On Thanksgiving morning, a homeless man I met on the streets of Charlotte sent me a two word text: "Happy Thanksgiving." I went online and told y'all how I met him and others while pretending to be homeless and working on a novel in a cheap motel room. 265 people shared that story on facebook alone. 27,600 people saw it.
A few days later I posted my tour dates. 3 people shared and 1,560 people saw it.
The internet is about instant gratification. I love the internet! Who is the Queen of Denmark? How many individual pieces make up the m1911a .45 automatic pistol? How many fuzzy kitten videos can I watch before I drool on myself? I can find out RIGHT NOW with a flick of my thumb.
Going to a live show takes faith, planning, and gasoline. Reading a story takes a few minutes. Sharing these tour dates takes a flick of your thumb.
Here's what I'm going to do. If 100 people or more share these tour dates on facebook, I'll donate 10% of the gate from these shows to the Urban Ministries Center in Charlotte. They're the people who fed me lunch when they thought I was homeless. A person on the street can go to Urban Ministries and get a shower, wash clothes, pick up their mail, and a dozen other things that make life without a home slightly less apocalyptic. Most homeless people are only on the street for a few months because of the efforts of people and organizations like Urban Ministries.
Ten percent of what I make is not that much. (Please don't tell my agent.) Honestly, unless Zac Brown starts tweeting my tour dates, it will be about three hundred bucks for all these dates. But look at it this way: three dollars for flicking your thumb. Lunch for a hungry person. There were babies in strollers the day I was there. The need is real.
And speaking of real needs, there's a three year old across the kitchen table from me right now humming a medley of Pop Goes The Weasel and Frere Jacques. He wants me to get off the computer and read The Dancing Granny. Sounds like a good idea. Tickets sold = music lessons and chocolate chip cookies. That thumb flick sure goes a long way.
Thursday, January 2, 6pm RadioLive Museum of Commerce 201 East Zarragosa Street Pensacola, FL 32502 radiolive.org You can't beat the price: admission is at least one non-perishable food item for the benefit of Manna Food Pantries of NW Florida
Friday, January 3, 8pm Hendershots Coffee Bar -NEW LOCATION- 237 Prince Ave (In The Bottleworks) Athens, GA www.hendershotscoffee.com Adam Klein opens - adam-klein.com
Saturday, January 4, 8:30pm The Crimson Moon Cafe 24 North Park Street Dahlonega, GA www.thecrimsonmoon.com
Saturday, January 11, 7:30pm Fountain General Store 6754 East Wilson Street, Fountain, NC www.rafountain.com
Friday, January 24, 7:30pm Grind Cafe Coffeehouse 136 West Union Street Morganton, NC 828-430-4343 facebook.com/grindcafe
Saturday, January 25, 12 noon Knoxville Visitors Center 301 South Gay Street Knoxville, TN www.wdvx.com
Saturday, January 25, 8pm Down Home 300 West Main Street Johnson City, TN 423-929-9822 www.downhome.com
Spread the Byrd. Thank you! Your fan,