Greetings from my Wandertour,
What Am I Doing Now?
I left NYC on September 23rd the first day of Autumn, to travel around the country in a Prius Wagon with my two standard poodles Etta and Lily. I packed my guitars, my little busking setup and head out without any goal except to find joy, gigs, maybe a new place to live, new connections and inspiration. I started north, headed all the way west to Port Townsend, WA, then south along the Pacific Coast to San Diego. I turned east via Joshua Tree, Austin and New Orleans where I am writing this update day 157 of my journey.
I still have to get to Key West and travel back north up the east coast to make it back to NYC by March 2Oth the first day of Spring. So anything is possible!
I have jammed and sang and played my guitar with so many wonderful people. I mostly found I am happy returning to my blues roots and my stage performances with lights and sound and have really enjoyed the energy of a vibrant audience seeing me for the first time.
Stayed Tuned how all this will settle when I return, in the meantime I am living my experience as fully as I can, and the poodles have been amazing travelers too.
I am forever grateful to the many people who have opened their homes and hearts for me. I have met amazing people who spend their lives keeping music alive, live and thriving.
May you thrive,
February 26, 2016 New Orleans
Top row: Humphries, San Diego (Kirstin Stults image)/ Backwater Blues Band, Humphries, San Diego (Kirstin Stults image/ Arcadia Blues, Arcadia, CA, Bobby Bluehouse band (Ed Bergstrom image)/ House Concert, Austin, TX (Debbie Rothshield image) row 2: Ashland Blues Society, Ashland OR (Gary Mark Roberts image)/ Hudson's On Mercer, Dripping Springs, TX with Carl Weathersby (Artie Hudson image)/ Big Kitchen, San Diego, CA (Kathy Fuller images) row 3: Stillwater Landing Listening room, Whitefish, MT with David Walburn (Bill Montgomery image)/ Luchenbach, TX picking circle (Sally Huff image)/ Strange Brew, Austin, TX (Bob Fleischman image)/ Hudson's On Mercer, Dripping Springs, TX jam (Debbie Rothshield image)
Below: video at Joshua Tree Saloon, Joshua Tree, CA by Christi with house band Lucky, Jeff and Thom (Rather Go Blind)
Below: is a clip made by San Diego wonder woman Cathryn Beeks, who is the most inspiring promoter of local music that I have ever met.
Greetings from Somewhere USA,
What Am I Doing Now?
- Traveling around the country with my 2 standard poodles in search of connections and adventure. Maybe a new place to live or to create my next project.
- Looking for an Artist Residency.
- Finding gigs as they come, jams, open mic’s, house concerts, public spaces. Got one in mind, let me know email@example.com
Here’s a live audio of me in Atlanta at the wonderful listening room Eddie’s Attic. My songs Comin' Back To Me and Good Thing:
- Enjoying seeing my poodle Etta in Laurie Anderson’s new film Heart Of A Dog. Etta is even in the trailer. Here is the trailer
May you thrive wandering in your own journey. And please do keep in touch, firstname.lastname@example.org
updated October 2015
This page inspired by Derek Sivers who is always coming up with something new and cool to share.
- On an even more personal note:
My family has had a 2 remarkable life changing events this past year. In Atlanta in the beginning of the year, my brother Marty’s 23 year old son Austin had a brain trauma injury by falling off his longboard. Austin has made an incredible recovery. From that horrific accident and the subsequent weeks and months of recovery for Austin, and the way in which our family and friends came together, the hashtag #GrierStrong was created. What no one could have ever imagined was that 5 months later my other brother John’s 19 year old son Jared would fall from a tree and become a quadriplegic. Jared’s story since that injury has been one of courage and family strength that #GrierStrong exemplifies. I haven’t written much about it as I have been trying to stay within the realm of family privacy, but the family has created a GrierStrong blog and now led by Jared’s own writing you can follow his amazing story: Jared's GrierStrong Facebook page