I slept for 3 hours, then we had to be up for the next show… We got to the Appleton Farm Market at around 7:30 and get setup/met the staff and I went and got my coffee fix at the Starbucks across the street. I was literally no good for anything… People were talking to me and I was kinda in a zombie-like state. Then I got my second coffee and things started feeling better.
I got to meet Shaun from Avenue 91.1, the AAA station in Appleton and sister station to KRUZ 97.5 in Santa Barbara! Cross your fingers, Appleton! Maybe you’ll get to start hearing me more often! I also met all of the staff from the farm market and they were extremely pleasant and hospitable. It was definitely a beautiful day after that second cup of joe. And I sold 8 cd’s and we got about 60 bucks in tips!
Immediately after this show where Matt and I split about a 4 hour set, we headed to my sister, Natalie’s wedding in Ripon. It was a beautiful wedding. I played “You Happened to Me”, “Indescribable”, and then a cover of “Bless the Broken Road” when she came down the aisle. When they were walking away, I started choking up and sang “I’ll Be” after about 8 unsuccessful attempts to find the right note… Stinking emotions… I found a “baby cat” and took a picture, but I don’t pet it! 😉 at one point I grabbed my nephew Louden and we took a bunch of pictures together. Love that kid.
I was pretty tired and I think I told over 200 jokes at the wedding… Definitely looked back when we were driving away and thought, what in the world? Why did I need to crack that many jokes? Oh well. I had fun. 🙂
After the wedding we drove back to Appleton and set up for the show. The room at Copper Rock Coffee House has this amazing natural echo/reverb that made everything sound amazing. I ended up playing half the set using my loop pedal and then just stripped it down and went completely acoustic/no mics. I loved this audience so much. They were really diggin it and we’re even singin along! Great crowd.
On top of all that, my old drummer Eric was able to show up. His son, Andrew is one of my good buddies. This 8 year old was teaching me how to use my iPhone, and even suggested I play “sleeves” at one point. I think I had everyone clap for him a dozen times.
When we finished the show, and after another coffee and a “sick tea” headed back to the hotel. (yeah I showed them how to make it… And even made the baristas try it.
Got in bed and fell asleep right away… My voice is really struggling so I’m giving it a bit of a rest today. Tonight’s show should be amazing. 400 Bar in Minneapolis seems rad and there’s a grip of ladies that I cant wait to meet! This has definitely been the most facebooked/tweeted about show this far and I’m gonna play my arse off!!! 🙂
All my love,