Here I am in Terre Haute Indiana, on the way to Chicago for a show this Saturday evening at Tonic with Aly Tadros and Sam McLellan. Sam and I have now been out on tour for 3 weeks from New York to Boston, Cambridge and then Memphis where we met our wonderful comrades Aly and Douglas Jay Boyd for Folk Alliance International, a large music conference where nobody does much else than play music all hours of the day and night. After 5 days of madness, and a sleepless night spent along the Mississippi River, we said goodbye to Douglas and friends and left for a house concert in Evansville Indiana along with Aly in her SUV named Betty.
Memphis was magical. Short story, we decided to start a band, The Sweetness, consisting of Aly, Sam, Douglas and myself. Everyone was pushing for it to happen and shucks, they ARE 3 of my best friends in the world and we DO happen to have some of the most incredible musical chemistry I’ve experienced, so why not?
We are all pretty spontaneous so decided to make it happen, Aly and I concurred that they must join us for our European tour. How, was not yet decided. But suddenly, once we put that mission into the universe people fell from the sky handing us support in the form of monetary donations, advice, contacts, gigs, and perhaps a tour van, etc. NEVER have I seen people believe so much in something.
We are stoked about it and talk about little else, speaking with Douglas via phone at least 3 times daily, and having regular bursts of childish giddiness. Thus far we are heading to:
Germany (Berlin and Stuttgart) then Paris to play at the European Independent Film Festival, then over to the UK for some big shows I have planned, one with Canada Blast, and one with The Local in London, heading to Oxford, Nottingham, and hopefully a few more places. Then hopping over to Italy where we hope to collaborate with some talented musicians Aly and I fell in love with while there last. Who knows how this tour will end. I only know it will open new doors never imagined. Looking back a year I barely knew these people.
But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. We first have to get through this tour, still with 3 more weeks to go, Chicago, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Louisville, Lexington, New Orleans, and then Texas, concluding at the intense music festival, South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin.
We are in the midst of putting together a Kickstarter account so that The Sweetness can afford to bring Sam and Douglas and later to record. We will be asking for donations that come with some incredible incentives.
Want some home-made cookies?
Want a postcard from every city while on tour?
Want a private house concert?
More incentives to come.
But for now…Wish us luck tonight…