Bless Yer Heart

One of my very favorite things to do, is to watch people pursue their creative dreams. I love to see people take a chance and put art into the world.  So, when I was approached about doing cover art for a new band I jumped at the chance.  At the time, I didn't know the guys in the band but I could tell they were super passionate about their work.  And, I wanted to support and be involved with it.  The band, Bless Yer Heart, is made up guys from Jason's home town.  And Eric Delgado and Brad Dixon wrote all the lyrics and music.  I really like the honesty in their lryics and the passion that is so evident in their music.  You can hear my two favorite songs on sound cloud, Sad Memories and Ghost.  Below is a picture of the album.

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And the painting by itself.

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So cool!  If you want to get your hand on an album (and you really should!!) you can order on amazon or get a digital download on itunes.

We actually got to go to Abbeville for the record release party.  It was the most fantastic weekend.  First, the people!  All the people we met were beyond awesome.  I love meeting new people and this weekend was full of new faces.  I was totally moved and impressed with the amount of people that came out to support local music. It was refreshing.  The concert was great and it was at one of the coolest bars ever.  The Rough House has been part of Abbleville since the 1930s.  It is the real deal. It doesn't try to be something it isn't.  Bottled beer (domestic only), amazing hot dogs and whiskey shots in solo cups.  That's it. It isn't pretentious or reaching.  The clutter and chipped paint wasn't added to make the place look old, the place is old.  It has the kind of charm you can't replicate.  Complete with a sassy grandmother slinging drinks and making hotdogs.  In fact, besides the amazing music, she was my favorite part.

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 I love this town and it's residents.  We've never spent much time in the town were Jason went to school.  Jason's parents live out in the country.  But, this weekend we spent the whole time Abbeville.  Jason's parents kept the kids.  We got to stay in the beautiful historic Belmont Inn right on the square.  It was so nice. Jason and I got to have a lot of time together and I got to spend a little time alone exploring the town.  I went on a run Saturday and actually ran into one of the band members.  Small towns are great.  In hindsight, I probably should have waited until I had showered and put on makeup to introduce myself (sorry Eric!).  I sweat like a 300 pound man in a sauna when I run.  But, still it was so nice to chat and take in all the amazing architecture in the town.  Then on the way home I ran past an artist working on a oil painting of one of the many beautiful old churches.  Of course I stopped and we had a lovely conversation about the lack of reverence and beauty in new church buildings. I also got to spend some time roaming around all the little shops while Jason finished up some school work. I wanted to give the town a hug.  You can tell the town has seen better days, there are lots of vacant shops.  But, there are also little whispers of life.  People love their town and they are working to preserve it and save it. Something about that sense of pride and belonging is so enduring to me.

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Basically, it was a great trip.  Now go buy Bless Yer Heart's music!!  Seriously, these guys are great and they pour their heart into their music.  I can't wait until we can head back down and spend some with our Abbeville friends again.