Last week I had the pleasure of playing the Bluebird Cafe alongside several other talented female singer, songwriters at Chick Singer Night hosted by Jaclyn Brown. I played alongside such talented ladies as Sam Hatmaker, Rhetta Jane and Peyton Parker. It was so nice to be featured along with these ladies at one of the greatest intimate venues in Nashville. It was great to have my mom in town for the show and then to pull my sister up onstage to sing my final song, Pilgrim, that my brother and I wrote together back in Texas years ago.
After my show, I had a moment to reflect on one aspect of the gig experience that I really enjoy. It’s the post-show conversations. Of course the music and the performing and selling merch go into it, but connecting with people is enjoyable to me. Those conversations with new musician friends, visitors from other states, someone celebrating a birthday, sisters from New York, a couple from Gulf Shores and three gals from Scotland who were traveling around America for several weeks make it worthwhile. It’s those moments with people that really bring me to a good place as an artist. Take away the drama and the makeup and the stage and the lights and I really love the opportunities I have to connect with humanity. I love to see the similarities in the human race as we are bonded through our shared love of music. Despite the fact that there is a lot of bad out there, I continually meet people who redeem my view of humankind. I realize there kind souls who want the same things for their families and just want to make a good life for themselves. Human connection resonates with me just as much as the chords I play on my instruments. As I begin booking my first tour for this fall, I hope I will make new friends, share stories with those on the road and come back richer from my experiences while sharing music in the great, big, wonderful, frightening, humbling and rad world we live in.