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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Trumpets, Empty Jars and the Internet

erica bryan, beaverdamusa.com, behind the micI’ve been very reflective lately. I’ve been reflecting about all the great opportunities I’ve had and how I got there. It’s been amusing to reminisce on how, nine times out of ten, I got there…from the internet!

Just this past week I went to a radio station and the station manager asked me, “So how did we get in touch with you?” My answer was something like, “Well, I met this guy on twitter, and he invited me to play at this benefit concert, and then told me you all would be emailing me about coming by the station.” I stopped and thought- this amazing opportunity came from someone I met on twitter? Crazy! And Awesome!

Then, from this same opportunity, I received the chance to open for Joe Diffie next weekend at a festival. I would have never been able to book that myself!

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Radio Interview with WJJM in Lewisburg, Tenn.

When I recall some of my other radio interviews, I remember that they came about from people I met on the internet too. And If you follow me on my Facebook page, you’ll see that I have had numerous Q&A’s, interviews, and features–and most of them came from people contacting me on Twitter.

Who knew that the internet would become my record label?!

I can’t even begin to say how grateful I am that people have been taking a chance on me without even meeting me! And although I owe a lot of it to these individuals, I also know there is something greater at work. I’ve been reading through the Bible story of Gideon recently, and it’s struck me how God’s way is never the way we expect. Gideon was just a simple boy when an Angel told him he would become the “Mighty Warrior” to defeat the seemingly indestructible Midianites.

At first it seemed like the Israelites may have had a chance when the army had 32,000 men to fight, but God whittled this number down to a mere 300. Then, Gideon instructed his men to only bring torches, trumpets, and empty jars. What?! How much faith did that take to go into war without real weapons? Crazy!And that’s how I feel God is working in my life. In my mind, there are logical ways to navigate this “music business,” but God’s way is certainly different. He’s giving me empty jars and a trumpet and He’s creating something I never would have expected out of them.
PictureSo if you feel like God is handing you empty jars to fight with, just go with it. Because if there’s one thing I learned from Gideon (spoiler alert!), it’s that if God is on your side of the battle, you’re gonna win.

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