Well, friends, 2015 has come to a close. This past year has seemed like a great big blur so I can’t even believe a full year has flown by. First, I want to thank each and every person who posted on the Facebook / Instagram / Twitter pages and shared your photos, stories and thoughts. I want to thank each and every person who bought the music, whether at concerts or online. It’s been such a dream come true for me to know that so many of you related to it and wanted to take it home with you. For those of you that stood in line long after the concert had ended to meet me and share your experiences, thank you. So many of you opened your hearts in courageous ways and I will never forget it. Many of you may not know how afraid I am every time I walk out on stage in front of thousands of people who have never heard my name or my music. Quite honestly, I’m terrified each time…but the songs…. they are personal for me and nothing means more than getting to share them, even if I’m shaking in my shoes while I do. (And that’s pretty much every time.) When I get feedback like “I needed to hear that song tonight” or “You are singing about my life”, it gives me the courage to walk out there the next time. Thank you. Last, but certainly not least, I want to express how thankful I am to Garth & Trisha for giving me the opportunity to share my music with the world. Nashville is a tough town. It’s a magical town, but it’s tough. It’s almost impossible to get your music out there without the power of a record company behind you (something I do not have)… but Garth & Trisha heard something in the music and gave me the chance to come and share it on the road with them to their incredible fans and I am both overwhelmed by their generosity and deeply grateful. There are so many, experiences, places, feelings , faces I will never forget from this beautiful 2015. I wish I could share them all but I will just leave you with some of my favorite photos from the road this year. Before I do, though, I want to wish you all a Happy New Year and I hope that your 2016 unfolds in the most amazing ways for you! – Karyn
Well, we’re back at it! After a nice summer break the tour is officially back up and running. I look back on the past year and cannot believe that a full year has already flown by! Mid- September brought us to Dallas, TX and we had the time of our lives! I think we played 7 shows at the American Airlines Center and the crowds were just amazing! I was able to open 3 of the 7 shows (single show nights) and the audiences were so welcoming and wonderful. Thank you! Most of our dates in Dallas were double shows. I’m always asked the question “How do you guys manage to have the energy to do two shows back to back?” Are we worn out after giving our all to the first show?? YES! But the energy, enthusiasm and love pouring onto that stage from the audience at that second show lifts us up every single time! It’s impossible not to catch the wave of excitement that happens at a Garth show! I’ve never worked harder in my life and yet I’ve never had more fun!
We spent some time doing some extra fun things in Dallas too! We were able to visit the Cowboys stadium and watch Monday night football on the stadium big-screen (my husband thoroughly enjoyed this!) We were able to get out on the field and throw a few passes and pretend we could play football like the pros! It was surreal and such an incredible time. Our evening continued on to Six Flags after that. Now, I have to tell you…. if you ever want to see this grown woman revert back to being about 11 years old, screaming and jumping up and down with joy, take her to a roller coaster park! I’m not even kidding! I spent many summers riding coasters and they were my most favorite memories so Six Flags and I were immediately the best of friends. I think I rode every coaster twice but one. I especially loved Pandemonium, Mr. Freeze:Reverse Blast and the Titan most. Ironically, though, it wasn’t the coasters that scared the crap out of me. It was (drumroll please)… the SWINGS! You know, those swings that look so peaceful and easy and relaxing?? Well, I got on the Texas SkyScreamer (the name should have clued me in) and I have never been more terrified in my life. That is just WAY too high for some itty bitty chains to be holding you. Ha ha! A lot of our crew LOVED it but I think you’d have to drag me kicking and screaming to go on it again. ha ha. Six Flags was a blast. A great big thank you to everyone there at the park for an incredible experience!
Ahhh, Milwaukee. I fell in love with you. What a charming city. What great shows and some of the nicest people I’ve ever met! It was a perfect way to spend a weekend. We had beautiful weather during our stay which allowed us to venture out into the downtown area and take in some of the local scenery. On our first evening in the city we had dinner on the waterfront downtown. It was perfect. We watched a sunset there and snapped a few photos. I also tried a Bloody Mary that had more toppings on it than I’ve ever seen in my life! Creativity at it’s finest! Downtown Milwaukee is such a great place. I heard that our hotel was very haunted but I have to say that the restless spirits let me sleep just fine. I finally tried the famous Wisconsin cheese curds I’ve always heard about (nice) and we were gifted custom chocolate Milwaukee Garth bars too! Fantastic! (Who thinks of this stuff?)
I loved the Sunday vibe on north Broadway.
