Go West, indeed!
I was trolling through Facebook a few days ago and was delighted to see that former North Augustan and my good friend Celia Gary is on tour.
Gary, who lived in North Augusta from 2008 through 2015, graduated from North Augusta High and the University of South Carolina Aiken with a degree in psychology.
She was a mainstay at various Augusta “watering holes” for several years.
“I had a band back in those days, but now I’m just a solo performer,” she said in a recent interview.
Celia was also a finalist, winning second place in 2012’s The Augusta Chronicle Amped Music Contest and had a very loyal following during her years here.
“She’s a terrific singer,” said Bethany Davis of Bethany Davis and the Southside Boys. “I’m glad that she’s having a good tour far from home.”
However, the road beckoned, so she traveled to Colorado, where she kicked off a long tour in Denver. She will be on tour until August if not longer.
“I’m super passionate about my music,” she said. “I played last year all over the Southwest including Idaho, New Mexico, and Arizona. The cool thing is that I’m running into people who saw me in 2016 and they are bringing their friends to see me. I love that!”
“I am very fortunate to have made so many friends that have offered lodging and encouragement in many of the cities I am playing,” she said.
That’s not a small accomplishment when this week alone she has California dates lined up in Sacramento and Los Angeles.
But I was curious why she would go on such a long journey spreading her music.
“I feel that it’s my purpose in life to share my songs with others,” Gary said. “Touring in general forces me to be vulnerable, which allows me to connect with people in a real way.”
Gary will make a return visit home with a show set for July 8 at Sky City.
“I’m already stoked to see my friends that I have not been with for a couple of years,” she said.
In the meantime, she has music from her album “Enigmatic” available on downloads at celiagary.org. At her site, you can keep up with her travels as she chases her dream on the road “that goes on forever.”
As the late Larry Jon Wilson used to say “Good on You!”
Safe travels, Celia!