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New Music Friday

New Music from your favorite Country artists over the past week!

 

 

 

 

 

Luke Combs – “Without You” ft  Amanda Shires

 

Keith Urban – THE SPEED OF NOW Part 1 (Album)

 

Brett Eldredge – “When The Party’s Over (Live)”

 

Bon Jovi and Jennifer Nettles – Do What You Can

 

Tyler Childers – Long Violent History (Album)

 

Luke Laird – Music Row (Album)

 

 

55th Annual ACM Award Winners

The 55th Academy of Country Music Awards aired last and for the first time in ACM history, the awards took place in Nashville. Broadcasted from Grand Ole Opry House, Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium and The Bluebird Cafe. We saw amazing performances from Jimmie Allen, Kelsea Ballerini, Gabby Barrett, Kane Brown, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Luke Combs, Dan + Shay, Florida Georgia Line, Riley Green, Mickey Guyton, Miranda Lambert, Tim McGraw, Maren Morris, Old Dominion, Thomas Rhett featuring Jon Pardi, Blake Shelton featuring Gwen Stefani, Tenille Townes, Carrie Underwood, Morgan Wallen and Trisha Yearwood.

 

Here are the results:

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
Luke Bryan
Eric Church
Luke Combs
Thomas Rhett -- WINNER/TIE
Carrie Underwood -- WINNER/TIE

 

FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Kelsea Ballerini
Miranda Lambert
Maren Morris -- WINNER
Kacey Musgraves
Carrie Underwood

 

MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Dierks Bentley
Luke Combs -- WINNER
Thomas Rhett
Chris Stapleton
Keith Urban

 

DUO OF THE YEAR
Brooks & Dunn
Brothers Osborne
Dan + Shay -- WINNER
Florida Georgia Line
Maddie & Tae

 

GROUP OF THE YEAR
Lady A
Little Big Town
Midland
Old Dominion -- WINNER
The Highwomen

 

NEW FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Ingrid Andress
Gabby Barrett
Lindsay Ell
Caylee Hammack
Tenille Townes -- WINNER

 

NEW MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Jordan Davis
Russell Dickerson
Riley Green -- WINNER
Cody Johnson
Morgan Wallen

 

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Center Point Road – Thomas Rhett
GIRL – Maren Morris
Heartache Medication – Jon Pardi
What You See Is What You Get – Luke Combs -- WINNER
Wildcard – Miranda Lambert

 

SINGLE OF THE YEAR
"God’s Country" – Blake Shelton -- WINNER
"One Man Band" – Old Dominion
"Rainbow" – Kacey Musgraves
"Rumor" – Lee Brice
"What If I Never Get Over You" – Lady Antebellum

 

SONG OF THE YEAR
"10,000 Hours" – Dan + Shay feat. Justin Bieber
"Girl Goin’ Nowhere" – Ashley McBryde
"God’s Country" – Blake Shelton
"One Man Band" – Old Dominion -- WINNER
"Some of It" – Eric Church

 

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
"10,000 Hours" – Dan + Shay feat. Justin Bieber
"God’s Country" – Blake Shelton
"One Man Band" – Old Dominion
"Remember You Young" – Thomas Rhett -- WINNER
"Sugar Coat" – Little Big Town

 

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR
Ashley Gorley
Michael Hardy
Hillary Lindsey -- WINNER
Shane McAnally
Josh Osborne

 

MUSIC EVENT OF THE YEAR
"10,000 Hours" – Dan + Shay feat. Justin Bieber
"Dive Bar" – Garth Brooks feat. Blake Shelton
"Fooled Around and Fell in Love" – Miranda Lambert feat. Maren Morris, Ashley McBryde, Tenille Townes, Caylee Hammack & Elle King -- WINNER
"Old Town Road" – Lil Nas X feat. Billy Ray Cyrus
"What Happens in a Small Town" – Brantley Gilbert feat. Lindsay Ell

 

New Music Friday

New Music from your favorite Country artists over the past week!

 

 

 

 

 

Kelsea Ballerini – Ballerini (Album)

 

Lee Brice ft. Blessing Offor – “Hey World”

 

Riley Green – If It Wasn’t for Trucks (EP)

 

Brothers Osborne – “I’m Not For Everyone”

 

Mickey Guyton – Bridges (EP)

 

Logan Mize – “Who Didn’t”

 

New Music Friday

 

New Music from your favorite Country artists over the past week!

 

 

 

 

Carly Pearce – “Next Girl”

 

Kelsea Ballerini – “club”

 

Tyler Rich – Two Thousand Miles (Album)

 

Lauren Alaina – Getting Over Him – EP

 

HARDY – “A ROCK”

 

Tucker Beathard – “Too Drunk”

 

Granger Smith – “Country Things”

 

Cooper Allen – “New Normal”

 

2020 CMA Awards Nominees

Tuesday morning, Luke Combs and Carly Pearce appeared on GMA to announce the 2020 CMA Award nominees. Live from Nashville, Luke and Carly shared with us the nominees for Artist of the Year, Album of the Year, Musical Event of the Year and Entertainer of the year. Following this, Ingrid Andress and Gabby Barrett helped reveal the remaining nominees. Leading the nominations are Luke Combs (6), Miranda Lambert(7) and Maren Morris (5).

 

2020 CMA Awards Nominees

Entertainer of the Year

Eric Church
Luke Combs
Miranda Lambert
Carrie Underwood
Keith Urban

 

Female Vocalist of the Year

Miranda Lambert
Ashley McBryde
Maren Morris
Kacey Musgraves
Carrie Underwood

 

Male Vocalist of the Year

Eric Church
Luke Combs
Thomas Rhett
Chris Stapleton
Keith Urban

 

Vocal Group of the Year

Lady A
Little Big Town
Midland
Old Dominion
Rascal Flatts

 

Vocal Duo of the Year

Brooks & Dunn
Brothers Osborne
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Maddie & Tae

 

New Artist of the Year

Jimmie Allen
Ingrid Andress
Gabby Barrett
Carly Pearce
Morgan Wallen

 

Album of the Year (Awarded to Artist(s) and Producer(s))

What You See Is What You Get, Luke Combs (Producer: Scott Moffatt)
Heartache Medication, Jon Pardi (Producers: Bart Butler, Ryan Gore, Jon Pardi)
Never Will, Ashley McBryde (Producers: Jay Joyce, John Peets)
Old Dominion, Old Dominion (Producers: Shane McAnally, Old Dominion)
Wildcard, Miranda Lambert (Producer: Jay Joyce)

 

Song of the Year (Awarded to Songwriter(s))

