April 28, 2015
About three months ago, I had what was my biggest show to date at The Willow Tree in Johnson City, TN to a packed house of friends and family; now I’m days away from my very first festival. In exactly one week, I head east to Halifax county North Carolina, and from there to Chicago to play Moonrunners. Its strange how the reality of things with such gravity don’t quite set in in time for you to worry about them or make mental preparations. Before you know it, you’re staring down that proverbial barrel and there’s no time to think, no time to worry. All you can do is act, and I’ve learned to find comfort in that.
I wanted to share with you all how monumental this event is for me, and how years ago it was just a far off dream I thought I’d never realize. Since I was sixteen, the Folk/Americana/Roots genre has shown me a side of music culture that I could identify with unlike any other. It stirred something in me during those formative years that I don’t think I could have accessed otherwise: unhindered expression on an intensely personal level. In addition to an artistic home, I’ve felt comfortable and proud to explore my heritage and southern Appalachian roots which, like it or not, is a part of my identity I cannot be rid of; nor do I want to.
Playing Moonrunners is so much more than just my first festival: it’s the realization of that fresh faced kid’s dream, an opportunity to help preserve and spread traditional music, and another step in my search for individualism and identity.
I would never be here all on my own. I want to thank every single person whose come to a show, bought CDs or merch, and those of you who continue religiously to support me on social media and through digital distribution of my music. I am 100% nothing without you all, and I cannot express my gratitude enough. I’d also like to thank the man who has made my part in Moonrunners possible: Mr. J.B. Beverly. He and the Wayward Drifters will be playing as well, and I’m honored to say, I’ll be sitting in for a couple numbers during their show.
If you find yourself in the Chicago area May 8-9th, come on out to Moonrunners and see yours truly along with a multitude of other great acts tell some stories and sing some songs! I will be keeping a tour journal during this trip (probably on Facebook) if any of you would like to know how it’s going. There will be pictures all over social media too, so be sure to keep an eye on Instagram regularly. Thanks again everyone!
With abounding love,
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