Enjoying the Ride with Tommy E: Down the East Coast

This song took a lot of paper. Who was it who said, "Songs aren't written. They're rewritten?" sang it last night at the Newberry Opera House in South Carolina.

This song took a lot of paper. Who was it who said, “Songs aren’t written. They’re rewritten?” sang it last night at the Newberry Opera House in S.C.

The last 5 days have been a whirlwind of activity, travel and fun as Tommy and I took our show down the East Coast to Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina. The crowds have all been amazing and this has been a spectacular ride!

What a wonderful bunch of people at the Opera House in Newberry, SC. I’m changed forever by the wonderful folks I’m meeting on tour with Tommy Emmanuel. I have been making a lot of new friends. I wrote the following two stanzas while heading to Atlanta:

Riding along an American highway,
Lush, green trees on either side.
Missing home, but love the journey,
So grateful to be on this ride.

All the handshakes, hugs and high fives,
Make this “field trip” more complete.
Another day, another city,
With more friends I have yet to meet.

We started the East Coast swing in Richmond, VA at the Carpenter Theater.  This was another beautiful hall.

From Richmond we had an evening in Charlotte, NC at the McGlohon Theatre, which is yet another great place to perform.

We then had two nights booked at the Newberry Opera House in Newberry, SC.

All the travel and new friends – and being able to watch the performances by Tommy Emmanuel – have inspired me to write a few new songs, a couple of which I have performed on the road.

Australian Singer/Songwriter sensation Anthony Snape joined us in North Carolina.

Australian Singer/Songwriter sensation Anthony Snape joined us in North Carolina. (Photo courtesy Jan Anderson)

As always, Tommy Emmanuel has musician friends everywhere he goes and when they are available, he invites them to join him.  In North Carolina we were privileged to share the stage with Anthony Snape, a sensational singer/songwriter from Australia.  Anthony recently returned from his own tour with Tommy in Italy and joined us.

If you get a chance to catch him live in the States, I would highly recommend it. A great guy and a real talent.

In South Carolina we got to enjoy the talents of Kirby Easler, who is a self-taught fingerstyle guitarist from Charleston, South Carolina. She is only twenty years old and is already establishing her place as a seasoned guitarist after just four and a half years with the instrument. She counts Tommy E. as one of her great influences. 

Kirby is a talent to watch for.

Kirby Easler (right) joined us on stage in South Carolina.

Kirby Easler (right) joined us on stage in South Carolina.

While in North Carolina, I was invited to do a TV interview with WBTV’s John Carter. I had a great time talking with him on and off camera. Nice guy. Kindred spirit. (As a young man, he set out to be a comic book artist! Broadcasting beckoned, and he changed directions.) Here is the video of our conversation.

Getting ready to go live on WBTV

Getting ready to go live on WBTV

Hanging with WBTV's John Carter before the taping

Hanging with WBTV’s John Carter before the taping[/]Tommy and me in North Carolina performing Primer Grey Impala. Photo by Jennifer Easler Tommy and me in North Carolina performing Primer Grey Impala. Photo by Jennifer Easler

Photo by Jennifer Easler Photo by Jennifer Easler

The crowd in Virginia RAWKED!

The crowd in Virginia RAWKED!

Then there are the awesome audiences who have come out to enjoy the shows and participate in the fun. I try to capture the moments with a selfie during my sets.

The great audience in South Carolina

The great audience in South Carolina

Another South Carolina Shot from the second niight

Another South Carolina shot from the second night.We could not do this without the amazing talents and the ever-watchful eye of Road Manager/Sound Engineer Steve Law. He sees everything. And hears even more.

Steve Law keeps us on task. Steve Law keeps us on task.

Not sure how we would get around without the support of Steve Law

Not sure how we would get around without the support of Steve Law

As this goes out to the World Wide Web, we have made our way to Atlanta. We are performing there tonight and tomorrow night.

Antsy in SC (photo courtesy of Glenn Strange)

Antsy in SC (photo courtesy of Glenn Strange)

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