Amsterdam to Erfurt
Sorry I am a little late in this first blog post of the "Where Did We Get Lost" Tour.
It has been quite eventful so far. We landed in Amsterdam a day before the tour started to save money on flights and a car rental. Upon our arrival to Amsterdam we picked up the rental car which was one of the more interesting cars I've been in. The Citreön Cactus! Check out my tour manager Gibby in the photo below.
Success. We've got the car. We had about 3 hours to cruise Amsterdam, which was beautiful as always. We had to leave from Amsterdam to drive half way to Vienna for my first show. We stopped in Nuremberg to catch some Z's. it was a lot longer of a drive than we had anticipated. After some much needed rest after travelling the better part of two days we departed for Vienna. One oversight though, when travelling the autobahn and crossing into Austria you need to have a toll sticker, which I completely forgot about, and doesn't really have anything to do with what I am about to tell you. When we left the rental car facility we did not know that we did not have the "tolls" box checked in the navi system. We also didn't realize this until we made it to Vienna. Long story short, we showed up right on time to my show in Vienna, turned a 5 hour drive into around 8 or so, and now know that Vienna has a beautiful country side.
Met my booking agent Michael at the venue "Kramladan." I think he was relieved to see that we had finally made it. Show was fantastic, some new and old faces. Was a perfect start to the tour.
Then we were on our way to Linz, made sure tolls were checked and made it on time to meet the promoters Philip and Magda for a nice cozy show at Axis coworkering Space which was a really cool spot for a show. Super intimate. Our host Philip took us out to a bar which was an old ship converted into a bar which was one of the coolest things ever really. There was a dance happening there where all the kids dance old swing. Video below. I swigged on some beer while gibby learned the Limburger.
We were then on to Graz to play the Autumn Leaves Festival. Upon arriving to the venue we blew a tire in the parking garage. You can see Gibby below putting on the spare. This was a bit of a blessing because we knew the rental service would ultimately have to provide us a different car, which would be a welcome change. This was my second time in Graz and I was really looking forward to getting back. The same guys that put on my first ever sold out show were also putting on the festival. These guys were very pivotal in making my tour happen and I can't thank the guys from Platoo enough for putting me on such an amazing bill in such fantastic venue. Please check out their organization and all of the amazing stuff they are doing. Had a great set, and an even better time before and after the show. Bars are open til 4am. We woke a little foggy changed the tire and we then on our way to Klagenfurt.
Showed up in Klagenfurt still hanging from Graz, figured it would be a quiet night. Wrong! Awesome crowds and some of the most gracious hosts. Met some amazing people right off the get go. Stefan the bar owner was a fantastic host and guy. To all the people who attended, worked the show, and brought us out for a good time after, we are extremely grateful. Gibby made such a great impression on the people here that he was also signing cd's. Sleep, wake up foggy, off day! Acquire hotel halfway to next show, sauna, tv, bed.
Off to Erfurt to play Füchsen Cafe. What a beautiful town with such a rich history. Thomas our host was a very nice guy. Show was great and super intimate. Met some new people, has gluwein (mulled wine) at the winter markets and checked out the town. Just gorgeous.
On our way out of town we stopped to check out the Buchenwald concentration camp, which was probably one of the most heartbreaking things I have ever seen. Very eye opening and profound experience. That's all I can really say.
On a lighter note, I cracked 200 on the autobahn🙌
Enjoying two days off after 14 nights straight. The last 3 shows have been great! We played a festival in Offenbach at Hafen 2. We ran into Canadians from both sides of the country who were also playing the festival. A fellow named Jonah and the band We Are The City. All awesome guys and was comforting having them around, and nice to talk about our experiences on the road together. We then went on to play at Cafe Benno in Vienna, Austria. Super cool place to have a concert, and the people there that threw the show were incredibly nice and accommodating. From Vienna we headed to Graz. This was a super special night because it was my first ever officially sold out show. I felt an amazing connection with the audience and we all shared some good laughs together. Thanks so much to all of the folks that made the night so special. Especially the fellows from Platoo, and Martin the sound engineer. I'll never forget it.
One more day of R&R then on to Luzern, Switzerland for the final stretch of this tour.
