A Year of New Mistakes
It’s hard to imagine, but I’ve been touring New Mistakes since I first stepped out on the road with Bruce Cockburn in the middle of September 2017.
I’ve been so lucky over the past year to be able to share these songs with you, and to share the stage with so many great players. Thanks are in order to my dear friends who took us out on the road with them: Bruce Cockburn, Matt Anderson, Whitehorse, The Posies, Toad the Wet Sprocket, and William Crighton. Cheers also to those we’ve shared stages with — Willie Nelson and Family, Sturgill Simpson, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Broken Social Scene, The Sheepdogs, Letters to Lions, Scenic Route to Alaska, The Dead South, Cordovas, Peter Elkas, Matt Mays, Yukon Blonde, Big Sugar, the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra Strings…
We’ve had some wild times as a band. I visited San Francisco for the first time, drove into the city, and met Bruce Cockburn for boisterous lunch at the corner of Haight and Ashbury. We tried surfing in San Diego. Eli ate 30 tacos in three days when we were in Los Angeles. I got to play songs with my hero, Jackson Browne at a party at George Strombolopoulous’s house. I can’t write this stuff.
Not everything is as picture perfect as it seems – like everyone, we’ve had moments of delayed flights and broken strings and bloody fingers and lost luggage — but because we love what we do, we always come out on top.
I feel stronger in my commitment to music now more than ever. I have been able to sing these songs and connect with people all over the world, and perform in places I never thought I would even get to see (read: JAPAN!). I have seen humbling things and inspiring things and strange things and I’ve seen the good in people everywhere even in this time of uncertainty.
I want to continue to do that and to celebrate my connection with all of you. Thank you for listening to us, for dancing at shows, for the hugs, for the tears, for the laughter, and for the energy, for the stories. One that sticks out is a fan from Saskatchewan who lost his sister in an accident last year. He said my music has helped him through that grieving process. I shared a deep connection with this man and he shared his story with me because of my music.
No one should be so lucky. I want to feel, I want to write, I want to learn, I want to sing in unison, I want to love, and most of all, I want to shred.
I love you.