DAY 8: CANYON, TX

Welp, we are a week and one day into our tour. We started the day with a tour of Blackwatch Studio in Norman, OK. Chad the producer there was kind enough to let us check it out and it was great to meet him! After that we stopped at some organic grocery store and got a few items to make sandwiches in the van. I got this tabouli that was good but very garlicy. Sooo yeah I'm sure everyone was pleased to talk face to face with me. :)

We hit the road toward canyon, tx by lunch time. We played at coffee shop called Palace Coffee. Which has won all these awards for best coffee house. So needless to say the coffee was on point and they treated us so well. Such warm and welcoming people!

Czech out some photos below. 

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Blackwatch yall

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Down in the reverb chamber in lunar manor. 

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What's that justin Timberlake song about Mirrors? Cue that song please. 

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Canyon, TX water tower OBVIOUSLY 

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Palace Coffee is so in right now

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Sound checkin 

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Our friend Kacie Williams came up and jammed with us on a song. It was good to see a familiar face!

DAY SEVEN: OKLAHOMA CITY, OK

Today was a day off today. We got 7 hours down the road from omaha to OK city. Ironic that we drove 7 hrs on the 7th day of tour!?! I think not.

The beginning of the day wasn't too exciting. Just a lot of miles and a few of the ole "hey man can you stop I need to pee".... Oh and we listened to the new modest mouse record and other than a few songs we declared "they are weird".... So profound, I know.

but the day got a lot cooler once we got to Oklahoma City. Our new friend, Graham Colton hooked us with a place to stay in his rad studio. Located in the bottom of a bank tower hi rise. It is huge and vibey as can be. He told us to check out a dinner spot called whiskey cake. And we did and it was amazing! That cake will make you cry happy tears. Now we are just watching the HBO series, the jinx and chilling out for the night. Playing tomorrow in canyon tx. See some pics below.

 

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Tyler before coffee

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Tyler after coffee

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Loading up the van.

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Jam session at lunar manor. 

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Reflections. 

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The most epic reverb chamber

 

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So many choices! So little time.

DAY SIX: SLOWDOWN IN OMAHA

Today we had an easy day. Only a 2 hour drive from the Des Moines area and we got some great homemade quiche in the morning before we hit the road. 

Being on the road can be challenging just for the fact that you are stuck together all the time. There's never much alone time. But we are making the most of it and really enjoying this trip!

We got to Omaha a little early and wasted time at the urban outfitters. Didn't know what else was around so just hung out in the van til we could load in. Dan at slowdown is super cool and easy to work with. Soundcheck was easy and painless and then we hit up some dinner at Blatt. Which I ate way too much. So the first song of the set I was kinda sluggish. Dan described it to me as "HAMBURGER FEET". 

anyway- this show was a fun one for us. It was laid back and fun. we laughed a lot. And it went easy. No hiccups. No forgetting lyrics or any of that stuff. It was just a fun night hanging with our omaha friends. I only took a few, but here are some pics. 

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DAY 6!

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Love that quote from home alone!

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Vibey lights in the green room

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Yall were so rad. Thanks for jammin with us!

DAY 5: House show in Iowa

Today was an easy little day off that turned into a happy accident house show. We had a 6 hour drive from St. Louis. Steve and Dani (our wonderful hosts) put together an impromptu St. Pattys day house show. The evening was a relaxing night. About 20 folks showed up and brought some yummy food pot luck style. We went acoustic in the corner of the living room. Afterwards we made a bon fire and told stories while sipping homemade wine. Oh and smores happened! All in all, it was a relaxing day. Heading to OMAHA for tonight's show at Slowdown. 

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Just a normal buffalo sculpture at a rest stop. Nothing to see here.

 

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House show vibes 

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Da set list

 

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Fire is so cool guys

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Wanna see me do the burning man!?