Vicki Hampton, my friend and singing partner in Garth’s band, joined me for a Sunday brunch that was right out of a good book. Sun- bathed streets with beautiful flowers bursting with color, bicycles lazily leaning as people chatted and walked their smiling dogs… I was in heaven. We sat in a cafe called “Onesto”, enjoying the scenery and taking in some made- from -scratch, unforgettable italian food. Peaceful, easy and relaxing. If you’ve never gone to visit, go in spring or late summer. You’ll love it. I sure did. See you next time, Milwaukee!
Hi, friends! Happy Independence Day to us all! First and foremost, I want to thank all of the men and women who serve or have served our great country and allowed us to maintain the freedoms that we cherish. If any of you reading this will be out celebrating the holiday with fireworks and friends, please be safe! (Also, I’m a dog lover so I have to say this! Secure your pets! July 4th weekend finds the most lost dogs due to the fear of fireworks and running off and we don’t want them to be in any danger.)
I know we have moved into the balmy days of summer but I missed sharing about our travels in the spring and, man, did we ever hit the ground running! I left off back in April ( which I am ashamed to admit that I am THIS far behind on blogging). Not coincidentally, my hubby and I broke ground on our new house in April so in my few moments at home I have been in full new house planning / building mode before hitting the road again. We are wrapping up both the house and the tour very soon for the summer but I wanted to take a few moments to reflect on these past several months and what they have meant to me.
First, I celebrated my first year married to my gorgeous, funny and incredible husband, Cory. (You know, that guy that inspired “Better Off”) Garth and Trisha gave me a weekend off from the tour to go back to the place we were married and celebrate together. I am so thankful for that. We were married in the Outer Banks of North Carolina and we had the most restful and amazing anniversary together. Ironically, we stayed at the “Oasis Suites” so…. of course, we had to thank Garth for letting us “slip on down to the Oasis”. ha ha.
April on tour first brought us to Portland. I have to say, Portland is a pretty cool place. We were able to get out and see a lot of it and every bit of it was wonderful! The band and crew spent an awesome day celebrating 200 shows on tour that began with a rooftop lunch overlooking the city at the incredible Departure Restaurant & Lounge and ended with (you won’t believe this!)… CURLING! Yes, curling, she said. Now, I would like to think I am very coordinated but I can’t tell you how many times I fell on the ice. It was great fun, though, and the Mumblers and I want to go back! Thanks to the folks at Evergreen Curling Center for taking good care of us and showing us how it’s done!
The end of April brought us to State College, PA and who could forget the “yellow man group”?? For those of you that were there, I’m sure you’ll agree that it was unforgettable. My cousin, Amy, from New York brought down a crew in florescent yellow t-shirts that spelled out K-A-R-Y-N ! (When they turned around they spelled out T-R-I-S-H-A….. and again, they rearranged and spelled G-A-R-T-H !) Trisha and Garth noticed them from the stage and put the spotlight on them! Watching them try to line up (after a few beers) was hysterical….. in fact, the letter “K” almost missed out because they were in the restroom….but seeing them run down the steps in the spotlight had me laughing so hard I was almost in tears. I’ll never forget it! “Here comes the K!” Thank you, Amy and family for being so amazing and making me feel the love!
In Knoxville, I made a lot of new friends. Knoxville just blew me away in the warm welcome you gave to me and my music. You showed up at the meet and greets, (so many of you!!!!) waited in line…bought music not only for yourselves but for your friends…and my heartfelt appreciation goes out to you! I can’t tell you how much your support means to me!
I wasn’t able to play but one show in Birmingham but was so happy to see my friends, Penny and Aspen smiling back from the crowd. Thank you for requesting “Summers Like That”… for the first time I tried it out live due to your persistence and it seems that the audience agreed with you! We will be adding that to the set list.
It still amazes me to wake up each day knowing that I am a part of such an incredible experience. Getting to travel and share the music I love with fellow artists I greatly admire and respect is such a blessing. In a few short weeks we will take a rest to enjoy the lazy days of summer and I am looking forward to some quality time with family and getting settled into our new home. Soon, we will hit the road again and this first year has been so much fun I can hardly wait to see what next year has in store!
Please check back to the website or follow my FB or Instagram pages for updates on what I’m doing over the summer. Until then, enjoy every day to the fullest!
With love and gratitude,
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Well, we are still in a whirlwind. We are almost at the end of April and I am just getting the March blog post out so thank you for your patience! I will be posting all of April’s fun travel news next week so that we are all caught up! The months of March and April out on this tour have been slam packed and there’s so much to tell!
First, we kicked off March in Buffalo, NY. I loved Buffalo. Especially all the old churches downtown! The city was covered in snow but that didn’t keep us from getting out and enjoying it. My cousin lives in NY so she and her family drove in to see the show and it was wonderful to visit with them while trying the ORIGINAL Buffalo wing downtown. Also, while in Buffalo, I saw something I had never seen before. Bikes on ice! You could rent a bike to ride on the ice-skating rink! I wasn’t brave enough to try, considering I had to be on stage that night, but it looked like so much fun! Of course, The Mumblers could not leave Buffalo without seeing Niagara Falls so they took a trip out in the icy cold to see them!
