We had a blast on our Kentucky / West Virginia tour. We set out on this tour as a trio with Steph bringing along an acoustic and electric guitar, Sean handling duties on banjo, mandolin and guitar, and Cecilia topping it all off with her cello.
First stop was Red Barn Radio in Lexington, KY. Live radio shows are always a bit stressful, but we played well and enjoyed some great Indian food down the street.
We woke up the next morning to play for 300 middle and high school students at Sayre school in Lexington. We used the show to teach a lesson about mixing traditional music with other styles. They were a great audience and we even enjoyed the cafeteria food that they offered after the show.
We then drove up to Thomas, WV to play at the Purple Fiddle. We weren't sure if we were going to make it because of the traffic jam on the interstate, but we got there with plenty of time enjoying the scenery along the way. This is a great venue in a beautiful setting. We were there during the off season, but had a quality audience who all stayed for both sets and bought CDs. We particularly enjoyed the table of folks from South Africa! We hope to return next year.
On our way home we marveled at both the natural beauty and the controversial windmills that dotted the mountains. The windmills certainly provide a clean, alternate source of energy, but they are a bit surreal as they loom over the trees looking like they are straight out of a futuristic sci-fi movie.
Our last gig of the tour was at the Main Street Cafe in Berea, KY. Again, this was a fun crowd who listened and stuck around to chat and buy merch afterwards. What a sweet town. We hope to return there as well.
Now we're back in East Tennessee with some fun shows coming up with the full band!