I didn't realize it going into this tour, but Constance was bringing along not a regular cello, but a looper and an electric cello with a 5th bass string. That's her at the left, setting up in in Wilmington, NC. It was my first time getting to see someone play this cool instrument up close, and I'm hooked. It was fun to walk into a place, soundcheck, and watch people's head's turn when they heard the first strains of Constance's strings.
We started out the tour with a show in my hometown at the Gay Community Center of Richmond, VA. They have a giant thrift store connected to the center that I used to volunteer at in high school to raise money for our Gay-Straight Alliance. In the center itself, there's tables and tables setup for bingo. Our show was a lot of fun, especially because my mom and a lot of her friends who have known me my whole life came, as well as some high school friends of mine. And I got to hang out with the women who put on Girls Rock! Richmond after the show and get to know them a bit. I wish there'd been something like GR!RVA when I was a high school girl-person just starting to teach myself to play the guitar. That was the first night Constance and I collaborated onstage. I backed her up on Ani DiFranco's "Swim" and Jeffery Foucault's "Stripping Cane" and remembered how much I enjoy singing harmonies. If I could sing harmonies for myself live, I totally would.