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  • Writer's pictureTab Laven

First shows of 2019

Updated: Jan 30, 2019

Hello again! We just wrapped up our first shows of 2019. We started Friday, January 18 in Knoxville, TN then made the 2 hour drive to Chattanooga for a show Saturday night, back in the car Sunday morning for another 2 hour drive to Nashville. These long excursions are killing me. I hadn't seen Art since before the holidays, but we picked up right from where we had left off. Sunday we played at the historic Ryman Auditorium in downtown Nashville. It's always great to play in the town where I live and to have Annie, who hadn't been to a show in over a year in the audience with a bunch of friends watching the show, especially those that have never seen me play with Art before.

The Ryman Auditorium was built in 1892 as the Union Gospel Tabernacle. It became the home of the Grand Ole Opry in 1942 through 1974. The show then moved to it's new location just a few miles from downtown.

The Ryman Auditorium is an exceptional venue; it sounds great and the amount of history of the place is truly astounding! I always think of the legendary artists that have walked the same hallways and corridors, have sat in the same dressing rooms, stood on the same side of the stage nervously waiting to go on, and that I'm lucky enough to grace the same space. Whether it's the Ryman, Royal Albert Hall or Carnegie Hall, I'm always in awe.

The hallway just outside of my dressing room. That's a picture of Dolly Parton and Grand Ole Opry legend, Stringbean.

Next we head to sunny and warm Florida for just a few dates toward the end of February which include Ft. Lauderdale, Clearwater and Orlando.

I've been in the studio working on a song I recently wrote as well as a couple others from a few years back. I'll keep you updated on the progress!

Please check out this old video I found of me playing with Mary Macgregor, Mark O'Connor

and John McEuen at the Red Rocks Amphlitheater just outside of Denver, Colorado in 1984.

Thanks for checking out my latest blog! Hope to see you at a show soon and please come up and say hello!!!

- Tab

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