i have a confession.
i have a thing for kid rock.
there. i said it. that’s right. kid rock.
he’s real. he’s a badass. he’s america. he’s cool beyond cool.
maybe it’s the fringe. maybe it’s the irreverence. the country meets rock meets rap. the boots. the hats.
the philanthropy. the patriotism.
there’s just certain people in this world that are born with coolness in their soul. it’s part of who they are. it’s authentic. it’s completely NOT contrived. they’re born that way…(i.e. kid rock, james dean, my cousin mark)
his lyrics are raw and soulful. his voice is gravelly and intense. and his music is the kind that gets all up inside of you…it’s inspiring and uplifting. it makes you want to shout USA and AMEN at the same time.
and it is, undoubtedly, some of the finest roadtripping music you’ll ever listen to.
i own this on vinyl…but it is a windows-rolled-down-hand-hanging-in-the-wind roadtrip must.
and the video…
well, it’s just flat out awesomeness.
“free, like a river raging,
strong, as the wind i’m facing.
chasing dreams and racing fathered time.
deep like the grandest canyon,
wild like an untamed stallion.
if you can’t see my heart you must be blind.”
his song, care, performed with angaleena presley and T.I. …is another of my favorites…
in times like these…when the most unthinkable things are happening in our world…his lyrics are all the more powerful…
his lyrics, sung with his raw, gritty, untamed voice…is the kind you FEEL inside your bones. he’s passionate. he’s hard core. he’s a troubadour on a mission.
“cuz’ i can’t stop the war,
shelter homeless, feed the poor.
can’t walk on water; i can’t save your sons and daughters.
i can’t change the world and make things fair…
the least that i can do…is Care.”
praying for our world…praying for america…praying for all the men and women, sons and daughters….
signing off from gypsyville…with my all-time favorite kid rock quote…
“you can’t buy cool.”
September 13, 2012 37 Comments
YOu GONNA pull them pistols or WhiSTLE diXIE?
the PiSTOL ANNie’S are comin to town!!
3 guitar-slingin, songwritin’, heartbreakin’, honky-tonkin’ girls…
their BRAND-new, already-hot-on-the-charts, debut album will be RELEASED tomorrow…it’s chock full of soulful, swanky, gritty, sayin-what-ya-mean & meanin’-what-ya-say country tunes.
it’s 3 girls with their guitars making sweet southern music.
it’s a trailblazin’ first album that is just the beginning of great things.
it’s back to the basics.
it’s talent beyond belief.
and we PROMISE you’re gonna LOVE it.
from hell on heels to boys from the south, the songs are REAL. and empowering. and TENDER.
introducing the ANNIE’s…
HiPPIE ANNIE…aka ASHLEY MONROE…our sweetheart friend from TENNESSEE
ran, bev, & amie after a long day of wedding preparations…
read their bios here! (click MEET THE ANNIES)
LooK out y’all, the PiSTOL ANNIE’s are comin to town…
and the WiLD, wiLD west was never the same…
pre-ordER the new album HERE! AVAiLABLE EvERYWHERE AuGUST 23!!!
AND be sure to check out our PiSTOL ANNie SECtion ONLINE…tons o’ smokin’ hot PiSTOL ANNIE gear!
PiSTOL ANNiE logo designed by JG exclusive for the PiSTOLS…get yer GOODS!
now if they only made the album in vinyl…
August 22, 2011 22 Comments
OK. so yes. it’s been like foreverrrrr since i’ve updated y’all. and there’s soooo much to tell.
let’s start with this little ole wedding we helped with. it was… um, kinda like…a big deal.
and i’m soooo happy to finally share some of the pictures with y’all (more will be forthcoming). the fruits of our labor. it was, the biggest and grandest and most beautifully, awesomely, magically SUBLIME thing we’ve ever done. i only wish i had a magic school bus (or maybe magic airstream in our case:)) to transport you back to that night at the don strange ranch outside of BoERNE texas so that each of you could actually FEEL and touch and taste the sublimeness of the entire event.
thanks to the amazing skills of RoBERT EVaNS for all images unless noted otherwise (he did brad & jen’s wedding and katie & tom’s!!! wow. AND…he’s like the nicest guy ever).
you know the story of how this project came to be…and for a bit, we struggled with the theme for this reception.
we laid awake at night.
our heads whirling a million glittery rockstar miles a minute.
wedding-induced-insomnia. writers block. we were lost in our creative thoughts and unable to pull ‘em all together. and then, like a double-shot o’ love it hit us.
moonshine & mason jars, fireflies & pink guitars. GRIT. GLAMOUR. glam dEER-CAmP. MariLYN MonROE meets ‘OUT of AfRiCA’. it was perfect. it would be beautiful and rustic and rockstar and wedding-ish all at the same time. it was so MIRANDA. and so BLAKE. & SO JuNK GypSY.