"Bluebird," Miranda Lambert (Songwriters: Luke Dick, Natalie Hemby, Miranda Lambert)
"The Bones," Maren Morris (Songwriters: Maren Morris, Jimmy Robbins, Laura Veltz)
"Even Though I'm Leaving," Luke Combs (Songwriters: Luke Combs, Wyatt Durrette, Ray Fulcher)
"I Hope You're Happy Now," Carly Pearce and Lee Brice (Songwriters: Luke Combs, Randy Montana, Carly Pearce, Jonathan Singleton)
"More Hearts Than Mine," Ingrid Andress (Songwriters: Ingrid Andress, Sam Ellis, Derek Southerland)

 

Single of the Year (Awarded to Artist(s), Producer(s) and Mix Engineer(s))

"I Hope," Gabby Barrett (Producers: Ross Copperman, Zach Kale; Mix Engineer: Buckley Miller)
"Beer Never Broke My Heart," Luke Combs (Producer: Scott Moffatt; Mix Engineer: Jim Cooley)
"10,000 Hours," Dan + Shay and Justin Bieber (Producer: Dan Smyers; Mix Engineer: Jeff Juliano)
"Bluebird," Miranda Lambert (Producer: Jay Joyce; Mix Engineers: Jason Hull, Jay Joyce)
"The Bones," Maren Morris (Producer: Greg Kurstin; Mix Engineer: Greg Kurstin)

 

Musical Event of the Year (Awarded to Artists and Producer(s))

"10,000 Hours," Dan + Shay and Justin Bieber (Producer: Dan Smyers)
"Be a Light," Thomas Rhett with Reba McEntire, Hillary Scott, Chris Tomlin and Keith Urban (Producer: Dann Huff)
"The Bones," Maren Morris feat. Hozier (Producer: Greg Kurstin)
"Fooled Around and Fell in Love," Miranda Lambert with Maren Morris, Ashley McBryde, Tenille Townes, Caylee Hammack and Elle King (Producer: Jay Joyce)
"I Hope You're Happy Now," Carly Pearce and Lee Brice (Producer: Busbee)

 

Music Video of the Year (Awarded to Artist(s) and Director(s))

"10,000 Hours," Dan + Shay and Justin Bieber (Director: Patrick Tracy)
"Bluebird," Miranda Lambert (Director: Trey Fanjoy)
"Homemade," Jake Owen (Director: Justin Clough)
"I Hope You're Happy Now," Carly Pearce and Lee Brice (Director: Sam Siske)
"Second One to Know," Chris Stapleton (Director: David Coleman)

 

Musician of the Year

Jenee Fleenor, fiddle
Paul Franklin, steel guitar
Rob McNelley, guitar
Ilya Toshinsky, guitar
Derek Wells, guitar

 

New Music Friday

New Music from your favorite Country artists over the past week!

 

 

 

 

HARDY – “Boyfriend”

 

Chris Stapleton – “Starting Over”

 

Eric Church – “Crazyland”

 

Jon Pardi – “Ain’t Always The Cowboy” (Western Version)

 

Granger Smith – “Hate you Like I Love You”

 

Keith Urban – “Tumbleweed”

 

Brothers Osborne – Skeletons

 

Lauren Alaina, Jon Pardi – “Getting Over Him”

 

Easton Corbin – “Didn’t Miss a Beat”

 

Tucker Beathard – King (Album)

 

Country Artists Who Changed Their Names

 

We have recently seen artists like Lady A and The Chicks make changes to their names. With these new and improved names, we decided to take a look back at other country artists who have changed their's for the better.

 

 

  1. Carly Pearce, originally Carly Cristyne Slusser kept her first name and paired it with the surname of her grandfather.
  2. Eric Church, like a lot of artists, Church decided to go by his middle name instead. His legal first name is Kenneth.
  3. Garth Brooks is another artist who introduced himself to fans with his middle name Garth, his first name is actually Troyal. And we won’t get in to the rebranding of Chris Gaines…
  4. LoCash was once known as LoCash Cowboys but decided to drop the second half of their name when they signed to a new label.
  5. The Cadillac Three were once known as The Cadillac Black.
  6. Randy Travis had more than one stage name. He was first known as Randy Ray and his legal name is Randy Traywick.
  7. Jason Aldean is actually Jason Aldine Williams. He decided not to go with his legal name because at the start of his career there was a famous basketball player with the same name. So, he switched around the spelling of his middle name and the rest is history.
  8. Luke Bryan didn’t change his name as much as others may have, but his real name is Thomas Luther Bryan.
  9. Faith Hill is actually Audrey Faith Perry. The name Hill came from her first marriage to Daniel Hill and decided to keep the name because fans were more familiar with it.
  10. Tim McGraw’s real name is actually Samuel Timothy Smith. He took on the last name of his father Tug McGraw and shortened his middle name to create the Tim we all know and love.

New Music Friday

New Music from your favorite Country artists over the past week!

 

 

 

 

Morgan Wallen - "7 Summers"

 

Jon Pardi - Rancho Fiesta Sessions (Album)

 

ACM Awards New Artist Nominees & Willie Nelson - "On The Road Again"

 

Kane Brown - Mix Tapes Vol. 1 (Album)

 

Parker McCollum - "Young Man's Blues"

 

Lindsay Ell - "Hits me"

 

Eric Paslay - Nice Guy (Album)

 

Darius Rucker - "Beers and Sunshine"

 

 

Throwback Thursday: Our Top 20 Favorite Country Songs from 2010

To celebrate Throwback Thursday, we are reminiscing with our top 20 favorite country songs from a decade ago!

 

 

  1. “The House That Built Me” – Miranda Lambert
  2. “Need You Now” – Lady Antebellum
  3. “Why Don’t We Just Dance” – Josh Turner
  4. “Don’t You Wanna Stay” – Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson
  5. “Southern Voice” – Tim McGraw
  6. “Rain Is a Good Thing” – Luke Bryan
  7. “She Won’t Be Lonely Long” – Clay Walker
  8. “Cowboy Casanova” – Carrie Underwood
  9. “Small Town USA” – Justin Moore
  10. “Pray for You” – Jaron and the Long Road to Love
  11. “Stuck Like Glue” – Sugarland
  12. “If I Die Young” – The Band Perry
  13. “Hillbilly Bone” – Blake Shelton ft. Trace Adkins
  14. “My Kind of Party” – Jason Aldean
  15. “Gimme That Girl” – Joe Nichols
  16. “White Liar” – Miranda Lambert
  17. “Lover, Lover” – Jerrod Niemann
  18. “Somewhere With You” – Kenny Chesney
  19. “Then” – Brad Paisley
  20. “Why Wait” – Rascal Flatts

Cancelled, Rescheduled and Postponed Country Concert List

It's hard to keep up with which concerts are cancelled and which are postponed or reschuduled. Here is a list to help you follow along...

