After months of planning, endless calls, emails and Facebook messages, my run of six shows in seven days on the East Coast is finally here! This is my first foray into touring in the Northeast and I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a little nervous. When I expressed this to my friend he said nerves are a good thing because it means I'm not taking anything for granted.
Planning a tour on another coast where there are flights, car rentals, sleeping arrangements and new fans to reach is a humbling experience. But it's also exciting and I feel lucky to have the opportunity to do this with my good friend and touring buddy, Colin Gilmore.
We are connecting with Pete and Maura Kennedy for four of the shows as well as my father, Happy Traum and Colin's dad Jimmie Dale Gilmore to kick off the tour on July 8. at the historic room, The Towne Crier. The chance to do this father/son gig will be a great evening if our last show together is any indication. I am also doing my first show under my own name in my hometown of Woodstock, NY. It will be great to have my family there as well as friends who I've know for years.
I suppose anytime we step out of our comfort zone we learn what we are capable of and need to embrace not only the challenges but also our success. I look forward to reporting news of the road in my next blog post and rest assured I'm sure there will be some great stories garnered from this adventure, which you can't put a price tag on!