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To The Beat Of Country

(illustration by Nathan Hertzler) According to allmusic.com country music “about tradition” and is “simple music at its core”. But for some people, country music is a summer night hanging out with friends and living in the moment. For Haley Arnaudo (‘19), it is something she shares with her family. “It is genuine music,” she says. […]

(illustration by Nathan Hertzler)

According to allmusic.com country music “about tradition” and is “simple music at its core”. But for some people, country music is a summer night hanging out with friends and living in the moment. For Haley Arnaudo (‘19), it is something she shares with her family.

“It is genuine music,” she says. “My mom and I go to lots of concerts together and always have an amazing time.”

Haley grew up with country music playing all around her. It’s something she loves and has become a part of her daily life.

“My parents always have it on in the house and car. It became a big part of my life early on.”

As for Casey Koenig (‘19), country music wasn’t apart of her life from the start. When she was younger, she didn’t mind listening to it, but it wasn’t always her favorite.

“Probably around 5th grade I started listening to country music more because the pop music on the radio started to get really annoying and overplayed.”

Haley and Casey love going to country concerts, especially at smaller venues where you can get as close to the stage as possible.

Haley has been to over 20 concerts so far and has seen her favorite artists such as Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, and Tim McGraw. The feeling of being at a live concert is unforgettable, and Haley feels high-spirited and vigorous when an artist comes running on the stage and the music begins to play.

“Country concerts have such a fun vibe. Everyone has a great time and you can really see how much being there means to each person,” she says. “They are super fun but it’s always sad when they are over and you have to go home.”

Whenever Casey attends a concert, she feels alive and free. The powerful effect country music has on her is because of the meaningful lyrics in songs.

“Country music reflects a mindset of values that I believe in and I feel that I connect to,” Casey says. “It deals with stages in life and emotions everyone experiences; some songs are happy, some are about sad times and everything in between.”

Haley and Casey are  looking forward to Country in the Park 2019, a small outdoor concert that occurs every year at Cal Expo. Many artists come out to perform for Sacramento fans who listen to 105.1 KNCI.

“I have attended Country in the Park for the last two years,” Casey says. “I have already bought my ticket for this upcoming Country in the Park headlining Jon Pardi.”

“I went to Country in the Park two years ago when Justin Moore was headlining,” Haley explains. “I am going again this year and I can’t wait.”

Country music tells a story about real life. It’s about being with your family and friends. It’s about carrying on traditions and finding your values in life. It’s about experiencing love and heartbreak. It’s about facing new challenges and overcoming them. Country music brings pure happiness to people.

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