 

Cancelled

Lady A: Ocean Tour 2020

July 2nd Toyota Amphitheatre

July 3rd Shoreline Amphitheatre

 

Old Dominion: We are Old Dominion Tour

July 16th Greek Theatre U.C. Berkeley

 

Sam Hunt: Southside Summer Tour 2020

September 17th Toyota Amphitheatre

September 18th Shoreline Amphitheatre

 

Rascal Flatts Farewell: Life Is A Highway Tour 2020

October 1st Shoreline Amphitheatre

 

Zac Brown Band: Roar with the Lions Tour

October 25th Shoreline Amphitheatre

 

2020 Country Mega Ticket

Multiple Dates

 

Stagecoach 2020

 

Postponed

Riley Green: Get That Man a Beer Tour

Ace of Spades, Sacramento

 

Morgan Wallen’s Whiskey Glasses Road Show

San Jose Civic

 

Brett Eldredge

Oxbow Riverstage, Napa

 

Rescheduled

Billy Currington

New Date: August 13th San Jose Civic

 

Little Big Town: Nightfall

New Date: January 15th  2021 Fox Theater

New Date January 16th 2021 Fox Theater

 

Chris Stapleton’s All-American Roadshow

New Date: June 18th 2021 Toyota Amphitheatre

New Date: June 19th 2021 Shoreline Amphitheatre

 

Thomas Rhett: The Center Point Road Tour 2021

New Date: July 29th 2021 Toyota Amphitheatre

New Date: July 30th Shoreline Amphitheatre

 

Country Music Summer 2020 Playlist

Country Music Summer 2020 Playlist

We all have a favorite “song of the summer” that takes us back to a certain year and brings back memories.

Our favorite artists have had a lot of time during quarantine to brew up some new jams for us while other songs are helping us get through the boredom. Here are our top favorites to kick off this summer:
 

  1. Sam Hunt, “Hard to Forget”

Sam Hunt has been known for adding a little twist to your typical country music style. This song is no exception. It starts off with a sample from the 1950’s hony-tonk vocalist, Webb Pierce and then transitions into the classic Sam Hunt we all know and love.

 

  1. Luke Combs, “Six Feet Apart”

This song is one we can ALL relate to right now. Luke wrote this song during quarantine and anyone who listens to it instantly feel less alone during these hard times. It is a nice reminder that we are all going through this together and things will get better.

 

  1. Luke Bryan, “One Margarita”

Luke Bryan has a history of singing the BEST summer time country songs like “Country Girl” and “Huntin’ Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day” so it is no shocker that he released another beach-worthy tune. I mean, come on, the name says it all.

 

  1. Thomas Rhett (feat. Jon Pardi), “Beer Can’t Fix”

Need a song to cure your summer blues? Thomas Rhett and Jon Pardi have outdone themselves on this one. The perfect combination of a good beat and a little heart break is all you need this summer. And I think we can all agree, we want to have as much fun as they did in the music video.

 

  1. Breland (feat. Sam Hunt), “My Truck”

If your jam last summer was “Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X, then this song is going to be right up your alley. We are blessed with another Country Trap song that we hate to admit that we love. Sam Hunt helps to blur the lines between Country and Hip-Hop.

 

  1. Florida Georgia Line, “I Love My Country”

From the guys who brought us the OG summer country song, “Cruise”, you will not be disappointed with this one. They sing about all things we love about summer; fishing, drinking and hanging out the window on those hot summer days.

 

  1. Justin Moore, “Why We Drink”

I think this one is all too relatable for everyone, especially during a quarantined-summer. Justin reminds us that we all have our own reasons for drinking whether it’s because its Friday or because it’s hot out. This one is a summer hit, and that’s something I can drink to.

 

  1. Lee Brice, “One of Them Girls”

We can’t forget, every summer has a cute love song. Lee Brice always delivers with the smooth songs like “I Don’t Dance” and “Rumor” that make us want to fall in love. Well, “One of Them Girls” is another song we can add to that list.

 

The Girls of Country Takeover 93.7 The Bull!

The girls of country are taking over 93.7 The Bull this week!

Weeknights from 7pm-12am you can catch your favorite females of country as The Bull’s DJ’s. 

 

Monday May 18: Carly Pearce

Tuesday May 19: Gabby Barrett

Wednesday May 20: Lindsay Ell

Thursday May 21: Ingrid Andress

Friday May 22: Ashley McBryde

 

CLICK HERE to listen!!

A Quarantined Mother's Day

A Quarantined Mother's Day 

Mother’s Day is this Sunday and we are all stuck in quarantine. Some of us are lucky enough to be with our mothers this May, but some of us are not. Most moms would appreciate a phone call or FaceTime but why not show her you care a little more with a gift! Here are a few local places in Sonoma County to buy gifts and websites that will send gifts directly to your mom on this years Quarantined Mother’s Day. 

 

Local Gift Ideas

 

Mother’s Day Brunch To Go

Brunch- To- Go! Let Comstock Wines do the cooking and treat Mom to something special this Mother's Day. Get all the food and the wine to go! Order by 5/6 for PICK UP on 5/9.
Use code: BEwell to receive 25% off additional wines.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO

 

Mother's Day Bundle of Goodness 

Celebrate Mother's Day this weekend and treat mom with Costeaux. Costeaux items including Princess Cakes, Quiche, and Kitchen Essentials are also available à la cart. Available  for curbside pick up Friday, May 8 | 9:30am-11am or delivery for additional fee.

https://www.costeaux.com/

 

Mother’s Day Dinner from John Ash & Co.

From our gardens and kitchen to Mom’s table for a special Mother’s Day dinner, Chef Tom Schmidt has created three special, 3-course menus to choose from. Pick-up curbside at John Ash & Co., and we'll have your meals ready for you to deliver to the special Mother in your life. Whether you are sheltering with Mom or apart, enjoy this special, yearly tradition.

Order early, as we will sell out!

Dinners are meant for two people.

Pick-up on Sunday, May 10, between 4:30 - 6pm.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO

 

Something Sweet!

If you’re away from MOM or sitting next to her on the couch, treat her and show her how sweet she is with delicious baked goods from Sift Dessert Bar. Cupcakes, cookies, macarons and more! Beat the rush... order Mom’s favorite today! Order by May 7th for delivery before Mother’s Day 

CLICK  HERE FOR MORE INFO

 

Fresh, Local Flowers

Who doesn’t love a beautiful bouquet of LOCAL flowers? Pedy’s Petals in Santa Rosa is offering online orders for electronic delivery OR order over the phone for our curbside pick up. 

