Back From Tour
We recently did a little summer tour to Nashville, Lexington, Fayetteville, and a few other places. If I had to describe it in one word, I would say exhilarating! We had a lot of fun, met a lot of people, caught up with friends and family, did 8 wonderful shows in a row, and really enjoyed being back on the road. Our first show was an in-studio radio interview, which I did solo. Rob sat on the couch and relaxed while I performed a few songs in between fun chats with the host. Erica was a really gracious host. I was incredibly nervous. I've done radio interviews before, but this was a big deal for me because it was in Music City Nashville first of all and secondly my other radio interviews were for online stations. I answered questions while in bed. This was an actual in-studio performance so I had to bring my full game!
Here's the audio from my interview. But, if you're in Nashville and want to hear local music, check out Erica's show. It's called Soul of the City WXNA 101.5. It runs on Thursdays from 4-6. Tune in on the radio or live streaming here.
Our next stop was at a cute winery tucked away in the hills of Kentucky! They have two locations and we were fortunate enough to perform at both. Talon Winery has some of the best wines out of Kentucky. Kentucky is known for sweet wine, and they have this Sugar Lips line that is to die for.
Special thanks to our friends in Louisville for letting us stay for a few days while in the area. We had an absolute blast! After that we headed back to Nashville for a couple shows there. We did a house concert and we set up in the back yard. I love house concerts because I get to engage more with my audience and we really get to know each other. I make up songs on the spot where I include my audience and it makes for a really memorable experience for everyone. This house concert was no different. Everyone had a great time including me and Rob. Our hostess, Anndra, was amazing!
If you're interested in hosting a house show or thinking about doing so, take a look at my special house concert info page here. You'll be glad you did!
Our other show in Nashville was a semi-private show for an apartment community in the Franklin area. It was surreal because it was the very community we lived in when we were in Nashville. It was great going back to our old stomping grounds and seeing friends along the way. Speaking of which we stayed with some friends while we were there and we picked up a new band member!
This little guy is CJ. He was all about the music, but when it came time to take the picture he became a mannequin! So funny. We had the hardest time getting him to pose. Stage fright will get you!
Our next stop was downtown Fayetteville, AR. We performed at JJ's Grill. They have a great stage and it is a very happening spot. Lots of people were grooving to the music. We also did a show at Brick Street Brews in downtown Rogers, AR! Now this place is the bomb. It felt like I was in an episode of Cheers. It was a community atmosphere. It felt like everyone knew each other and there's a beer garden in the back. What more can one ask for?
Unless you're from Northwest Arkansas, you may not have heard of Rogers, AR. But they have a Copeland's. Being a native of New Orleans, that was some impressive news! We stayed with family in Eureka Springs while there, and before our show we all went for dinner at Copeland's. It was amazing. It's cajun southern food with a gourmet flare. It's delicious and brought to you by the makers of Popeye's. Mmm good. That's what I love about touring! You get to partake in local dining, catch up with friends, and meet lots of new people along the way -- all while sharing music.
Our last stop was a quaint little coffee shop in Tyler, TX, The Foundry. It's a great venue and they have a fire sound system! We stayed with my cousin Chandra! You may have seen her on our TV episode of Tiny House Hunters! She came to Houston to take part in our TV experience and I'm so happy she did! We recently realized that we live in the same state so we've been seeing a lot more of each other lately!
The tour was awesome! It was a short one, but boy did we pack a lot in the little time we had. Thanks to all our hosts! We couldn't have done this without you. :)
Can't wait for the next one.