It’s 8 am. I’m riding shotgun beside my tour manager Alex, heading back to the UK from Germany on a windy morning. Alex just said, “The tour bus is being tossed around like a piece of paper up an alley.” I’m trying not to spill my coffee. With the wind on our heels, we’ll cross the borders of four countries, (German, Belgium, France, UK), by the time we’re wheels down on the shores of England.
We’ve put 16,000 miles behind us the last few months. In the last four days alone, we’ve rolled into three countries for three shows: The Netherlands where we played the iconic Ribs & Blues Festival, France for the Leogan Jazz & Blues Festival in Bordeaux, and then Germany for a show in North Rhine-Westphalia.
Walter Trout headlined Ribs and Blues. I watched from the wings in awe as he captivated all of the several thousand people in attendance. He brought me to tears during “Please Take Me Home,” a pain infused song about his struggle to survive. Then to my surprise, Walter invited me to join him on stage. We had a ball!
I’m thrilled to announce The Engine Room and I will be supporting Walter Trout on his 2017 UK fall tour. Walter is never without words of encouragement. I am truly so grateful for his support. The dates are:
9th The Brook Southampton
10th Under The Bridge London
11th Under The Bridge London
13th Central Station Wrexham
14th Warehouse 23 Wakefield
15th GuildHall Preston
17th Robin 2 Bilston
18th Public Hall Harpenden
20th Bierkeller Bristol
21st Muni Arts Centre
22nd Sin City Swansea
The UK/European tour has been stunning. I’ve met so many wonderful people, who inspire me to continue to do what I love. It has always been my dream to see the world on a voyage of music. There are a few highlights to share. One was our show at Mühle Hunziken in Rubigen, Switzerland, where we performed on the stage that Walter Trout, Dr. John, Robben Ford, Robert Cray, Bood, Sweat & Tears, Curtis Mayfield, Cyril Neville, Sonny Landreth, Gilberto Gil, and Cesaria Evora once stood. The Vienna Blues Spring Festival brought us to Austria for the first time and introduced us to Knödel dumplings. Our show at Musiktheater Piano brought me back to Dortmund, Germany, where Henning Gehrke and I wrote several songs that appear on A Force of Nature.
It’s quite in the bus at the moment. The guys are catching up on some much-needed sleep. I’m going to spend the rest of the 8-hour trip working on new lyrics. When I pause for reflection, I will be picturing the faces of the people we’re meet on the road and know that I am truly blessed.