DAY FOUR: Day off in St. Louis

We had a wonderful day off. We took it easy in the morning, slept in and didn't use our alarms. Which we all know are some of the best days! We talked shop and memories around the kitchen table through the afternoon and then got out and enjoyed the beautiful 80 degree weather. We took a quick train ride at the St. Louis Zoo. It was toward the end of the day so we only saw the butt of a zebra, an elephant, and baby alligator- But either way it was nice to enjoy the weather and get a nice walk in. After that we got some late afternoon beers and a delicious cheese plate at The Scottish Arms before heading to dinner at Rooster. We finished the evening with frozen custard from Ted Drewes. By then I was stuffed to the brim. Having a chef for a host, he knows where to take you for a night out on the town. It was wonderfully delicious and I'm very thankful for a day of fun, laughter, relaxing, and great food. See some photos of our day below. 

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A rad sculpture at the zoo

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Train rides at the zoo don't really let you see many animals. Oh welp!

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Where did the sea lions go?

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Peanut butter chocolate stout at the Scottish arms

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A very wonderful dinner at Rooster

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Ending the night reading the Kendrick article in the latest rolling stone. 

DAY THREE: ST. LOUIS, MO

Today we had a super long drive... So we are working on 4 or 5 hrs of sleep here. Most of the day was spent in the van passing cornfield after the next. We love playing in St Louis. Jake the promoter always take could care of us and I have an old friend named Sam that I usually get to see when we come through. Sam is a great cook so after the show he had some delicious homemade fish tacos ready for us. Here are some pics of our day.

 

Hours and hours of cornfields

Hours and hours of cornfields

Farm fires

Farm fires

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Backstage with my buddy Sam before the show

Backstage with my buddy Sam before the show

Selfie from stage with the wonderful people who came out tonight

Selfie from stage with the wonderful people who came out tonight

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A little acoustic encore to finish out the evening

Some late night darts to finish out the evening

Some late night darts to finish out the evening

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All the fixings for sams tacos. Yummmmmmmm

DAY TWO: MINNEAPOLIS

Tonight is our first show of the tour. It's funny, I'm writing this in the hotel after the show....Which I thoroughly enjoyed. But before the show I was freaking out. I had convinced myself that no one was going to come and that I wasn't going to play well. It's crazy how our mind can wander. I need to go to bed cause we are waking up super early to drive to St. Louis. But hey I would call today a success. See below some photos throughout the day.

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Got a fresh buzz to kick off the morning

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Guitar player/traveling barista

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nothing like a good trampoline party to kick of the day. 

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First thing we always do when we get to MINNEAPOLIS: go to spyhouse

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Warming up in the green room. This is when I was sure that I was the worst singer in the world. 

It was Pi day and we didn't find pie. That's my only regret for the day. 

DAY ONE: beginning of tour

DAY ONE: Driving from Nashville to Minburn, IA. We loaded up the van for our 38 day adventure around 9am this morning. Grabbed some coffee and hit the highway. We play in Minneapolis tomorrow night so we're getting in a solid 10 hrs in under our belt. Here's a few shots from our rainy and pot hole filled drive. 

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Adam and his eagle blanket.

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St. Louis Bridge

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Mr Cook in the captains chair

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Are we there yet?  

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Hey man, do you have the keys? Oh wait- I have the keys. 

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IOWA SUNSETS = BEAUTIFUL 

SEPTEMBER TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

This September tour is one I'll always remember. It was filled with lots of laughs, many miles, some really good food, and plenty of beautiful people. 

We were opening for Joshua James, an artist I've respected for many years. It was a pleasure getting to travel the Midwest with him. He and his band are some of the most loving and spirited men I've met in a long time. They experienced every moment to its fullest and it rubbed off on us. 

Touring can be a hard life style. If you aren't mentally prepared, it can be a life that is quite emotionally draining. Just like home life, the thing that keeps you going is community. If you have each other's back you will make it. No matter if you don't have a place to crash that night or only your family showed up to the show. Thankfully, this tour wasn't lacking in community. We rallied together and became close friends. We even did some camping together and spent time off the stage. 

Here are a few pictures from the road.

