Day 22. Stronghold Winery, Cottonwood AZ/Day 23. The Axiom, Peoria AZ

I’ve never appreciated a shower so much in my life. We were able to get a good nights sleep and shower at our friend Rynes house, who let us crash after the show in Scottsdale. He’s such a cool guy and we hope to keep him in our muisc loop because he’s an amazing musician as well. Check out his music online, his name is Ryne Norman.

The next morning we set off toward the Stronghold Winery in Cottonwood, AZ, our first winery we’ve ever played. The show would be taking place in their tasting room, which was smaller than a winery obviously so it was a lot more Intimate. We felt a great vibe in the place as soon as we walked in and the employees working made it even better. Jason and Holly, the two working were really helpful and relaxed about everything. We played a 3 hour set and even though there was never a huge crowd, we received good reception from the audience who did show up.

We got to try some delicious wines and Jason and Holly even sent us home with a bottle afterward! Everyone’s been so generous to us through the entire tour. Corey and I keep joking that when we get back home we’re going to be caught off guard by how rude everyone is. 

That night we set off toward the Grand Canyon to try and find some camping. We drove an hour to the first place, only to find it to be closed. But we then found a campground 20 minutes from the Grand Canyon and it was open, but when we got there it looked insanely overgrown and a little bit sketchy. Everything looks scarier at night though, so after debating about getting a hotel, we stayed for the night. It turned out to be not bad at all and woke up in the morning to beautiful views. 

But our views got even more beautiful when we checked out the Grand Canyon the next day. What a place! When I first saw it I had a similar reaction to when I saw the Sistine chapel- every monument before I would always immediately exclaim “wow!” Or “that’s amazing” but when I approached the canyon, I was speechless. All I could do was stare.

The canyon was really touristy of course and pretty crowded, so we tried to make quick stops at everything without staying too long. The best way I can describe it is vast, it goes on for so long that you have to give your eyes time to adjust or you might lose your balance. Truly a beautiful place.

After exploring the Grand Canyon for several hours we set off toward Peroia for our gig, close by to where we played in Scottsdale. We were playing at The Axiom, which wasn’t a bar or coffeeshop, it was just a space for music. It was the first place to have a backroom for the musicians, which was really neat! Comfy couches and free water bottles. It had a great staff, they had people constantly taking photos, helping bring the gear off stage, definitely one of the more professional places we’ve played so far.

We were staying the night with one of the other performers, Nathaniel, who’s actually a friend of Rynes and was performing with his cousin Anna that night. Theyre band is called the Old Hours, definitely give them a little. Everyone was fantastic! Some folky, some experimental, this one guy Brock who also performed with his project A Cloud for Climbing is friends with our friend Rich Ferri from back In Rhode Island, which was so crazy to find out. 

Nathaniel and his roommates were awesome to let us stay, hardly knowing us, only through Ryne who we met not even a week ago. But Corey and I are continually surprised by the generosity and overall kindness of the people out here.

Last stop before California! Can’t wait :)

Day 22. Stronghold Winery, Cottonwood AZ/Day 23. The Axiom, Peoria AZ

I’ve never appreciated a shower so much in my life. We were able to get a good nights sleep and shower at our friend Rynes house, who let us crash after the show in Scottsdale. He’s such a cool guy and we hope to keep him in our muisc loop because he’s an amazing musician as well. Check out his music online, his name is Ryne Norman.

The next morning we set off toward the Stronghold Winery in Cottonwood, AZ, our first winery we’ve ever played. The show would be taking place in their tasting room, which was smaller than a winery obviously so it was a lot more Intimate. We felt a great vibe in the place as soon as we walked in and the employees working made it even better. Jason and Holly, the two working were really helpful and relaxed about everything. We played a 3 hour set and even though there was never a huge crowd, we received good reception from the audience who did show up.

We got to try some delicious wines and Jason and Holly even sent us home with a bottle afterward! Everyone’s been so generous to us through the entire tour. Corey and I keep joking that when we get back home we’re going to be caught off guard by how rude everyone is.

