Mwah to you - from Chris, Megan, our great buddy, Maria Failla, and... The Beatles.
Happy V-Day, folks! As 2016 closed, 2017 opened with a bang. While gearing up for spring wedding season, Chris has been gigging around town with his buddy Scott Mulvahill, the Piano Men, an outrageously talented motley crew of Nashville's finest musicians in a tribute to Mr. Bruce Springsteen, and the one and only Nashville Symphony.
The latter half of 2016 -- wherein you will find zero blog posts from us (#fail) -- was full of events and adventures as well. One we might add is on a personal note: Chris married Megan, a singer and guitar player by trade, science research administrator by day. The two have been partners in music for a few years and now are partners in life (I know, I know - but we can say gushy things today; it's Valentine's Day!). So between marriage, an apartment flood, and a new house, the Smallwoods have been busy. So, maybe forgive the blogging thing.
We finished our busiest year yet in 2016 - averaging at least one gig a week and ranging from cocktail hours and wedding receptions to block parties and celebrations of life. Chris sustains the pattern of splitting time between teaching as an adjunct faculty member at Belmont University and living the tour life. He still hits the road with Rain - A Tribute to the Beatles, and will actually take off with them again in late February. (Aside: Beatles fans, you may know that this year marks the 50th anniversary of the Sgt. Pepper album; therefore in addition to a stellar, all era-inclusive show, Rain will incorporate a complete performance of the Sgt.Pepper album - cover to cover. Get in on it while you can.) The highlight of 2016 was Chris's two week November run inthe iconic Barrymore Theater on Broadway with Alton Brown's Eat Your Science tour. This was Chris's second stint on Broadway - the first being with Rain in 2010, so it was a real honor to be back on the big stage. Chris will head out with that show again this spring, so sometime between now and dog days of summer, there's a very good chance Chris will show up in your city.
We haven't let the winter blues hamper us too much from supporting other great music. Chris and Megan spent a splendid Saturday hanging out with Chris Thile and friends at the Ryman Auditorium for A Prairie Home Companion in February (as in, we saw the show from the balcony... next time Maestro Thile comes to town, we hope to take him up on his gracious invitation to wine and dine with him; alas, our busy schedules prohibited us from doing so this month.) #pipedreams
Signing off on this day of cupids and kissy-face emojis, take care, folks. We'll see you next month. <3