Tour sweet tour. The "Blake Shelton" Tour is drawing to a close. Sad but true. I'm glad the the tour is ending on the west coast. It kind of seems like we are riding off into the warm sunshine this way.
Blake Shelton's, Justin Moore's and our people will be veering off in separate directions. Out of all the people on the tour, I feel closest to Jenee, Blake's violinist/guitarist/back-up vocalist. She has been an amazing role model for me. She's an extremely classy and talented woman with many years of experience playing for professional artists like Martina McBride. Her violin/fiddle playing is some of the best I've seen. Meeting her has made me realize how much further I have to go musically, even though I already feel I have come so far. I have her to thank for introducing the subtleties and purity of "blue grass" music. I will miss her and her southern accent.
|Jenee also writes her own awesome tunes which you can listen to here!|
Last night, at our "End of Tour Party", rented instruments littered a stage in our dining area. After a delectable meal of grilled veggies, potatoes, and biscuits, Blake's musicians assembled on stage and began free-styling. You could feel the emotion pouring out of their fingers and their bodies. They were all masters of their instruments. I can't imagine all of the hours they must have put into practicing their craft to be able to call on their arsenal of techniques so fluently and tastefully.
Although playing in arenas is a huge "high", and I can't really compare anything to that feeling of being in front of so many people, I think I would rather be an incredible player in front of a very small crowd rather than playing average in an arena. I'm thankful for the opportunity of a tour so incredibly HUGE, but the biggest thing I learned on this tour is that for me, music is still at the heart of everything, more than a giant tour bus, more than arenas, more than a full rider complete with honey nut cheerios, almond milk that nobody drinks, and ice tea.
I love music because of the "journey" aspect of the craft. You see, you never are at the end. That's a good thing, because if you ever did get to the end what would you do? I'd tell you what, you'd be sipping on a club soda, and what's so great about sipping on a club soda?
Coming off of a tour like this is always a rejuvenator of sorts. Such a big change of lifestyle always catapults me into life's next "phase", which is why I'm kind of infamous for doing something crazy at the end of every tour (like moving to Austin on a whim, the first time I moved there.)
Just like I was SO ready to be on tour when we first started out the tour, I'm SO ready to be home now.
Nick and I are moving back to Salt Lake City from Austin. Yes, yes I know. I love this city, and the goodbyes will be hard. I'll be back someday. My Chandler the Robot Shop will stay up during the move thanks to mama Frampton (and sometimes papa).
We are playing in Bakersfield tonight. The California air is sweet, just like I remember it.