Blessings to all of you this Holy Day!
It’s time to hit the road again – this time to Texas and New Mexico! Dan, Wendy, Shelbi and Stephanie are tuning up their instruments and voices, and learning a few new tunes for this next leg of our 2019/2020 tour.
Here’s our tour schedule for February:
- February 17 – Pampa, Texas
- M.K. Brown Memorial Auditorium
- Tickets available at the door, $10 adults (students free with paying adult)
- February 18 – Midland, Texas
- Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center
- Tickets available HERE, $35 adults (students $7)
- February 20 – McAllen, Texas
- McAllen Performing Arts Center
- Tickets available HERE, $20 adults
- February 21 – Harlingen, Texas
- Harlingen Municipal Auditorium
- Tickets available HERE, $25/$35 adults
- February 24 – Silver City, New Mexico
- Fine Arts Center, Western New Mexico University
- Tickets available at the door, $20 adults
Dan has been hard at work in Las Vegas this past week, shining the spotlight on the men and women of rodeo!
You can check out the best of the best for yourself by going to YouTube and watching all the episodes of National Finals Tonight!
Well, it’s been a whirlwind month, but thirty days after Dan drove away from Cody to begin his 8,000 mile drive around the country, we’re all back with our families in familiar surroundings! What an excellent adventure – and here are a few pictures to show just how much fun we had!
Dan drove from Texas to Virginia to Arizona… and boy, did we see some country!
From the Antietam Battlefield in Maryland to downtown Nashville, Tennessee, we really tried to experience our country’s varied cultures!
We played in some AMAZING theatres! And churches… and RV parks… and in hotel rooms and friends’ homes!
ON THE ROAD
The longest we stayed at one hotel was three nights – otherwise it was every day or every other day that we drove and moved into another hotel. We got really good at living out of our suitcases!
And we had FUN! Stephanie is our “class clown” – Shelbi is always up for adventure. Wendy is the den mother – Dan is our fearless leader.
So now we’re going our separate ways again – Shelbi is spending the winter with her family in California; Stephanie is studying for her real estate exam and hanging with her folks in Billings, Montana; Wendy is reporting news from northwest Wyoming; and Dan is getting ready to hit the road again in a couple of weeks to host National Finals Tonight in Las Vegas. We look forward to joining up again in February and bringing the show to venues in Texas and New Mexico!
My GOODness, what a whirlwind tour we’ve had so far!
Our October trips were short and sweet – a weekend in Wenatchee, four days in Texas and Louisiana.
But November… well, that’s another story!
After Wendy, Shelbi and Stephanie departed Billings on Halloween, and Dan picked them up in Washington, D.C. that night, we’ve been on the road again, going places that we’ve never been, seeing things that we may never see again… and loving every moment!
In Culpeper, Virginia, we explored the beautiful historical downtown, and took a few hours to hike around the woods and trails of that lovely town.
The concert on November 2nd was WONDERFUL! 950 or so folks were in attendance that night, a classy and welcoming crowd.
The morning of the 3rd we loaded up Dan’s truck and made our way to Harwood, Maryland, about two hours down the road. Our mid-afternoon performance was also well-attended, and Wendy and Stephanie were thrilled to have friends come to the matinee!
After the Harwood performance, we once again drove two hours, this time to Hagerstown, Maryland. What a bustling city, with a very different – yet equally historical – downtown.
We were amazed to find out that the bloody battle of Antietam happened just ten miles down the road, and couldn’t pass up the opportunity to visit that hallowed ground. Wendy was a history major in college, so for her it was her college education come to life… and the rest of the group was equally interested in spending a couple of hours immersing themselves in America’s past.
The concert in Hagerstown Monday was fabulous – for the third day in a row, the crowd was on its feet with a standing ovation for us by the end of the performance! And what an AMAZING venue – the Maryland Theatre is by far the most classical location we’ve played.
The last few days have been driving-adventuring-driving! We skirted the Appalachian mountains all day Tuesday, ending the 12-hour drive with a visit to one of Dan’s incredibly gifted friends, Jackie Miller, and his lovely wife Cindy.
