It is good to be home, but boy did we have a great time in USA. Ourfirst stop was Telluride Colorado where we played at an AmericanaFestival as part of a VIP night along with our good buddy Audrey Auld.Telluride - what a place. It takes your breath away, literally.Stunning views like something out of a movie, seriously! The altitudewas something new for us, and at times was a little hard to breathe,headaches etc, but nothing an oxygen can side of stage couldn't fix inbetween songs!
From there we flew to California with Audrey and were fortunate toopen three of her shows around the area. We had a ball, and we got tomeet some lovely folk who came to the shows.
Our final stop was Nashville, Tennesee. We got off the plane @ 6.30pmand had tickets for a 9pm show of one of our all time favourite bands"The Time Jumpers". What a night that turned out to be.
In between getting off the plane and going to the gig, we shot to ouraccommodation to freshen up and there was a parcel waiting for Stuiefrom Tommy Emmanuel. There were two beautiful books from him, a lovelyhand-written note and a very special package. It had a set of usedguitar strings. These were the last set of strings that Chet Atkinshad on his guitar and when Tommy restrung it for him (back in 2000) hesaved them for Stuie. We were both very emotional and felt verypriviledged. The fact that these came from two of the greatest guitarplayers in the world and ended up in Stuie's hands, it was a veryspecial moment. These are the sorts of things that make all the hardwork you put in to playing an instrument so worthwhile! These stringsare going to be proudly displayed on the wall in our studio, alongwith a thumb pick Chet Atkins once used, that was given to Stuie 10years ago by a well known Nashville musician Gregg Galbraith.
The Time Jumpers gig was fantastic, we were still on a high fromStuie's gift from Tommy, and then to turn up and see Vince Gillplaying in the band that night, well it couldn't get much better! TroyCassar-Daley was also in town songwriting, so we all sat together forthe show.
We were in celebration mode and in the middle of Camille scoffingdown her second round round of chicken wings (whilst enjoying thefabulous music), there was an announcement from Kenny Sears, the bandleader. He said the band had some friends visiting from down under'and looking our way, he asked us to join them on stage for a couple ofnumbers. We looked at each other, stunned but very excited! Vince Gillhanded his guitar to Stuie and went out the front to watch.
Vince Gill was very complementary after our performance and again at the end of the show when we got photos. What a night - we could've happily come back home after that! Here we are pictured with Vince Gill after the show.