Tuesday, September 23, 2008
State of the Union
Well, the Chris Sligh First Annual Back to School tour is coming to a close. We've had some really, really good nights. We've had some okay nights. We made some brilliant decisions, we made a few rookie decisions. But...overall the B2S tour has been a HUGE success.
It will end up being 30 shows. We've averaged about 350 a night, overall (about 250 on ticketed nights - some shows were given free). We had some really big nights, attendance-wise. We had a couple of nights that were less than 100.
What I have to remind myself is that I'm a new artist. I'm on my first headlining tour...though I'd love to see thousands of people flock to the shows, I simply have to be patient as I build this thing from the ground up. However, management and booking and my whole team is extremely encouraged by how well this little experimental tour went. We definitely will be having the 2nd annual Back to School tour next year!
One rookie mistake we made was putting the tour in August and September. Apparently, the Christian music industry has a couple of dead times - Christmas (unless you're on a big Christmas tour - more on that later) and August. Oops. Little did I know. So, I booked 21 shows in August - 17 of those headlining shows! Haha...rookie mistake.
Another rookie mistake was taking crazy-butt drives between shows. Kansas City to Greenville, SC?!!! Stupid! We will try to keep those shows to a minimum. When I get no sleep, my voice sounds like poop!
Overall, though, the band played GREAT every night. We had Jason Walker out for about half the shows and he killed it every night! We got tighter in friendships and that was great.
So...what's going on in the near future.
Well...first of all, October is a slow month show-wise. But I am writing a ton. Along with the 7 shows on the books right now, I have 8 writing sessions, and will be adding more. I have about 20 songs that I've written that have not yet been demo-ed, so I'll be, hopefully, getting a lot of demo work done.
November is filling up. We have the Chris Sligh STRIPPED tour, with me, Jon Skaggs and Jason Walker that is up to 10 shows now. We also will have a couple of full band shows.
One exciting bit of news is this: I'll be going out on the NewSong Christmas tour! It's NewSong (of course), Rush of Fools, me and special guest Ayesha Woods. We'll be doing 15 shows starting the day after Thanksgiving until December 21! Yay!!! I get to sleep on a bus again! No driving ourselves! Roadies!!! YAY!!!
Seriously, though, it's gonna be awesome...more on those dates later!
Also, it looks as though in January through March I'll be on a massive tour for like 35-40 dates...we're still working on details, but if it works out...this tour is going to be awesome!
Then, in March-June, I'm working on building my own tour to own, featuring myself and 3-4 other up and coming artists. Not sure how this will work yet, but if it works out like I have it in my brain, it's going to be cool.