social media channels with more information so be sure to give them a follow. I’ll be updating the Southern Sparkplug Facebook page, SparkplugWhit Instagram and SparkplugWhit Twitter account. I know that I’ll be writing about the Southern lifestyle, my wanderlust travels, concerts, events, festivals and what not to miss in certain cities. I’ll start with Pensacola and Nashville and then start looking for suggestions on where to travel next! I’ll always keep you updated on country music, what events not to miss and even some fun photo shoots with boutiques, shops and creatives! You’ll get a sneak peak at my favorite shops and designers to follow. I’ll also be really talking about traveling, events and concerts. My favorite place to be is at a concert. I found another blogger, Ingrid from the Sassologist, that said it best, “Perhaps it is some sort of escapism. For those two hours, I don’t bother thinking about the issues I left at home. I don’t worry about deadlines or tests that I still have to check. It is just me and the music. Me and the artist on stage.” I could not have said it better. That’s exactly how I feel at concerts and why I attend or work them. You’ll find me often side stage, front row or in the photo pit because it’s brings me the most happiness. That’s what truly matters is what makes you happy. So continue on this journey with me and by all means, feel free to join along!
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.