Despite a Deluge, the Show Must Go On

This past weekend was probably our biggest weekend of shows to date. We were scheduled to play 2 shows in 2 different towns on Friday and then 1 show on Saturday. All shows were outdoor festivals. The only hitch was….it rained the entire weekend!
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When we arrived at the first festival, Bella Rustica, in Franklin, TN, it was pouring down rain. The festival happened to be in a field, so we traipsed through the mud to get to the main stage. Luckily, the stage and seating area were covered with a tent, so we were able to play without our equipment shorting-out or our instruments getting ruined. And even better, the audience had no choice but to stay under the tent or they would get soaking wet. I’m not even mad they were forced to watch us perform! And as it turns out, people were enjoying our set and really getting into our songs, which made putting on the show really enjoyable!
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After our first performance, we packed our bags and drove an hour south to Lewisburg, TN, for the Goats, Music, and More Festival. This is definitely the biggest festival we were scheduled to play and were in the midst of big acts such as Joe Diffie and the Marshall Tucker Band. They expected thousands to be in attendance. However, when we got there, we ended up playing for an empty audience. Apparently the rain had driven many people away and the seating area was not covered, so only a few stayed. We had to create our own energy on stage to keep the momentum going, and still had fun just playing for each other and the few scattered audience members.
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In fact, I think there were more goats than people at this festival. So naturally, we ended up taking selfies with the goats!
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The next day, we woke up bright and early to play at Bella Rustica once again at 11:00am. There was still pouring rain and mud, but we were used to it by now. Again, we put on a show in the tent for the audience, and they were very attentive and appreciative of our music, which made the experience both fun and worthwhile.Although it rained and poured on us the entire weekend, we had some of our most fun shows to date. The attentive audiences at the Bella Rustica Festival made all of our effort seem worthwhile and we think back on these shows as some of our best ones.

Even the sun can shine through the rain.

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About Erica Bryan

Erica’s passion for performing started when her mom brought her to her first theatre audition in Pennsylvania when she was eight years old. She didn’t make the cut. But the next year, she went back to the same audition and got the part. From an early age, Erica learned that with hard work and persistence, anything can happen. After her first show, there was no question that performing is what she would do for a living.
When she was twelve years old, her family moved to Roswell, GA, where she heard Country music for the first time. After listening to Reba and singing lots of Shania Twain karaoke, Erica decided she wanted to be a Country singer. Some years went by and, although Country music was always in the back of her mind, she started focusing more on her theatre opportunities, which led to her decision to study Musical Theatre in college.
While still in college, Erica performed professionally with Opera Birmingham, and spent her summers performing at theme parks and theatres. After graduation, she moved to New York City to continue her professional theatre career. While in New York, Erica got to train with Broadway’s finest actors and was cast in leading roles in Regional Theatres around the country. During one of her shows, Erica had the opportunity to perform with a Country band on the side. Call it coincidence or fate, but Erica was back singing Country music in the middle of a theatre contract, and she fell in love all over again.
After another year in theatre, it became clear to Erica that it was time to move to Nashville, TN and pursue her original childhood dream of being a Country artist. Shortly after arriving to Nashville, she landed a day job working for country hero, Reba McEntire, at Starstruck Entertainment. By night, she began crafting her own songs and writing skills. Within a couple months of songwriting, Erica’s songs started receiving the highest honors from the Nashville Songwriters Association. She recently released her debut single “This House Is Haunted,” and is receiving radio play in multiple countries. For the Country Record describes Erica as, “one of those rare multi-talented people who most only dream about becoming.” Erica is currently touring with her original music and plays keys, ukulele, and guitar to anyone who will listen.

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