Yes, in a state that is 268,820 sq miles (696,241 km²), driving 1000 miles is considered a ‘stone’s throw’ of a distance. This is my 3rd time playing/touring with jazz band the Charles Hearn Quintet, and its awesome every time. Of course, like with any tour, it’s not all roses.
Great Things about Going on Tour to Play your Music out of Town:
More inspiration: The Environment-
Tough things about Touring Texas:
6 cities of shows means we spend lots of time driving. From the Rio Grande Valley- Harlingen, McAllen, Weslaco, Brownsville, up to the central part of the state- San Antonio, Austin… This is why it’s only a “lil’ Texas tour” Ha! You may cover 1000 miles, but you miss most of the state! And so maybe next year we’ll take on new TX cities. Expand our horizons a bit.
Another tough thing about Texas- It’s just a lil’ on the hot side. 105-107f most days. Not much AC at soundcheck and load-in before each show. It took awhile to adjust to the outdoor stages. You either melt or fry…
Cool things about this Texas tour:
The venues. The audiences! (We were happy to see full houses each night!) The musicians. It’s always hard work to roll into town, cram in a bunch o’ rehearsals and hit the road for lots of shows in a short span of time, but this group keeps it fun. I learn lots from this jazz band, the Charles Hearn Quintet, and love ‘em all !!
A major awesome thing for me- visiting the DJ’s and radio stations who have been spinning Torch and Sass! (pics coming soon…)
Things that Inspire me After Tour:
The baritone is a perfect instrument on the road, like a tenor guitar. As awesome as a band is, solo is sweet too. I find myself swinging 180d to the simplest renditions of my songs when coming off the road. Now learning new 1930′s tunes with it! And the last big inspiration of this tour…
Saxman Charles Hearn in situ:
An awesome band leader, producer, songwriter, musician, and all around great friend: this is Charles chillin’ in his über productive musical habitat. He & this space have made me happy hungry to get back to recording in my own space again. Which is exactly what I’ve been up to since coming home.
That, and playing tortilla western shows locally since back in Cali. Traveling and performing like this always awakens new Muses, from jazz stages to the deserts of the southwest, again. A creative wind is coming on…
Last inspiration since coming home:
My garden! It grew! Someone must have watered it! I now have salad stuff, squash, tomatoes… Good thing: I’ve gone vegetarian since all that TX BBQ