What a time we had overseas. 5 weeks of shows, travel, food, drinks, parties, afterparties, sleep, no-sleep, highs, lows and everything in between. The attacks in Paris we no doubt a low-light of our European Tour. We were safely about 4 hours outside of Paris at the time of the attacks. It was a little too close to comfort and we’re all still processing the sadness and loss suffered in this misguided act of terror. The night following the attack we had over 150 ticket cancellations for our show, but over 100 people still came out to rock with us. It was a highlight of the trip for me. Our show that night ended with the crowd on their feet singing along to I Saw the Light and Chris soloing to wild applause with the French flag draped over his shoulders. People sang with tears in their eyes and so did we. It was moving to connect with other people in such a peaceful and joyous way.
There have always been troubled times and we are no doubt finding ourselves in situations that will test us as human beings. But, finding moments of compassion and understanding with other people is a beautiful thing. Violence only instills fear, it doesn’t solve anything. And with the Holiday season getting close, now is as good of a time as any for all of us to share joy and happiness with everyone around us. We all have our own struggles, but having a shoulder to lean on helps in all regards.
For me, being in a foreign land that had just been attacked and seeing people come out with their cowboy boots and hats on really showed the perseverance of the human spirit. Where they did their best to converse with us in their sometimes broken English and vice verse, us trying to converse in our less than stellar French. Hanging out over beers and wine, talking about everything from Edith Piaf to Gram Parsons and feeling united in the spirit of enjoying the moment and a heightened appreciation of the time we still had to spend. It’s something that I’ll never forget.
We’re back in the US and there’s no rest for the weary. We’re actually quite excited to be returning to a few places we visited earlier this year and even hitting a few new markets on this run. Here’s where you can find us Dec 4th thru Dec 11th.
Dec 4 – New London, CT – Garde Arts Center, 8pm
Dec 5 – Albany, NY – The Low Beat, 8pm
Dec 6 – Buffalo, NY – The Sportsmen’s Tavern, 5pm
Dec 8 – Asbury Park, NJ – The Saint, 7pm
Dec 9 – Washington DC – Gypsy Sally’s, 8:30pm
Dec 10 – Wilmington, DE – World Cafe Live @ The Queen, 8pm
Dec 11 – Rehoboth Beach, DE – Dogfish Head, 10pm
Help spread the word, post about these shows on FB and Twitter. And be sure to bring your friends along to the show. See you out on the road!! -Ward, Paul, Josh & Chris