I’ve been playing shows since I was 14-years-old, and my short set in Minneapolis was one of the top 5 shows i’ve played in my near twenty years of performing. Honey, the venue, was absolutely packed with a crowd that was there to support Russ and the closing band, Jeromy Darling. Obviously, I’m the new kid on the tour, so I have to earn every ear in the audience. I changed around my set quite a bit for the night. I figured that if I was going to play 5 songs, I needed to truly make each one count. I started off with “Dead Bird,” and the audience shut up, and paid attention. A few lines into the song, things just fell into place, and I held every ear for the entirety of my set, sold more CDs than I’ve sold in quit a long time, and truly felt the appreciation of everyone in the audience. I hope that I showed how much it meant to me to have their full attention for my set. It was one of those rare evenings where everything was just on point. It was definitely Russ’ best set of the tour as well, and I truly hope I can get back out their at some point soon. It was also an important show for me, because I got to see my friend, and former guitarist-in-crime, Nathan Blank. It had been four years since I’d seen him, and that had me in a damn good mood.
Then came Nashville. Music City was a bit overwhelming. It’s an incredible place, and I get why everyone wants to be there, and why everyone thinks their dreams will be fulfilled, but the reality is, it’s so inundated with bars and bands and want-to-be agents that not many really have a chance. We started off our day by grabbing a nice straight razor shave, a hair cut, and some tattoo work. We went guitar shopping – well, looking – at some shops that left me in awe of the beauty of certain instruments. And then we played our show….. to no one. Turns out, Matt Nathanson was playing a free show to 15,000 of the Nashville faithful. That meant that most bars were empty, and unfortunately, when a bar is empty for a show, the show doesn’t continue; thus, ours was actually shut down early. Russ and I split a 55 minute night. Luckily, I got to spend some time with my good buddy Josh Tatum, and that made it very worth it. If you want to hear some great tunes, check out Josh, and head out to any local Nashville bar, and you’re likely to see him playing some tunes.
Tonight we are in Tulsa, and the show is halfway gone, and we are having a blast. Great listening audience, killer band playing after us tonight called Dante & The Hawkes, and it’s a gorgeous outside venue.
We’re heading off to Houston in the morning to play a hair salon… yup. We are doing an invite only show, and it is going to be absolutely PACKED.