Sometimes playing music in places where you’ve never been can be stressful. I’m constantly reminding myself that there’s a first time for everything, and much of what I do revolves around that fact. New cities, new audiences, new songs…this tour was a venture into all sorts of unknowns. But Kit & I were lucky to be playing with a few great bands we’d met on previous tours who made us feel welcome in each of their hometowns!

This run brought us through Oklahoma, Texas, and Arkansas. It was my first time playing my own music in Texas or Arkansas, and both were full of supportive, music-loving people. Stylish western boots and hats were everywhere, and I wish we could’ve stayed longer to soak it all in. Fort Worth was fantastic, and of course Austin is one of the live music capitals of the world. I daresay it felt altogether overwhelming and encouraging (and especially nice to experience the Austin without the craziness of SXSW). Fayetteville was a great time too…can’t wait to come back and hang with our friends in Lost John again! We also made a quick stop in Springfield, MO where we re-united with bandmate Karl Eggers. It felt great to have him sit in on banjo for my set. I really miss that guy, and hope to get him back to St. Louis to play a few shows with the band.

I’d like to thank these bands and people for making our tour a success:

Alan Brown, The Quaker City Night Hawks, Matthew McNeal, Vincent Neil Emerson, John Calvin Abney, Lost John (Eric Witthans, Meredith Kimbrough), Peter Shults, Union Specific (Tyler Wallace)