This spring, I got to do my favorite thing on this Earth, which is TOURING! It was spooky going it alone, however, I met some awesome people, drank some delicious beer and played some incredible shows along the way!
I left for my journey on Thursday, April 23 for Rochester NY. I was only 90 miles away from good ole Franklin County when it BEGAN TO SNOW. It was pretty freezing and kind of miserable, but I made it to my motel in one piece, ate some rice and beans and headed to the Bug Jar, where I was to be joined by my dear friend and wonderful singer-songwriter, Jon Lewis. We've played together a few times throughout the years and have become great pals.
I opened up the night with what I am proud to say was one of the best sets I have ever played. I had been practicing A LOT the week before I left, and was stoked to see it paid off! I always love busting out an old jazz tune like "Saint James' Infirmary" and seeing younger folks' eyes light up. It gives me hope.
Jon released ANOTHER solo album this past year and it is doing beautifully. He transitioned from playing primarily acoustic music to incorporating electric guitar into his set more, which was totally awesome. NO ONE does folk-rock like Jon. His bass player threw down some sick harmonies.
I shared a DELICIOUS IPA with Jon, his beautiful wife Rachel and the rest of the band afterwards. Someone left me a note in my tip jar that read "We're Glad You're Here" which absolutely made my night.
The next show on the tour was an awesome coffee shop in Buchannan Michigan called the Union. It was a little over four hours from where I was staying in Ohio. I drove through Indianna, which is the FLATTEST place I have seen thus far. Lot's of cows, corn etc. I had a delicious burrito and listened to LOADS of Paul Simon on the drive back.
The next three days, I played in Ohio. On Monday, the first of my OH dates, I was joined by my Buckeye BFF Julia Kate Davis, a spunky, folky fire cracker. Before the show, she took me to an awesome bar in Kent where I tried a pineapple beer. Strange, but wonderful. Julia and I played once again at Scribbles Coffee in Kent, which is one of the only spots in the area where you can get a delicious cup of fair trade, dark roast coffee. Of course, my other Buckeye sweetie and amazing singer songwriter, Emma Shepard was the barista on duty that night. The three of us have played together in the past a few times, and it was a beautiful reunion.
Julia played as beautiful set, which included a song she wrote called "Tar & Feathers" which I absolutely love. Julia will be moving to Vermont this summer, so I definately will be dragging her down to the valley for a show or two :)
All of her albums on her band camp here, she has quite a bit up there including a few new E.Ps.
My last night in Ohio, I returned to Relax, It's Just Coffee, which is one of the most welcoming venues I have ever played. Upon entering, I was greeted by Tom, the percussionist for the headlining band, Belmont, which come from the Columbus area. Tom and I went to the diner across the street from the venue and ate some amazing french fries together and discussed music. Outside the diner I met the other two members of the band, Colleen, the violinists and Michael, the guitar player and singer.
A young singer songwriter named Sam Honaker opened the show. Sam was only eighteen years old, which completely blew my mind. He reminded me so much of Joni Mitchell, with his complex tunings and beautiful, versatile voice. The second he releases an album, I will be buying it.
I played second and feel really good about my set. The crowd was very attentive and the sound was awesome.
The final act were my new friends Belmont and they did such a great job. The violin player did some killer harmonies, the guitarist had such a beautiful voice that sounded like honey and the percussionist played a million other instruments included some sort of electric keyboard, ukelele and a bunch of other stuff. You can hear their stuff here.
After driving for what felt like a million years and stopping briefly in Massachusetts to pick up Josh, I arrived in Montgomery, Vermont at a really cool ski lodge called The Snowshoe. I played a three hour set and had a GREAT glass of whiskey. We got to stay in a beautiful room overlooking the river and mountains.
The next day we hiked to a gorge with a beautiful waterfall, ate delicious burritos and explore the beautiful city of Burlington. In the evening, I returned to Brattleboro to perform at Superfresh Organic Cafe in Brattleboro, where Josh and I had hemp milkshakes, vegan falafel sandwiches and vegan lemon bars. Never in my life have I had a meal as good as this one. Superfresh is ABSOLUTELY worth the drive.
The final night of the tour I found myself at Perks and Corks in Westerly Rhode Island, another of my favorite spots to play. The show was very well attended and a few couples were swing dancing throughout my set. Everyone was extremely friendly and I look forward to returning in July with my good friend Shanta Paloma.
All in all, it was such an awesome experience. I am so proud to say that I have conquered my fear of traveling solo. Thank you to every single person who made this tour possible. I look forward to hitting the road again in the very near future.
Also, I will be announcing the pre-order date/info of the "Sweet Moon" 7" VERY SOON as well as the location of the release show in the fall!