When you’re used to tours that last two to four months, spending ten days on the road goes by in the blink of an eye. But it was a ridiculously fun ten days with lots of adventures, van jams, good chats and many a long drive.
I had an all star team of musicians playing with me on this tour including my old piano teacher, Adam Gill, our good friend Darryl Swart, and Mathew Des Roches, who opened for all the shows with his wife Sherry with their musical project WhiteBird. Their two year old son Phoenix was also on tour with us, and he did extraordinarily well on the road! It definitely helped that we were driving through rural Alberta and he has a fascination with “diggers,” dump trucks, trains and other large vehicles. Every day he’d get my attention from the back seat and point out a tractor or big truck.
It was a little strange not having Zoltan on stage this time around. He switched roles to doing sound, and he did an amazing job of it. He’s quite a master with those faders, and even though we missed having him dancing around with his tambourine, he played such an important part in the sound of the show.
It’s so neat to see how people come together and work alongside each other. We had lots of good times in the van working on harmonies or jamming songs, chatting about the future of music or just reading and listening to music. It’s awesome to find a group of people that you really jive with, and I hope that you’ll be seeing more of these odd folk in the future.
Now that we’re home, it’s back into regular routines and planning ahead for some big tours later this year. Thanks for following the adventure!