(Yes… I’m from PA but I’m currently in Texas so the y’all thing is working at the moment!) 🙂
The Berklee trip to DC was a total success!! What an honor to be a part of the Conservatory Project at the Kennedy Center. I am so grateful for the Berklee faculty for putting such a great trip together.
On Thursday afternoon, Johnny, Rob Hayes and I went to the Voice of America. It was soooo cool. Doug Levine hosts his own radio show and invited us in for an interview. Johnny and I really enjoyed talking with him. That was our first time ON AIR together. 🙂 The interview is going to be translated into several different languages and broadcasted across the world. How exciting is that?!
After the radio interview, the band and I had a very lengthy sound check at the Kennedy Center. It was refreshing not to feel rushed! We felt good about everything before we went on. The show turned out really nicely… if I do say so myself! It was a treat for Johnny, Derek, Jake and me to play for over 300 music lovers in such a nice theater. I loved the energy of the crowd. You can watch the show at www.kennedy-center.org. Scroll down and on the right you’ll find “Archived Performances- Berklee College of Music – May 21st”. That’s us!
I can’t tell you how fun it is to be backed up by musicians who understand my music. I am so lucky to have such a wonderful band. Not only are they great players but they are my buddies. (I love you guys!)
After the show there was a top notch reception. The room was filled with Berklee faculty, family, friends… and even a few people from Berklee’s partner school in Hellsinki. I was honored to meet Berklee’s Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Larry Simpson. Larry hosted the reception and gave everyone a warm welcome. Larry spoke about Berklee’s accomplishments and I was amazed to learn that over 170 Grammy awards have been given to Berklee alumni. He then invited me to play one last song. Johnny and I decided to do a bluegrass tune we love, Red Clay Halo by Gillian Welch. I even invited my mom up to sing third part harmonies. Now she can say she sang at the Kennedy Center too! 🙂
It was such an incredible honor to be representing Berklee at the Kennedy Center’s Conservatory Project. I owe a big thanks to everyone at Berklee who made the event run so smoothly. Thank you Ginny Fordham for putting a good word in for me at the Berklee offices. Thank you Rob Hayes for making this all happen!