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO

 

Maker Mom Feel Special!

Darcy's Fine Jewelers in downtown Santa Rosa is doing something special for our community. Owner Greg Darcy was moved to help the family of fallen Santa Rosa Police Officer Mary Lou Armer. He found a beautiful stone angel pendant worth $120 and decided to offer it to our community for just $50. A portion of that will be donated to the PORAC Fund a Hero in honor of Officer Armer's family.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO

 

Long Distance Gift Ideas

 

Homesick Candles

This candle company will send a homesick candle to your mom to let her know you miss her and are thinking about her. You can chose a city, state, memory or even their special Mother’s Day candle as a theme for the scent. 

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO

 

Happy Box Store

At Happy Box Store, you can hand pick items to be placed in a cute box (you pick the design) that will be delivered right to your mom’s door step. This gift is unique to your mom and her style. You can pick from tons of gifts like earrings, candles, tea, wine stoppers and so much more! I personally picked out a lavender face mask to go with a lavender bath bomb, a soft pink hair scrunchie and a Moscow Mule cocktail kit all for under $50.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO

 

Simply Chocolate

This one is a no-brainer Who doesn’t love chocolate? Especially when it is delivered straight to your door! They even have tons of brands to choose from like Ghirardelli and Godiva. 

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO

 

Personalization Universe

Is your mom sentimental? Then this is the website for you! This year, get her a customized cutting board that says “Mom’s Kitchen” or maybe a wine glass with her name engraved across the front. But nothing says “personal gift” like a mug with your face on it. 

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO

 

How to Cope with COVID-19: Advice from a Psychologist

How to Cope with COVID-19

 

Advice from a psychologist:

 

I am a doctoral level Psychologist in New York with a Psy.D. in the specialities of School and Clinical Psychology. After having thirty-one sessions this week with patients where the singular focus was COVID-19 and how to cope, I decided to consolidate my advice and make a list that I hope is helpful to all. I can't control a lot of what is going on right now, but I can contribute this.

 

MENTAL HEALTH WELLNESS TIPS FOR QUARANTINE

 

 

1. Stick to a routine. Go to sleep and wake up at a reasonable time, write a schedule that is varied and includes time for work as well as self-care.

 

2. Dress for the social life you want, not the social life you have. Get showered and dressed in comfortable clothes, wash your face, brush your teeth. Take the time to do a bath or a facial. Put on some bright colors. It is amazing how our dress can impact our mood.

 

3. Get out at least once a day, for at least thirty minutes. If you are concerned of contact, try first thing in the morning, or later in the evening, and try less traveled streets and avenues. If you are high risk or living with those who are high risk, open the windows and blast the fan. It is amazing how much fresh air can do for spirits.

 

4. Find some time to move each day, again daily for at least thirty minutes. If you don’t feel comfortable going outside, there are many YouTube videos that offer free movement classes, and if all else fails, turn on the music and have a dance party!

 

5. Reach out to others, you guessed it, at least once daily for thirty minutes. Try to do FaceTime, Skype, phone calls, texting—connect with other people to seek and provide support. Don’t forget to do this for your children as well. Set up virtual playdates with friends daily via FaceTime, Facebook Messenger Kids, Zoom, etc—your kids miss their friends, too!

 

6. Stay hydrated and eat well. This one may seem obvious, but stress and eating often don’t mix well, and we find ourselves over-indulging, forgetting to eat, and avoiding food. Drink plenty of water, eat some good and nutritious foods, and challenge yourself to learn how to cook something new!

 

7. Develop a self-care toolkit. This can look different for everyone. A lot of successful self-care strategies involve a sensory component (seven senses: touch, taste, sight, hearing, smell, vestibular (movement) and proprioceptive (comforting pressure). An idea for each: a soft blanket or stuffed animal, a hot chocolate, photos of vacations, comforting music, lavender or eucalyptus oil, a small swing or rocking chair, a weighted blanket. A journal, an inspirational book, or a mandala coloring book is wonderful, bubbles to blow or blowing watercolor on paper through a straw are visually appealing as well as work on controlled breath. Mint gum, Listerine strips, ginger ale, frozen Starburst, ice packs, and cold are also good for anxiety regulation. For children, it is great to help them create a self-regulation comfort box (often a shoe-box or bin they can decorate) that they can use on the ready for first-aid when overwhelmed.

 

8. Spend extra time playing with children. Children will rarely communicate how they are feeling, but will often make a bid for attention and communication through play. Don’t be surprised to see therapeutic themes of illness, doctor visits, and isolation play through. Understand that play is cathartic and helpful for children—it is how they process their world and problem solve, and there’s a lot they are seeing and experiencing in the now.

 

9. Give everyone the benefit of the doubt, and a wide berth. A lot of cooped up time can bring out the worst in everyone. Each person will have moments when they will not be at their best. It is important to move with grace through blowups, to not show up to every argument you are invited to, and to not hold grudges and continue disagreements. Everyone is doing the best they can to make it through this.

 

10. Everyone find their own retreat space. Space is at a premium, particularly with city living. It is important that people think through their own separate space for work and for relaxation. For children, help them identify a place where they can go to retreat when stressed. You can make this place cozy by using blankets, pillows, cushions, scarves, beanbags, tents, and “forts”. It is good to know that even when we are on top of each other, we have our own special place to go to be alone.

 

11. Expect behavioral issues in children, and respond gently. We are all struggling with disruption in routine, none more than children, who rely on routines constructed by others to make them feel safe and to know what comes next. Expect increased anxiety, worries and fears, nightmares, difficulty separating or sleeping, testing limits, and meltdowns. Do not introduce major behavioral plans or consequences at this time—hold stable and focus on emotional connection.

 

12. Focus on safety and attachment. We are going to be living for a bit with the unprecedented demand of meeting all work deadlines, homeschooling children, running a sterile household, and making a whole lot of entertainment in confinement. We can get wrapped up in meeting expectations in all domains, but we must remember that these are scary and unpredictable times for children. Focus on strengthening the connection through time spent following their lead, through physical touch, through play, through therapeutic books, and via verbal reassurances that you will be there for them in this time.

 

13. Lower expectations and practice radical self-acceptance. This idea is connected with #12. We are doing too many things in this moment, under fear and stress. This does not make a formula for excellence. Instead, give yourself what psychologists call “radical self acceptance”: accepting everything about yourself, your current situation, and your life without question, blame, or pushback. You cannot fail at this—there is no roadmap, no precedent for this, and we are all truly doing the best we can in an impossible situation.

 

14. Limit social media and COVID conversation, especially around children. One can find tons of information on COVID-19 to consume, and it changes minute to minute. The information is often sensationalized, negatively skewed, and alarmist. Find a few trusted sources that you can check in with consistently, limit it to a few times a day, and set a time limit for yourself on how much you consume (again 30 minutes tops, 2-3 times daily). Keep news and alarming conversations out of earshot from children—they see and hear everything, and can become very frightened by what they hear.

 

15. Notice the good in the world, the helpers. There is a lot of scary, negative, and overwhelming information to take in regarding this pandemic. There are also a ton of stories of people sacrificing, donating, and supporting one another in miraculous ways. It is important to counter-balance the heavy information with the hopeful information.

 

16. Help others. Find ways, big and small, to give back to others. Support restaurants, offer to grocery shop, check in with elderly neighbors, write psychological wellness tips for others—helping others gives us a sense of agency when things seem out of control.

 

17. Find something you can control, and control the heck out of it. In moments of big uncertainty and overwhelm, control your little corner of the world. Organize your bookshelf, purge your closet, put together that furniture, group your toys. It helps to anchor and ground us when the bigger things are chaotic.

 

18. Find a long-term project to dive into. Now is the time to learn how to play the keyboard, put together a huge jigsaw puzzle, start a 15 hour game of Risk, paint a picture, read the Harry Potter series, binge watch an 8-season show, crochet a blanket, solve a Rubix cube, or develop a new town in Animal Crossing. Find something that will keep you busy, distracted, and engaged to take breaks from what is going on in the outside world.

 

19. Engage in repetitive movements and left-right movements. Research has shown that repetitive movement (knitting, coloring, painting, clay sculpting, jump roping etc) especially left-right movement (running, drumming, skating, hopping) can be effective at self-soothing and maintaining self-regulation in moments of distress.

 

20. Find an expressive art and go for it. Our emotional brain is very receptive to the creative arts, and it is a direct portal for release of feeling. Find something that is creative (sculpting, drawing, dancing, music, singing, playing) and give it your all. See how relieved you can feel. It is a very effective way of helping kids to emote and communicate as well!

 

21. Find lightness and humor in each day. There is a lot to be worried about, and with good reason. Counterbalance this heaviness with something funny each day: cat videos on YouTube, a stand-up show on Netflix, a funny movie—we all need a little comedic relief in our day, every day.

 

22. Reach out for help—your team is there for you. If you have a therapist or psychiatrist, they are available to you, even at a distance. Keep up your medications and your therapy sessions the best you can. If you are having difficulty coping, seek out help for the first time. There are mental health people on the ready to help you through this crisis. Your children’s teachers and related service providers will do anything within their power to help, especially for those parents tasked with the difficult task of being a whole treatment team to their child with special challenges. Seek support groups of fellow home-schoolers, parents, and neighbors to feel connected. There is help and support out there, any time of the day—although we are physically distant, we can always connect virtually.

 

23. “Chunk” your quarantine, take it moment by moment. We have no road map for this. We don’t know what this will look like in 1 day, 1 week, or 1 month from now. Often, when I work with patients who have anxiety around overwhelming issues, I suggest that they engage in a strategy called “chunking”—focusing on whatever bite-sized piece of a challenge that feels manageable. Whether that be 5 minutes, a day, or a week at a time—find what feels doable for you, and set a time stamp for how far ahead in the future you will let yourself worry. Take each chunk one at a time, and move through stress in pieces.

 

24. Remind yourself daily that this is temporary. It seems in the midst of this quarantine that it will never end. It is terrifying to think of the road stretching ahead of us. Please take time to remind yourself that although this is very scary and difficult, and will go on for an undetermined amount of time, it is a season of life and it will pass. We will return to feeing free, safe, busy, and connected in the days ahead.

 

25. Find the lesson. This whole crisis can seem sad, senseless, and at times, avoidable. When psychologists work with trauma, a key feature to helping someone work through said trauma is to help them find their agency, the potential positive outcomes they can effect, the meaning and construction that can come out of destruction. What can each of us learn here, in big and small ways, from this crisis? What needs to change in ourselves, our homes, our communities, our nation, and our world?

Fans Mourn the Passing of Kenny Rogers

On Friday, March 20th, Country music star Kenny Rogers died of natural causes at age 81. In the days following, the on-demand U.S. streams of Rogers 6 decade catalog of songs surged 1687% (according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data). On March 21 and 22, Rogers’ music reached 18 million streams. But it wasn’t just the streaming where we saw an increase in Rogers’ music being played. Album sales went up significantly as well. 15,000 copies were sold and 82,000 digital downloads were sold between March 21 and 23.

 

Rogers’ singles “The Gambler” and “Islands in the Stream” were two among the many hits that soared in digital downloads and on-demand downloads in the past few days. Many artists also gave their condolences to Rogers such as Dolly Parton, Blake Shelton and Lionel Richie. Rogers once said before he retired, “I’ve been so lucky to have enjoyed such a long career and to have such amazing support from my fans and all who have helped me along the way…” His fans have truly shown that they always have been, and always will be there to support him.

Top 10 For "Quarantine" Fun!

Top 10 Fun Things To Do While In Quarantine

 

Our county is sheltering in place, which means we’re here to give you things to do that will surely keep you entertained and positive during a time of uncertainty.

 

  1. Find Your Inner Artist
    That’s right! If you have some canvas, brushes, and paint, why don’t you go ahead and make a day out of painting something. You could even follow a Bob Ross video of your liking, maybe even have a friendly competition with someone either in the house with you or via Skype/FaceTime. Don’t have paint? Well, you can always draw with paper and some colored pencils, markers, crayon, pens or pencils. Heck, you don’t even have to stick to painting and drawing, there are tons of arts and crafts out there. Get creative!! Then have an onlilne art show with your friends on social media!
     
  2. Forts & Movies 
    Grab as many blankets, sheets, pillows and couch cushions as you can. Find some string lights. Get your laptop, move the television around, or maybe you have a projector. Make some popcorn. Pick a movie or two. Boom, there you go. You build an awesome fort and have a great time watching flicks. 
     
  3. Game Time
    If you have any board games or a deck of cards, use them! Get some friendly competition going and enjoy the day playing your favorite games with the people you’ll be stuck with. Hey, you could even make a tournament out of it. If you’re by yourself, try connecting with friends by playing games over the phone or simply find some one player games online. You could even make up your own! 
     
