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Monday, May 22, 2017

it takes two to be lonely together tonight...

Hey all!

It's here (finally) part 4 of the blogs covering the Two To Be Lonely Tour.

I always think I can stay caught up on things when I'm on the road...and then I remember that you need internet to do things online. :P

Oh well, enough about how it took me forever to post this...onward!
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The last part of the Two to Be Lonely Tour was so great.

We left California and headed to Colorado. It was Thanksgiving week and it couldn't have worked out better. One of my best friends lives in Boulder, Colorado as well as one of Justin's best friends. So, even though we were on the road through the holiday, we still got to have a taste of family and we played a house show at their beautiful little bungalow.

It was the best.



I've known Sara since I was 6-years-old and she is one of my longest and best friends. It was so wonderful to spend Thanksgiving with her, her roommate, Caitlin and their families. It was truly a  little slice of home. <3 


Was feeling extra THANKFUL. Traveling the globe making music and adventuring with this guy is pretty much the best. Plus...how CA'UTE is this photo, amirite?!


I'd love to tell you all that we only take adorable and super cool and perfect photos together, but mostly they all look like this because he is actually the worst. Just keepin' it real y'all. 


Boulder wasn't ready for the Two To Be Lonely Tour...


Just a little (totally normal) pre-show prep.


We had a lovely show at The Laughing Goat. The crowd showed us so much love and we shared the stage with another awesome and sweet artist named, Britt Margit. She is a Colorado based singer/songwriter and her BF actually took these photos of us playing. Such a great night! 


It's takes two to be lonely...


Sangin!


We had a couple days off in Colorado and we decided to spend them exploring. 


FINALLY got to see Red Rocks in person and basically just spent the whole time dreaming and scheming and praying to God that I'll get to play that stage someday soon. <3


We left Boulder and headed to Aspen, CO. Neither one of us had ever been to Aspen so we were super pumped. It was Beautiful! Also, Justin thinks he is hilarious and does stuff like this (it was pretty funny and I laughed a lot though). p.s - HOLY DIRTY CAR!


Aspen is ridiculously adorable, you guys. 



The first night we were in town we didn't have a show, so we found an open mic at a cool little bar downtown. It was a blast and we ended up jammin' with the host to end the night after we played our set.



The next day we played the Kitchen Concerts radio show in Aspen on KSPN FM. 


It was so much fun and Ryan was such a cool dude! We played "West Texas Ground" and "Sweetheart" and we wrote a new little ditty while we there for them to play as an opening to our segment. Good times!

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It's the Ride Home with Ryan on KSPN...



Aspen treated us so well. The people we met there were awesome and we can not wait to go back! 
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From Aspen we headed to Fort Collins, CO to play a show at The Blind Pig. We were joined by our pal, Matt Gabriel again. It was fun all being out on the road at the same time. We got to form a couple cool little bills. Fort Collins is such a neat city. Before our show that night we toured New Belgium Brewery and it was honestly so fun. 

The day after our Fort Collins show, we hit the road to Alamosa, CO. It was a little bit of a treacherous and long drive on the way there, but our show was a blast and the people at the show in Alamosa made that drive totally worth it.  


Plus, this is what we looked at for 2 hours on the way out of town. Made for a pretty OK start to the drive. :)
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We had a day off in-between Colorado and our next stop in Nebraska, so rather than hit the road right away, we decided to explore a little. I'm always, always so happy when we take the time to do this. At the end of the day, what's a late night on the road when you got to spend the day climbing rocks and seeing some of the most beautiful sites on the planet? I'll take the couple extra hours of night driving. 



Garden of the Gods - Colorado Springs, CO




The world is super pretty and it's fun to see it from different angles. 


GO OUTSIDE.

<3 <3 <3



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We left Colorado Springs and made the 8 and a half hour drive to our next stop in Nebraska. It was long and a lot of coffee was had. Our show in Nebraska was at Soaring Wings Vineyard and our pal Matt Gabriel joined us again. Met some wonderful folks and got to drink wine in the afternoon on a Sunday while we played. Can't complain. 


The skyline was gorgeous that evening after our show. Sometimes I forget just how beautiful the midwest is. I'm happy to have been born and raised in the midwest. Now that I live in Nashville and travel so much, it makes me appreciate the beautiful openness and skies in the midwest that much more. 

If you look closely, you can see the moon in this photo. :)
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We ended up picking up a few last minute shows during this tour, so we had about 4 days off between Nebraska and our show in Virginia. We decided to spend them in Arkansas and it was so fun! We got to visit our friends, Sam and Kristie and spend some time in their quaint town, where we had some of the BEST mexican food.  I wish we could've played in AR. Next time for sure!
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From Arkansas we headed to Virginia to play at Ashland Coffee & Tea. We'd spent almost 13 hours on the road that day, so needless to say, we were totally exhausted by the time we arrived in Virginia. 


