Well, as most of you already know, tour season is upon us. How excited are we?!? I’m including myself in that “we” because I truly love this time of year. This time it came real fast and, unfortunately, I think it will be over before I can blink. Boo! But, that’s just more incentive to enjoy it while it lasts, right? I could say that about life in general.
So, where the heck are we and what’s going on? Well, as I type up this new blog post, I’m sitting on a couch in the band room of the Greensboro Coliseum, expecting to see a bunch of y’all at the show tonight. I’ve been getting some messages on FB and Instagram about people coming to the show. It’s gonna be a good one! We’re playing a bunch of places that I’ve never been this year and hitting markets that KC hasn’t been to in a while. I can’t believe that we’re already in week TWO of the tour! Wow. Let’s see, we started out in Nashville just after my last blog post, with a few weeks of rehearsals to get the band and show ready for this year. During that time, not only did we work daily to get the show solid, but I also got pretty good at doing some sugar-free baking for the house! I’m totally into it. If you’ve got a sweet tooth but are working hard to stay away from sugar and carbs, do yourself a favor and pick-up some Swerve sweetner to use for baking. I made some keto chocolate chip cookies, lemon bars and peanut butter cookies, all with NO added sugar. And, they were so delicious! Ok, food detour….
After that was done, we started off the tour with a few nights in Louisville, doing some run throughs and rehearsals at the KFC Yum Center. It’s always nice to be in one place for a few days and that doesn’t happen that often. Usually, we play the show and hop right on the bus to head to the next city. It can get exhausting, but I wouldn’t trade it. Duh! Louisville was a blast and a few of us even made an appearance at the No Shoes Radio/Blue Chair Bay pre-party the night before and did a live on air bit with Deanna Kay, Slippers and Jon Anthony. The night COULD have finished there, but instead a bunch of us ended up at a dive bar called Third Street Dive where, shocker, it was karaoke night. Boy howdy did we sing some songs!
After the first show in Louisville, we headed to Champaign, IL to play at the State Farm Arena. I’ve spent a lot of time in the midwest, but this was my first time in Champaign. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a ton of time to go explore, which I usually like to do in a new town. But, holy smokes, that crowd was on fire and ready for a KC show! I don’t think I’ve ever heard a small arena sound so huge! Maybe it’s that it had been a while since he had played in that town. Whatever it was, they were ready for us. Next stop was Grand Rapids for two nights and then a brief flight home for me. What a cool town and another one that I had never been to! This time, I had lots of time to go explore and get to know the city a bit. Plus, the weather could not have been better. Grand Rapids in January, not so much. I ventured out and walked for about 2 or 3 miles one day, popping into the Downtown Market which was this awesome indoor shop with a coffee place, a cheese shop, olive bar, local boutique shop, a bunch of restaurants, etc. Then I ended up over at a really cool antique store called Lost & Found, which was in this huge old brick building and had tons of stuff. I also had a delicious brunch at an amazing spot called Little Bird, and drank LOTS of coffee. It was such a pleasant day. These were two of my favorite shows so far. Maybe we needed those first two to get the jitters out. Not that those weren’t solid shows, more that we settled into it after the first couple.
After a couple of luxurious days home, I hopped a flight to Nashville to then hop onto the bus last night, fall asleep and wake up in, TA DA, Greensboro, NC where I am sitting right now. From here, we take off to Jacksonville and then Tortuga Fest, one of my favorites! Should be a fantastic weekend.
So, remember how I mentioned back in November that I was thinking of starting a YouTube channel? Well, that’s still on the books but has actually morphed into something bigger and more exciting, in my opinion. Deanna Kay and I have been working on a tandem project that we’re hoping to launch at the end of this month. For those of you who don’t know who DK is, she’s one of our on-air DJs for No Shoes Radio and she’s also currently the in-arena host for the Nashville Predators hockey team. Plus, she’s done tons of awesome on camera spots for VH1, ESPN, CMT, etc, etc, etc. AND, she just so happens to be one of the few females out here on the road with this camp, so naturally, we bonded. We’re super excited about this new project, which, without giving away too much, will involve a YouTube channel, Instagram, FB and Twitter feeds, an adventure/travel blog, etc. We’ve been busy collecting content since rehearsals began. As soon as we’re ready to launch, I’ll be sure to let all of you guys know so that you can start following our shenanigans, if you so choose.
Ok, quick update….remember how I said I was sitting on a couch in Greensboro? Well, I was but now I’m actually sitting in a hotel in Nashville, post-Tortuga Fest. I intended to get my blog out a few days ago, but didn’t have the best internet connection where we were. That means I get to give you a quick recap of the last couple of shows! Jacksonville was our next stop after we played in Greensboro. It was a new venue to us and was attached to the football stadium, more of an amphitheater. We were able to get out and take a run that day, which was nice. It was perfect weather too! Sunny and a little humid but still breezy. A lot of the island friends showed up to this show, so there was quite a get together afterwards. They even got a gourmet ice cream pop truck to come backstage! What a treat. At about 1am, we pulled out of Jacksonville and headed towards Ft. Lauderdale for one of our favorite festivals, Tortuga. If you’ve never been, I recommend it. After a quick breakfast, we threw on shorts and bathing suits and spent most of the day lounging around in the sun and water before it was our time to go on. I was eager to see Sheryl Crow that day and she went on right before us at 6pm. When we hit the stage at 8:25pm, it was still pretty windy but at least the sun had gone down. I think all of those poor festival goers had been sitting out in the sun all day, holding their spots. Lots of sunburns out there! Tortuga was a great way to finish off the weekend before a few days of in Nashville. I wish we would have had more time to hang in Ft. Lauderdale, but that’s just the nature of the tour. I think lots of people thing we have tons of time when we get to different cities. It’s usually just the day and then we’re gone right after the show. But, I always try to make the most of it, no matter how much time I have. What did Ferris Bueller say? “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”
Until next time, y’all!