About Shauna "WhiskeyChick" Castorena

Shauna "WhiskeyChick" Castorena is a freelance writer for bothCountry Music News and Country Music On Tour. You can reach Shauna on Twitter or Facebook.

Going Tiny: Resources, Needs, and Dreams (part two)

Going Tiny: Resources, Needs, Wants and Dreams (part two)

Last week we covered how we looked at our available resources, and identified our needs when it comes to building this tiny cabin country music community in the foothills of the Ozarks. This week we’ll be taking those resources and needs and showing you how they all play into fulfilling our dreams for the property, and how we’re using Slickdeals.net to pack as much luxury we can into our tight budget! While the property itself will be the forever home of CountryMusicNewsBlog.com‘s founders, that is only one of the many rolls it will serve going forward. This property will also serve as a place for our grown children to come visit, a revenue generator as individual AirBnB cabins, and most importantly, a setting, stage and studio for country music content generation. With all of this in mind we broke down the project into several zones, with the Anchor Buildings being of the highest priority to finish since we are living onsite during the construction. These will be followed by the revenue-generating bunkhouse cabins, then finished out with picturesque performance and content production spaces tucked throughout the property along with the more functional features of a light homestead. THE ANCHOR BUILDINGS: The Master Cabin – This would be the caretaker’s space… a single story building that would house a master bedroom, full sized bath, and living room with space for a kitchenette or office area. With a little forethought, we designed this space to be ADA compliant, realizing that someday we may need those wider doors, a walk-in shower, and overall a generally more accessible floorplan. We already owned this 16’x32′ TDS building, which for years served as a soundproofed recording studio, so it would be the quickest to complete by just moving a wall here and adding some flair there. This is also the space where we upcycled many of the features and furniture from our “Big House” so that we will always have those pieces of our life before the transition. More on that in a future post though. We did add a few new upgrades though, with my favorite being the point-of-use electric hot water heater and full-sized 60inch shower stall that we saved a bundle on using Lowe’s coupons we found on Slickdeals! Going tiny doesn’t have to mean short showers in cramped spaces! The Kitchen/Laundry – Since this property is meant to be a place of gathering, not individual isolation, it made sense (and introduced a world of both financial savings and square footage freed up) to only allow for a small kitchenette with a mini fridge and coffee station in the individual cabins, and instead dedicate one central building to a very large full-service kitchen and laundry available to everyone on the property. Again, we already owned this 12’x24′ TDS building that was formerly finished out to serve as a detached office. We moved it into position and added some high-end custom cabinets we got for a song and dance at the nearby Habitat ReStore Continue reading Going Tiny: Resources, Needs, and Dreams (part two)

Going Tiny: Resources, Needs, and Dreams (part one)

Going Tiny: Resources, Needs, Wants and Dreams - Budgeting the financial side of our tiny cabin country music compound

Today we’re going to explore some of the planning and budgeting aspects as we continue our journey into building a tiny cabin country music community in the foothills of the Ozarks. While the tiny home concept seems to be everywhere these days, it seems very few people talk about how to make the finance side of things work, both during construction, and long after it’s done. While every project is subject to a million variables, they all start at the same place: A dream, and the drive to achieve it.

Dolly: The Ultimate Collection Available From Time Life Today

Dolly: The Ultimate Collection Available From Time Life Today

FROM THE SMOKY MOUNTAINS OF TENNESSEE TO INTERNATIONAL SUPERSTARDOM, ONE ICONIC ENTERTAINER HAS SPENT THE LAST 50 YEARS SINGING AND LAUGHING HER WAY INTO OUR HEARTS… TIME LIFE PROUDLY UNVEILS A DELUXE, FIRST-EVER, DVD COLLECTION HIGHLIGHTING THE SPECTACULAR CAREER OF THE QUEEN OF COUNTRY  DOLLY: THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION The Greatest Moments from Dolly’s Rags-to-Rhinestones Career are on Full Display across 19-DVDs and 35 Hours – Nearly 30 Hours of Which Hasn’t Been Seen Since Broadcast.  Hand-Picked by Dolly Herself, the Set Includes Dolly’s Variety Shows from the ‘70s & ‘80s, The Porter Wagoner Show, Her Unforgettable Live From London Concert, the Authorized Documentary Dolly Parton: Here I Am, as well as an Exclusive New Interview with the Legend Herself, Produced Just for This Collection  And So Much More! Not Available at Retail, This Set is Only Available Via Direct Response or Online at TimeLife.com/DollyParton

Winners of the 2020 ACM Awards and Show Recap

2020 ACM Awards. Academy ofCountry Music Award winners, performances and live stream

In an unprecedented broadcast, the 2020 ACM Awards managed to convey the loneliness and hopeful spirit we’ve all shared as a nation as we wait out this pandemic. Empty seats in venues all across Nashville represented the vast array of spaces that seem to be holding their breath just waiting for fans to be allowed back in.

Taylor Swift and the Seven-Year Itch

Taylor Swift News and Tour information from Country Music News Blog

Australian philosopher Rudolf Steiner had a popular theory that every person life can be broken down into 7-year cycles, based on their astrology. That we tend to change jobs, locations, and even relationships based around that 7-year itch to start anew. Whether there is any truth in that is up to the big heads of the room to debate, but it sure seems that way when you look at country music’s big news today. Taylor Swift is set to make her return to tonight’s ACM Awards broadcast for the first time in SEVEN Years which leads us to question… are country fans having it?

Jessie Buckley and her band Jessie & The Leonards release powerful video for frontline workers

Watch the video here: https://youtu.be/OW1iHv12eZc Proceeds to (Royal College Of Nursing) RCN Foundation “I am beyond grateful for absolutely everything the NHS workers have done. They are warriors. But being a warrior comes with its own challenges. It’s scary, it’s tiring, it’s heart-breaking, it’s lonely, it’s the rawest and strongest of what humanity is” Jessie Buckley