Beats Beer Bonfires is back fuckers! Just like half the characters in the Fast and Furious franchise, the brand is back from the dead and ready to fuck some shit up. I have a lot of explaining to do on where the site went, what I’ve been up to, and where we go from here. For all 5 of the people who take the time to read this, thank you for coming back to us. To the millions of people who will never see this, welcome to Beats Beer Bonfires and enjoy the ride.
What happened Beats Beer Bonfires?
Beats Beer Bonfires was a roller coaster of a ride that I didn’t expect. In December of 2020, I created the brand because of a bad breakup with another blog. I spent countless hours growing my blog, and hitting some huge milestones along the way. I received free tickets via Houston Bernard to a Granger Smith concert. Then I connected with and become friendly with Michael Ray. Finally, a few major country music “influencers” started stalking me over a blog that didn’t go over well. It was fun, but with the fun came the pressure to keep up, and it was weighing me down. Writing forced blogs isn’t fun, even if its topics I wanted to write about. The quality of my writing was diminishing. My level of effort towards Beats Beer Bonfires was suffering, and I needed stop with it. That’s when I killed Beats Beer Bonfires on Instagram, and stopped posting on the blog. I got the opportunity to join Raised Rowdy as well, a much bigger and more professional blog that this silly little thing ever will be.
I’ve very much enjoyed working with Raised Rowdy. I’ve gotten the chance to meet Nicky T, the founder and host of the site and the Raised Rowdy podcast. He’s an absolute legend in the game. He has his finger on the pulse of up-and-coming country music better than anyone in the industry. If you’re reading this blog, click this link right here to go to Raised Rowdy. Click around the site, give them a bunch of views, and support this tight knit group of people.
If you enjoyed Raised Rowdy so much, why are you leaving?
Raised Rowdy is a professional organization. They spend a lot of their time trying to promote artists that you and I won’t hear about for years. They can easily do this because most of the crew is in Nashville. That means they can attend industry events, such as Whiskey Jam and other writers’ rounds. Hell, they even host one, Rowdy on the Row, a must attend for anyone going to Nashville. Often, the first time you hear an artist on the radio they usually have been working in Nashville for 5-10 years. Raised Rowdy’s goal is to help promote the artists years 0-5 in the industry and become friendly with them. That way when an artist breaks out, Raised Rowdy can elevate with them. It’s a very cool concept. Raised Rowdy is playing the long game and with the level of commitment going towards the brand, I have no doubt they will be massive one day soon.
The key part of why I’m leaving Raised Rowdy is the first sentence of the last paragraph. When I joined Raised Rowdy, I knew what I was signing up for. I knew that I would have to be careful with what I said and how I said it. I had to balance my aggressive writing style with the fact that industry professionals would now be reading my content. At the time, that idea appealed to me. I wanted to try to take my blogging to the next level. I wanted to see if I could not only take one step forward but turn writing into a full-time career. I’ve learned that isn’t in the cards for me, at least not with this current path. I don’t enjoy screening myself or worrying about who might be reading what I have to say. I want to say it and move on. Now I want to double down and be very clear, Raised Rowdy is amazing, and I enjoyed my time working with them. I hope to maintain a relationship with Nick, and watch the entire Raised Rowdy crew continue to grow.
Why is Beats Beer Bonfires back?
I still love writing my dumb ideas. I’ve had a lot of ideas that aren’t Raised Rowdy appropriate that I have lined up and ready to go. I also don’t care about how anything does anymore. I don’t want to play the SEO game anymore (if you don’t know what SEO is, it’s a pain in the ass.) I don’t want to promote and develop Beats Beer Bonfires anymore. I don’t want to box myself into only writing about country music anymore. If I like it, I write it, I post it, I share it. Done. If 2 people or 2 million people read it, i’m content. It’s no longer something I’m trying to grow, it’s now just an outlet for the thoughts in my dumb brain.
I’ve also gone through a lot of personal changes in my life. My girlfriend and I have purchased a house… with 10 acres. My dream has always been to start a hobby farm, and now that I have the land to do it, I’m going to do it. I’m going to blog about my successes and failures related to that. Think Clarkson’s Farm, only instead of a rich hilarious British old man, i’m a poor American young adult who still drives a 2002 pickup because I can’t afford a truck payment. I’ve always wanted to start a forest management business also. 9 of my 10 acres are forest, so it’ll give me a lot of opportunities to practice gathering data and writing plans. Those blogs might be a little bit boring to some, but I hope it will lead to more knowledge of how forestry works.
