This week marks the beginning of what will be my life on the road in 2012. Last night, my crew and I were on our way to Texas to begin the tour when we stopped at a friend's house in Louisiana. It was a good area right next to a school and we were assured it was a safe place to park. Regardless, we took precautions checking on the vehicle periodically and taking the valuables out. However, my merchandise and guitar didn't make it into the house before all the vehicles in front of the house were broken into including ours. We are incredibly fortunate to be safe and in good health.
There are things you can't control when your on the road and everyone understands that there's a certain amount of risk that comes with the touring lifestyle. Sometimes things happen. You have got to work through it. Luckily, I was able to recover some vinyl in an alley nearby, but otherwise I'm left with very little merch to make money with to sustain the tour. Worse yet, I'm without the necessary tool, my guitar, to perform my trade.
In my music, I write about what it is to face yourself and to face the challenges at hand. You've got to take everything that comes your way and grow from it. My resolve to keep on working is stronger than ever, but I've come to a point where I need to ask for your help. The $3,000 goal will put a dent in our losses and will replace some of the stolen merch and equipment, but it's only a start. Anything you can do--even if it's not supporting this campaign, but sharing my music and mission with new ears--will help me go the distance.
Thank you so much for your support in my moment of need. Friends, family and community are the only reasons I exist.
April 19, 2012.
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