Ramblin' Down the Road

     I'm ashamed that it's been a month since my last blog entry.  That's why I said before, it would probably be more like a once a week thing and not once a day.  Welll.....I'm a little behind.

     A lot has happened in a month.  We are making a lot of progress on the EP, and we're releasing the first single off the project, "Can't Stay Here" in a few days.  It's a story about a woman visiting her husband in prison.  Good times.

     We had a kickass show in Pensacola, Florida under liveoak trees just across the highway from the Gulf of Mexico.  Not bad.

     Last night I got back from my very first ever CMA Fest performance in Nashville.  We performed at Tin Roof on Demonbreun...it was amazing.  So validating to see people really enjoy what you do, in that environment, even though my stuff is a little unconventional in that arena.  Plus, Kacey Musgraves and Lee Brice were in the house.  A far cry from two summers ago.

     Two summers ago, I was rehearsing in a metal warehouse in Tuscaloosa, Alabama during CMA week.  It was about 90 degrees out and we didn't have AC.  I was so jealous to see all these other artists' pictures and videos of their CMA Fest performances.  But, you wanna know why I was in that warehouse? I sucked.

     I'm not ashamed of it, I mean, I didn't start really playing out until 3 years ago, so it shouldn't be surprising that I didn't have much experience and I was trying to figure everything out.  The problem is that most people start performing music at an early age, if they're going to...and my first paying gig was when I was 24 years old.  So, people expected me to be...well...decent.  And I just wasn't.

     I couldn't keep time to save my life, I was terrible at guitar, my voice was nasal and weak, and I loathed playing standards.  It was quite a spectacle.  But in my gut, I had this burning desire to just TRY.  TRY and see how I could put my feelings into words, and my words into song, and actually perform the song WELL.  So I worked, and worked, and worked at it; day in and day out, until I became "decent". 

     My goal has always been, to keep improving.  That's what I'm still doing now.  I can't believe the things I've been blessed to experience in this short amount of time, but I can't help but imagine that it's because I just TRIED. Really, really tried.

     This business can really get you down, if you let it.  But I wake up every day excited about the unknown, and about showing others and my own children that you CAN pursue what you love.  And you can get pretty good at it, if you just TRY. 

     I'm on a road, kickin up dust...try to keep up.

Love, mm