That night we set off toward the Grand Canyon to try and find some camping. We drove an hour to the first place, only to find it to be closed. But we then found a campground 20 minutes from the Grand Canyon and it was open, but when we got there it looked insanely overgrown and a little bit sketchy. Everything looks scarier at night though, so after debating about getting a hotel, we stayed for the night. It turned out to be not bad at all and woke up in the morning to beautiful views.

But our views got even more beautiful when we checked out the Grand Canyon the next day. What a place! When I first saw it I had a similar reaction to when I saw the Sistine chapel- every monument before I would always immediately exclaim “wow!” Or “that’s amazing” but when I approached the canyon, I was speechless. All I could do was stare.

The canyon was really touristy of course and pretty crowded, so we tried to make quick stops at everything without staying too long. The best way I can describe it is vast, it goes on for so long that you have to give your eyes time to adjust or you might lose your balance. Truly a beautiful place.

After exploring the Grand Canyon for several hours we set off toward Peroia for our gig, close by to where we played in Scottsdale. We were playing at The Axiom, which wasn’t a bar or coffeeshop, it was just a space for music. It was the first place to have a backroom for the musicians, which was really neat! Comfy couches and free water bottles. It had a great staff, they had people constantly taking photos, helping bring the gear off stage, definitely one of the more professional places we’ve played so far.

We were staying the night with one of the other performers, Nathaniel, who’s actually a friend of Rynes and was performing with his cousin Anna that night. Theyre band is called the Old Hours, definitely give them a little. Everyone was fantastic! Some folky, some experimental, this one guy Brock who also performed with his project A Cloud for Climbing is friends with our friend Rich Ferri from back In Rhode Island, which was so crazy to find out.

Nathaniel and his roommates were awesome to let us stay, hardly knowing us, only through Ryne who we met not even a week ago. But Corey and I are continually surprised by the generosity and overall kindness of the people out here.

Last stop before California! Can’t wait :)

DAY 20. THE BLACKBIRD BUVETTE, ALBUQUERQUE NM/DAY 21. THE ROGUE BAR, SCOTTSDALE AZ

You have to forgive my late posting, wifi is sparse and I’m sure all you writers know that you have to be in the right environment to write a long piece. Sitting in a cramped car, typing on my phone isn’t going to produce the best work, but here I am attempting just that.

These posts are meant more for my memory anyway, just because so much happens, I want to remember every detail.

The night before our gig in Albuquerque we grabbed a hotel, so in the morning we were fully refreshed and ready to hit the road. We made it to Albequerque and walked around, it’s such a beautiful town! Everything has a Spanish feel, with stucco building and red roofs. The Blackbird Buvette sat on a main strip, as do most of the places we’ve been playing which I think is pretty lucky. There was an outside patio, so we grabbed a couple drinks and sat outside for a few hours. We got into a conversation with a couple sitting next to us and the guy actually played in a band and it turned out the girl lived in Boston for a while. It’s just so funny when you meet people so far from home who you have a lot in common with. They were so nice and weren’t planning on staying, but sticked around for our set anyway and the guy actually went home to get his cd so we could trade with him.

I also tried green chile stew for the first time! I love spice, so this green chile craze down here has got me.

We played our set and watched the next band, Jonina and Sara, who were from Iceland. We unfortunately had to leave a bit early though, which we hate doing, just because we had a long drive to the el malpais campground where we planned to stay. It was 18 degrees that night, so it wasn’t one of our best sleeps. I think I got about 3 hours of sleep and was basically shivering the whole night. But it of course became worth it when I woke up to a gorgeous scene. The sun, which I was appreciating more than ever because of that cold night, mountains mixed with the desert and lots of different foliage that I’ve never seen before. We checked out the park a bit before we left. Specifically there was this natural arch created in the mountains that was really neat to see up close.

Before our gig in Arizona we were cutting right through The Petrified Forest national park, which we heard was a must-see so we stopped off there. What an amazing place, I’ve never seen anything like it. I was shocked and kept saying I couldn’t believe it wasn’t the Grand Canyon. It’s full of fossilized trees that have been there since years dating back to the AD period. Mountains with the most beautiful blend of colors, almost like an ombré effect. I couldn’t believe it was all natural. This was definitely one of our favorite stops so far.


