(Back of Saint Francisco de Asis Church, Ranchos de Taos, NM - Photo by Sarah Ellis)
It kind of feels like I am retired this winter, but then I look down into my plate of beans and rice and at the huge hole that has made its way through my army boot, and I remember that I am just trying to follow my heart. Sometimes I am travelling across the world performing every night and other times I am trying to rejuvenate and live simply, so I can write...
It's been an amazing year of touring my new album 'Wild One' this past 2015. Starting in March, I flew over seas with my dear friend and amazing musician Ja Speed. We toured the UK/EU, performing 20 shows in 24 days. We had a blast, with really supportive audiences and we raised a few hundred dollars for mental health awareness. A huge thank you to our kickstarter supporters that helped make the tour possible!
Since we decided 2015 was going to be a full year on the road, when I flew back to the U.S. we packed our lives up into storage. We bought an 18 passenger van, (We named her Ramone - as it is unlucky to not name your ship) converted it into a home and left New Mexico.
This year of North American touring was booked by Sarah Ellis of Stargazer Music Bookings, who also joined me on the road and worked above and beyond, becominig one of my favourite tour managers ever! I mean, not only did she take care of all of the logistics, she helped with publicity, took care of half the driving and made the best damn sandwhiches.
From April to November we went through 25 states and five provinces in Canada. Getting to see some of the most stunning countryside. It was an incredible year and I am so grateful to all my amazing friends, family and fans that came out to support our shows!
Come November we made a very quick, last minute decision and decided to plant ourselves in the New Mexican high desert of Taos for the winter. I have always been in love with this state and am so delighted to be here for a few months writing and studying new instruments.
We have ended up in a few hundred year old adobe home that sits across the parking lot from one of the oldest churches in the U.S. Saint Francis de Asis, my grandmother's favourite Saint! We have a gorgeous view of the back of the church from our front porch. (The same view that Georgia O'Keefe famously painted!) People seem to come from all over the world to see it, so we have a lot of new friends. We have a huge clan of ferral cats, some really great neighbours, a broken water main that makes a really nice pond in our front parking lot and at least one poltergeist, so naturally, it's very comfortable here!
It has been sweetly inspiring so far and I can't wait to start this years touring in the spring with some new material.
It's been a crazy start to 2016, losing one of the biggest most amazing icons....It has been a true pleasure to be graced by David Bowie's influence in my lifetime. He truly has paved the way for all of us misfits and I feel like I am reminded again, how important it is to try to live true to your truest self.
Thank you Sir Bowie!