It's been a good year with Kenny and company. We started out the year by having a tour through Florida, and thats always a treat in January. It just blows my mind that in just a matter of hours you can be in a totally different place and climate; the miracle of flight! We had a great time there riding around the resorts on golf carts and even taking in a few games of golf! At that time I had my friend Ben Plewes out with us as an audio crew member and my drum tech. He loves golf and drums, so we had a great time. We hit Louisiana, South Dakota, Wisconsin,Texas, Indiana and many other places around the country. We played in Salt Lake City, Utah too where I made friends with Joel Stevenette; a drummer who once lived in Nashville and now makes his living playing drums for video games! Super nice guy and he took me and our guitar player Brian Franklin all around town and of course visited Salt Lake City's one and only drum store. We hit Canton, Ohio which is close to home. So of course had many family visitors! In Late July we had a west-coast run. In August we played in Carthage, Texas (Linda Davis' home town) and played and watched Kenny get inducted in the "Texas Music Hall of Fame". I also got say hi to my old boss Tracy Byrd there, as he was the MC for the night. Later that month we played Biloxi, Mississippi and there I befriended Lupe Valdiviez, band-leader for KARMA; a social-occasion band. He was super inspiring for me to possibly develop my own band one day..Stay tuned for that.. In October, Kenny was honored once again for his incredible musical life in Nashville at the Bridgestone Arena where a plethora of stars came out to honor him by singing his songs. Me and my bandmates didn't get to perform at the event but we did attend and enjoyed the night. Kenny Aronoff filled in for me that night; not a bad sub I'd say.. The rest of the year was capped off with Kenny's 35th Annual Christmas show. We only performed 10 Christmas shows, normally we do about 25. But, we did get to be home with our families much earlier than before and spent some quality time in our homes with our families; which is priceless! Mostly, the year was pretty decent. We didn't do as many dates as we have in the past, because it is a "Farewell" tour after all.. And Mr Rogers is just taking it easy and not pushing himself too hard. Which is good. The crowds have been really awesome though! They love seeing all of the old footage and hearing the songs and of course seeing Kenny for possibly the last time. The show was designed by long-time Kenny Rogers friend and producer Kelly Junkermann and of course performed seamlessly night after night by the band and our awesome guest star Linda Davis. We are hoping to continue the Farewell tour into 2018. Kenny hopes to do 50-60 dates and we even got a booking in Blackpool England! So, yay Jules, we get to go on our little vacation!