It has been a bit of a whirlwind. I am sorry I haven't had a chance to update in the last few weeks. It has been such a whirlwind. We left Davenport for Fort Wayne and spent 4 days there and did two shows, one on Wells Bridge and another in a local park. There we said farewell to No Lost Cause. They were such a pleasure to meet. I was sad to see them go, but as Scott would say, it wasn't a goodbye, but a see you later.
That Sunday I was able to attend a local AME church someone from our concert invited me to. It was such a sweet time, the welcomed me and my friend with love and hugs. I even got to share a song with them.
We left early the next day for Tennessee. We had a show in Mount Juliet that Wednesday. Before that I had the chance to reconnect with a friend in Nashville. It is so wild how our stories intertwine with those we meet. I am thankful for Amber, her generosity and friendship. It was also such a blessing to see a face I had known from before tour.
What I didn't know then was that our trek south would bring not just a change in climate and the amount of sweet tea I would consume, but changes in our team and the way the tour would go. I left for a weekend after our Tennessee show for a prior engagement, and by the time I was back four days later, it was obvious that morale wasn't what it once was.
Tour life, I am learning, is not for the faint of heart. It is full of ups and downs, surprises, (good and bad) loneliness, isolation, unmet expectations, and so many more questions than I have answers for. By the time our Thomaston, GA show was done, over half the team left for home for various reasons. In many ways it felt like things were crumbling or that we were failing. There was a new band from Philly that had just joined us, and I am sure they were more than confused as to what was going on with this tour as one by one acts were dropping out early with little notice.
Since most of the vehicles had left with their owners, I rode to Charleston with the guys from Audio Impulse. Though it was unplanned and unforeseen, it was such a blessing and refreshing time. My week with them, in many ways was my favourite week on tour. And with how things have been going with canceled shows in Florida, it also marks the last official week of my tour adventure. We still have shows the last weekend of September, but all the shows between then and now have been canceled for different reasons that were beyond our control.
There is soo much to process from this experience. I've met so many people, heard their stories, sang, performed poetry, made new friends, risked my life, eaten more pizza than I ever want to ever again. Sitting here reflecting on these experiences as Audio Impulse does their exit interview in the room next door, I can definitely say that I am sad this adventure is nearing it's end. I have a feeling that the next few weeks will unveil so much and probably include a few tears. It's funny cause after reading this you may think that this wasn't a good experience for me. But that isn't the case. The Extreme Tour was in many ways what I expected it to be, in some others ways, nothing like I expected. Touring, on top of the things I've already mentioned was simultaneously exciting, joyful, humbling, encouraging, touching and so much more. The method sucks, but the reason behind why we do it is so worth it.
Tomorrow morning, Sam, the tour director, and I will be the last two standing. We booked train tickets to Florida and will be staying with friends of mine there until our last few shows at the end of the month. I'll be spending the next week with loved ones, doing tons of reflecting, catching up on work and emails and probably asking some more questions of myself, God and the universe.
Pray for us and that we would finish well despite all the ups and downs. Check out some photos from the last few weeks below. They include moments from Fort Wayne, Mt Juliet, Thomaston, Charleston and Macon.