"Go West, Pioneer" - A Look Back

Annie Moses Band closed out our winter season with a three week tour of the Mountain West and Southern California. Exchanging the Jekyll/Hyde weather of Tennessee for the sunny climes of Los Angeles was, needless to say, a big hit with the crew. The trek started off in Oklahoma where the Band encountered a ferocious blizzard. With visibility close to zero, we managed to squeak in for a Sunday morning performance. Thankfully, the good company and hospitality of the folks at Ray of Hope Church in Comanche, OK, made us feel welcome in the midst of nature's fury.

The skies were clearer out West. Several days in Sedona, AZ, surrounded by breathtaking vistas, sparked songwriting, exploration and allowed us some much needed rest. A short drive to Phoenix, AZ, brought us to one of the highlights of the trip: a visit to the Museum of Musical Instruments.

These musical instrument exhibits are the largest in the world. A handy headset allows you to enter into the sights and sounds of cultures from all over. You will discover many things: among them, that dance grooves are universal, and that plucked instruments are far more popular than bowed ones (time to bring AMB overseas!).

A pivot to Flagstaff, and then our caravan headed for Southern Cal. After a performance at the beautiful chapel in Loma Linda, we began a five day marathon, interacting with young public students throughout the LA area. Thanks to the excellent work of the Carpenter Center, we not only invested in the lives of dozens of young students, but performed great show in a pristine night under the stars.

Well, fast forward: the drive back took us south to Tucson (beautiful town!) and through the deserts of West Texas. Two concerts later (thanks, Snyder and Longview!) we headed for Nashville, a full three weeks after departing for the West.

One thing's for sure: a four day journey sure beats a year long one! (read your history…)