Got into Philly with a good amount of time to rest before the show. Found a relatively cheap place to stay, but it was about 40 minutes from them venue, and in kind of a ghetto area, but it was super comfy, and may have been the best sleep I got on tour.
The Grape Room in Philly was awesome. Everyone treated me great, and Skyler, who came to the Toledo show as well, said that it sounded “Just as good as the Cd!” Jeff, my manager said they were great to work with and were always the first to email him back on this tour. When a venue goes out of their way to make you comfortable, it makes me want to be loyal and come back. Definitely my new stop in Philly.
I didn’t know anyone there, but Lauren came out with her sister and her friend and hung out with me the whole night. It was her Birthday! And you can go and do a lot of things on your birthday, but coming to my show was super sweet!
The next morning, I drove 13 hours to Salisbury, NC, because my old singing group from College was performing at a high school. I went to a small Christian College for my Freshman year. It was a really tough year, but being on the singing team was one of the highlights. I didn’t make a ton of friends, and the friends I did make didn’t really stick. My girlfriend, Cassie, and I would break up that year, my family would have a lot of issues back home, and I’d feel powerless most of the year to do anything. Music was kind of my only escape. I learned a ton, and it was a great year of growth, but I got stuck in my head, and I don’t know if I was ever really myself at that school. We had 86 students, and that made it pretty drama-full.
A lot of those memories came flooding back when I rolled down my window at 6:00 am in Florida on Saturday morning. The air, the humidity, even the smell just brought everything from 10 years ago back.
Gonna visit the school for a little today, and I’m sure that’ll be a little tough as well, but I’m excited to play at Sacred Grounds in Tampa tonight! If you know anyone in Tampa, send them out! Show starts at 8!