From as far back as I can remember, playing music across the country has been the
pipe dream. While the rest of my 6th-grade peers spent Mrs. Bates’ class trying out for little league baseball and listening to Puff Daddy, my brother and I were learning brass in hopes of starting a ska band. A few short years later, through a friend with a studio, we were given “free” recording time. Those premature recordings will remain burned in the memories of friends and family forever…against our wishes, mind you! Despite the crudeness of our product, support was unbelievable.
(A number of years, and increasingly-better releases later)…I sit across the aisle from some of my dearest friends, traveling home from a national tour in an abnormally large tourvanshuttlebus-thing we proudly call our own. In a year, we’ve had the opportunity to record an album with a producer we grew up admiring, watch our song climb radio charts, play for enormous crowds, play for small crowds, meet some amazing people, and cross the Mississippi more times than I can count. On this trip, we were given the privilege of touring with one of the coolest gents I’ve ever met: Josiah James. Its not often you come across a friend, musician and human being of the caliber of Mr. James. (Check out his records.)
All this is to say, I feel blessed beyond measure to be able to do what I’m doing. A year ago, I had barely left my comfy suburb in California. Now returning from our 2nd national tour this year, I’m incredibly humbled to acknowledge that at almost every single show on this tour across the country, there were kids who knew all the words.
Whether you’ve been there since “Tortuga”, or are just joining us: thank you all for the endless support. Big things are happening, and we can’t wait to share them with you!
So tour definitely has taken an upswing since the last blog. The car is running and in better shape than it has been in a long time, and most of that is courtesy of the folks at The Benton Church. : ) Some tires got replaced for free, and doors adjusted, but its in good shape and got us through our long drive from Camdenton, MO to Cornerstone Festival in Bushnell, IL! Cornerstone was awesome! We got to see a bunch of great bands, met some awesome people and had 3 fun sets! The heat was pretty intense though, for anybody who was at Cornerstone, you know what I mean. Basically skin melting. :p Getting to hang out with Josiah James has been a real treat for us, he’s a righteous dude and you guys should check him out here. Today we are heading to Spring Hill Tennessee for a few days till our next show and to spend 4th of July with the Baysingers, and News From Verona, who you should also check out here. On my drive today I watched an old classic Danny Kaye movie “The Court Jester”. Probably my favorite Danny Kaye movie, next to White Christmas.
Speaking of Christmas, we’re only 174 days away from Christmas! Anyway, enough random jabber from me. Have a great 4th of July guys!