On the Road with Rising Country Star Caroline Jones: All the Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Opening for Jimmy Buffett and The Eagles in my home state of Florida (Hard Rock Stadium in Miami) in April!
I had been touring with Jimmy for several months, but this was my first time seeing The Eagles live. They absolutely blew me away with their musicianship and the beauty and accuracy of their harmonies.
I have known Mac McAnally, legendary country singer, songwriter and producer (and 10 time CMA Musician of the Year) since 2012, when he took me under his wing in Nashville and introduced me to the studio scene there. I have the upmost respect for Mac and everyone in the Coral Reefer Band (Jimmy Buffett's longtime band).
One day in Charlotte, North Carolina, I worked up the courage to ask Mac to come join me during my set for a duet of his hit song with Kenny Chesney, "Down the Road." People in the audience loved it so much that we have played it every night on the Jimmy Buffett tour since!
One of my favorite parts of touring is having the opportunity to meet new fans that I would otherwise never meet. I set up a meet and greet after every show so I can sign CDs, take pictures, or just shake hands with the people who resonate with my music and want to take time out of their day to meet me.
I am so blessed to encounter the NICEST, most supportive music fans on the tours I have the honor or being on. Here I am at the after-show meet and greet in Canada with Tim and Faith.
This was taken on my 28th birthday, which I spent in Minneapolis opening for Jimmy Buffett and The Eagles.
My team, led by the lovely photographer Sara Kauss, was thoughtful enough to decorate my dressing room in my favorite color, turquoise. Coincidentally, I played this same stadium (Target Field) just over a month later opening for Zac Brown Band and OneRepublic.
Side note, you can see all the confetti that we trailed down the hallway!
Two magical nights at Citi Field with OneRepublic and Zac Brown Band. I toured with Zac Brown Band all of 2017, but this was my first-time meeting and seeing OneRepublic live. I’m a huge fan of the band and their lead singer, Ryan Tedder, who is an extraordinary producer and songwriter.
I am so blessed that in addition to opening the shows, both Jimmy Buffett and Zac Brown invite me out during their sets to duet on a few of their songs.
Here I am with Zac Brown Band at Citi Field singing “Day That I Die”, which is one of my favorite Zac Brown Band songs. Incredibly meaningful lyrics that speak to anyone who has a dream and follows it with conviction and integrity.
Walk to stage on Citi Field Night 2. As you can tell, I’m not happy at all 😉 Side note on stadium shows: the walk from dressing room to stage is LONG in stadiums. My team started counting the miles they walked on show days using Fitbits and made it a competition!
I tried to wear my cute shoes but gave up after the third stadium trek back and forth and opted instead to just wear my socks until I got to stage.
I performed a sold out solo show at the famous Stephen Talkhouse in the Hamptons in between New York tour stops with Zac Brown Band and Jimmy Buffett in July.
Jimmy came to the show and surprised everyone by hopping onstage with me to duet on Tom Petty's "Learning to Fly" plus his songs "Come Monday" and "Trip Around the Sun." Woody Harrelson, who is friends with Jimmy, was also there.
Soundcheck at Target Field in Minneapolis with OneRepublic and Zac Brown Band. My second time playing that stadium this summer!
Here I am sitting in with Zac Brown Band in Minneapolis. Look at that beautiful crowd!
When I see pictures like this, I remind myself that any dream I have can come to fruition, because I dreamed the exact dream of this picture thousands and thousands of times before I lived it.
We wrapped up the summer tour with OneRepublic and Zac Brown Band at Safeco Field in Seattle on Labor Day weekend.
We spent the morning of the Seattle show at Discovery Park, where there is a beautiful forest, beach, and an historic lighthouse. It was a gorgeous day and the perfect tour send-off