The Tour

Sorry, I haven’t written in a while!   I was sort of tour managing for the first bit of the tour, and had precious few spare moments early on.  I HAVE, however, become more active in Twitter though, so, when I don’t have time to sit down and really share what’s happening in journal form, you can hear all about the stupid things going through my head on Sara Watkins (SaraWatkins) on Twitter.
Or you can find it under the Journal menu on my website!

Thanks to everyone who has written me with encouraging lines throughout the tour of the record release.  Many thanks also to everyone who came out for the shows!

It was a varied and successful seven week tour that included opening for John Prine, flying to London and retrieving the wrong piece of luggage (many bags look alike) going BACK to Heathrow for the suitcase swap . . . some chats with the charming folks at BBC, opening for and sitting in with Old Crow Medicine Show.  My first headlining show was in Minneapolis – back to New York, Jimmy Fallon show with Sean, John Paul Jones and ?uestlove!!  What the crap!

Don Heffiington and Sebastian Steinberg joined, Sean and me for a few shows including World Cafe in Phili and then we toured up the east coast as a trio (myself, Sean, and Sebastian).  We ran out of gas (9H blog) on the way to a radio staion in New England and then went on up toward Woodstock. After our show at the beautiful Bearsville Theatre we were able to make it over to Levon Helm’s to catch the last three or four songs at the Ramble.  The perfect Nightcap.

Over to the Midwest, we were joined by a tour manager who relieve me from the extra duties.  In Ann Arbor I ate at Zingerman’s twice and got to see our friend Glen at the Ark with Toad the Wet Sprocket, Chicago was a blast, Madison, super fun.  Then up the west coast.  Sweet sweet home.  Friends Don Heffington and Benmont Tench drove down to play with us at the historic La Paloma Theatre in Encinitas and then the next night in LA was AWESOME!  A full band! Greg Leisz joined us, Benmont, Sebastian, Don, Sean, Glen Phillips sang beautiful harmonies and Lisa Germano made Bygones even spookier!  Sooo Fun!  It felt really good to be back.

In the final stretch of the tour I was starting to ache with homesickness but it helped to see friends in each town.  Salt Lake City and over to Portland, OR,  Alex and Tatiana Hargreaves sat in with us.  What sweet, sweet music they make.

Seattle was a dream of a way to end the tour.  Matt Chamberlain brought a few drummy things down to the Tractor Tavern, the audience was absolutely on fire!  Our good friend Jenny Anne Mannan brought her fiddle down as well.  I always forget how good it feels to sing with her.   What a great night.  The audience gave us a ridiculous three encores.  Thanks guys for making me feel like a rock star for a couple hours!!