I just LOVE rolling into a new venue and watching the crowd as I set up my suitcases. I get some strange looks, until I start playing and then it's all smiles!! My gigs in Kalispell and Columbia Falls were among the highlights of the tour so far. My camping space was in the Glacier National Forest and every night I was the audience to a symphony of Owls chatting across the canyons. In Columbia Falls at The Gunsight Saloon I made some new friends and had a one of my best performances. I was fulfilled as a songwriter when I asked the crowd if they wanted to hear a cover song or and original and without hesitation the entire place yelled "ORIGINAL". I think most musicians underestimate their audience. Don't live in your safe space, play an original song, take a chance. You NEVER know who will connect with that tune.
TOUR BLOG Day 16:
Woke up to the sound of rain on the roof if my van. I let it drift me back to sleep but not before starting to heat the water for my coffee. When the rain stopped the wind came rushing in behind to clean everything up. The first cup of coffee is always the best as I set my cruise control on 80mph oh I LOVE driving fast!! And I’m headed to Philipsburg Mt with a lunch stop in Drummond. I love those diner’s where the laughter is as loud as the jukebox and the waitress calls you “sweetie”. My kind of place. Hometown folk. This evening I’ll be performing at #philipsburgbrewery let the good times roll. #tourlife #travelingmusician #montanamusic
TOUR BLOG Day 12:
I think the hardest part of any musicians life is Monday thru Thursday. What do you do?? Keep the stinky socks clean, get the van serviced, and catch up on writing some songs. Colorado was fun, got to see old friends and it was a super cool venue that says I can come back anytime!! Then Wyoming, Sundance to be exact. Home of the Sundance Kid. It was extra special for me as I got to perform for my hometown in a historic building and it was Mother’s Day weekend AND I had my natural birth mother in the audience!! She got to see where I grew up and meet some of the most important people in my musical journey. That’s done, whew!! Heavy stuff. The drive thru Wyoming was gusty 45-50 mph winds. I got the oil changed in my van and now I’m sitting here in a laundromat catching up on emails and tour blog stuff. Laundromats all smell the same and it’s not pleasant!! But hey, at least they have a Johnny Depp Pirates of the Caribbean pinball machine!!
Tomorrow morning I’ll make the drive back thru Montana and start gigging my way home. Stay tuned.. #tourlife #travelingmusician #johnnydepp #pinball
Toby C Brady Music is in Sundance, Wyoming.
Tonite I got to perform for my hometown for the first time in years. Add on top of that I was the first person to play that stage since the 1940s. And I got to have my high school music teacher sit in with me!! I really have no words for how I’m feeling right now. So there will be more to come on my tour blog wrap up. Old-Stoney Restoration #oldstoney #sundancewyoming #sundancekid
Tour Blog Day 3,4,5
TOUR BLOG Day 3,4,5
Chelan went great as always love playing that town. After my Saturdays gig I drove to Kellogg Idaho and spent a couple days with a friend hanging out at his cabin, driving around in his vintage 70s Corvette and shooting guns, you know, boy stuff. Then I made my way through Montana. I took my time, sleeping in the van at rest stops, talking to strangers at the gas station about my tattoos. Oh I love driving. There’s something about being in motion that is very calming to me.
At my second show in Chelan I was talking to the crowd and thanking them for their kind donations and letting them know that this is all I do for a living when a gentleman in the front corrected me saying “no, this is what you do for a living and you are damn good at it my friend.”
Wow, never really thought about it that way and I certainly don’t think I’m good at it. I’m more stubborn than talented anyway. But it was nice that he recognized that in me when I couldn’t myself. I’ve got a heavy schedule coming up so I’m treating myself really nice eating well trying to get lots of rest staying hydrated all of the stuff you have to do anyway on tour. Well, I’m really looking forward to all of my shows coming up. I’ll keep you posted as my one-man roadshow rolls on through your town. #tour #americanamusic #onemanband #onmyown
One-Man-Vagabond-Gypsy-Band, Maker of Melancholy Melodies, Singer of Sad Songs and All-Around Troubadour of Tortured Souls