  4. Lights, Camera, Action! 
    We all love the home videos we have and the memories they bring. Take this opportunity to create more memories. Film what’s going on each day, make a skit, a music video, a trick shot video, etc. Use your imagination, become your very own director. Start calling yourself Quentin Tarantino (you’re welcome). If you are a high-schooler, enter your video in our talent contest – Sonoma County Stars of Tomorrow.
     
  5. Try Something New 
    Do you have an old instrument lying around the house? Have you always wanted to juggle? Well, shoot! It’s as good a time as any to pick up a new skill or hobby now. Go on Google or YouTube and teach yourself how to do something. Maybe it’s a new recipe, how to knit, how to build something, how to play guitar, learning a new language, who knows. The possibilities are endless! 
     
  6. Binge Baby, Binge
    Easy. Find a new show that interests you on Netflix, Hulu, Disney+ or whatever streaming service you may have and start watching. You could even re-watch a TV series you really enjoy. How about watching trilogy+ movies such as Star Wars, Back to the Future, Matrix, Harry Potter, etc. This is probably the most solid (and most dangerous) plan to help time go by quickly.
     
  7. Self-Care
    Set aside a few hours each day to relax and take care of yourself. Wash your face and try some face masks. Draw a long, bubbly bath and get a deep clean. Crest Strip your teeth, wax some areas (that can sometimes be dangerous at home!), or do a mani pedi. If you’re with others get some massages started. You can also take care of yourself by doing some yoga or a quick workout inside. Do whatever you need to feel good and less stressed.
     
  8. Master Chef
    It’s time to find out who is the best cook in the house. Designate the competitors and the judges. Agree on an appetizer, main course, and dessert. Then the competition begins. You get great food and some fun competition out of it. Don’t want a competition? Pick something everyone can make together. Like pizzas, build your own nachos and milkshakes! If you’re by yourself, learn some new recipes and cooking tips for your next hot date in three weeks. And yes, you are allowed to eat SEVERAL cookies and cupcakes in one sitting, and even just for dinner.
     
  9. Household Olympics 
    I bet the majority of us are sad that there aren’t any sports going on. Luckily, there’s a solution. Create some events based off of the Olympics, the show “Minute To Win It,” or your own creative brain using whatever you have in the house. Make some 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place medals along with a podium and let the games begin! Don’t forget to play the winner’s anthem during the podium ceremony. 
     
  10. Dance Party
    Blast some music and dance it out. There’s always time to dance with friends and family, and now you have even more time to do that. Bust a move until you drop or run out of music. This one is a guaranteed good time with plenty of memories and laughs to come. Since the gyms are closed, this is your chance to break a sweat and stay in shape!

    THANKS TO RADIO INTERN ALBERT COITO WHO WROTE MOST OF THIS! LOVE MY INTERNS!

Hot Country Knights

Do you miss jean jackets, mullets and REAL country music? Then we’ve got the band for you…Hot Country Knights is a faux band with a mission to bring back 90’s country music. This band is fronted by country music star Dierks Bentley. The band itself consists of 6 members: Barry Van Ricky, Marty Ray Roburn, Douglas Douglason, Trevor Travis, Monte Montgomery and Terotej Dvoraczekynski. Dierks himself is disguised as “Doug”. The rest of his live touring band mates and their alter egos make up Hot Country Knights. The fun doesn’t stop at the over-the-top 1990’s country attire. This faux band has signed a record deal, released 2 singles and a music video full of nostalgia and have already made their late night TV debut. But here is where it gets exciting; Hot Country Knights recently announced that they are going on tour and will be stopping in the Bay Area, mullets and all.

 

App Culture & TikTok

With the invention of the smartphone and its increasing popularity in recent years, a new popular culture of sorts has taken over our younger generations: Apps and the ability to stream yourself through them. You don’t have to be rich. You don’t need to have looks. You don’t even need to be super talented necessarily. All you need is your phone, an app such as TikTok, some sense of humor and creativity, and you could be famous. How did we get to this point where you can film a short video of yourself on your phone and become an internet star? Well, we need to take it back to a couple years before the first iPhone was released. 

 

In 2005, three former PayPal employees officially created a website called Youtube where anyone can view, upload, and share videos for the world to see. Only a little over a year after its creation, Google purchased the site in 2006 for $1.65 million. Youtube opened up the door to the idea that anyone can be famous, giving people the freedom to create any content for the world to see through their account as long as there was a camera and a fun idea. After “Charlie bit my finger”, countless song parodies and original songs, dance videos, pranks, and kittens, Youtube became a hit and is now estimated to be worth $160 billion. People simply fell in love with this new idea of not having to be a monstrous athlete or amazing actor/actress to be famous. It was easier now for regular people to get recognition. 

 

As 2007 rolled around, the first ever iPhone was released and the world went crazy over the fact that everything was at the touch of your fingertips. On top of Siri and the sleek touchscreen, Apple continued to add new features, leading to the addition of an app store in 2008. Now you had people trying to come up with the next big app on the app store that everyone would use. From having a lightsaber on your phone to launching birds, the app store rapidly grew from the first 500 available when added in 2008.
 

Apps have arguably become the defining feature of the modern smartphone, and one in particular really set the bar in 2013. Vine was released and once again being a star became even easier. Just like Youtube, you could have an account to post all of your content for your followers to see, except this time you only needed to entertain people with a six to fifteen second looping clip. The videos got shorter but the concept remained the same: The ability to become internet famous easily. Vine had 200 million active users two years after its debut and completely redefined entertainment. No need for lots of planning, fancy microphones or cameras, elaborate skits, etc. Just pull out your phone and do it. The best part was you can see what everyone else is doing and try to recreate it or put your own twist on it. An app that made things simple, fun, and created a massive social network. Which brings us to TikTok.

 

TikTok is easily the most popular app to date. What can you do? One of the most popular things to do right now is film yourself doing a “TikTok Dance” that someone else has created and everyone is trying (i.e. Renegade). Of course on top of lip-syncing and dancing, there are lots of cute baby/animal videos. Maybe you want to rant about a funny story. There are even “TikTok Challenges” that everyone shares and tries to accomplish. In addition, a lot of creativity and editing goes into these videos with all of the effects, features, and easy-to-use tools TikTok has to offer. Essentially, apps such as Vine and now TikTok have created a huge social network and culture of streaming yourself to others, sharing your content, and striving for fifteen seconds of fame. These apps have also made it easy and to the point, creating entertainment that pleases everyone. 

 

So what’s to make of all this? Try it out! Download TikTok. Hangout with your friends, parents, or kids and create a TikTok together. Laydown with your significant other and laugh at TikTok videos. Even try other video apps like Triller. No matter your age, you will have a good time engaging in one of the many current trends going around right now, and you may even come to appreciate it.

