Enjoying the Ride With Tommy E: In the Heartland

Wichita, Kansas

Wichita, Kansas

Last week I was again reminded of how much fun it is to travel and perform with Tommy Emmanuel. We began the July leg of our 8 city tour in the heartland of America beginning in Wichita, Kansas and then moving on to Omaha and then north to Sioux Falls, South Dakota.  Tonight we will continue in Rapid City, South Dakota and spend the week heading north to Montana and then finishing off in Washington and Oregon.

All of the venues have been amazing and the people at each location have been wonderful. I am having a ball!

While in Wichita I heard a wonderful story that I would like to share here.  The sign in the photo above is just behind the curtain, stage right at the Orpheum Theatre in Wichita, where performers can see it before coming out on stage. I’ve seen similar signs as I travel, reminders to road-weary entertainers what city they’re in on a particular night. It’s become an old joke, but I can tell you, the backstage areas behind these curtains all look the same, whether you’re in Kansas or Canada, and if you don’t want to anger your audience, you’ll get their city right.

The Orpheum in Wichita

The Orpheum in Wichita

There was deeper meaning to the sign however, when the stage manager told me Glen Campbell had taped it up there himself before a recent show on his farewell tour. Mr. Campbell, as you may know, has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.  Knowing this changed everything as I envisioned this seasoned veteran struggling with the details and minutiae of touring in this heart-wrenching way. He cared enough about this city, these people, to honor their name, and remember where he was, even when remembering is a luxury not afforded to him as freely as it once was. And I feel honored to be here, to stand where Glen Campbell has stood, to entertain people in this magnificent theater in one of American’s best cities.

I thought to myself before going on stage…”I honor the ‘Wichita Lineman‘. I am in Wichita, Kansas.”

The show in Wichita was like so many other venues. The Crowd in Wichita? Freakin’ amazing, that’s what! I felt welcomed with open arms by these new friends.

Getting ready for my TV interview at KWCH in Wichita.

Getting ready for my TV interview at KWCH in Wichita.

If you did not see the interview CLICK HERE.

The required crowd selfie with the Wichita folks. Freakin' amazing!

The required crowd selfie with the Wichita folks. Freakin’ amazing!

Having a blast with Tommy E in Wichita

Having a blast with Tommy E in Wichita

Our REAL Leader - Steve at the board in Wichita.  Couldn't do it without him.

Our REAL Leader – Steve at the board in Wichita. Couldn’t do it without him.

The Tool of the Trade for Steve Law

The Tool of the Trade for Steve Law

Tommy sound check in Omaha

I Tommy sound check in Omaha

After a great night in Wichita, we moved on to the lovely town of Omaha, Nebraska in the heartland of America.

Our show was at the Holland Performing Arts Center. The photo to the left is Tommy sound checking in Omaha, NE. I was in awe of this great performance hall. Amazing.

Of course, like everywhere else, the crowd was a load of fun and the show was awesome.

I loved the good folks of  Omaha, Nebraska. What a fun night it was.

After a fantastic show in Omaha, it was on to Sioux Falls, South Dakota.  We took our tour bus and headed into virgin territory for me. Traveling through the heartlands of Kansas, Nebraska and South Dakota I enjoyed the verdant fields of grain, the wide open grazing lands and the abundant prairies.  The landscape is so different from the lush green of my home in Pine View Heights and from the California landscapes I have become accustomed to seeing.  It has been an amazing journey and has been all the more wonderful as I travel with the amazing artist and showman that Tommy Emmanuel is.

Having fun with the crowd in Omaha, Nebraska

Having fun with the crowd in Omaha, Nebraska

The baristas just can't get Tommy's name right

The baristas just can’t get Tommy’s name right

On the bus to Sioux Falls, SD

On the bus to Sioux Falls, SD

Dressing Room Antics...certainly not Antsy artwork

Dressing Room Antics…certainly not Antsy artwork

Nothing like warm dry socks to keep my dancing feet alive

Nothing like warm dry socks to keep my dancing feet alive

Having fun with Tommy in Sioux Falls, SD

Having fun with Tommy in Sioux Falls, SD

The Sioux Falls crowd seemed to like me

The Sioux Falls crowd seemed to like me

I am excited to be performing at the Rushmore Theatre in Rapid City, SD tonight. Tomorrow we head north and leave the heartland prairies for the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Montana with a stop in Bozeman and then a show in Missoula on Wednesday.  I hope that my friends in these towns will be able to join the fun.

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2 thoughts on “Enjoying the Ride With Tommy E: In the Heartland

  1. Thanks for coming to Wichita and sharing your amazing talents with us: your beautiful voice, talented guitar-playing and insightful lyrics and poetry. I just ordered 2 of your CDs and 1 of your books; can’t wait to get them! Enjoy touring with Tommy Emmanuel – he’s in a league of his own but I’m glad he chose you to hang with!


  2. Glad to see you are out on the road, playing music and giving the people what they love the best. Kind of dissappointed that you haven’t been to MusikFest in Bethlehem, PA for awhile. Do you see yourself coming back there anytime in the near future?


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