AP christmas tour - Nebraska

We just finished the second Christmas show here in Nebraska and it is going incredibly well. For those of you who haven't heard Andrew Peterson's Christmas album "Behold the Lamb of God", you are severely missing out. I can honestly say that playing through that record is the musical highlight of my year, and has been for the past few. We play it from start to finish without stopping and it is incredibly moving.

I get to play a smorgasbord of instruments which is really fun. A lot of guitar, both electric and acoustic, a little mandolin, 12-string mando-guitar and upright bass. I just have a blast going from one to another.

The playing of the album is the second half of the show, after the intermission. Beforehand Andrew, I and the four special guests each do two songs in a round. Derek and Sandra Webb (and/or McCracken) and Andy and Jill Gullahorn (and/or Phillips) are the guests. That's a powerhouse of great songwriting right there and it's an real thrill sit there and hear everybody share their songs one after another.

It's always a bit intimidating to have to follow one of them, even though we all know it's not a competition or anything. You just don't want to play a lame song after hearing one of their great ones, you know?? Maybe you don't, but you can imagine! It's great for me, though, very inspiring. I've played the usual, High School Band and Early in the Morning the past two nights, but I sold out of Photographs tonight so I'm going to whip something else out tomorrow. Don't want to get in a rut!

Well, we've got to hurry up and get on the bus to head to Iowa tonight, and I want to call my wife before I get on a loud, crowded bus. I hope you guys get to check out this tour, and if you can't, the DVD of last year's Ryman performance just came out. If you have seen a show, feel free to leave a comment and let me know what you thought.

All right, that's all for me tonight. Take care and I'll write more soon.