This weekend I surprised my love with a spontaneous trip to Nashville to see one of our favorite bands, The Staves. They are three sisters from England. I purchased the tickets behind his back and secured an overnight babysitter (thanks mom!). We snuck out of church early Sunday and dropped Evie off with my mom and headed out to Tennessee. The drive was so beautiful, although pregnancy narcolepsy kicked in a few times and he had to wake me up to see the pretty views. Some road trip partner I am...
I perked up for the last two hours of our journey and we talked and talked. When we got to our hotel we settled in for a bit and then headed out to 3rd & Lindsley for the show. The place was packed, most everyone was there for Holly Williams, which we had no clue who she was. We found two seats next to a nice chatty couple. The Staves were amazing. It's rare to find a band that is just as good live as they are on their albums but Staves did it. Their harmonies were heavenly! I only wish they had played longer and that John didn't eat most of our appetizer sampler before I got back from singing my two favorite songs at the top of my lungs at the edge of the stage. It was a quick forgive though considering I did abandon the food and it was our anniversary weekend. After they were done I went to try and talk to them at the edge of the stage. I managed to catch Jessica, the guitarist, and I asked for a picture. She said she had to break down the stage then load the van but that she'd come back. After 10-15 minutes of waiting I was about to give up and go back to my seat when she popped out from around the corner and said in her English accent, "Oh thank goodness you're still here! My sisters have sore throats and don't want to come out, would you like to come backstage with us instead?" I just about died. I gushed to them about how amazing they were and we snapped a few pictures. I told them I hoped I looked like their 4th sister in our pictures and they giggled. I was star struck for the rest of the evening.
As we left one of them was out front and John got to take a picture with her and she said to a few friends, 'Look we have a pregnant American fan!"
We drove around Nashville a little then ended up at a Kroger for Ben & Jerry's and some Krispy Kreme doughnuts. We took them back to our hotel and ate them in bed while watching Shark Tank, because we are adults and can do what we want. We fell asleep and then enjoyed a "scrumptious" continental breakfast in the morning and lots of Sweet Tarts and Reese's Pieces on the way home.
I just love John Murphy...and The Staves.