The Tour – Part 1

Posted on July 16, 2012

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The Tour – Part 1:  Planning

Having done a lot of gigs all over the State, it’s time for our first tour. No, not a complete Timeless Feel Artist Roster tour, but a tour for Amy & me, with Robert at one gig and Steven at another, and peppering the State with our business cards and fliers all the way as we play at least four places, hopefully in multiple States.

Touring is an essential part of the musician’s experience. It broadens awareness, improves skill, forces camaraderie, opens markets, and allows for return trips to be more and more successful in terms of money and name recognition.

Unfortunately, touring is also grueling, forces people to endure sleepless nights, stinky bandmates, and on-the-road challenges that playing in one city on one night doesn’t bring.

Touring can make a band terrific – Beatles/Hamburg. Or it can be death – America/last tour as a trio. But the bottom line is if you are looking to expand markets, there is nothing like pressing the flesh, freestyling from place to place, playing for enough money to scrape by, and returning safely.

And there is one final ultimate justification for touring: repeat business. Enough good places to play can be found on any short tour to add to the next tour’s list of venues. So by doing enough of these short tours, the repeat business can actually be three weeks of successful touring and bringing home money for three weeks out of the month.

Yes, being a musician is being a short-order line-manufacturer, a salesmen, an artist, and one more thing above all: a short-haul trucker who loads and unloads and is paid in tips. And works the worst shift. And won’t get paid at all if he doesn’t also perform a good show. And sometimes doesn’t get paid even after a good show.

If anyone read that last paragraph and still said “But I HAVE to be a musician!” then congratulations; you are one. Congratulations – and condolences! And we’ll see you on The Tour (to be continued).

Joel Conner

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