These last few weeks have been a blast!

Our good mate and bass player, Roger Angove, had a great opportunity to go on a family vacation on an Alaskan cruise for a week. So of course, the band gave him our blessing and we brought in Phil’s 14 year old son, Eden Joel, to yet again grace the stage, but this time on bass!

Eden rocked the stage and of course was a joy to have on the road!!

The Newsboys United Tour took us to Paducah KY, Columbia MO, Rochester MN, and Bemidji MN. I’d have to say this run was one of my favorites, as the cities we played were just absolutely ideal for guys like us—guys who like coffee, thrifting, gear, vinyl, and nature. Oh man!

In Paducah, we spent the day at Allen’s Music which featured some great instruments and a whole room of used vinyl fresh for the picking! A big ole thanks to Allen’s for treating us well and give us great deals on gear and vinyl. See you again soon!

In Columbia, we played at the University of Missouri, which made for a great day of exploring the campus and the local coffee shops and thrift stores. The town and the show were simply good for our souls!!

Our next stop was Minnesota, where we played Rochester and Bemidji. Minnesota is always a favorite and pairing that with BEAUTIFUL humid-less weather made for a second helping of soul-filling goodness for the band. We rode bikes around Lake Bemidji, said hello to Paul Bunyan & Babe The Blue Ox, and breathed deeply!

Monday & Tuesday of this week were days off for the tour and rather than heading home, we spent the days off in Minneapolis, one of the bands’ favorite cities in America. We hung out with family,  perused the Mall Of America (where I actually worked for a few years in college. Oh man!), ate great food, and went to a Twins baseball game as well as a soccer game between Tottenham Hotspur & AC Milan. What a trip!!

This next week concludes our summer tour and while we’re sad to see the end of tour, we’re excited for some time off and a few festivals!

Thanks for reading!!


Ben Garrett


Ben Garrett