Derrick Russell



Since we just launched our CMA Song of the Day Contest, and giving somebody a chance to go see the CMA's when they air in Nashville on November 4th... I thought I would post the full list of CMA Nominees so you can get exicted to see them all at the show


The 2015 CMA Awards Nominees:

Entertainer of the Year
Garth Brooks
Luke Bryan
Kenny Chesney
Eric Church
Miranda Lambert

Female Vocalist of the Year
Miranda Lambert
Kacey Musgraves
Carrie Underwood
Lee Ann Womack
Kelsea Ballerini

Male Vocalist of the Year
Dierks Bentley
Luke Bryan
Eric Church
Blake Shelton
Chris Stapleton

Album of the Year
Jason Aldean, Old Boots, New Dirt
Kacey Musgraves, Pageant Material
Little Big Town, Pain Killer
Kenny Chesney, The Big Revival
Chris Stapleton, Traveller

New Artist of the Year
Sam Hunt
Maddie & Tae
Chris Stapleton
Kelsea Ballerini
Thomas Rhett

Song of the Year (Awarded to Songwriters)
“American Kids,” Kenny Chesney (Written by Rodney Clawson, Luke Laird, Shane McAnally)
“Girl Crush,” Little Big Town (Written by Lori McKenna, Hillary Lindsey, Liz Rose)
“Like a Cowboy,” Randy Houser (Written by Randy Houser, Brice Long)
“Like a Wrecking Ball,” Eric Church (Written by Eric Church, Casey Beathard)
“Take Your Time,” Sam Hunt (Written by Sam Hunt, Josh Osborne, Shane McAnally)

Single of the Year
“American Kids,” Kenny Chesney
“Girl Crush,” Little Big Town
“I Don’t Dance,” Lee Brice
“Take Your Time,” Sam Hunt
“Talladega,” Eric Church

Vocal Group of the Year
Lady Antebellum
Little Big Town
Rascal Flatts
The Band Perry
Zac Brown Band

Vocal Duo of the Year
Brothers Osborne
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Maddie & Tae
Thompson Square

Musical Event of the Year
“Django and Jimmie,” Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard
“Lonely Tonight,” Blake Shelton (Feat. Ashley Monroe)
“Raise ‘Em Up,” Keith Urban (Feat. Eric Church)
“Smokin’ and Drinkin’,” Miranda Lambert (Feat. Little Big Town)
“Wild Child,” Kenny Chesney (Feat. Grace Potter)

Music Video of the Year
“Biscuits,” Kacey Musgraves
“Girl Crush,” Little Big Town
“Girl in a Country Song,” Maddie & Tae
“Little Red Wagon,” Miranda Lambert
“Something in the Water,” Carrie Underwood

Musician of the Year
Sam Bush
Jerry Douglas
Paul Franklin
Dann Huff
Mac McAnally

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Okay can we first acknowledge the picture above?  Let's think about all the time and effort that went into that masterpiece. Think of the people involved... the two guys in the photo (are they professional Hard Hat models? Engineers who had free time? Did they plan to wear the same shirt or was that a happy accident?), there was a photographer, probably people to help with background and lights, a whole team!  All just to make sure we know what the chinstraps on the helmets look like fitted on a person.... the serene looks off into the distance are just a hilarious bonus.  

I mention all that for two reasons, one is that picture is hands down the funniest thing I will see all day... and two because it is that attention to detail that sets MSA Safety apart.  They have been around for over 100 years (Founded in 1914), and for that entire time the safety of workers in dangerous industries have been their primary concern.  If you work in the Oil & Gas fields then you probably already know about MSA, but if not you need to check out their intense line of safety products.  Like the V-Gard Hard Hats (with or without the fashionable chin straps pictured above), the ALTAIR Gas Detectors, or their line of Fall Protection Equipment

But talk is cheap, and as the picture above proves... images speak volumes... so let's see this stuff in action:


As one of the YouTube comments on that video says " The classic is still the best."  So look up MSA Safety for yourself and see why, you might even win an awesome prize like a YETI Cooler (enter here)... I'm gonna go look up how to get into the hard helmet modeling industry. 
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So here is what happened... last week Kelley Peterson posted a blog about Guinea Pigs

And I was like.. yea that is pretty cute but not as cute as a pug snoring in a bucket of water.  

Then Kelley came back and was like yea that is pretty cool but not as cool as Dancing Spiders! 

And I admit... I thought she had me beat... but then I discovered...

A Hamster.  On a Piano.  Eating Popcorn. 


Your move Kelley.
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Kelley Peterson posted her Guinea Pigs swimming around video and I thought to myself... that is pretty cute... but then I saw this video and was like... this is much cuter and also hilarious. 

It is a pug snoring in a bucket of water... case closed.


Live the dream for all of us Pug. 

also... see if you can hear the bonus sound around the :13 mark. 
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The Rubik's Cube is a weird thing.  Is it a toy? A puzzle? A source of incomprehensible anger and frustration from my youth? Yes.   Erno Rubik invented a thing that had only one right answer and billions upon billions of wrong answers (edit: so I actually just Googled it and the possible variations of a Rubik's Cube are 4x10^19 or 43 Quintillion... still only one of those is the right one).  I consider myself a pretty bright guy but I have never solved one of those things in my life; I was solidly in the "let me just take off all the stickers and put them back in order to solve it" camp.  There was always that one kid in school who figured out the trick to solving it in a few seconds and would show it off every chance they got (I'm looking at you Jacob! I don't care if I was a groomsman in your wedding, that wasn't cool bro). 

Well imagine if one of those kids who was really good at solving Rubik's Cubes was like "Oh okay... this is what I do now."   

Oh wait, you don't have to imagine it because a guy named Steven Brundage was that kid, and he Rubik's all day.  He is so good at moving a plastic cube made up of smaller plastic cubes around that he has turned it into a professional magic act.  And once again I'm a pretty bright guy...  but Steven is definitely using real magic.   In fact he just won on Fool Us, it's a show where Penn & Teller watch magic acts and if they can't figure out how the act happened the performer gets to open for them in Vegas.  In the history of the show only a select few have fooled Penn & Teller and usually they can guess how it happened but aren't completely sure.  For Steven they just stand up and say "He fooled us." 

I've seen this video a few times now and I still am just like... huh?

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