Today, in between everything else that's going on (there's always something) I'm reflecting on life, more specifically, the life of an artist. There are many ups and downs. The phrase feast or famine, is a phrase that most musicians, writers, artists easily identify with.
For me its a life of cycles and extremes. While out on the road I find myself constantly around people for a time... playing with people and for people, seeing the sights, making new friends and fans. On the other hand you also have the long late night drives, flights, layovers and more driving, where you may still find yourself in the company of people, but with headphones on, looking out the window, zoning out or reflecting. When at home you have similar extremes. You're either out playing music, listening to music, hanging out surrounded by crazy, talented, wonderful creatives, or you're at home practicing, playing, writing, or again just gazing out a window and reflecting. Socialization, isolation, and collaboration all play a part in moving forward and continuing to create something that hopefully moves someone somewhere in someway. And that is what I have been thinking about lately.
Since the last post, in addition to other things, I took a trip to the great state of Montana! What a wonderful place! Everyone was so friendly, welcoming and music supporting! I played a couple parties and a show at Ruby's Jamboree in Missoula, Montana (which spell check apparently doesn't think is a real word) with Bradford Lee Folk & The Bluegrass Playboys! Amidst all the pickin' and mountain looking we were lucky enough to get to go fishing! We spent a beautiful day on the Blackfoot with some extremely knowledgeable guides and I can hardly believe it, but I caught three fish! We swam, jumped off of rocks and had an all around good time. I returned home worn out and with a head full of songs.
In this time of me being a bit of a hermit before I head back out for a quick jaunt up north with The Bluegrass Playboys I'm getting all my ducks in a row for my string of shows in Colorado. Did I mention yet how excited I am to spend some time in Colorado playing for all the wonderful Colorado folks? Not only is Colorado beautiful all the time, I'm thrilled to be able to play with some of my favorite folks while I'm there! I've got duo shows with my sister, Jessica Weatherly, trio shows with the great and talented Aaron McCloskey and Jessica, quartet shows with Aaron, Jessica and the illustrious Dave Richey! In addition to all that I'm going to get to hear a lot of local bands, solo artists, some of my favorites from the Nashville area (Sarah Clanton Schaffer) and teach a Songwriting Workshop at Swallow HIll!
I'll get to spend my days breathing that clean dry mountain air and my nights filling that same clean dry mountain air with some notes and words that I brought with me from all the stages, barrooms, vans, buses, greenrooms, living rooms, front and back porches, between now and the last time I was there!
Finally, here are some pictures from the last little while: