So after about 5 months straight of rolling, I've been stationary for about 5 days now and I gotta tell ya it feels pretty good. Granted, I've had a wonderful time in my adventures... May was fantastic with folks in Burlington, Cambridge, and New York opening their hearts (and often homes) to me, and this was a capper on one of the busiest and exciting years of my life (thus far, that is). So many places, so many new faces, and the chance to share so often... it's really has been great! But I'm happy to have the time to recover and reflect. It is needed, from time to time.
For the month of June I'm "settling down" in North Carolina; visiting with friends and family, getting some long needed recording done, playing a few shows, and having some quality time with the old home state. As much as I love my travels and seeing so much of this great land of ours, there's always something that stirs in my heart as I drive through the countryside down here. While I could stand it to be a bit cooler, the everybodyfields' song "so good to be home" has been my mind a lot lately. It *is* good to be home.
July I'll be headed west for the first time and I'm very excited about it. Lessons learned from the first five months of the year are being applied and I won't be rolling at quite so hectic of a schedule; especially since I'll have some pretty long hauls along the way. A string of days on, with a few days break here and there in between to recover, and so far it's coming together nicely. The idea of crossing the country on four wheels is something I've always wanted to do, and I'm giving myself plenty of time to explore as I go across, most especially when I hit the Rockies and push towards the Pacific. I also feel quite blessed that my music is my driving force... I am thankful every day for the path that has led me to where I am (including the occasional hairpin turns, harrowing as they may have been).
But for the moment, for June that is, I'll be in my beloved Kakilacky. I look forward to seeing lots of old friends, catching up on life in Charlotte and Greensboro (as much as I can) and sharing my songs and experiences with you. I've a few more NC stops in July, but for now I hope many of you will be able to make it out to one (or more) of these upcoming shows:
June 10th - Charlotte, NC - The Neighborhood Theatre (part of the Crown Town Showdown) - FREE!
Looking forward to seeing you soon, and try to stay cool as the summer settles in upon us!