In every young performer’s dreams, there are stages, theaters, and halls that seem to prod at our attention early on, rooms that come with a sort of gravity long before arrival. Stages with the kind of sanctity that demand respect as their histories and stories seep into your core. In every young performer’s education of what came before, we learn the difference between an artist who made an impact and an artist who continues to impact the world by rattling our fibers with authenticity and insight. Throughout the next four weeks, I will be joining several of these artists on some of the most sacred stages that have found a place in my early dreams.
This Saturday, I will be joining Brett Dennen and my dear friend Crystal Bowersox at The Herbst Theatre in San Francisco. Designated as the historic site of the United Nations Charter signing in 1945, the room is one of great purpose. On this day we raise awareness and funds for the Rotary Peace Foundation.
On Sunday, I fly back to the East Coast to open for Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Leon Russell at the famed Queen in Wilmington, DE. His body of work includes “Delta Lady” and “A Song for You” and continues to inspire me as a songwriter.
A stage that is most certainly close to my heart is the Calvin Theatre in Northampton, MA. As a 12-year-old kid with big dreams the Calvin was were I would go to learn how to make them a reality from the likes of BB King, James Taylor, Patty Griffin, and many more. It was my very first real classroom. On November 21st, I will finally play the stage myself opening for the incredible Martin Sexton.
Finally, I’m so F$&%ing excited to announce my very first European tour supporting none other than Ronnie Spector. We’ll be doing six shows together throughout the UK followed by two of my own headlining shows in Madrid and Bilboa, Spain. Rooms like the Barbican in London and the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow are places I’ve dreamed about since I was a kid.