I want to talk more about sports. My professional sports teams, the Yankees, Giants, Devils, and Heat are all good right now, and I’m enjoying it. UConn mens basketball just won a national title, and I live 15 minutes from campus. I got invited back to be a media member at the Worcester PBR event this year. I couldn’t make it, but I want to get back to covering PBR again. I want to up my NASCAR coverage as well. I fucking love NASCAR and I enjoyed watching the Daytona 500 this year than I did the Super Bowl.
Warning… This Part is Sappy and Vulnerable… Feel Free to Skip it
I also want to create a place of vulnerability that I never put on Beats Beer Bonfires before. In 2018-2021 I was a trainwreck mentally. I’m thankful that I have a college degree, but getting it fucked my head up. At one point, I was taking 22 college credit hours, working 25 hours per week, and trying to be an active member of my fraternity, Alpha Gamma Rho. It was impossible and I tried to mask how stressed I constantly was, probably not well. When I finally graduated in 2020, I didn’t give myself a chance to enjoy my accomplishment. I wanted to move onto the next thing and put college behind me.
Also, during 2020 you might remember that little thing called Covid hit. In terms of the virus itself, I’m incredibly lucky because I or no one around me were affected long term healthwise. What affected me more was the fallout of the lockdowns. A lot of people in my life turn into extremist nut jobs, both left and right wing. This was compounded by the 2020 election, so I was always on eggshells about what I could say to who. Some of my closest friend’s pre-pandemic I’ve since had to separate myself from because I now can’t stand them. I learned a lot about humanity and lost a lot of respect for people because of how they acted when shit got weird.
I struggled to find a job for a while after college due to the massive hiring freeze. Often, I would apply for jobs, and they would tell me they were six months out until they would be able to hire me. I finally was able to fall into a good job and started saving to move out of my parents’ house. That took 3 years because of the housing market being insane, and rent being up 100% around me. That leads us to January of 2023, when I finally have been table to take control of the roller coaster.
Things have finally been on the way up. It starts January of 2022. My cousin called me on January 11th and asked me if I wanted to travel down to Tampa that weekend. He is a huge Eagles fan, and they were playing the Buccaneers in the playoffs. I had been in a massive rut, and I said there was no way I could make it. My brain was racing with all the reasons not to go… until I decided that I fucking needed it. I called him back and said yes, and the rest is history. That trip rebooted my brain. After that trip, I traveled to Miami, Nashville, and other trips that I’ve bragged about before (peep the instagram.) Then in December of 2022, I got lucky, and my house came along. Its not a dream house by any means. What it is though is the perfect house for two mid-20-year-olds. Its small, recently renovated and on 10 acres. Everything in my life has changed for the better and I trace it all back to that one mindset change a year ago.
Alright Chris, I get it, but I’m here for country music…
Alright mental health minute with Chris is over. Let’s get back to the fun stuff. The main topic of this website will still and always be country music. 2023 is going to be a massive year for that. Hardy, Justin Moore, and Brantley Gilbert are my three favorite artists. All three are releasing albums this year. Morgan Wallen and Luke Combs are the two biggest names in the country music and are releasing albums this year. It’s going to be a massive year for new music. There’s also a lot of artists on the verge of blowing up that I want to cover. Muscadine Bloodline, Kameron Marlowe, and Shane Profitt are among a few artists who are going to be huge very soon.
When I find an artist that I want to push the shit out of, I’ll be doing it. I’m the #1 Jade Eagleson guy that isn’t a member of his team. I will continue to be that. I’m going to be writing about how I 100% believe I introduced Hardy to the entire state of Maine a few years ago. I’d bet I can shotgun faster than Luke Combs, and I’ll be convincing you why. I love country music and as it enters a potential golden age, I want to be all over covering it.
So, you don’t want to promote a brand but are restarting a brand?
Yes… problem? I’m going to conjoin the Beats Beer Bonfires brand with the Chris Reel brand (cringy to say.) My socials are all going to be under my personal account. There is a Beats Beer Bonfires account still, but it’s hidden for now. The Beats Beer Bonfires blog is going to be my way of expanding on the internet. Since I stopped writing my monthly views increased by 25%. Why not start putting out more content and seeing where it goes. Perhaps people actually like me? I’m also going to up the country music content on my socials. Sorry to all the people that know me in real life but you’re going to know more about country music than you ever wanted to. All the things that you loved from following the old Beats Beers Bonfires account will be on my personal accounts going forward. It’s going to be a little bit weird; I admit that, but the beauty of it is I don’t give a fuck. It’s all for fun baby. I’m not going to be the only one part of the new Beats Beer Bonfires either, I’m bringing some old and new bloggers in with me…
Alright, so now what? This article is like 8 pages, can you end it?
I have a lot of fun stuff in store for the future… let’s get to it!