On my most recent “tiffany thompson tour” down south, my dear friend Sarah Bayot joined me. She is the creator/mastermind/designer behind Kicheko and Fashion&Philosophers. She is an amazing writer, and I wanted to share her recap of our tour with you! So check out the excerpt of her post below – and then click more to read the rest and see all the killer pictures from our tour! Thanks – Tiffany
Reposted from Fashion&Philosophers.com
Kicking off our summer music fashion tour, Tiffany Thompson and I packed our bags for a 5-day roadtrip down south from Aug 8-13th. Combining house and venue music shows with Kicheko and local shopping, we traveled through Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia. Covering 1800 miles, the#downsouthtour was indelibly encouraging, fun, and life-giving as we connected with a diverse set of communities.
Our first stop was Chattanooga, Tennessee to connect with friends who moved away from DC one year ago. They showed us warm hospitality preparing the guest bedroom, goodie baskets, a full coffee pot the next morning, and time to do some work in their light-filled living room before we hit the road the next morning.
We then made our way to Florence, Alabama to play a house show as well as visit a childhood friend of mine and her husband in their home, which is about 5 minutes drive from John Paul White of theCivil Wars. The house show turned “We are One” festival drew an energetic crowd of many ages as well as food and jewelry vendors. Chairs and pillows set up, displays smoothed out, and guitar tuned, Tiffany belted out a beautiful and engaging performance. Folks enjoyed the performance so much that at the end of the show we did a soul train followed by more merchandise sales. The support and encouragement we received was a perfect start to the tour. The next day, we visited the Billy Reid flagship store. Read it here.
The next stop was Atlanta, Georgia for a picturesque house show, originally slated for an outdoor performance on the terraced lawn. With a setup staged just so, we went inside to change and then…the downpour. Scrambling to save the keyboard, guitar, PA equipment, and merchandise from the rain; we made a series of barefoot runs with the help of our hosts and managed to do a quick re-setup indoors.
There is so much more to read … but Sarah’s blog has more pictures and flare … so please visit it to hear the rest of the story.