there’s just so many things we want y’all to know and to see…so many little details. i’ll attempt to commentate the above shot…giant 5 foot NEON custom made mason jars with blinking fireflies (one hung in the barn, one hung outside from a tree), custom chair slipcovers, seat sashes made of canvas and tied back with vintage belt buckles & metal die cast cap guns, grapevine deer heads flanked the center of the barn and grapevine bee hives (in honor of blake’s hit song, honey bee), crystal chandeliers, vintage boudouir-style fringe lampshades.
the head table…created from a salvaged architectural piece and recycled table legs…then painted pink and stained bronze for a way cool rustic effect. vintage rugs, cowhides, gothic chairs covered with JG custom-made slipcovers (each embellished with over 60 crystals for extra glitz)…all nestled under an authentic camp tent. atop the table are jugs of homemade moonshine along with flower-filled minnow buckets & mason jars…and hanging above are our awesome amazing imported hand-forged deer head crystal chandeliers. we commissioned our good friend, ToDD SANDERS of ROADHouSE RELiCS, to make ’THE ShELTONS’ sign inspired by miranda’s logo which we designed for her years ago (check out our new guns & wings buckle!!). (and please ignore the BLUE tarpy stuff in the background…it was part of the venue and couldn’t be removed…but seriously, it almost killlllled us having it there! :))
thanks to KeLLY CHRiSTINE for this image…XOXOX!
remember this? GunPOWdER & LeAD. our version of a shotgun-wedding. our idea of fancy-schmancy wedding decor. the final product…
after the firing squad got finished with these restaurant cans, we drilled holes in the bottom with a hole saw, ran $5 light cords through ‘em and added PINK light bulbs.
clustered together in groups of 5, they were the PERFECT complement to our custom made porch swings emblazoned with miranda’s logo (which we stained HOT piNK).
we hung 4 of these in the barn…and they were seriously awwwwwesome.
above each table hung a different eclectic vintage find… including tattered lampshades (softly glowing with twinkle lights) and crystal chandeliers…
when MirANDA and BeV (miranda’s mom) first walked in thursday night as we were working…they both cried. (which of course, made us cry too:).
after the wedding, miranda later twittered: “I finally got to see my wedding pics in US weekly. Amazing day. @junkgypsy made it a rock and roll wonderland with a splash of hillbilly:)”
in short, it was the best night ever. we danced side-by-side with kelly clarkson (i’m dying), kellie pickler, laura bell bundy, hillary, charles, & DaVE of LadY AnteBELLUM, and sooo many more. we met reba mcentire (seriously. i’m speechless. i’ve loved her since ‘whoever’s in new england’). we loved seeing our good friend dierks bentley and catching up with katherine heigl (aka: katie…since we are BFF’s and all…click her name to read about our BFF night in MirANDA’s airstream) & husband josh kelley. we united with our brutha from another mutha, cake designer extraordinaire- jay qualls. we boogied down to NEAL McCOY (i ain’t kiddin, BEST concert EvER!) with the PiSTOL ANNieS and then partied to the tunes of celebrity-style karoake until the early hours of the morning.
but all of that, is another blog…
P.S. check out our wedding section online to get tha LOOK!!! it’s still in the works so check back frequently!
June 28, 2011 94 Comments
chapter 7: HoME on the RaNGE…the big ReVEAL, moonlight MarSHMaLLow RoasT, & cowgirl campfire singin’
s’mores under the moonlight, dances with GypSIES, & the big ReVEAL 2 MiRANDA….there’s still soooo much to tell about our past month or so of craziness…
and by the way…here’s a pic of me driving that sweet ride…yep, my dad’s proudest moment…
As most of you know, we junked out MirANDA’s tour bus a couple of years ago (pics here)…and just like that project, MirANDA wanted to know NOTHING about ANY details as the project was in progress. in fact, despite BeV’S (miranda’s mama) prodding she wouldn’t even read our first blog entries for fear it would give something away…
soooo here it goes…amie removes the VeLVeT rope…
showing her the custom ‘JuST LiKE a gypSY’ sconce…handcrafted by TeXAS TrASH in CarMINE, TExas!
XOXOXO to LinDA and RiCHARD HaMiLTOn!
annnnd then she got chills….(which i think is a good sign)
and amie explaining the DRuMs-turned-into-coffee-tables story… (read here if you missed it)
we hugged, we loved, we laughed, we cried…we showed her the inside, and the outside…
a group shot of the SiKES fam and MiRANdA…
and when the sun tucked in for the night….
it was time to have a good ole-fashioned, all-AmERICAN, SouTHERN StyLE hot dog and marshmallow roast…yee-haw!
y’all stay tuned! ReVEAL video coming soooooon!!!!
HeADS up y’all!!!! NeW section added to our GypSYViLLE online store! AiRSTREAM gear and the tee MirANDA has on all riGHT heRE!
AnD BiGGO huGE ConGRATS to MiRANDA…makin out like a bandit at last night’s ACM awards!
sooo proud of you, SisTER!
April 19, 2010 15 Comments