(DENVER) Next, we were on to Denver. We spent a long time in Denver and had the most gorgeous weather. As soon as we arrived we went to see the legendary Stevie Wonder in concert! It was a great beginning to a fun week in the mile high city! Absolutely incredible! The city had some quirky sights to see and also some amazing restaurants! I was able to meet up with friends for a fantastic brunch at a great spot called Snooze in the Union Station downtown. (Seriously, try this place while in Denver!) Such a great breakfast! Denver is pretty special, which is why it is added to my list of cities I could live in!
Random things I learned while in Denver: 1) I LOVE air hockey now even more than I did as a kid. 2) Hotel Monaco lets you have a pet goldfish during your stay for FREE in your room. ASK! (disclaimer: said fish could kick the bucket during your stay so don’t get too attached! ha!) 3.) Random crazy statues are everywhere. Oh, yes….and people play chess on the sidewalks. That’s pretty fantastic.
(SACRAMENTO) The end of March brought us to sunny Sacramento, CA. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky during our entire stay. We had a lot of grill outs and hang time by the pool, which was nice coming off of so many cities still thawing out from all the winter snow. We did a lot of walking in the sunshine in CA. It officially made me ready for summer! The shows in Sacramento were crazy! Garth fans there aren’t kidding around! We had such a blast opening the show and meeting all the smiling faces afterward at the meet and greet. Side note: I finally tried my first In-N-Out burger. After hearing about these for years, it was a given. I have to say, pretty good!
On my day off in CA I was able to visit a place I had always wanted to go. Napa Valley. The wine country was gorgeous! We were able to spend the entire day taking in the scenery. There’s nothing quite like the beauty of the afternoon sun setting over the grape vines and the cool breeze of the valley. Our first stop was Caymus, where we received a tour and tasting of wines by Jenny, one of the Wagner family that owns and operates the winery. It was fascinating to learn about the delicate wine-making process and tour the property. We had a nice tasting of their different varietals before stretching out on a sunny lawn for a picnic. We then visited Chase Cellars, further up the road. I absolutely LOVED their Red Zinfandels. They have wines made from vines over 100 years old. The vintner, Katie, spent a lot of time with us sharing her family history and how she came to the recent decision to take over the vineyard and make it all that it could be for future generations. Her enthusiasm was so inspiring and the wines were wonderful! (I took a few bottles home with me to celebrate my first anniversary with the hubs!) Napa was glorious and I hope to go back someday. What a wonderful month March was for us on the road. Check back for our adventures in April next week!
As always, love and light…. Karyn
To my friends who requested the song “Whiskey” in Sacramento last night. Again, I apologize that the band and I hadn’t worked it up. As promised, we made a video today during soundcheck and have posted it online. You can find it at my Facebook music page (click the link at the top of this page or type in KarynRochellefans).
Thank you so much for your support. The video should be online today.
Well, it’s been a while since I have posted and I want to apologize to all of my friends and fans for dropping the ball these last few cities. With the schedule being so hectic and also trying to plan and build a new home in my few days off it’s been difficult to keep up. To make things a bit easier I’ve decided to do a monthly post and share the highlights versus posting after every city. I know we are already nearing the end of March but since I didn’t post about the cities we visited in February, I’ll go back and fill you in. So….. without any further ado, let’s talk about February on tour.
We started out the month of February in the great city of Pittsburgh, PA. It was an incredible week for us. First of all, it was Garth’s birthday week so we were doing a lot of celebrating. Garth loves the Steelers so the entire backstage was decked out in black and gold for the birthday boy! This made my guitar player, Erick, EXTREMELY happy because Erick might be as big a fan (if not a bigger fan) of the Steelers than Garth himself. We met many of the alumni and current players from the Pittsburgh Steelers on the actual night of Garth’s birthday and that was a real treat. (Especially for Erick. He thought it was HIS birthday too!) The Mumblers donned their Steelers’ jerseys and took to the stage with me. (Thanks to the Garth Brooks Believers for posting the photo on social media!) The people of Pittsburgh were absolutely fantastic! We had a great time performing there and visiting such a wonderful city.
Later in February we moved on to Detroit. The river by Joe Louis Arena was completely frozen over and winter was hanging on tight. It was COLD but sunny in the D and we had a blast! I didn’t get out to see much of the city due to scheduling but the Mumblers (my band) were able to get out and visit some really cool places. One of those places was the Motown Museum. I LOVE Motown and was SO disappointed to miss out on this treasure. I was glad that the guys shared their stories and photos with me. They also were able to visit the Hockey Museum. A great big highlight for my drummer, Mike, was visiting Hardcore Pawn and meeting Seth! Mike is such a fan of the show and he and a few of the GB crew members were able to pay a visit and invite Seth out to a show!