Jackie is one of THE premiere bluegrass fiddlers/mandolin players in Nashville, and is also one of the most highly respected luthiers in the business! He restores fiddles, guitars, mandos, anything with strings… and he took a few hours Tuesday evening to give a fiddle lesson to the girls!
Wednesday was NASHVILLE DAY!! Lower Broadway, the Parthenon, J. Alexander’s for lunch and a brisk walk through the Opryland Hotel Atriums! Steph and Shelbi took in the night life, listening to a fabulous band perform at one of the honky-tonks downtown.
Thursday – another 12-hour driving day. And it’s RAINING. But tomorrow we’ll be in sunny Texas, getting ready for our next performances in McKinney and Greenville!
We sure appreciate all the prayers you’ve been surrounding us with – please continue to think of us as we travel this week and next, and if you’re in any of the following places, come see us!
McKinney, Texas – tickets $50 for the individual performance; $120 for season tickets (purchase at door)
Greenville, Texas – tickets $25 per person, $10 for students (purchase at door)
Las Cruces, New Mexico – tickets $25 per person, available HERE
Payson, Arizona – tickets $25 per person (purchase at door)
Apache Junction, Arizona – tickets $12.50 per person, call 480-982-2808 for reservations
Well, it’s time to “head ’em up and move ’em out” once again – Dan is on the road, and Wendy, Stephanie and Shelbi will be taking off Thursday morning, flying to Virginia and Maryland for three shows this weekend!
It’s been an amazing tour so far, we’ve met such wonderful people! And the audiences have been phenomenal, we are beyond blessed to bring our music to folks across the country.
This weekend we’ll be in Culpeper, Virginia (November 2nd, 7:30 p.m.), Harwood, Maryland (November 3rd, 3 p.m.) and Hagerstown, Maryland (November 4th, 7:30 p.m.). If you’re in the area, please make it a point to come to the show!
Here are more details on tickets:
Culpeper – tickets are available at the door (Culpeper High School) for $25 each.
Harwood – a limited number of tickets will be available at the door at Southern High School for $25 each (first come, first served).
Hagerstown – tickets can be purchased HERE for the concert at the Maryland Theatre (21 South Potomac Street).
We hope to see you on the road!
That Willie Nelson song really had it right –
“On the road again
I just can’t wait to get on the road again
The life I love is makin’ music with my friends
And I can’t wait to get on the road again
On the road again
Goin’ places that I’ve never been
Seein’ things that I may never see again
And I can’t wait to get on the road again
Here we go, on the road again
Like a band of Gypsies we go down the highway
We’re the best of friends
Insisting that the world keep turnin’ our way”
And that’s what we’re doing here in Terrell, Texas! Our show tonight will be at the Terrell ISD Performing Arts Center at 400 Poetry Road (what a great address!).
Although you can’t purchase individual tickets, we’ve been told that a season pass is only $50 ($45 for seniors) – and that price will get you into other great concerts later on this year!
If you’re in the area, come see us in Terrell TONIGHT!
We’ve added a date to our November tour schedule! Check us out in Apache Junction, Arizona, on November 16th – we’ll be making an appearance at La Hacienda RV Park!
Tickets will be just $12.50 per person, $25 per couple, and will just be sold at the door. To find out more about the venue, click HERE.
What an AWESOME turnout in Wenatchee, Washington! Over 650 people were in attendance, according to the Community Concert Association, one of their biggest crowds ever for a Community Concert.
We are grateful to James Wallace, the tech director at Wenatchee High School, and his young crew, who made it a great experience on stage, and a fantastic, responsive audience.
And the town was beautiful! Having never traveled to Wenatchee before, it was a lovely surprise to see the majestic Columbia River winding through the city. Great restaurants, fabulous lodging, and friendly people made it a memorable trip.
Next up – Terrell, Texas and Morgan City, Louisiana on the 22nd and 24th of October, respectively. When you come, get ready to welcome the newest member of our band, Stephanie Wilson! You can read more about her on our “About the Band” page.