As I sat down at a small diner in Bellevue with my friend and fellow songwriter/artist, Jenny, I couldn’t help but feel a little down on myself. I had a little too much to drink the night before, which didn’t help my cause, but I also had this dull, empty feeling that I couldn’t seem to shake. I couldn’t put my finger on what exactly was making me feel this way, but my spirit was just a little “under the weather”. After eating a deliciously satisfying diner brunch, I finally decided to open up about the way I was feeling about my music career. It was pitiful. But necessary.
After a long winded conversation about music and the ups and downs of choosing this career path, Jenny brought up the idea of doing a house concert tour. It was an instant mood shift. We were so aligned on the idea and the concept and we started planning right then and there. Another cup of coffee and another hour later, we had brainstormed ideas and were planning out dates to make this thing happen. Well folks, I’m here to report that we sure did make it happen.
Here we are nearly 4 months after that dreary December morning at a diner and we just got back from our 2 week East Coast House Concert Tour. It was a truly unforgettable experience. The intimacy of the show brought conversations and support from fans that I never could have imagined. We structured the one-ish hour concert based on the Nashville style writers round with just a stripped down guitar, vocals, some [bad] jokes and the truth. Each show was so different but the connection made with the audience never faltered. It was way more nerve-wracking at first because we were so up close and personal and vulnerable with the audience but I believe it pushed me to be better.
Artists don’t always get the chance to stick around and eat meals with and have deep conversations with their fans but this tour presented an opportunity to do so and I am so grateful. I want to take this opportunity to say thank you. Thank you to all the gracious hosts who made us feel at home away from home and to all the friends who came out to support us. You are truly the reason I choose to do what I do. Thank you to the friends who have reached out who were not able to attend a show but still expressed such enthusiasm and support. I love music and I love that each day I get to wake up and do something that brings me joy and I promise to you now that I will continue to evolve as an artist and write better songs and sing better than the day before because why not?
Now, West Coast….you’re up next!