Guitarist Cameron Mizell

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Recapping the Midwest Tour

If you've been following along the last few weeks you're well aware that I spent some time in the Midwest playing shows with Lauren Zettler. I started playing with her in July of 2008, so the tour gave us some perspective on how far things have come in the past year, and how much we hope to accomplish over the next year.

When we were getting ready to leave, we decided to document the tour finances on a separate tour blog. Our goal was to break even. We had no idea how much money we could actually make, so we did our best to plan ahead and keep expenses as low as possible. We made arrangements to stay with family or friends every night to avoid hotel expenses. We packed our own food for the road, so we never had to stop for food. Our food costs were also kept to a minimum thanks to our incredibly gracious hosts at all of the house concerts and the family that wanted to feed us along the way. Our major expense was gas, and my little Corolla averaged over 33 mpg, so we were pretty fuel efficient.

All in all, the tour was incredibly successful. Here are some numbers:

Net profit: > $2,000 Money raised for charity: > $1,500 Miles traveled: > 3,300 Shows played: 8 (+1 wedding ceremony) CDs sold: > 130 Videos made by Lauren to document the trip: 17

Speaking of those videos, while on the road we decided to learn a bunch of cover songs on ukulele and mandolin and record them in each town we visited. We managed to record four videos:

  1. "What A Fool Believes" by the Doobie Brothers in Indiana
  2. "Throwing It All Away" by Genesis in Dayton
  3. "I'm On Fire" by Bruce Springsteen in Chicago
  4. "When You Were Mine" by Prince in St. Louis

We plan on continuing this ukulele/mandolin cover song idea as we keep visiting different places on the road. Sure, it's a gimmick, but it's also a good musical workout for our brains. That Doobie Brothers song didn't arrange itself for mandolin and ukulele!

And if you missed them, here are all of our video updates wrapped into a YouTube playlist:

Needless to say, we'll be doing this again. Thanks for following along. It's good to be home!