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WOW… Back in the City now. Still reeling from June 2012 tour… It was a TRIP for sure!!
I think I left off telling you about my chance meeting with John Prine at Kroger in Nashville. The guys and I were so excited as we drove back, that we forgot to take our groceries in once we got back to home base (the Hallworths’). $7 of Chobani yogurt was made inedible, but Mr. Prine is worth more than $7 of my favorite breakfast item to me.
We continued that night to our first show in Nashville this time around, the BMI-sponsored 8 off 8th showcase at Mercy Lounge on Cannery Row.
So much fun. Among others, we got to hear the newest project some of our talented friends are a part of called The Lost Maples. Awesome Americana/Alt Country!!
The next night, we played a small party at one of the hottest new venues in Nashville: The Sanctuary. Our friend Mikie recently bought this place and converted it into a multi-functional music space.
Seems like there’s a trend of buying up old churches and creatively putting them to some other use. In this case, it was a great decision! The Sanctuary is already used as a rehearsal space & mixing studio, and we “Christened it” with the first live performance!
It was a great time!!
A couple days while we were in town, we took advantage of the pool in our gracious hosts’ community. Ryan, Ryan, and I are all very driven people and like to stay in shape. When we’re in NYC, we attend classes at Mark Fisher Fitness, an awesome gym in midtown Manhattan. If you’re in NYC and are looking for a great workout spot and supportive community, look no further. MFF makes you hot, healthy, and happier.
Nothing can take the place of classes, but when we’re not in the City, we find our ways. Here we are staying fit by the pool in Nashville:
Our last show in Nashville this time around was at The Tin Roof. It was the Summer Solstice, a night jam packed with music to ring in the longest day of the year! We all had some good food beforehand, graciously provided by The Tin Roof. We sat at the booth, family style, with our Nashville drummer Andy Wilmoth (who has helped us break into the scene in Music City) and Stephen Hopkins, who played bass with us this time.
We seem to be getting into the habit of having shows that are on back to back days in cities that are hours apart… Not necessarily a bad thing, just makes the journey even more interesting (in a good way…as long as we make it in time!)
We started out from Nashville on the night of the 20th right after our show at Tin Roof, and started our drive to Charlottesville, VA, for our last show: Artists for Appalachia, an event commemorating 15 years of existence for Appalachian Voices, an awesome organization that works to alert communities & citizens of the coalfields & beyond of issues that impact them; and does work in Washington, DC, to fight for environmental & human justice in these communities. We were so proud to be a part of the lineup for this event. Here are just some of the folks who we were on stage with:
Trent Wagler of The Steel Wheels
Clara Bingham, esteemed filmmaker & producer of “The Last Mountain”
Jeff Goodell, acclaimed author*
*Jeff wrote a fantastic article that inspired me to write a song, “Green Paper Mountains,” that’s on our latest album. HERE’S THE ARTICLE.
Here are some pics from backstage at this amazing event:
***We are proud to say that our new friend Ms. Kathy Mattea decided to join 2/3 Goat on stage as we sang one of our favorite songs, the Darrell Scott classic “You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive.” One of my FAVORITE 2/3 GOAT MOMENTS SO FAR!!***
It was a very special night, culminating in the whole lot of us coming on stage and singing “Jubilee” by folk legend Jean Ritchie, led by Daniel Martin Moore and Kathy Mattea.
As I said, I’m still reeling from the amazing time we had. This tour will go down in the books as an absolute favorite. I really couldn’t ask for more. SO grateful.
Til next time,