Gray/Agnew Fall Tour Weekend #6

Well, it’s over. If you missed it, then you missed out on one of the best tours I’ve ever been a part of. If we didn’t make it to you, then I wish we could have. It has really been a wonderful tour. Don’t get me wrong. I’m very glad to be home. That’s way better than tour. But I’m still a little sad that it’s over. Jason is a wonderful artist and a good friend. Spencer and Nate also grew into friends during our time together and I am so grateful for all the work they did as a part of this tour.

The weekend started in Wilmington, NC. I’ve played there a number of times, but I had no idea that Jason owns that town! I was just riding on his coattails, but it was a lot of fun. We met some great families, and were very thankful both for the Hartsells and the church. It was a great night.

Then we jumped in the van to head to Fredericksburg, VA. We had another good night with Positive Hits radio and their great listeners. We did have the most awkward moment of the tour, which I could try to explain, but honestly, you just had to be there.  Jason was pretty sick that night, but he pushed through, and did a great job.

Saturday we were in Bethalto, IL. Another wonderful night. Spencer’s family got to come out and we enjoyed seeing them. Since it was almost the end of the tour, I busted out When Love Comes To Town for Jason. It’s one of his favorites. I hadn’t played it in a long time, and I remembered why it’s such a great song.

We finished Sunday night in Smithfield, PA. Jason was under the weather again, but he made it through. I felt it was a really honest night. We were quite obviously engaged and giving our all, but also weary.

And then we went home. Sad to see it go, glad to be home. Maybe we can do it again sometime.

Anyone want to share thoughts from the tour?

Todd

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A Day of Glory

My church, Austin Stone Community Church, released our first Christmas record today. Most of it is live with three new songs we wrote at the end. I really hope that it blesses your family this Christmas. I led one song live (Hallelujah, What A Savior) and wrote another (How Great Is Our Joy). God is doing some wonderful things at our church and I’m so glad we get to share the Christmas season with you. It’s a worship album, not just popular Christmas songs with sleigh bells. Not that there’s anything wrong with sleigh bells. Anyway, I’ll include a link below so you can find it easily.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/day-glory-songs-for-christmas/id576399989

If you get the record and listen to it, please comment below and let us know what you think. Thanks,

Todd

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Gray/Agnew Fall Tour Weekend #5

What a unique weekend!  We started in Henryville, IN, a little north of Louisville, KY.  This town had really been torn up by a tornado this spring, and the church brought us in as an encouragement to their people.  We had a really great night. Wonderful pastor and great people.

The next day we were in Wabash IN at the Eagles Theater. Cool theater, wonderful hotel across the street.  Good night, slightly overshadowed by this strange moment near the end of the night. Jason and I had gotten off on this weird tangent (which, of course, is very rare), and we were talking about recording vocals when you’re sick.  At which point, someone in the audience yells out, “Kiss him!” I’m not exactly sure who she was talking to, but regardless, that did not happen.  It did win the award for most awkward moment of the tour.

Saturday, we were supposed to play an outdoor show after dark, and it was going to get down into the 30′s. Fortunately they chose to move it indoors, which also helped with the Inferno 2012 theme.  Not that it was hot inside, just hotter than freezing.  Still, we had a good night with some great people.  We got to have dinner with our friend Brenda who was celebrating her birthday.

And Sunday was easily the best night of the tour.  We had a sold out show in Liberty Township, Ohio.  And the people were wonderful.  It was a safe place full of people who had come to encounter Jesus and worship Him.  I played a few songs everyone knew and then switched gears and taught them “You Are Good” off H2BL.  They jumped in and we had a powerful evening.  I also included Sometimes By Step, an old favorite from Rich Mullins.  Jason and I both played some really vulnerable songs in the second half of the night.  It was a really amazing evening and I am very grateful for all who came, not only that night but all weekend.

We only have one more weekend, but it’s a big one.  Five shows, across North Carolina, Virginia, Missouri, Pennsylvania, and ending in Texas.  I will be sad to see this tour end, but I’m sure we will have a great weekend.  Thanks to everyone who has been a part, and I’m looking forward to seeing more of you this weekend.

Todd


Fall Tour Weekend #4

Well, it was really good to have a weekend off to be home. Unfortunately I also got sick. While I definitely wasn’t 100%, we did make it through the shows this weekend. Friday, I was actually away from the tour doing a show with the reunited Big Tent Revival in Turlock CA. It was a beautiful day in a beautiful part of the country. Big Tent was also on Ardent the generation before I was. So we spent the day trading stories about the studio and our experiences there. It was a really wonderful time. And I really loved getting to hear them play again. I pulled my own little stunt by closing my set with my favorite Big Tent song, The Ballad of Arlis Richards.

The other great thing about Friday night was that it was a fundraiser for Prodigal Sons & Daughters, which is a recovery ministry there in Turlock. They are a wonderful group of people with an exciting ministry. It was really great getting to know them.

Then Saturday I rejoined Jason and the guys in Tulsa. It was a unique show to say the least. It was the closing of a women’s conference. A first for me, but apparently Jason does it all the time. But it wasn’t actually part of the conference. I think. But most of the rest of Tulsa didn’t know about it. So it was a really intimate show. Also, we were in between two wedding receptions both with blaring DJs. So there was a weird background music behind everything we did. But it was still a neat night with some great people. They were very kind, able to focus on what God was doing amid the distractions.

Looking forward to a great weekend in Indiana, Illinois, and Ohio.

Todd

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