Wishing you all the best!
In the past few days we have traveled from Reutlingen to Aachen. In Reutlingen we opened for a fantastic band called Outernational from NYC, great guys, with a tonne of energy. Really enjoyed watching their show and hope I run into them again soon. From Reutlingen we headed to Wurzburg which is a really nice town, show was good, and the people we met there were great. From there we headed the Chemnitz to play Emmas Onkel. Really sweet little venue. Last night we played in Aachen at Rastatte. Thanks so much to the folks who put on the show! For filling out belly's, and for your hospitality. We are on to Offenbach, then headed to Austria in the coming days.
Still having a great time and look forward to meeting some new people at the up coming shows.
My apologies for the lack of updates lately. We have had some long drives and weak Wi Fi connections. Over the past little while we have played shows in Munster, Koln, Maastricht, Dortmund, Nandrin, Brussels, Breda, Luxembourg, Bern, Nurnburg and Schornforf. All have been unique in their own way. I have had three shows opening for the LA based band Spain for which I am grateful for them letting me play for their audience, and also for being a fantastic group of guys.
I finally had a few days off and we spent two of them enjoying Carnaval in Breda with my tour manager Johns family. Let me tell you, we have nothing like Carnaval in Canada. Basically five days of people coming together and celebrating dressed in the craziest costumes. Of course there is a lot of booze involved and a couple crazy parades.
Shows have been very good so far. I am still in disbelief that I can travel so far from home and play my music for people every night. I absolutely love it.
Today we are arriving in Innsbruck, Austria to play a venue called Canada 365 so we should feel right at home.
All my best!
Been a while since I've had enough time to update the blog due to a busy schedule and also a lack of wi fi connection. Since I last updated the page we have had many amazing experiences in Frieburg, Duisberg, Haldern, Dusseldorf, Leipzig, lochwitz and Jena. Met some familiar faces from my previous tour in Germany, and have also made many new friends along the way. Tobigt I play about my 20th night in a row in Munster. It is probably one of the most challenging things I have done to date but my voice is holding up and for that I am thankful. I'm also thankful to all of the people that have made the ride so comfortable. Proud of my wife, daughter and friend John for having such a positive attitude on the road. It's extremely important when picking up your home and moving every single day. Definitely not for everybody. I am nearly half way through this tour. Crazy! Can't wait to meet the rest of you along the way.
Shaffhausen- El Bertin Glacé
Spent a beautiful night in Shaffhausen with some amazing hosts. Thanks soooo much to all of the folks at El Bertin Glacé for their hospitality. For feeding us some delicious lasagna, and a few grappa's. Had a chance on our way out to take in the Rhein Falls.
Had a nice interview and live performance with Sarah Keller at Radio Munot. Thanks for your support.
We even got to catch the super bowl in a crazy theatre setting.
Maybe next year will be the Bills year!!
Truly a one of a million experience. I played in the Atrium of The Hotel Blume. It had five floors of balconies over looking the spot where I played right in front of a gold fish pond. Exceptional crowd and super unique show. Thanks so much to the Folks at One of Million for having me, and I hope to get back to Baden some time in the near future.
Big thanks to Karl for having us in his beautiful loft in Altdorf, also for feeding us and making us feel welcome in his place. Everyday the road opens my eyes to the genuine kindness of human beings.
We finally found the Alps!! Three shows into our Swiss leg of the tour and we landed in the gorgeous mountains of Ennenda. The show was a benefit for a group of people that build bike trails all over the world. They were accepting clothing donations for their trip to Rwanda in the near future. Great guys, and also amazing guests. Once again the hospitality was amazing. Best sleep I've had on the road so far. Big thanks to Rudy and Uli.
Such a great night in Basel. Thanks to all of the folks that came out to make it a special night. During this trip we have met some of the kindest most accommodating people and last night was no exception. Thanks so much to Dom and Tom for having us, and welcoming our family into their establishment and home.
After the show I met a really nice fellow who said he hopes that in 20 years from now that he can look my daughter up, and that she might be a songwriter following in her Dads footsteps. This was such a cool thought.
Anyway, life is good! Life is exciting, everyday something new and beautiful.