We had a great time in both Pittsburgh and Detroit and thank the fans in both cities for such a warm welcome. For those of you who came to the meet and greets and stood in line, I am so thankful. It was a real pleasure to meet all of you and thank you for supporting the music! – Karyn
We rolled into Boston just before winter storm Juno a few weeks ago to perform a few shows at TD Garden. On the first night of the visit we stepped out into the bitter cold to the north end for some authentic, made from scratch italian. Walking through this strip of family owned and operated restaurants, we had a hard time choosing which one to have dinner at. After chancing upon a sweet-talking, very charming restaurant owner who invited us in (complete with a kiss of my hand) we were won over …. and that was the beginning of the charm of Boston. The hotel we stayed in was a funky little boutique place with the greatest character! I especially loved the “Wicked Smaht” pillow on our beds and the hotel’s leopard bathrobes! What a fun place!
The people of Boston and their enthusiasm for the shows was so great. We enjoyed the audiences so much. Boston, you were so good to us! Thanks to those of you who hung around after the show for the meet and greet! I enjoyed meeting you all!
Because my schedule prevents me from always being able to get out and enjoy the cities we roll into, I’m not always able to explore as I would like. The Mumblers , however, are able to get out and see the sights sometimes and share their adventures with me. They visited the Paul Revere house and other highlights of the city. We did manage to get out together one afternoon and enjoy some ridiculously good pizza together!
We flew out of Boston an hour before the snowstorm hit…but it wouldn’t have been so bad to be stuck there a little while. Thanks Boston, for being amazing! You’re one WICKED city! See you next time!
Well, the first city of 2015 brought us to Garth’s home state of Oklahoma! We met so many sweet people and enjoyed the shows so much! The BOK center was so sweet to us too! It was such a fun thing to see the city rename their streets around the arena temporarily for their hometown boy. “Low Places Lane”, “Rodeo Drive”, Thunder Rd.. and “Shameless Blvd.” They also had a beautiful ice-skating rink outside the arena with the trees surrounding it decked out in lights. It looked like a wonderland. I didn’t try any ice-skating but I wanted to!
While in Tulsa we celebrated one of The Mumblers’s (my band) birthday! It was Darren’s birthday! A little bit about Darren: He’s a super talented guy and a sweetheart! He is known for being the most colorful guy on stage (literally), rocking electric blue pants and occasional fluorescents. He also inspires us on the road with all his healthy eating and working out. That’s why we made sure his birthday cake was an all organic chocolate specialty. (We were in shock to see him eat cake but he actually did!) ha ha. The birthday boy was all smiles! Happy happy birthday, Darren! We are so lucky to have you on the road with us!
In other news, I officially had the best omelet ever while in Tulsa. The chef at the Boiler Room whipped up the best breakfast for us a few mornings. We will miss that. (Seriously, it was worth taking a picture of!)
Thanks to all of the wonderful new friends that stayed for the meet and greet. I enjoyed meeting every one of you and really thank you for supporting the music. We feel so blessed to be a part of this amazing tour and look forward to more great experiences in 2015!
When I first moved to Nashville 20 years ago, A.J. “Art” Masters was one of the first to write a song with me. His gentle spirit, smile and way encouraged me to be brave and let my talent and heart rise to the surface in a song. Over the years he was the kind of mentor and friend, to myself and many, that changes lives. He certainly changed mine. We wrote together off and on for 20 years. He watched me literally “grow up” in the business. A.J. always had a melody in his pocket and smile on his kind face. His blue eyes danced with joy when he told you a story. If the right lyric fell out, a tear would too. That was the pure heart of A.J. Masters.
On a sunny, spring day in Nashville several years ago, A.J. fished an old cassette tape out of his guitar case and said “I was going through some old stuff I found yesterday and came across this melody I started a long time ago.” We didn’t have a cassette player so he pulled out his guitar and played it. I instantly fell in love with it. We wrote a duet that day to that melody called “That Won’t Ever Change”. To this day, it’s one of my favorites songs ever. Later, after we made the work tape, he looked on the cassette and it said the year 1976. I joked about how that was the year I was born. He smiled in his sweet, shy way and said “I guess it was waiting on you.”
A.J. lost his battle to cancer yesterday, January 12th. I was glad to hear that a few of his dear friends were with him at his bedside and sang him home. I couldn’t imagine anything more fitting. Knowing A.J. made me a better person. I will never, EVER, forget him.