Well, we have arrived back home safely after a long summer on the road. We have had an incredible touring season, and we’re so proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish - as always, with a little help from our friends.
May saw us beginning the Cariboo & Whiskey tour. The month before the album drop date had us on the phone and laying down the infrastructure for the album to travel once it was released. We toured through Alberta and BC to pump up the release, with a few particularly memorable dates. The Duncan Showroom hosted us early in the month, and we got to experience their new live-stream setup! We also got the opportunity to share the stage with Country-Music legend Charlie Major at the OK Corral - an astounding performer.
June took us right into album release territory. Tiger Moon’s first full length album Cariboo & Whiskey dropped on June 9th, 2017. We released it at a live-streamed concert with some of our closest friends at Kelowna Forum. It was a project 2 years in the making, and could not have happened without so many integral individuals. From those involved in tracking, production and management, to each and every Kickstarter Backer, we’re so grateful for your help.
We spiralled out from the Central Okanagan to further and further venues as we started dropping off CDs & LPs all over the province. We performed in Penticton, Keremeos, Vernon, Enderby, and Lumby before venturing out of the Okanagan region.
July hit, and we celebrated Canada’s 150th with good company… Joshua Smith, Brent Tyler, Ancient Engines, and JP Maurice all joined us at the Penticton Canada Day Festival for a great evening of music. We then headed to the island to play again, and celebrated Dan’s 30th birthday out there. We had a couple very special house concerts that month all over the interior, and got the opportunity to meet fans from across the pond in Scotland! We also celebrated Kasey’s 29th birthday in style, camping with good friends at a top secret location…
August came on hot and heavy, with a wonderful stay at Arts Wells Festival of All Things Art, in Wells, BC. We caught up with so many of our loves in the music world, performed back within the hallowed walls of St. Saviour’s Anglican Church, and traipsed, jammed, celebrated, and eventually slept. The rest of the month was filled with performances in Northern & Southern BC, as well as Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival and Ponderosa Festival.
A final show at Doc Willoughby’s marked our homecoming, and a major slowdown in our summer touring schedule. We played a Folk Festival at one of the best road stops in BC - Tractorgrease Cafe - the very next day. From this weekend on through September, we were weekend warriors posting shows in Northern and Southern BC again. We had much to celebrate through September, with a beautiful wedding between two of our closest, birthdays, and our annual family bash in the bush! Towards the end of the month, we departed for our annual Ontario tour. We boarded the Via Rail train in Vancouver, and played our way all the way through to Toronto… Though we arrived nine hours late, we pulled up just in time for our good pals Shawn & Dan to get us to the gig on time. Our first show in Ontario was a banger down at Junction City Music Hall.
We opened up October with house concerts! A beautiful Sunday Matinee at SpringRush Farms topped up our souls. (Followed by long talks at a campfire… A luxury we hadn’t been able to have all summer long with the intense fire season BC was having.) We played for friends, fans, and family all over the province, including our regular stop with the Bunges in Masham, QC. Thanksgiving in Ontario was beautiful, full of chores and the smell of fine cooking - as is tradition with the Tait family. We also got a couple of opportunities to see Dan's eldest brother James perform at McCloskey's in Chesterville - a great little haunt South East of Ottawa.
But it wasn’t long until we had to board the train once again with Via Rail, this time back to Vancouver. We were wearing out, but we were up for it! Besides… A special show in Vancouver at Goorin Bros. Hats wasn’t far away - it promised the end of a long, successful tour, as well as a pair of beautiful custom hats to celebrate.
The Cariboo & Whiskey tour has been our most successful and enriching tours we have ever taken. From the bottom of both of our hearts, thank you - thank you for helping to make our dream come true. We know we always say this, but we need you to know - you keep our fires burning. You are part of the team, and we’re so grateful to have you on board.
Thank you to all the venues, managers, sound technicians, folk groups, artistic directors, support staff, volunteers, serving staff, gas station attendants and anybody else that helped us through this massive 70-date tour.
We'll be playing a little bit through 2017, returning to our Jam Night residency at Snowshoe Sam's, and we'll be back in 2018 with some more content, and some brand new material.
Now, to sleep…