That night we had our gig at The Rouge Bar in Scottsdale, Arizona. What Corey does is before we get to a show, if we’re playing with other people he always checks out their music online if they have any. What he did for this gig however is a couple months ago he looked up the guys we were playing with, so I’ve basically been listening to them for months. When everyone performed I already knew their songs. They get flattered when they find this out, and it’s nice of him to do so, but sometimes I like being surprised. Our now friend Ryne Norman performed and we were big fans of his music already leading up to the show. He offered us a place to stay after the gig which was so nice of him. We even tried In N Out burger with him after the show, our first time! We are hearing that the one in LA is better so I guess well just have to compare when we get there. We had a blast with Ryne, after an hour of hanging he admitted that we all feel like best friends already. Making connections like these is one of my favorite parts of touring.

It’s sunny, 85 degrees, cacti everywhere, palm trees, it’s definitely a different world out here. Especially when our perception is skewed from the freezing weather we left only a few short weeks ago in the northeast. But I sure am loving it, even if I have to apply more sunscreen than usual.

Check back for my next post! :)

DAY 20. THE BLACKBIRD BUVETTE, ALBUQUERQUE NM/DAY 21. THE ROGUE BAR, SCOTTSDALE AZ

You have to forgive my late posting, wifi is sparse and I’m sure all you writers know that you have to be in the right environment to write a long piece. Sitting in a cramped car, typing on my phone isn’t going to produce the best work, but here I am attempting just that.

These posts are meant more for my memory anyway, just because so much happens, I want to remember every detail.

The night before our gig in Albuquerque we grabbed a hotel, so in the morning we were fully refreshed and ready to hit the road. We made it to Albequerque and walked around, it’s such a beautiful town! Everything has a Spanish feel, with stucco building and red roofs. The Blackbird Buvette sat on a main strip, as do most of the places we’ve been playing which I think is pretty lucky. There was an outside patio, so we grabbed a couple drinks and sat outside for a few hours. We got into a conversation with a couple sitting next to us and the guy actually played in a band and it turned out the girl lived in Boston for a while. It’s just so funny when you meet people so far from home who you have a lot in common with. They were so nice and weren’t planning on staying, but sticked around for our set anyway and the guy actually went home to get his cd so we could trade with him.

I also tried green chile stew for the first time! I love spice, so this green chile craze down here has got me.

We played our set and watched the next band, Jonina and Sara, who were from Iceland. We unfortunately had to leave a bit early though, which we hate doing, just because we had a long drive to the el malpais campground where we planned to stay. It was 18 degrees that night, so it wasn’t one of our best sleeps. I think I got about 3 hours of sleep and was basically shivering the whole night. But it of course became worth it when I woke up to a gorgeous scene. The sun, which I was appreciating more than ever because of that cold night, mountains mixed with the desert and lots of different foliage that I’ve never seen before. We checked out the park a bit before we left. Specifically there was this natural arch created in the mountains that was really neat to see up close.

Before our gig in Arizona we were cutting right through The Petrified Forest national park, which we heard was a must-see so we stopped off there. What an amazing place, I’ve never seen anything like it. I was shocked and kept saying I couldn’t believe it wasn’t the Grand Canyon. It’s full of fossilized trees that have been there since years dating back to the AD period. Mountains with the most beautiful blend of colors, almost like an ombré effect. I couldn’t believe it was all natural. This was definitely one of our favorite stops so far.


That night we had our gig at The Rouge Bar in Scottsdale, Arizona. What Corey does is before we get to a show, if we’re playing with other people he always checks out their music online if they have any. What he did for this gig however is a couple months ago he looked up the guys we were playing with, so I’ve basically been listening to them for months. When everyone performed I already knew their songs. They get flattered when they find this out, and it’s nice of him to do so, but sometimes I like being surprised. Our now friend Ryne Norman performed and we were big fans of his music already leading up to the show. He offered us a place to stay after the gig which was so nice of him. We even tried In N Out burger with him after the show, our first time! We are hearing that the one in LA is better so I guess well just have to compare when we get there. We had a blast with Ryne, after an hour of hanging he admitted that we all feel like best friends already. Making connections like these is one of my favorite parts of touring.

