September was packed with shows and the annual Americana Convention in Nashville. I was fortunate enough to be given an official Americana Showcase this year, which made the festival even more fun and exciting. I've been going to this Conference for five years now and its always like a big family reunion punctuated by inspiring musical moments. This year did not disappoint. However for me, the highlight was getting to do my showcase with my fantastic band of SC guys: Brandon Turner, Jeff Hook and Todd Verdin. We haven't been playing together very long; in fact, we've only done a handful of shows, but I have just fallen in love with each and every one of them and we have so much fun together. I put a lot of pressure on them, knowing this was such a big gig for me and they really came through in a big way. It meant so much to me that they drove all the way to Nashville to do this gig with me and I know that them being there was what made the difference in my successful performance. Not only that, the AMAZING Will Kimbrough sat in with us for the set. Playing that show with my dear friends both on stage and in the audience, listening to Will and Brandon trading guitar licks and getting such a warm response from the large crowd was a moment I never wanted to end! You can check out a few videos from our AMA Showcase on my youtube page:
Another fantastic time was at the Shakori Hills Festival in early Oct. Brandon and I did a couple of duo sets there but our set on the Main Stage Friday afternoon was another moment I never wanted to end. We got a great response from the crowd, I sold out of CD's and we had folks coming up to us the rest of the day to tell us how much they enjoyed us. Shakori is a great fest with great audiences and volunteers who made sure our every need was met. I can't wait to play there again.
BlackTop Road continues to get great reviews in the online and print media. Be sure to visit my press page for the latest reviews from Americana UK, Country California, and others.
We've got some great shows coming up this fall! The one I'm most excited about is appearing with Charlie Louvin at the new Music City Roots, Live from the Loveless show in Nashville. check it out at:
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