Enjoy Restaurant Week in Sonoma County

Now that the weekend of love has come and gone, it’s time to think about what to do THIS weekend. Look no further than our own backyard of Sonoma County. Sonoma County Tourism invites locals to indulge in the wonderful culinary creations and experiences North Bay has to offer. Chefs around Sonoma County are preparing a one-of-a-kind menu only available during this week.

 

The event begins today and ends Sunday, March 1st. The steal of a deal allows you to enrich your local cultural experience with lunches between $10-$15 and dinners between $20-$40. 

 

These deals are scattered all over the county including Rohnert Park’s favorite, Bear Republic; Petaluma’s Wild Goat Bistro; Guerneville’s BROT Modern German; Forestville’s Canneti; Occidental’s Hazel; Sebastopol’s Fern Bar; Cloverdale’s Piacere Italiano; Graton’s Underwood; Healdsburg’s Valette; Windsor’s Ume Japanese Bistro; and into the Sonoma Valley for the girl & the fig and Della Santina’s. See what I mean? They are EVERY WHERE!

 

Each restaurant and bistro has a 4-5 star rating and want locals to come in and enjoy what they have to offer. All of the participating 23 establishments are completely unique and individual to Sonoma County. Their lunch and dinner offerings will tantalize your taste buds and please your wallet. 

 

As a college student at Sonoma State University, going out for a meal usually means a quick run to Oliver’s Market with the occasional splurge for a sit-down restaurant. I got excited when I saw the options for these restaurants and I can’t wait to try them and still stick to my budget!

 

If you are interested in dining during Restaurant Week, be sure to book your reservation soon via OpenTable before spaces fill up. You can see an entire list of participating restaurants at SonomaCounty.com/restaurant-week

 

Bon appetit!

Think Outside of the Chocolate Box

1. A Hand-Written Love Letter

What could be more personal than handwriting a letter to someone you love, expressing your feelings? Your sweetheart will love this meaningful gesture. Write down what you love about them and how much you appreciate them. Nothing says “I love you” like gushing to your sweetie via pen to paper. *Bonus Points* Send the letter to Loveland, Colorado where it will be stamped with a special message and mailed directly to your mate. This will add that extra touch of love.  Look up “Loveland Remailing Program” or just send your letter to: Postmaster, Valentine Re-Mailing, 446 E. 29th St., Loveland, CO 80538.

 

2. A Lesson on Love

It doesn’t matter if you just started dating, or have been married for years, it is always a good time to find new ways to show your love. In fact, there is even a book that teaches you ways to communicate love. While some people prefer to receive love in the form of gifts, others prefer love in the form of affection. Finding out how your partner prefers to feel loved is key. We recommend picking up this book to learn a few lessons: The Five Love Languages [$9.95]

 

3. “What I love About You” Book

You know those little boxes filled with pieces of paper that have all the reasons you love someone? The project that seems like it takes forever to think of ways you love your special someone? Well let’s think outside of the box. This year, there is a book that helps you do the same thing! All you have to do is fill in the blanks (i.e., “I love how you BLANK every day;” “I love to watch you BLANK,” etc.) And the best part is that you can personalize the book with funny, serious or romantic entries that really relate to the relationship you have. What I love About You [$9.90]

 

4. NO PHONES…. for 24 Hours
There is always one (sometimes both) in a relationship who just can’t seem to put their phone down. Whether it’s when you are talking to them, you ask them to stop, you are trying to do something important or personal with them, they just can’t seem to put the phone down.  I know we are all guilty of this, but it can be extra frustrating to your lover. Here’s an idea… both of you put your phones down for 24 hours. This may be hard, but your loved one is well deserving of 1 day of your undivided attention this Valentine’s Day.

 

5. Secret Notes or Candy
Give your special someone a few sweet surprises. Hide candies or love notes in places you know they will find them throughout their day. Tape one to the mirror, in their shoe, on the door handle of their car, etc. Waking up and finding a little love note stuck to their toothbrush is sure to brighten their day.

 

6. Scavenger Hunt
Want to make them work for their Valentine’s Day gift? Leave clues and riddles around for them to follow, leading up to their gift. This is a fun, personal way to show someone you love them. Plus, it’s kind of fun to watch them confused while running around looking for it.

 

7. Make Dinner Together

Although taking your date out to a fancy restaurant and getting dressed up is nice, sometimes it just makes more sense to stay in, get in your comfy PJ’s, grab a glass of wine, and make a homemade dinner while making memories at the same time. You can even keep it simple by making pizzas or casserole! So instead of making reservations this Valentine’s day, head to the grocery store and pick up a few ingredients and get to cookin’!

 

8. Go on a Picnic

If the weather is in your favor, take your lovely date on a picnic. It just takes a few simple supplies; food, wine, and a soft blanket. But don’t think you have to go to the local park. Try heading out to the coast or go on a hike where there is a nice view.

 

9. Become a “Local Tourist”
There are tons of places to discover close to home. Whether you head to the city, find a local museum you haven’t been to, or even go wine tasting. Sonoma County is a great place to be a local tourist for the day. This Valentine’s Day ideas can be inexpensive and fun to discover new places close to you.

 

10. Take a Dance Class!
This Valentine’s Day, sweep your lady off her feet. Take your man to the dance floor and see who has the better moves. Surprise your date with a dance lesson in Salsa, Tango, Swing or Line-Dancing. This is a great way to potentially pick up a new activity with your partner or realize you BOTH have two left feet and leave the night with some good memories. Either way, it is a great way to learn something new with someone you love.  

Valentine's Day: Sonoma County Style

Top 5 Places to Take Your Date on Valentine’s Date: Sonoma County Style

Wild Jungle Love

“Drive Your Sweetheart Wild and Unleash your 'inner and outer' Party Animal!” Start out with a romantic dinner followed by a presentation on the “'ins and outs' of mating practices of our wild friends and then everyone heads out for a Safari ‘Amour’ Tour. You’ll travel in an open-air vehicle encountering giraffe, rhinoceros, wildebeest, Cape buffalo, zebra and more!”

When: Friday, Feb 14th OR Saturday Feb 15th 11:30am-5:30pm

Where: Safari West

3115 Porter Creek Road

Santa Rosa, CA

Cost: $165

 

https://www.safariwest.com/calendar/valentines-day-rumble-jungle/


Valentine’s Succulent Heart Workshop

Have a special someone you want to give your heart to? Join Annie in a succulent heart making workshop (with champagne) to give a gift that keeps on growing.

