Not only are we back to the blog, but we're back from our first tour - an incredibly successful one at that! No we are not millionaires yet, but we had SO much fun traveling around the country singing for all sorts of lovely people...high school kids, moms & dads, old teachers and friends, complete strangers, water taxi drivers, magicians, hippies, horses (seriously), dogs (seriously), record label execs, Studio360 audiences, XM/Sirius audiences, NPR audiences, BBC audiences, gas station attendants..you name it. We came, we sang, we conquered!
Big, big thanks to EVERYONE who came out to support us in whatever city we hit up in our rented mini-vans. Portland, Seattle, San Francisco, Santa Rosa, NYC, Kentucky, Virginia, D.C., Nashville and as always LA - you all freakin rock. Thank you for making this tour an amazing experience for us all. We are proud of the music we make, but without all of you we'd REALLY be on the streets.
Hampton Inns across America - thank god for you. You really pulled weight on this one. Many comfy nights to remember. Listen up everyone, this place has yummy free breakfast and free internet (unlike some other hotels which shall not be named), not to mention it was also the hotel that smelled the least of old cigarettes. No hot tub, but we love you anyways. Please sponsor us!!
Avis - thank you for providing us with about 10 mini-vans of different sizes, colors and origins, and for charging us obscene amounts of money to drop them off in a different place than we started. While we would've saved more money without you, we would've been backpacking through the rainy northwestern wilderness & cow covered corn fields of Kentucky. Thank you for a safe, accident free ride. And for sometimes being red so we got speeding tickets.
American Airlines - boy oh boy. While you upped our mileage points bigtime & got us around the country relatively quickly, you have some lessons to learn. First of all, stop charging people to check bags & start offering complimentary alcohol. Also, turn down the volume on the safety video - we all know how to fasten our seatbelts. Smoother landings would be appreciated, as would fewer computer malfunctions, and more editions of SkyMall. Thank you for breaking Chris' pedal board, for re-routing us to Boston, and for all the comfy separated middle seats. Jet Blue is totally kicking your ass. GET IT TOGETHER!!! Ok, ok I'm being a little harsh - thank you for at least keeping us alive & for the free breakfast buffet & hotel (though you only had to give that to us because you messed up).
Cracker Barrel - You are really sweet but we shouldn't see each other any more. Two meals with you in 24 hours was a little much. We need some space. P.S. Cornbread stuffing is not a vegetable. P.P.S. Thanks for the awesome candy & toys though.
Kentucky - you really made our Halloween a memorable one (at least the parts we can remember). Good times in downtown Maysville!!
Thank you for the $3 cocktails and late night fried food (and for that second grilled cheese we ordered but didn't stick around for). Big thanks to the Watts Family for their generosity & for sharing their beautiful home with us. We had some fun with the ghosts in the attic.
Katharine Hoye - what a great roomie.
Our manager Hugo & his accomplice Haylisha - you are both ninjas. We love you. I'll have the world know that these two people are the most kickass managers & booking agents in the KNOWN UNIVERSE. We apologize on behalf of all the "challenged" front desk people that you had to deal with for two months.
Well, that was the brief summary of our tour & all the people we met along the way. After the New Year, things will get crazy and we'll do it all over again. Much love! xo jess