It’s sunny, 85 degrees, cacti everywhere, palm trees, it’s definitely a different world out here. Especially when our perception is skewed from the freezing weather we left only a few short weeks ago in the northeast. But I sure am loving it, even if I have to apply more sunscreen than usual.

Check back for my next post! :)

One of the most beautiful places I’ve seen so far on this trip 
#petrified #forest #park #canyon #travel #vscocam #vsco (at Petrified Forest National Park)

One of the most beautiful places I’ve seen so far on this trip
#petrified #forest #park #canyon #travel #vscocam #vsco (at Petrified Forest National Park)

In person these mountains are an amazing mix of grays, blues and purples. You can’t capture the beauty on camera. 
#arizona #petrified #forest #travel #vscocam #vsco (at Petrified Forest National Park)

In person these mountains are an amazing mix of grays, blues and purples. You can’t capture the beauty on camera.
#arizona #petrified #forest #travel #vscocam #vsco (at Petrified Forest National Park)

And we haven’t even made it to the Grand Canyon yet
#arizona #travel #petrified #forest #vscocam #vsco

And we haven’t even made it to the Grand Canyon yet
#arizona #travel #petrified #forest #vscocam #vsco

And my afternoon view 
#arizona #petrifiedforest #painted #desert #travel #vscocam

And my afternoon view
#arizona #petrifiedforest #painted #desert #travel #vscocam

My view this morning 
#camping #newmexico #travel #nature #vscocam #vsco

My view this morning
#camping #newmexico #travel #nature #vscocam #vsco

Welcome to New Mexico!
#newmexico #travel #welcome #southwest #vscocam

Welcome to New Mexico!
#newmexico #travel #welcome #southwest #vscocam

Get your kicks on Route 66 
#travel #south #route66 #blackandwhite #vscocam

Get your kicks on Route 66 
#travel #south #route66 #blackandwhite #vscocam

Day 18 & 19. The Bash RipRocks, Lubbock/The 806, Amarillo

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Corey and I were so sad to leave Austin, we must have said it at least 100 times before we left. But no matter how much you love the place you have to leave, once you’re on the road to the next unfamiliar destination, that sadness disappears and is replaced with excitement again.

However, our excitement about heading to Lubbock wasn’t exactly high, just because everyone we told about heading to Lubbock responded with “oh man Lubbock?!” Or “aw I’m sorry.” We weren’t expecting much.

It turned out to be okay night. We originally thought we were the only band on the bill that night, but on the way there we found out that another band was playing after us and they seemed pretty well known. The Soft White Sixties played 11 shows at SXSW this year and were named Paste Magazines top 25 bands at SXSW last year. We were kind of nervous going to the show that night because we’re just an acoustic duo, not a full band who’s as known as those guys.

The stage at the RipRocks was one of the biggest we’ve played so far, and the room in general. It was completely empty at 8 and by 9, 930 the place was PACKED. But let me reiterate, it’s a college bar and it was St. Paddy’s Day, so it was packed with over 100 bros and sorority girls all dressed in green. Definitely not a typical audience for us or the other band, but we all still played our hardest, despite the sporadic, almost nonexistent clapping.

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We ended up playing before The Soft White Sixties because it just made more sense that way. The band was so good, Corey and I kept saying we wouldn’t be surprised if they blow up in the next year. All the guys were super nice too and were really Into our set! They gave us some really great compliments and pointers later on in the night which we really appreciated. After getting some free beers and talking to nice and very drunk Lubbock folks, we grabbed our $2 we made and headed towards Amarillo (not before stopping at Whataburger though).

Our plan was to get to Amarillo, a 2 hour drive from Lubbock and maybe grab a cheap hotel. That plan did not happen. We ended up spending our first night in the car, sleeping in a walmart parking lot. Oh well, we knew it was going to happen and it wasn’t AS bad as expected, but still pretty uncomfortable.

