It’s hard to know where to begin, so let me start with thanking you all for a fantastic 2016! This was one of my biggest and best touring years in the past 10. I did 83 shows this year with over half of those happening within 2 months. What a huge sense of accomplishment.
I finished the Nashville house build in March. It turned out so beautifully, but building a custom home is not for the faint of heart. It was a test of patience for sure. It’s worth it now that it’s finished though. I have 26 acres of forest to go along with it so it’s a wonderful place to come home to when I am off the road and it has been enjoyable putting the finishing touches on it.
I started hosting my very own radio show his year called “County Gold with Terri Clark” for Westwood One. My morning show role lead to this wonderful new opportunity. I feel so lucky to get to interview my peers and fellow artists of the 90s as well as some from the 80s who influenced me so much. So far I’ve had the likes of Jo Dee Messina, Ty Herndon, Suzy Bogguss, Mark Wills, Paul Brandt, Wade Hayes, Exile, Dustin Lynch, Jon Pardi, and most recently I sat down with Deana Carter and Bryan White for a chat. These are my favorite shows as it is so personal and fun catching up with them one on one. We’ve even had a few live in-studio performances. I LOVE doing this show and hope I can continue for years to come.
We adopted a couple of new road family members this year with Tim Horsley and Amberly Rosen. They both are fantastic and fun onstage and fit in so well our group. We had a busy summer with tour dates all over North America and a show all the way across the pond in Switzerland. I’m hoping to do some more overseas stuff in the next couple of years.
I had some good down time at the cottage in Canada. We had nice boating weather but the fish weren’t biting much this year. It was so hot that they were confused. Either that, or I just don’t know what I’m doing.
The “Back to My Roots Solo Acoustic Tour” kicked off on the heels of a GREAT experience performing on the CCMAS. I sure felt the love going into that tour and it continued to every nook and cranny across Canada. I’ve said this more than once but this is the tour I would want to be most remembered for. It was a magical connection with the audience – pure, vulnerable and no-holds-barred. I stayed healthy throughout and it just couldn’t have gone any better. Thanks to all of you who came from near and far to attend a show. I am amazed at how many experiences throughout my 41 stops became a part of the show. The stories kept coming up and the show kept getting longer as we went along. We had a great time! Rylee Madison was fantastic as tour correspondent and Q and A moderator. We all made a million memories along the way.
When I got home from the tour I had a couple of days to regroup and then went to South Carolina for a show with Tanya Tucker and Deana Carter. Deana allowed me to bring my microphone rig along for some banter for my radio show. Stay tuned for that. She’s always been so funny!! Tanya got us both up to sing “Texas when I Die” with her. And I almost did die. It was epic.
Thanksgiving in the new house was great with about 13 people in attendance. A big bonfire afterwards was a great way to cap off the evening. I flew to Vegas for the first full band show in 3 months a few days after Thanksgiving. I have been in such a “solo” groove that it took a little gear shifting but it all came back to me. I went to see Reba and Brooks & Dunn again at Caesars Palace the night I got in and had a little visit with Reba, Kix, and Ronnie. It’s always such a hoot hanging out with them. Their show is so great too!
I am very excited that my City Winery Nashville show (and the last show of the year for me) was SOLD OUT! I appreciate everyone who came from out of town for this one. It was a blast. Mandy Barnett got up to sing some old-school country and although I was feeling the beginnings of some bronchial funk, I managed to have a great time and get through it with flying colors. I think someone was helping me along. 😉
I’m going to be doing some songwriting during my downtime over the next 6 months and hope to get back into the studio sometime in 2017 to start recording some new stuff. This year was very tour focused and next year will be busy as well but I definitely want to be able to create some new music in the middle of it all.
Here’s hoping you all have a blessed holiday season. Stay safe and happy.