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How ya all doing on this fine Taco of a Tuesday?
I thought to myself, its been awhile since I blogged, so I figured I should probably get to it with a little update from the road.
We are currently in Houston! Local time is 2:11pm.
We’ve finally gotten into a nice groove on tour, out here opening up for The Script! The guys are hands down, one of the nicest bands we ever met, and we: Steve Miller, Josh Dunahoo & I, are having a blast!
Its been fun to do an alternate arrangement. I am on guitar and vocals, Steve is on guitar, and a couple other 6 strings that he’s picked up along the way, Josh has a nice little world going on with keys, electric guitar and lap steel and shaker. Together, it sounds delicate, beautiful and full.
I am loving being back on tour, and playing all the new songs from Cedar + Gold. We get to play a 30 minute set each night, short and sweet, and often have a hard time coming up with a set list until shortly before we go on. We haven’t been playing much old stuff, I am so in love with these new songs…but I know when we head back out in 2013 for our headlining shows, we will be playing a much more rounded out set of new and old material.
Its been an interesting transition watching these songs and this new album unfold. I remember when I finished the record, I asked myself: Now what? Now I’ve got to go out and perform these songs, how am I gonna do that without crying? I remember my friend Parker Ainsworth sitting next to me at dinner, as we celebrated the finishing of my album, and him leaving for his adventures in India, as he said something like this to me, “The beautiful thing, is your fans will get to grow with you, as you feel, and break open and heal again…and eventually as you become ok.” I feel like I am finally ok. I am no longer in that space of sadness, or anger. I am content with all of it.
Does that change how I feel about playing these songs? Absolutely not.
Because they are written from such a real, vulnerable, honest space..its easy to access all that they encompass. And now, on stage, when I get to that place, I more think in my head: Wow, look how far I have come. I made it out alive. I made it out stronger than I ever could have imagined. I actually survived. And I am ok. And, most importantly, I am better for it.
Its a real honor to perform these songs. They have so many faces. They represent the journey of being lost, being found, jumping all in, landing ass-backwards on your face, finding the strength to get back up on your feet and not being afraid to do it all over again. This record is a reminder that to really live: You have got to play full out. Even if that means you get hurt along the way. When you put yourself all the way out there, when you be you, in all your YOU-NESS. You will never have to look back and wish you did things differently. Even if you take a risk, and you fall flat on your face, at least you tried. You followed your gut, you learned a lesson, and you most definitely came back stronger because of it.
I wouldn’t change any of my journey for the world.
And have I even began to mention all the wonderful people I’ve been meeting at the shows?! Ive always loved coming out to sign after my shows, and this tour is no exception. There have been lots of hugs, and laughs, tears and story telling. It is hands down MY FAVORITE part of touring.
Something that really touched me is seeing how all you guys help each other out. A couple weeks ago, a girl posted on one of my instagrams that she really wanted to come to the show, but that she was only able to save up enough money that month to buy my new CD. We were in Denver, and I don’t know a lot of people in Denver, so I offered to put her on the guest list. I am the artist, we have a guest list and when there are extras…I figure, why wouldn’t I gift those tickets to some fans that want to come to the show but for whatever reason cant. I grew up in a family that wasn’t rich, I never had anything handed to me. I have worked hard to be able to have everything I have in my life. But something that always shows up in my life, that never goes unappreciated: I have some good luck, karma, whatever you wanna call it, around me. And if I can pass that on, any chance I get, I shall. I don’t even think twice about it. I don’t expect anything out of it. It’s usually the first thing that pops into my head, I love stoking people out!
So many of you were blown away by this. It blew me away that you were blown away by! Ha….and what blew me away even more, was that I started to see all ya’ll do it with each other! Another fan, offered to meet up with the girl that I gifted tickets to. Another fan offered to mail a CD to a fan in a different country. And at shows, I meet people who have met on message boards, Instagram, twitter, etc…Its amazing you guys. Its fucking AWESOME actually. WE are a real living little community, celebrating life and music, and it makes me so happy.
So thank you, for being you. For being kind, for being generous, for sharing and caring about each other. And for doing things just for the hell of it! We all have the ability to make someones day and its nice to see that you seize the opportunity, just because you can.
You have definitely made mine over here.
Every night is a blessing. And I feel so very lucky that I get to contribute to life by making and playing music.
We are having a blast, and I hope everyone that has gotten to come to these recent shows has had a blast as well!
I am excited to tour 2013 away, and see you anywhere and everywhere.
The record is taking off slowly but surely. It’s definitely a word of mouth record, so keep telling your friends, and gifting it to anyone you know and spreading the word! Its working!
I so, so much appreciate all the love and support. And I dont plan to stop anytime soon. I can see the dream unfolding into reality, and I’ve never been so grateful.
Also, my heart is going out to everyone effected by Hurricane Sandy. My managers apartment building is flooded, his car is gone, power is out. Ive had some friends that have had trees fallen on their homes. I’ve seen pictures of walls ripped off whole sides of apartment buildings, and I cannot even imagine what it is like to be there in the middle of it.
Sending many prayers, love and light your way my east coaster friends, family and fans.
I don’t know what, if anything, will happen with our upcoming shows, but we will keep you updated.
Tons of love you guys,