We woke up the next morning and went to the venue we were playing that night, The 806, and hung out for a couple hours since it’s a coffeehouse. After feeling a bit more rejuvenated, we found a hotel nearby, unpacked and got a chance to relax a little bit. We only relaxed for maybe an hour when Corey discovered that this tourist attraction called “the Cadillac ranch” was only 10 minutes away. We had to check it out. It was then when we also experienced our first sand storm. Such a bizarre thing to see, it just looked like a huge tan cloud in the sky and if the wind gusted, you’d get sand and pebbles in your face. We still decided to check out this ranch and I’m so happy we did. The sand storm actually made the pictures even cooler! The “ranch” consisted of about 10 Cadillacs, all with their heads stuck in the ground, with the body’s standing up the air. All of them were sprayed with graffiti, which is apparently a thing you’re supposed to do, made obvious by hundreds of spray cans found right behind the cars. The area surrounding it looked like a big, bare wasteland, which made it look pretty spooky. It really is something to see.

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Our gig that night at the 806 went surprisingly well. There weren’t a ton of people there at all, but somehow we sold 3 CDs and made more in tips than we ever have. In Lubbock we played a packed house and made $2 and here, playing to 5-10 people got us way more than expected. We met really nice people, drank some delicious teas (they have the best selection!) and played a great set. We honestly haven’t had one disappointing stop yet (knock on wood) and we’ll hopefully keep it that way.

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This place has the most amazing teas! Just had myself some wild blackberry 😋
#blackberry #tea #fairtrade #vscocam #fruit (at the 806)

This place has the most amazing teas! Just had myself some wild blackberry 😋
#blackberry #tea #fairtrade #vscocam #fruit (at the 806)

👍
#austin #bar #music #vscocam #theoffice

👍
#austin #bar #music #vscocam #theoffice

Our friends The Depth and The Whisperer playing at the Cherrywood Coffeehouse in Austin
#music #austin #sxsw #travel #vscocam

Our friends The Depth and The Whisperer playing at the Cherrywood Coffeehouse in Austin
#music #austin #sxsw #travel #vscocam

