Over the last 60 days the tires on our zebra striped tour van have rolled across 7500 miles of the concrete and asphalt ribbons that tie these united states together. Taco Bells, Carl’s Juniors, and Wendy’s fly by at an alarming rate but in the midst of the monotony of highway travel there are wonderful stops, beautiful people, and cherished experiences.
We melted under the Texas sun at SXSW in Austin and froze in the icy winds near Salt Lake City. What started as the Salad Tour with evening sessions of Jillian Michaels ended with milk shakes and movies. We slept on kitchen floors, couches, air mattresses, pillow topped beds and van seats. Our herd was welcomed into 30 different homes as we discovered extreme and sometimes spontaneous hospitality can be found from Jacksonville to Vancouver and all points in between.
Whether performing for small crowds in intimate settings in Louisville, Salt Lake, and Baton Rouge, or raucous crowds in DC, Boise, Chicago, and Seattle, every night was memorable in it’s own unique way. We broke 5 strings at The Maintenance Shop in Ames, IA, left our kick pedal at The Conspiracy Room in Kansas City, MO, had a trash can on stage at the Spotify Show in Austin since Teresa was barfing before she came on, and Annah mysteriously disappeared from stage at The Soiled Dove in Denver. Perhaps our happiest stage moment was having the entire Kris Orlowski Band along with a few fans join us for a loud round of “heps” at the end of Dark Am I at The Loft in San Diego.
Many thanks to the bands that shared the stage with us. We cannot forget vocal warm ups in the car with Bombadil, the mesmerizing light show of England In 1819, the impromptu outdoor acoustic fire alarm induced moment with Kris Orlowski, and AJ Odneal’s crazy hair and honest songs.
We took opportunity to worship on our own in the Hogan’s living room in Augusta, GA, with the small congregation of our bio- chemist host, Fuz Rana in Ontario, CA, and with Iowa State students at a mega church in Ames.
It was our privilege to be hosted for sessions with Sojourners, Nashville’s Fox 17, Gibson Guitars, Spotify, Google Play, Altar TV, Red Frog for Firefly, Invisible Children, Ballard Sessions, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and two special performances for Jason Lee Middle School in Vancouver, WA. and Trinity Academy in Raleigh, NC.
We look forward to doing it again and thank all of you who came out to our shows, bought our music and merch, and shared us with your friends. We hope we touched your life in a unique way as you certainly touched ours. We hope to see you at a festival this summer. Be on the look out for some clues to treasures we’ve left around the country during the Inheritance Tour.