December 18th, 2013
Wow, this Christmas tour has flown by! The shows have been a blast, the Tonic “Selfies” are steadily improving and the audiences are awesome. My hat is off to one of the nominees for this year’s MVP, Dane Johnson, our audio/video technician, stage manager, truck driver, etc. Dane does it all so we can arrive for sound check, perform, hang out with the audience after the show and then head off to the hotel without worrying about the load-in/load-out, technical issues, etc. It is pure luxury and when the tour is over and Dane has gone home, we will be sad, very sad and very cold as we load and unload the trailer for the remaining winter months. For now, I can hardly believe that we are about to embark on the final leg of the tour before Christmas. This will take us to the Hoyt Sherman Place Theater in Des Moines, Iowa where our “Greatest Time of Year” PBS special was filmed and then off to Sioux City, Iowa (my home town!) to the perform in the beautiful Orpheum Theater. There is nothing like a trip to the promised land to make season bright and say hello to all those wonderful people in the great state of Iowa. We are looking forward to seeing everyone in Des Moines and Sioux City, thank you all for supporting us through the years!