Day 14, 15, 16 & 17. Austin, Texas (Cherrywood Coffeehouse & The Dive Bar)
I think it’s safe to say that Austin is a place Corey and I might consider moving in our lifetime. We’re using this trip to see a bunch of cities that we’ve thought about moving to, but have never been, so we’re kind of killing two birds with one stone. Austin has such a strong energy, similar to what we felt in Nashville. There’s a strong appreciation of music down south in general and in Austin it’s especially nice because unlike Nashville, it’s more accepting of all genres, not just country. Not that Nashville has only country, but that’s definitely the majority of what you find there.
Austin was a blast. We didn’t have any shows the first two days, so we spent most of our time hanging with our friend Sam from The Coordinates who was nice enough to let us crash for a few days. We spent thursday and friday exploring downtown Austin at the South By Southwest Festival. The festival spanned out to different parts of Austin, but the primary spot was on 6th street. 6th street had venue after venue, music coming out of every single one as well as outside, right on the street. In my opinion, the best bands we ended up seeing were the ones playing on the streets.
The temperature was in the 70’s and we were listening to free music all day, it was incredible. We wandered around aimlessly for hours, with no plans, if we heard a band we liked we would stop and watch, or keep going and find another awesome band just next door. It’s obviously not this intense when SXSW isn’t happening, but people from Austin were saying it’s still pretty bumping on normal days.
After walking around 6th street all day, Sam and his friend Kyle went with Corey and I to find a more low-key place right on the outskirts. We ended up running into a Rita’s Water Ice, which I thought was only on the east coast. I obviously had to get some and it was delicious. After that we found a place right across the street called The Spider House, which was a really neat outside venue. It had a much more chilled out atmosphere than what we experienced on 6th street. What was even more awesome was right next door we found another stage inside a tent that had another bar and a little vintage store. I actually saw that multiple times in Austin, concerts outside with vendors selling clothes, jewelry, vintage items, etc. Sometimes there’s a food truck thrown in there too. It was honestly every girls dream, at least this girls dream.
The following day was much of the same; we ate at some tasty food trucks (specifically Torchy’s Tacos and Gordough’s), explored more of Austin and listened to some live music. We actually walked into a live performance at a hat shop that was also serving free rum. Only in Austin!
The next two days we had our shows, the first at The Cherrywood Coffeehouse and the next day at The Dive Bar, both in Austin. I’ve been looking forward to The Cherrywood Coffeehouse show this whole tour because Corey booked the entire day himself, bands from 11am till 10pm at night. Not only that, but all of the bands were people we met on the road and it was amazing how we were able to link up with everyone all the way down in Austin. We played along with Ali Holder and Daniel Thomas Phipps, Ease Them Pistols, The Depth and the Whisperer, The Rise of The Broken and Miss Shevaughn and Yuma Wray. It was a long day of truly great performances. We also brought our friend Sam up in the middle of our set to play his song he wrote that Corey and I were working on with him. It was so much fun!
The morning of Cherrywood started out VERY hectic because it was raining and the show was supposed to happen on their outside stage. When Corey and I first got there the place was PACKED inside. Fortunately the owners, Hollie and Ryan were so helpful and sweet, they gave us a free T-shirt and a little bit of money on a Cherrywood gift card since we would have to be there all day and Corey would essentially be running the thing. Corey and I played a short set inside, as did Ali and Daniel, then shortly after the rain began to stop. After moving everything outside, the show fully began. The environment reminded me a lot of The Acoustic Coffeehouse in Tennessee; people constantly filtering in and out and it was a coffeehouse that also had a great selection of beer. Again, something you really don’t find in the northeast.
A good amount of people showed up too. It was a nice surprise to see my sister’s friend Joey who I used to see a lot when they were in college together. I haven’t seen him in years and he’s a music guy, so I was really happy to have him there. He brought his friend along and they were so supportive and stayed practically the whole time.
We had so much fun playing there and hanging out with all out friends from the other bands. The bands Miss Shevaughn and Yuma Wray, The Depth and the Whisperer and East Them Pistols were actually playing with us again the next night at The Dive Bar. And even though Joey and his friend saw the same bands play at Cherrywood they came out again to The Dive Bar! A few other people who we met up in Boston, friends of The Depth and The Whisperer, came out as well, so both shows really had a decent turn out. I also just feel so lucky to have shared the stage with so many amazing bands and amazing people in general.
Most nights during our time in Austin were spent hanging with our friend Sam who we were staying with and just hanging at his place with his friends, playing music. His roommate Jeremy, also in The Coordinates, came back from his trip to Japan on sunday and came to our show at The Dive Bar, which was really nice of him. That night, our last night in Austin, was spent playing music with some great people. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience in Austin.
Side note, I was sick almost every single day, but I did not in any way let that harp on my time in here. We’re sad to leave, but we have to head to Amarillo for our next gig, which means we’re that much closer to getting to California! I’m getting antsy to get there, but fortunately every single place we’ve been so far has been incredible. A big thanks goes out to Sam, Jeremy and Gabe for letting us stay at their place for four days!
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Day 14, 15, 16 & 17. Austin, Texas (Cherrywood Coffeehouse & The Dive Bar)

I think it’s safe to say that Austin is a place Corey and I might consider moving in our lifetime. We’re using this trip to see a bunch of cities that we’ve thought about moving to, but have never been, so we’re kind of killing two birds with one stone. Austin has such a strong energy, similar to what we felt in Nashville. There’s a strong appreciation of music down south in general and in Austin it’s especially nice because unlike Nashville, it’s more accepting of all genres, not just country. Not that Nashville has only country, but that’s definitely the majority of what you find there.

Austin was a blast. We didn’t have any shows the first two days, so we spent most of our time hanging with our friend Sam from The Coordinates who was nice enough to let us crash for a few days. We spent thursday and friday exploring downtown Austin at the South By Southwest Festival. The festival spanned out to different parts of Austin, but the primary spot was on 6th street. 6th street had venue after venue, music coming out of every single one as well as outside, right on the street. In my opinion, the best bands we ended up seeing were the ones playing on the streets.

