hunter hayes

Chatting with Hunter Hayes - Day 28 #31DaysofBlogging

We may have written a song called Nashville recently that may give the false idea that we dislike the city in some way. In all truth, Nashville is a magical place. It is a one of a kind, special, incredible town filled with talented, generous, and interesting people. It is full of a “You never know what could happen” attitude, and we credit our willingness to go find out what could happen in large part to that attitude that is so felt there.

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Today we want to tell you about a magical place in Nashville called The Bluebird Cafe.

The Bluebird Cafe is a place for songwriters. They have 2 shows per night, and songwriters sit in chairs in the middle of this tiny (yet magical) venue and take turns telling the stories behind the songs they have written. Audience members are sitting all around the songwriters making it quite intimate. It’s been an iconic venue for a long time, but since the TV show Nashville aired, its popularity skyrocketed. Most shows sell out in under 5 minutes and there can be lines seen halfway down the block on any given day -- people just waiting for any last minute available tickets.

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We’ve had the privilege of playing there a few times, and each time we feel the magnitude of what an honor it is to be able to share our songs in the same spot where so many of our song writing heroes have sat and shared theirs.

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Not too long ago, our friend and super talented pal, David Bradley asked us to do a round with him and Hunter Hayes. We were pumped! We arrived and got caught up with both of them, and as we were chatting, Hunter asked us what we’d been up to. We told him about the podcast and the idea that we were exploring of talking about “What to do when life doesn’t go the way you planned it.” He was like, “I love that idea -- I’d love to talk to you guys about that on your podcast sometime.” SO THAT WAS AWESOME!

So, we played the round -- which was so much fun. Honestly...if we could do that show every night of the week, we’d be happy. And a few weeks later we went to Hunter’s house and recorded THIS episode. It was one of our favorite conversations because Hunter doesn’t hold back talking about the hard parts of life and the music industry. It’s a MUST listen.

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We just want to remind you, in case you are like thinking we have all of these amazing guests planned out and in our pockets ahead of time, we don’t. We want to remind you that sometimes the coolest things in life JUST HAPPEN when you say yes.

So, maybe you need a sign right now that you need to say yes to some opportunity or invitation you have in front of you, and maybe this is your sign, us telling you that you should just DO IT. You don’t know who you may meet, where you might end up, or what door might be opened just from making one small move.

Tomorrow we’ll tell you about interviewing one of our favorite authors who also happens to be a TV/movie/broadway star.

Hope you guys are liking the blogging as much as we are!

xo

J&K

Behind The Scenes with Podcast Guests - Day 6 #31DaysOfBlogging

When we decided to start our podcast, we made a “dream list” of guests we would love to have on the show to interview. GUYS, almost all of them said YES! We only have a few left on our original list that we still would love to have on the show, but we realized we need to UPDATE THE LIST with some new dream guests!

Honestly though, each and every one of these guests were amazing to have on the show.  One thing we loved is that we did each and every interview IN REAL LIFE. That’s pretty rare for podcasts these days. That was part of the beauty of the ability to travel this year. We joined people in their living rooms, dressing rooms, basements, offices….and sometimes in whatever hotel or Airbnb we were staying in at the time.

We thought it would be fun to give you a little bit more of a behind the scenes peek into some of the interviews we were fortunate to have this season. Here’s a little tidbit we remember that we think you might enjoy.

Ben Higgins

The night before the interview, we went to Ben’s coffee company’s (Generous Coffee) launch party. We had SO MUCH fun at the event and may or may not have celebrated with a few margaritas that may or may not have ended at a karaoke bar singing karaoke with some new friends. This was good times, sunshine. Yet, we did not make it to bed until ummm after 3:00AM, and the margaritas, along with the altitude, along with very little sleep, made it a wee bit of a rough morning for the ‘ole J&K. We held it together and decided that the perfect thing to bring to a morning podcast interview were DONUTS! So, we took an Uber to a donut shop, then to Ben’s house, and he made us some of the best coffee (thank you Generous Coffee) ever. That totally cured us from our somewhat hungover state, and we had some good laughs about it on the episode, which you can hear here. (Also, shout out to Mr. Higgins for being our first ever podcast guest. He set the bar for sure.)


Ally Fallon

Something funny about Ally’s episode is that we were in Nashville at an apartment that we were subletting, and Ally and our other friend Betsy came over — we got talking and catching up so much that we almost missed our window of recording! Ally had SUCH WISDOM about life and comparison — it’s still something we think about frequently. She is just so great, and her new book is a MUST READ. You can hear her episode here.


Whitney English

We always have epic times with Whitney. She’s a friend of ours that adventures with us and we love that about her. She is always down to road trip, meet up at some conference or event, or just hang out wherever and talk about the deep things in life. After this episode, we had some amazing bacon at First Watch that had pepper and maple syrup, and for some reason, that bacon really sticks out when we think about this episode. HA! Whitney is wise, deep, and one of the most genuine people we know. Listen to her episode here.

Charles Esten

This episode was recorded at Chip’s house in his basement. We are such big fans of Chip’s whole family. When we recorded this episode, Chip’s mom was there visiting for his big Opry show that was the next day. We were so grateful he still took the time to chat with us even though he had so much going on. He’s just such a great human, you guys. Before the episode, we chatted in Chip’s kitchen with his wife Patty and his mom, and we talked a lot about the 4 Things Totes that we had with us, discussing how hard it is to choose 4 words to put on those bags! Listen to our episode with Chip here!


Miles Adcox

We headed out to Onsite in somewhat rural Tennessee to meet up with Miles to record this episode. We met him at his office and then drove over to a separate building adjacent to the Onsite property. Well, it’s only about a 2 minute drive, but there was a truck that had caught on fire right by the entrance to the property. It was scary to see! People were there, keeping it under control, but we took a long way around to go record the podcast, and on our way back, we passed the truck again and it was completely burned out. Luckily no one was hurt, but it was quite a sight. Not a great day for that truck driver. Miles shared his wisdom with us and you don’t want to miss this conversation.


Hunter Hayes

We arrived at Hunter’s house in Nashville with a huge greeting from his adorable dogs. Guys, they stole the show. They wanted to hang with us and be right in the mix. At one point, one was right up on the couch with us...we think she wanted to share about what she did when life didn’t go the way she planned! Hunter is one of the most down to earth genuine guys around, and his dogs are pretty darn cute too. Listen to his episode here.


Ginna Claire Mason and Mary Kate Morrissey

This was our first backstage interview of the season, and the ambiance was just so incredible. The girls had their dressing rooms so magically decorated and they were just THE best hosts. They had wine and popcorn for us all (coconut water for them) and we felt right at home. From the minute we walked in the stage door, these girls felt like old long lost friends. MK gave us a little stuffed avocado (yes, it sounds weird but true) that we have brought with us everywhere since. These girls are THE BEST. Listen here.

Jann Arden

Before we recorded with Jann, she asked us to come up and sing Nashville during her show that night. We went and soundchecked and then came back to her dressing room to record the episode. We laughed and laughed because the toilet kept running in the bathroom next door. Jann is just so funny and we were hoping we could keep it together. Her dog Midi joined us for the episode too. Our conversation with Jann was like many conversations we’ve had with her before, but we were lucky enough to record this one so we can have it forever. Love her so much. Listen to Jann’s episode here.