To call my latest tour a success would be an understatement. Not from a financial aspect, but for my soul. In the name of being honest, acoustic tours can be exhausting. There’ve been times I’ve driven 12 hours straight to play to a barista in the middle of nowhere. However, this tour taught me so much about growth, perseverance and encouragement that I’m bursting at the seams to share.
The tour started in Kingston Springs, TN. Most of you have probably seen the photo below on Facebook, but my good friend Steve surprised me that evening by GIVING me a mandolin. Now, if that’s not a great way to start out a tour I don’t know what is. I can’t play a single chord yet, but I’m working on getting up to speed on at least one song by my next stage it show (July 15th in case you were wondering). He also had a gift from his 7 year old granddaughter that she purchased with her own money. You can’t tell from the photo but my favorite Judy Garland quote is engraved on this angel. So grateful. #spoiled
The next morning I packed up my car and headed for Des Moines, IA. What should have been a 10.5 hour drive took about 13 due to some bad planning on my part. Note to the travelers: NEVER drive through St. Louis during rush hour if you can help it. xx
I was hosted by my dear friend Caitlin’s momma Nancie, and after a long drive, it was amazing to be greeted by a friendly face and a comfy bed.
The next morning, I had the privilege of performing 3 songs on The Great Day morning show. Wow, what a fun and quirky group of anchors! If you missed it, here’s a video of my segment.
It was a fun filled day of too much coffee, sushi and on-the-road office work. The show that night at Java Joes Coffeehouse was intimate and wonderful. Thank you Iowa friends, truly a pleasure.
A 4 hour journey to Le Sueur, Minnesota, brought me to a wedding where of two great friends where I had the honor of singing during their sand ceremony. Wow, there’s something really special about serenading something like that…oh yea, and I ran into this guy at the wedding as well…
Sunday morning, I was blessed to be a part of the Trinity Lutheran worship team in Waconia, Minnesota. I still remember singing in that church when I was in Kindergarten, and to go back and lead worship this many years later was amazing.
After a few fun hours with family, I got back in my trusty Ford Focus and headed to La Crosse, Wisconsin where I’d find my friends Jennifer and Kelly with a giant plate of chicken pad thai waiting for me. Man, it’s things like this that are like finding a 4 leaf clover out on the road. xx
After a lovely day off on Monday where I had a chance to hit the refresh button, get some work done and practice a few new songs, I had a show at my favorite spot in La Crosse, the one and only JavaVino. My friend Jennifer, is an unbelievable teacher at Lincoln Middle School in La Crosse, WI, and she’s given me the opportunity to work with the kids on many occasions and even write music for their concerts, so it’s always really fun to have the kids come out and for Jennifer to sing a little background vocals with me. That girl’s family. xo
So fun to hear the girls singing along to every song! http://instagram.com/p/pFt8IvCqoL/
The next morning I was up with the sun driving 3 hours to Marshfield, Wisconsin where I started my day on WDLB, playing a little guitar on the radio. There’s a first time for everything.
My good friend Brian, who owns Vox Concert Series, which is the organization that brings me to Marshfield had arranged for me to sing at a clinic that afternoon, followed by the proper tour of Marshfield; eating at The Kitchen Table (wow), cheese tasting at Market on 6th (again wow). Let’s just say my afternoon run was a bit sluggish.
It’s always a pleasure to play for Vox Concert Series. They have designed an amazing listening room that appreciates the song, the artist and the stories. I’m so grateful for Brian and all he does to support live music. I shared the bill with the hilarious and amazing Ryan McIntyre, and we ended the night with a mini jam session. #funtimes Of course after the show, we ate some regretted greasy cheeseburgers, but I guess that’s life on the road…
3.5 hours back to Minneapolis where I visited my sister-in-law at her salon for a little trim. A little pampering on the road before an interview and performance on the Homegrown Show for BOBFM.
I drove over to Big Lake, Minnesota, a little too early for my gig and admittedly tried to nap in the car. I might have managed a few minutes because once I was finished with sound check and had a little dinner with my in-laws I was ready to rock. xx
The show was awesome. Overlooking the lake, dancing kids and a few hundred people supporting live, original music, it made my heart sing. I can’t get over these angel faces!!! #meltmyheart
Last day of the tour, in my adored hometown of Waconia, Minnesota. I spent the whole day with two of my girlfriends, Amanda and Jackie. Jackie’s an actress in Minneapolis and she needed some new headshots, so I hopped behind the camera and did my best. We were pretty excited about the results so I’ll share those soon…maybe Bostic Photography has a new team member?
I have no words for my show at Sovereign Estate Wine that night. As a singer/songwriter, I think I’ve dreamed about what the perfect hometown show would be. You guys did it better. Thank you. 400 people in attendance and every single person on their feet after “Jealous of the Angels.” A 40 minute autograph and picture line after the first set and another 40 minutes after the show. Tears from both parties, both happy and sad. Feelings so humbled, loved and grateful. Thank you. Let’s do it again September 19th. xo HUGE HUGE HUGE thanks to my friend Alec Tackmann for sitting in on cajon at both Minnesota shows. You. Are. Amazing!
A 14 hour drive back to Nashville full of happy tears, reflection and a grateful heart. Managed to hit the road by 5AM in order to get home in time to surprise my hubby at a wedding. xx
Thank you thank you thank from the bottom of my heart to everyone who came out to the shows on this tour. I was blessed by your love, encouragement and support. You mean the world to me and I so enjoyed playing new music for you. It amazes me that just when the going gets tough, just when you’re not sure what the next step is or which direction to turn, God goes and throws a miracle in your path. You are amazing, thanks for being my miracle last week. When I think back to my very first tour to now, I’m so grateful for growth. Thank you for being a part of that.