The temperature was in the 70’s and we were listening to free music all day, it was incredible. We wandered around aimlessly for hours, with no plans, if we heard a band we liked we would stop and watch, or keep going and find another awesome band just next door. It’s obviously not this intense when SXSW isn’t happening, but people from Austin were saying it’s still pretty bumping on normal days.

After walking around 6th street all day, Sam and his friend Kyle went with Corey and I to find a more low-key place right on the outskirts. We ended up running into a Rita’s Water Ice, which I thought was only on the east coast. I obviously had to get some and it was delicious. After that we found a place right across the street called The Spider House, which was a really neat outside venue. It had a much more chilled out atmosphere than what we experienced on 6th street. What was even more awesome was right next door we found another stage inside a tent that had another bar and a little vintage store. I actually saw that multiple times in Austin, concerts outside with vendors selling clothes, jewelry, vintage items, etc. Sometimes there’s a food truck thrown in there too. It was honestly every girls dream, at least this girls dream.

The following day was much of the same; we ate at some tasty food trucks (specifically Torchy’s Tacos and Gordough’s), explored more of Austin and listened to some live music. We actually walked into a live performance at a hat shop that was also serving free rum. Only in Austin!

The next two days we had our shows, the first at The Cherrywood Coffeehouse and the next day at The Dive Bar, both in Austin. I’ve been looking forward to The Cherrywood Coffeehouse show this whole tour because Corey booked the entire day himself, bands from 11am till 10pm at night. Not only that, but all of the bands were people we met on the road and it was amazing how we were able to link up with everyone all the way down in Austin. We played along with Ali Holder and Daniel Thomas Phipps, Ease Them Pistols, The Depth and the Whisperer, The Rise of The Broken and Miss Shevaughn and Yuma Wray. It was a long day of truly great performances. We also brought our friend Sam up in the middle of our set to play his song he wrote that Corey and I were working on with him. It was so much fun!

The morning of Cherrywood started out VERY hectic because it was raining and the show was supposed to happen on their outside stage. When Corey and I first got there the place was PACKED inside. Fortunately the owners, Hollie and Ryan were so helpful and sweet, they gave us a free T-shirt and a little bit of money on a Cherrywood gift card since we would have to be there all day and Corey would essentially be running the thing. Corey and I played a short set inside, as did Ali and Daniel, then shortly after the rain began to stop. After moving everything outside, the show fully began. The environment reminded me a lot of The Acoustic Coffeehouse in Tennessee; people constantly filtering in and out and it was a coffeehouse that also had a great selection of beer. Again, something you really don’t find in the northeast.

A good amount of people showed up too. It was a nice surprise to see my sister’s friend Joey who I used to see a lot when they were in college together. I haven’t seen him in years and he’s a music guy, so I was really happy to have him there. He brought his friend along and they were so supportive and stayed practically the whole time.

We had so much fun playing there and hanging out with all out friends from the other bands. The bands Miss Shevaughn and Yuma Wray, The Depth and the Whisperer and East Them Pistols were actually playing with us again the next night at The Dive Bar. And even though Joey and his friend saw the same bands play at Cherrywood they came out again to The Dive Bar! A few other people who we met up in Boston, friends of The Depth and The Whisperer, came out as well, so both shows really had a decent turn out. I also just feel so lucky to have shared the stage with so many amazing bands and amazing people in general.

Most nights during our time in Austin were spent hanging with our friend Sam who we were staying with and just hanging at his place with his friends, playing music. His roommate Jeremy, also in The Coordinates, came back from his trip to Japan on sunday and came to our show at The Dive Bar, which was really nice of him. That night, our last night in Austin, was spent playing music with some great people. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience in Austin.

Side note, I was sick almost every single day, but I did not in any way let that harp on my time in here. We’re sad to leave, but we have to head to Amarillo for our next gig, which means we’re that much closer to getting to California! I’m getting antsy to get there, but fortunately every single place we’ve been so far has been incredible. A big thanks goes out to Sam, Jeremy and Gabe for letting us stay at their place for four days!

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