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Briar Rabbit performs live. (Image via performermag.com)

This article originally appeared on Performer Magazine.

 

Just after the New Year, I packed a guitar, a suitcase, merch, and my six-foot-two frame into a white Nissan Versa to begin touring behind my new record, From Your Bones. Being a solo traveler comes with its ups and downs. The ups: full control of the stereo, falling in love with new records, being a candidate for "the strangest musician I just met sleeping on my couch," control of the schedule, less gear, cheaper hotel rates, no one to fight with, and not having to split the money. The downs: you are the driver, roadie, merch person, tour manager, bill-footer, social media guru, and navigator (technically, it's your iPhone, but you know how Siri gets). Oh! You also have to play an awesome show every night, then shake hands and kiss babies after. It’s a lot of work – and a lot of fun when you plan it right.