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!

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. 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...


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!

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! 

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. :)

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. 


<3 <3 <3


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. :)

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!

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 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

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. 

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.

Nothin' but love

xo - Kari