Big Fun With The Guys And The Music And The Funny

It’s probably not a big surprise that D and I don’t go out a whole lot. Both of us are total homebodies, not to mention that you can’t stick to the very demanding reality television schedule that I keep and have a busy social life, too.

Life is filled with difficult choices. And I seem to choose Bravo a lot.

OH, I kind of kid.

Anyway, a couple of months ago, when we found out that The Dave Barnes was bringing his comedy show to Birmingham, the husband made it known that it was VERY IMPORTANT to him that we attend. And I should probably point out that I just typed the word “bringing” as “brining,” and it made me laugh because I would think that comedy, like poultry, gets a good bit more tender and palatable once brined. It only stands to reason.

Now it is no secret that we love Dave Barnes’ music in our house. But his comedy stylings hold a special place in our hearts, too, mainly because of this. And this. And the time we went to his comedy show in Nashville with some dear friends and laughed until we felt like we’d been injured.


I marked this past weekend’s show on the calendar, bought a couple of tickets to ye olde comedy extravaganza, lined up a babysitter and EVEN PUT ON EYELINER for our night on the town. We were extra excited about the night because we knew that Dave was bringing (BRINING) a couple of musicians with him to open the show, and Dave’s opening acts have never let us down (needtobreathe and Gabe Dixon Band, anyone?).


The two guys who opened were Steve Moakler and Ben Rector, and I am here to tell you that they are OH-SO-TALENTED. They don’t normally perform together, but on this particular night they took turns singing back-up for each other, and my goodness it made my heart happy. They’re just delightful. And I thought I would share a couple of video snippets of their music, but I forgot to ask for their permission, and since I don’t want to find myself in the midst of a copyright snafu, I’ll just link to their iTunes for the time being, amen.

Here’s a link to Steve’s excellent music.

Here’s a link to Ben’s excellent music.

Finally, in the interest of full disclosure: nobody asked me or paid me to blog about the show. I just love great music. These two guys are the real deal.

As is Mr. Barnes, of course.

Because for the record, Mr. Barnes’ comedy show was exceedingly and abundantly hilarious. Once again we laughed until we felt like we’d been injured. Or maybe even brined.

It was one of my favorite nights of 2010.

What did y’all do fun this past weekend?

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  1. Branson!!!! If you care to read about my weekend, I posted about it last night :)

  2. I returned from the cool Pacific Northwest that was Seattle and Canada to the Texas heat and humidity. My hair went “boing” and I now resemble the episode of Monica on her honeymoon on “Friends”. Seattle was wonderful; being home is even better.

  3. Doesn’t Ben sing with one of the new bands that are played on KLOVE? I think they mentioned his name on one of their “Closer Look” thingies.

  4. Sounds like a great weekend!!! And my bloggy friend, Trina, whom I have meet as well, got to meet you there and she was ecstatic!!! :)

  5. Hubs and I had a blast at Workplay as well. Bought both Ben and Steve’s CDs and got them signed. FANCY!

    It was great meeting you! Thanks for taking a picture with me. I’m posting it on the blog today :)

  6. Sounds like a good weekend! Ah to have an adult evening out – so rare. We actually did much of nothing which is ok by me. And I completely agree with you on life conflicting with TV. I often choose TV over most anything else. I am easily entertained.

  7. We hung around the house and were slugs. I love weekends like that sometimes. Around 5 yesterday, Jeremy got this sudden but short rush of energy fueled by his feelings of guilt for being a slug. He ran out back to cut the grass and 2 minutes later the the bottom fell out – you may have seen my kiddos running around like crazy on the golf course. He wouldn’t want to get wet or anything so the mowing was put off for later…

  8. I got to see Ben Rector at a house show for Vanderbilt Reformed University Fellowship. And then my roommate and I proceeded to listen to “The Beat” and “Hank” about 239487 times.

  9. Did you know that Mr. Barnes is doing a Christmas album? I know this because I follow his producer on the twitter. :-)

  10. Do you know what I did? I talked to a producer at House Hunters International about being on their show. Our next step is to do an audition video. If we get selected for the show I will surely tell you!

    Wish me luck!

  11. We love comedy clubs, I need to surprise hubby with tickets sometime soon. That would win me some big points. Especially since this past weekend he was such a great sport for our sunday brunch with friends. He even ate the fig spread I made, not the manliest of dishes but he at least pretended that he loved it.

  12. Oh my goodness! I know that jealously is a sin but I can’t help but be jealous of you right now. Dave Barnes is great but I absolutely LOVE Steve Moakler and Ben Rector. Ben attended my alma mater, the University of Arkansas, and I know that he is a very talented guy. But Steve… Oh my, how he makes my heart melt. He sings the sweetest songs ever and I could never get tired of listening to him. I’m not going to get to see this show so thanks for letting me live it vicariously through you. :)

  13. I’m so glad you got to experience Ben Rector! Isn’t he just wonderful?!?!? He is one of my brother-in-law’s best friends, and so I love that you wrote about him!

  14. I need your thoughts on The Bachelorette! I’ve been refreshing this page for two days now. :)