When: Sunday, Feb 9th 11:00am, 1:00pm or 3:00pm

Where: Hotel Petaluma

205 Kentucky St.

Petaluma, CA

Cost: $55

 

https://www.tinyterrainsbyannie.com/workshops-events/valentines-succulent-heart-workshop

 

Valentine’s Day Sushi Making Class

If you are looking for a unique way to spend the romantic holiday, look no farther. Roll with the best and learn how to make sushi with Notre Vue. The best part? The sushi dinner you just made it paired with a glass of Notre Vue Brut Sparkling.

When: Friday, Feb 14th 6:00pm-8:00pm

Where: Notre Vue Estate Winery & Vineyards

11010 Estate Lane

Windsor, CA

Cost: $120

 

https://www.notrevueestate.com/Events/List-of-Events

 

“Hoppy” Valentine’s Day at Moonlight Brewing Company

Grab your date and head to Moonlight Brewing Co. this Valentine’s Day to sample craft beers while you  create your own beer themed wooden sign. All materials and live music included.

When: Friday, Feb 14th 6:00pm

Where: Moonlight Brewing Co.

3350 Coffey Lane

Santa Rosa, CA

Cost: $39

 

https://www.boardsandbottle.com/upcomingworkshops

 

Valentine’s Dinner, Comedy and Dance

What could be better than a three course meal, having a good laugh, and dancing the night away with the one you love? Enjoy fresh crab, dessert, and a live band at Sally Tomatoes.

When: Friday, Feb 14th 6:00pm-10:00pm

Where: Sally Tomatoes

1100 Valley House Drive

Rohnert Park, CA

Cost: $20-$110

 

https://sallytomatoes.com/upcoming-events/#event=36858571

 

 

Jason Aldean Announces Late Summer Show at Shoreline

Jason Aldean announced several new dates on his extended We Back Tour, including Shoreline Amphitheater set for Friday, September 25th.  22 new summer shows were added to the existing tour. Opening the Shoreline show will be Brett Young @BrettYoungMusic and Mitchell Tenpenny @M10penny. 

The Shoreline date in late September is the next to last show on the long tour that started last year.  Tickets for some dates on the tour go onsale January 24th.  New dates released today include several California shows to wrap up the 2020 tour

 

September 19th — San Diego @ North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre
September 24th — Sacramento, California @ Toyota Amphitheatre
September 25th — Mountain View, California @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
September 26th — Irvine, California @ FivePoint Amphitheatre

Rascal Flatts Hits The Road One Last Time

An unforgettable chapter in country music history will be celebrated this year, as Rascal Flatts is hitting the road for the RASCAL FLATTS FAREWELL: LIFE IS A HIGHWAY TOUR.
With countless milestones behind them, the most awarded group of the genre’s last decade, announced today on CBS This Morning that they will mark their 20th anniversary this year with a triumphant farewell tour.
Kicking off on June 11 in Indianapolis, the tour will take Rascal Flatts from coast to coast, culminating in a bittersweet send off. Tickets will be available first as part of the Live Nation Country Megaticket.  Check back for more information in the coming weeks. 
Rascal Flatts announced their final tour dates on "CBS This Morning" Tuesday. Marking the band's 20th anniversary, the Rascal Flatts Farewell: Life Is A Highway Tour will kick off in June in Indianapolis.
Register for first access to tickets and leave a memory on the fan wall at https://www.rascalflatts.com/farewelltour#.XhTaWc57mUk
 

Bottlerock Line Up Is Out

Red Hot Chili Peppers, Dave Matthews Band and Stevie Nicks will headline the 2020 Bottlerock music festival in Napa May 22-24.  Additional performaers include Maren Morris and Brandi Carlile. Three-day festival passes, from general admission to platinum VIP packages, go on sale at 10 a.m. PST Tuesday January 7

The general admission 3-day pass, at $359, provides access to 80+ bands on five music stages plus celebrity and chef mashups on the culinary stage.

VIP guests will have access to the VIP Village, an oasis featuring premium bars, expanded culinary offerings, comfy seats, shade, live acoustic performances on the VIP Acoustic stage, upgraded VIP-only restrooms for…gasp!…$849.

A 3-day Skydeck pass will set you back $1,599.  Tickets at BottleRockNapaValley.com

Today is National Bacon Day!

Now that's what I call a holiday! National Bacon Day will be celebrated today, Monday, December 30th. In honor of this great day, I wanted to share my favorite recipe using bacon that I have been making for years!

 

Bacon Wrapped, Cheese Stuffed Jalepenos

 

The fun part about this is that it's like playing Jalepeno Roulette! Some are mild and some are just plain smokin' hot! And you never know until you bite into it. I used local bacon from Black Pig Bacon Company and it really makes a difference! It is made with spices and brown sugar, so you get extra flavor!

 

Ingredients:

 

12 Fresh Jalepenos (pick medium size so they are easier to stuff)

8 oz package Cream Cheese (room temperature)

1/2 cup Cheddar Cheese - Shredded

2 Tablespoons milk

12 slices of Bacon - Black Pig Bacon Co.

1 tablespoon bacon grease

Salt & Pepper

 

Toothpicks

 

 

Directions:

 

1. Cut off the tops of the jalepenos and remove the gill and all seeds with a small knife.

2. Rinse the insides of them with water to be sure you have removed all of the seeds. Set aside.

3. In a cast iron pan, heat the bacon grease to just barely smoking. This means the pan is the right temperature.

4. Place the cleaned peppers into the pan and turn them occasionally to get a good blister on them. This will help dissapate some of the heat of the jalepenos.

5. Mix cream cheese, shredded cheese and salt and pepper together.

6. Add milk slowly to the cheese mixture for a frosting texture.

7. Place the cheese mixture into a large ziploc bag and squeeze to one corner.

8. Cut off the corner of the bag allowing an opening big enough to squeeze the cheese into the jalepenos.

9. Stuff the cheese mixture into the hollowed out jalepenos using the ziploc bag.

10. Wrap each stuffed jalepeno with bacon and secure with a toothpick.

11. Place them on a tray and freeze them for about 15 minutes. This will keep the cheese from melting out completely when grilling.

12. Remove from the freezer and place them on a hot grill or place the tray into the oven for baking.

13. If on the grill - turn them several times until the bacon is cooked, then remove from grill.

14. If in the oven, bake for approx 20 minutes keeping an eye on the bacon. When the bacon is cooked, remove the pan.

14. Let them cool for about 10 minutes (trust me, you don't want to bite into these babies right off the grill!)

 

 

 

 

If you'd like to read more delicious recipes using bacon, visit my personal blog SueBonzell.com

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