A Lil’ Texas Tour- 1000 Miles of Road

Touring Texas: 1000 miles is just a lil’ Texas tour. Here are a few of the inspiring (and less than inspiring) things about being on the road.

Yes, in a state that is 268,820 sq miles (696,241 km²), driving 1000 miles is considered a ‘stone’s throw’ of a distance.  This is my 3rd time playing/touring with jazz band the Charles Hearn Quintet, and its awesome every time. Of course, like with any tour, it’s not all roses.

Great Things about Going on Tour to Play your Music out of Town:

The Regional Cuisine: TX-tiniTacos and a “Texas Margarita” with limes and olives.

txShrimpI fell in love with this place in San Antonio: Dry Dock. Oysters, shrimp, fried catfish, hushpuppies.

hou-bbqClassic Texas BBQ!

More inspiration: The Environment-

texas skies1929Aaah…those big Texas skies

Tough things about Touring Texas:

texasStateTexas is big.

6 cities of shows means we spend lots of time driving.  From the Rio Grande Valley- Harlingen, McAllen, Weslaco, Brownsville, up to the central part of the state- San Antonio, Austin…  This is why it’s only a “lil’ Texas tour”  Ha! You may cover 1000 miles, but you miss most of the state!  And so maybe next year we’ll take on new TX cities. Expand our horizons a bit.

Another tough thing about Texas- It’s just a lil’ on the hot side. 105-107f most days. Not much AC at soundcheck and load-in before each show.  It took awhile to adjust to the outdoor stages. You either melt or fry…

breakfast misunderstanding

Cool things about this Texas tour:

Tx tour-2013

The venues. The audiences! (We were happy to see full houses each night!) The musicians. It’s always hard work to roll into town, cram in a bunch o’ rehearsals and hit the road for lots of shows in a short span of time, but this group keeps it fun. I learn lots from this jazz band, the Charles Hearn Quintet, and love ’em all 😉 !!

A major awesome thing for me- visiting the DJ’s and radio stations who have been spinning Torch and Sass! (pics coming soon…)

Things that Inspire me After Tour:

My ukulele!

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The baritone is a perfect instrument on the road, like a tenor guitar. As awesome as a band is, solo is sweet too. I find myself swinging 180d to the simplest renditions of my songs when coming off the road. Now learning new 1930’s tunes with it!  And the last big inspiration of this tour…

Saxman Charles Hearn in situ:

chasStudio
An awesome band leader, producer, songwriter, musician, and all around great friend: this is Charles chillin’ in his über productive musical habitat. He & this space have made me happy hungry to get back to recording in my own space again.  Which is exactly what I’ve been up to since coming home.

That, and playing tortilla western shows locally since back in Cali. Traveling and performing like this always awakens new Muses, from jazz stages to the deserts of the southwest, again. A creative wind is coming on…

Last inspiration since coming home:

cuc

My garden! It grew! Someone must have watered it!  I now have salad stuff, squash, tomatoes…   Good thing: I’ve gone vegetarian since all that TX BBQ 😉

Author: tara linda

musician, poet, jewelry maker

6 thoughts on “A Lil’ Texas Tour- 1000 Miles of Road”

  1. Cukes! We have them too; I’m so excited, it’s my first time! Can’t wait to try them. Also, you’ve made me hungry with pictures of your TX tour: for the food, and also for travel once again. Congrats on what looks like an awesome trip!

  2. Thank you TLP! It was good, but I’m SO happy to be home. Can’t believe I’ve swung vegetarian…working so far 😉 And yes- the cukes are the best- I planted lemon ones, which go great w/ the tomatoes. Are your tomatoes late this year?

  3. Great blog and pics! I The only thing that out shines your immense talent is your beautiful spirit… I really enjoyed having you around for 2 weeks. It was 2 jam packed weeks filled with great shows, great food (Sahadi’s, Dry Dock!), great performance venues, great audiences, great radio station interviews (and support), TX roads, TX hotels, and great support from good friends (thanks Ana for everything!). None of it possible without the love and support of your hubby and my Patty. We are blessed. I wish we lived closer to each other. The damage we could do! Besides that, after talking to your hubby, I think he would become my new wingman… I look forward to sharing the stage with you again soon. I got much love for you my friend. Keep writing those incredible songs. 🙂

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