I am now officially on tour! I had an excellent weekend of gigs at Christie Lee’s Courtyard Grill in beautiful Blue Ridge,
Georgia, complete with an impromptu duet with the owner’s daughter (who was excellent!). I can’t wait to come back through here for another weekend in July (the 30-31st) and follow up with all my newly made Georgian fans (who all bought tons of CDs)! The people here that I have met so far are lovely; passionate about life, music, and their surroundings, and cognizant of the fact that they live in such a beautiful part of the world.
There is, however, more than a hint of resentment lurking beneath the surface at “half-backs” however: those monied Yankees who move to Florida for a few years, get sick of it, and then move only halfway back and end up in the mountains. It’s quite similar to the sentiment in Maine: “Get out of here tourists/summer folk, but leave your money. Very much a love hate relationship, built on unfair stereotypes and classism. Oh well.
Besides the gigs I explored the lush surroundings of this gorgeous state, including a trip up the (in)famous Stone Mountain (the other one), camping, and swimming and ropeswinging at Blue Ridge Lake. Today I pushed myself a little too hard and trail ran / hiked the Approach Trail to the Appalachian Trail, about 9 miles roundtrip. Probably should have eaten lunch first…. oh well. Thanks to everyone so far, thanks for reading this and being interested in what I do, and I hope to see you sometime soon! Next stop: Asheville, N.C.