I left on September fourth...

To embark on a great adventure. A journey of discovery. A bold endeavor to... Oh who am I kidding, I thought it would be fun. And it is. It's also a lot of hard work, and a long way from my home and family. I am still connected though. Modern technology allows for an umbilical cord of sorts. A cyber ray of sunshine that keeps me in touch with friends and family. I Skype with my kids; I talk on the phone with all kinds of people, and email or text almost all day long when I'm not driving. 

Some folks just want to say hello and check in. Some want to make sure I'm alright. Eating right, sleeping well, etc. Others are just plain curious. They want to know "what's it like out there?". For people who have never toured extensively, it's hard to imagine what it's like. So here's a little insight:

I left Cleveland on September 4th. Since then, I've played fourteen shows. Slept in other people's houses for nine nights, slept in six different hotels, done laundry three times. I've been through five sets of guitar strings and eaten about twenty of my meals all by myself. I've driven over four thousand miles, I've lost track of how many times I've stopped for gas, and I have dirt and dead bugs from nine different states all over my van. A bear waved at me in Missouri. Ok, I guess he could have been waving at the car behind me; it's hard to tell at 80 miles per hour. I've brushed my teeth in a lot of parking lots, and I'm somehow not ashamed to tell you that at one point I wore the same socks for three days.

Sound like fun? No? Maybe? I'm loving it. I'm really homesick, but I'm also meeting tons of great people, seeing some amazing things, and having a ball making music for anybody who will listen. Tonight, I'll be playing The Verve in Terre Haute, IN. Tomorrow, I'll head home to Cleveland for just a few hours before heading down to southern Ohio. I'm actually playing a show in Cleveland on Sunday, the 28th. Music Box Supper Club. If you'd like to hear more about my great American adventure, drop on by!