So tour kicks off this week, ending a couple of months sojourn or ‘being off the road’. Being off the road is a funny experience- people continually ask whether the whole music thing has petered off, while you endlessly try to explain you’re just hibernating for winter and start looking increasingly more panicked and like a failed musician. You try and work on the next tour, write business plans, finish off the next album and instead fall headfirst into a reading schedule suitable for retirees and university students. You write country songs for other people, and end up singing them yourself. You spend countless Sundays playing in the most glorious of venues, the Arts Cafe Katoomba, sun in your face and great coffee at your shoe. You find yourself, confused on a Saturday night, as the whole concept of a free weekend is no longer habitual to you.
And just when you get into the swing of it (have started thinking of Friday night beers and recognising the people at the gym), you’re off again. Back on the road, that oddball place that exists mostly in my mind and rarely in my chequebook. And this time, there’ll be plenty of road underneath the car wheels- Broken Hill, Deniliquin, Hay, Bega, Melbourne, Maleny, Caloundra, and the very first trip to South Australia. Back and forth- some new places, some places I’ve missed since last I was there. See you on the road my friends.