Sometimes when you've been on the road since 4am and you're getting a little delirious by the time you reach the next venue...you just need to do your soundcheck from the floor. And that's OK.


My face because Justin was too tired to want to play on Snapchat with me. 


But do you want to know the coolest thing ever? 

While we were sound checking, I looked up and saw a few familiar faces walk in and was SO surprised. Our longtime fans/pals Tasha and Chris had made the trip from Michigan to Virginia to see our show. WHAT?! They decided to use their vacation time during our tour and went on a road trip. First stop: to see us play in Virginia AND they brought friends and presents! It completely made our night and all of a sudden we weren't so tired anymore. I'm constantly blown away by the things y'all do for us. Thanks for making the trip and making that show a special one! It truly meant so much to us. It always means so much. xo
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The next day we woke up and hit the road to Kentucky to play our last show of the tour at Talon Winery in Lexington. We had played here before and it's such a pretty little winery that always has the nicest folks drinking wine and hanging out for the evening. We got another surprise that night too. While we were setting up, I looked up and saw Justin's family through the window. They had made the trip from Michigan to Kentucky to surprise us and see our last show of the Two To Be Lonely Tour. :)


Drinking wine and playing songs for a room full of wonderful folks was a pretty OK way to end tour. 
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It was a weird feeling knowing that it was the last show of that tour. When you're out on the road that long, in some ways you're totally ready to sleep in your own bed, but for me there is always this bittersweet feeling. It's always kind of hard for me to leave the road. That probably sounds a little silly, but I've spent so much time living out of a suitcase that being on road is home. It always feels a little like I'm leaving home. 

The Two To Be Lonely Tour was the longest tour I'd completed up until that point. We spent a solid two months on the road, put just under 11,000 miles on the ol' Chevy, hung out in 15+ states and 32+ cities playing 33 shows, saw so much of this beautiful country and made new fans and friends everywhere we went. We were so incredibly blessed to have a safe and fun tour. Writing these blog posts always reminds me how blessed I am to play music for a living. The fact that I can just pick up and hit the road for 2 months is not something I take fir granted. Through the rough days when it seems like I'm stuck running in place, the long work days when I spend hours in front of my computer screen and on the phone reaching out to see who might give us a shot, the months and months of booking and planning these tours just for the chance of sharing my music with new ears, I'm thankful for all the parts of what I do, every day. If all the hard moments and jumping without nets means I get to wake up every day doing and working on something that I love, it's all worth it. 

I hope you've enjoyed all four blog posts on the Two To Be Lonely Tour. I CAN'T WAIT to see you all this summer out on the road. We kick off our first show of Summer Tour THIS Saturday in Charlevoix, MI. 

See. YOU. There. 

Thanks for reading y'all.

xo



- Kari 




Monday, April 17, 2017

you're lookin' too good and darlin' sometimes, two wrongs make a right...


Hey Hey y'all, 

If you've been following along, here is PART THREE (covering our time in beautiful Oregon and California) of the Two To Be Lonely Tour. Honestly, we barely have any pictures of us performing any of the seven shows we played throughout California and Oregon. Kinda hard to take pictures of yourself while you're on stage performing, but it was SO INSANELY GORGEOUS that we took a ton of photos on the travel days when we got to go out and explore a little.

Some of the most beautiful sites I've ever seen. For reels. 

Enjoy!
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Our first stop after we left Washington was Whirled Pies in Eugene, OR for the Whirled Pies Concert Series. Eugene is such a cool city and we met so many nice folks at that show. After the show that same night we drove straight to Coos Bay, OR where our next show was the next night. We decided we wanted to wake up in Coos Bay so that we'd have a little time before the show started to explore a bit. I am SO GLAD WE DID because it was one of the prettiest places I have ever seen in my life. 

We also both destroyed our cell phones that day. So there's that.
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Hey Hey, Coos Bay.


Take a photo of me sitting on the edge of the worrrrrld. 


Hi. :)


But how pretty can one place be though?!?



We went out early before the tide would come in later that evening and we got to walk super far out into the ocean. It was radical and I took so many photos.


Though I would not recommend climbing rocks and hiking out into the middle of the ocean in Converse...it was TOTALLY worth it once we got out there. 


I mean.


When we got out there, Justin decided to try to give me a heart attack and climb a bunch of cliffs. 


Made for some pretty Epic photos though. 


Then we decided to walk the beach a little farther down. After a while we rounded a corner and this was the first thing I saw. <3


Justin managed to capture my excitement the exact moment a huge wave came over the rocks.