 

 

We stayed at this campsite an hour outside of Raleigh. We made tin foil dinners and cooked them over fire. Through the evening we passed the guitar around and sang songs we all loved. This was the night our album released. I was checking my phone from our tent waiting to see if it was on iTunes yet. Thankfully I had a bit of service out in the woods.

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We had a house show in Iowa on the third night of tour. A very generous family treated us like their own. Welcoming us with delicious food, homemade wine, and plenty of acres to roam. We were led to the lake by one of their young daughters. Instead of staying on the path, she took a short cut through this crop field. It made things interesting. :)

 

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We rode roller coasters in the Mall of America on a day off. A kind lady that worked in one of the stores gave us all day passes to ride whatever we wanted! We left with big smiles and maybe a few upset stomachs. :)

 

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This is the green room at Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis. It came stocked with a record player and plenty of vinyl options to keep the vibe rolling through the night. 

 

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The tour ended on a very high note for us. After 2 years since our album has been finished we finally got to release it! And we had a party to celebrate with our hometown in Nashville. Lots of close friends and family were able to come and be apart. It's nice to finally have our record out and no longer have to say "it's coming soon".

I must say this was one of my favorite tours I've been apart of. Funny how you can play really big shows for lots of people but not be fulfilled. Then play for a small crowd and it mean so much. We didn't play to thousands of people this month, but the folks we did play for cared and listened. And that made all the difference. If you were apart of that with us, we want to thank you. In high school, my dream was to be a professional musician. And every day you make that a possibility for me. 

Much love to you-

AA

Meet Gus Gus

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This is Gus Gus. He is an adventurer and he loves water. Most days he takes naps in the sink, hoping and praying you will turn on the faucet. He is also always there when you are ready to take a shower to get his fix. He walks the side of the bathtub back and forth til you are done. Yes, we realize it's weird for a cat to like water. But we have embraced it. :)

You are probably asking why Gus Gus? Well friends, we named him that cause when he was born he looked like the mouse from Cinderella. Chubby and cute. 

Today I was working on a gift box for our local radio station. You know.... thanking them for playing our music and Gus wanted to get involved. Typical. Guess they are gonna get more than what they bargained for!

As weeks continue, you will get to meet more of the family. Goodnight for now. 

AA

WE BE BLOGGIN'

Hello and welcome-

Adam here. We decided that it's about time we give this whole blog thing a shot. So bang.

We were talking today how we wanted to let you guys in on our lives. You know.... the real stuff. What books we are reading. Pictures of my cats, Gus Gus and Mama Bear. Selfies of us being pensive at a coffee shop. My ever growing vinyl collection. Stuff like that. AND OF COURSE REAL THOUGHTS AND FEELINGS. I'd do that kinda stuff on instagram but for some reason it never felt right. Plus I'll convince myself no one will read this, so I'll probably spill my guts. I'm excited.

So anyway, welcome to our blog. Hopefully it will be worth your time. We are hoping to update it every tuesday. I'm telling you that so it keeps me accountable. Somebody set it in their reminders to tell me to write a blog. ;) That's a joke. OBVIOUSLY I HAVE MY OWN REMINDERS. 

Here's one quick thought. Social media drives me up a wall. It has made us all try to make our lives look way more exciting than it really is. It's a game of perception: to make other people think we are awesome. When the truth is, the salad we had for lunch had way too much dressing on it and we were waiting and praying that someone would call or text to invite us out for dinner. But instead we just tweeted "It's nice to have a night to myself". I'm guilty like you all. But someone had to say it. It still comes down to the fact that every person in the world wants to be loved. Not for who they COULD be, but for who they REALLY are. We all want to be truly known. And for some reason we have found affirmation in a like button. If we could all sit down with our great grandparents they would tell us how needy our generation is. How about we all try to go today with only checking our phones 3 times total. Sounds crazy right? But maybe we would find freedom off our leash.

Welp, that didn't take long to get real.

Talk to ya next week.

AA