Back in December I was closing out a long year of work travel. I was tired from the travel, ready to get into time off for Christmas and ready to tackle some new goals I was setting for myself. Then one night I read online that a friend of mine had passed away from cancer. Then a text confirming what I had just read. That friend was John Hampton. Hampton produced a couple of Big Tent Revival records for us and had mixed everything we ever recorded. Before Big Tent went on the road full time, I was employed at Ardent Studios where Hampton worked as producer, engineer and mix engineer. It was during this time that I got to know Hampton really well.