Just leave me here. I'll be fine. I can live here now, thanks.



The waves were huge.



Speaking of huge waves, we decided to venture way out onto the cliffs to get as close as we (safely) could to the waves. It was mostly my idea. I really wanted to get just close enough to feel a little mist off the waves when they crashed. 

Whelp, I definitely got to feel a "mist" off the waves because we got out there and right when we did a MONSTER wave came in...when I say "monster wave," what I mean is that this wave was the size of a house, no joke. We both realized pretty quickly that we were in trouble. Remember that thing I said earlier about destroying our cell phones. Yeah...the ocean attacked and SOAKED us completely. We saw the wave coming in and before we knew it a HUGE amount of water hit the rocks, flew up over our heads and came gushing down on top of us. The water came down so hard that both of our hats were pushed down over our faces. Like, the inside of my pockets were drenched. Head to toe. Completely soaked in salt water. 

I couldn't stop laughing for 5 minutes straight. Seriously. It was the best and funniest way to ruin a cell phone ever. Of course I didn't want that to happen, but honestly, it was one of the coolest things to ever happen to me so I can't even be that mad. Will I go out that close to the ocean again? Probably not, mostly because it truly is not that safe and we're lucky we didn't get washed away into the ocean...so yeah kids, don't try this at home, ok? 


ATW (after the wave). Bye cell phones and dry clothes.
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After the "wave episode" we decided it was probably time to get back into the city to change before our show that night at Seven Devils Brewing. Oh man, we loved playing there. Some of the nicest people ever. We were so well received and everyone was awesome to us. I wish we could have stayed a little longer. I feel like I probably say that a lot.

After a quick couple of days in Oregon, we hit the road to California. We had two travel days off to get to L.A. so we decided to take our time and make a couple stops along the way.
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One of those stops was to see the Redwood Forest which we both had never seen.

It was SO PRETTY, you guys.


There are a lot of places in the world that will remind you just how small you really are, this is one of those places.





Then we decided to be super touristy and do a tour (in little bucket/cart things I can only equate to the carts you sit in on a big ferris wheel) through the tops of the Redwoods.



We were verrrrry high, sitting in a little cart attached to safety by only a few cables. I was only a little terrified though, don't worry.

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We left the Redwoods and kept driving. Eventually we had to stop and get out again because we finally came across some California salt water and sand. 

You know, flying places is great. You get there quicker and sometimes those long hours on the road are rough, but I would chose the road over flying again and again for the simple reason that you get to stop along the way, put your feet on new ground and enjoy how beautiful our world is. 





Pretty, pretty little coastline in California.
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For instance, this lovely little farm market and fruit stand we were able to stop at. I tried to make friends with the Peacocks. I try to make friends with pretty much all the animals we find anywhere we go and Justin always manages to capture my failed attempts. 

The Peacocks were not having it.


I'll share these pears with you though...ok bye.
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Finally we made it to L.A. and played a show at Republic of Pie. It was even more fun because we got to see some of our really good friends and family at that show and we got to spend some time with them afterward. 


We stayed in Los Angeles that night and woke up early the next morning to have some coffee and explore Santa Monica before we had to head out again.


Again, just trying to make some friends, guys.


 A girl, A Seagull and A trash can on the Santa Monica Pier. 


Our next string of California shows were farther north in California. We decided to take the long way. Had to make a stop in San Fransisco, duh.


Also had to take the Pacific Coast Highway and stop in Big Sur, CA. One of the most beautiful spots on the planet y'all. 


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After another long day of traveling, we made it to Santa Rosa, CA where we played a winery called Cellars of Sonoma. Having a few days off here and there was nice because we had four shows in a row, Thursday through Sunday, before we left Cali for our next destination on tour.


After the last show of the California run, we figured it was only proper to celebrate with some Sonoma Cider. We had such a good time playing in California. Sometimes some of the best shows you play are in the small towns where you don't know what to expect. We found this to be true over and over again in California. We played shows were we felt like we actually got to know people and share a special evening with them. 
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This part of the tour felt like a blur while it was happening. We spent so many hours on the road in such a small amount of time and somehow managed to pepper in seven shows, find new cell phones, do some laundry and spend time with friends. I really don't know how it all fits in sometimes looking back at it all, but I'm so happy that we take the time to adventure when we're out on the road because even when we're tired, it's always worth it. 

Stay tuned for PART FOUR, the final blog post covering the last leg of The Two To Be Lonely Tour in Colorado, Nebraska, Arkansas and Virginia, coming attcha this week. Whew! 

Thanks for reading y'all. 

Nothin' but love


xo - Kari