Tour, Tour, and more TOUR

In Bikram yoga, they say that the object of stretching is pulling.  To change your body for the better, you learn to love getting into positions that aren’t very comfortable and you can’t worry about how you look or you’ll fall out.  Touring is the same, and for Matt and I this summer, our tour has seemed something like a Birkram class.  When we were in Tulsa, we got to say we were in the 2nd hottest place in the world (#1 was Baghdad) at 115 degrees, which is actually a few hotter than a Bikram studio.  And touring takes flexibility, but we knew about the late nights, early-morning wakeup calls and long drives before we left.  Fellow musicians warned us that touring would be tough, and prepared us for the tribulations to come, but truth be told, the wind has been at our back this summer.  We’ve just finished up our first X-country run and are already excited to start up again.

There are many things we feel grateful for as we gear up for our next tour.  Here are a few…

1. The beautiful drives

When alternating between music, Radiolab, books, and talking about space and time, the day flies by.

 

 

 

2. The generous hosts we’ve stayed with (some of them old friends, and many of them, new friends from CouchSurfing.com)

If you haven’t tried couchsurfing yet, we highly recommend it…

 

3. The wonderful cities we’ve gotten to explore

Below are pictures of Denver, Asheville, and a map of the shows we’ve played on our July and August journey so far…

 

4. Getting to live out a childhood dream of sleeping in a music venue

That’s right…

5. Getting to play in some really cool venues with rad musicians

Below are shots of 2720 Cherokee (a wicked cool art warehouse in St. Louis) and a historic home in Westford, MA where we played our final show on this run…

 

6. Our amazing fans and friends, with whom we have had the chance to spend more time

Matt with his old college buddy, Kyle…

7. The support of our families

Before we left on our cross-country tour we got to spend a week with them.  Below is a shot of the family band, playing at our cousin’s wedding, and my parents and niece at the NJ boardwalk…

 

8. Getting to end our journey in beautiful Cape Breton

A week of family jams, hikes, bonfires, and fiddle music in Cape Breton…

 

 

 

9. Knowing our band is waiting for us back in Oregon!

Cole and Stephen, we miss you dearly.  Here are 2 pics from our mini-tour in July…

 

10. Each other 

:)

*Kali

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