Well that was fun! I'm proud to say that I've completed the second and final leg of my tour.
The Alberta leg of the tour kicked off at The Ironwood on August 14th and all together there were 116 people in attendance. At a venue that holds 140 people we came very close to selling it out. My good friend Lucette from Edmonton, kicked off the night. With a beauteous voice that accompanies dark songs, you felt as if you were being waltzed through a graveyard as you listened. After Lucette and her band finished things up it was then our turn to hit the stage. "The scariest moment is always just before you start. After that, things can only get better" - Stephen King. I wholeheartedly agree with this statement. Standing backstage with the fellas listening to our introduction was a terrifying moment. They paid money to see us play. What if I forget the lyrics? What if I freeze? An all too common string of thoughts that enjoy to torture me before a show. We stepped out into the lights and were welcomed by applause. My nerves started to melt away and the night was over before I knew it. Lyrics not forgotten + No freezing up = Good start to the tour.
Our next stop was at a house in Airdrie. We weren't really sure what to expect but when we arrived we knew it would be a good night. The hostess had a yard sign out front that read "Scott MacKay - House Concert", my name along with the album name was strung across the area in which we were playing and also printed on black and white straws. We set up our stuff and played to an attentive audience of around 20. There is something special about house concerts. There is an intimacy that occurs when you are playing not on a stage but on the same level as the audience. It was a successful show and I even got to take the "Scott MacKay" goodies home with me. Although I'm not sure what I'll use them for yet. Any ideas?
The next stop was in High River. I awoke at 630am and drove down to Sun Country FM for an interview and live performance with Jody Seeley. After my interview with Jody I then headed to a local greasy spoon "South Fork" for breakfast. I was by far the youngest in the place as the rest of the patrons had grey hair. I can only assume that the majority were regulars as they addressed the middle aged waitress by her first name, "Bernie", classic. I'm actually not sure what her name was but Bernie is as good of a guess as any.
After my omelet I headed to the acting library as the original library is still under construction due to the floods. I set up the sound amongst the book stacks and read for most of the day until the fellas showed up. My good friend and talented singer songwriter Karla Adolphe made myself and the fellas chicken curry before the show and then she kicked off the night. Karla has a voice that is synonymous to perfection. I would challenge the harshest critique to try to find something that even resembles a flaw. After Karla we did our thing, and the show went smoothly, save for the chicken curry burps that were trying to crawl up my throat all night.
My guitar player and I then headed to Medicine Hat to play at Inspire Cafe. A beautiful cafe that is one part cafe, one part art gallery. There were more empty chairs than not but those who attended listened intently and made it all worth it. Not to mention the delicious home style cooked meal and coffee to help keep my eyes open during the drive back to Calgary.
The last show of our tour took place in a loft apartment in Calgary among 15 people and a Bengal cat. I'm not much of a cat person but this cat looks good. Do a quick google search and you'll know what I'm talking about. The show went very well and the audience, like all the house concerts before were attentive and receptive.
Overall the tour was a success and I want to thank everyone who promoted, hosted, or came out to the shows as well as those who supported me via my pledge music campaign or by other means. Without an audience and supporters I wouldn't be able to do this.