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Yesterday we introduced a new project called the Pink Chair Sessions. We are pretty excited about this new endeavor and wanted to explain a little bit about it.
These sessions are another collaboration between us and our friends at Badland Pictures. Each episode will feature an informal, stripped down music performance shot in various locations around the country, but always in the same pink chairs. Every session will be unique in location, music, and participants.
Each episode will be hosted by us, but we will often be joined by special guests. These guests will cover all types of music and styles. We come across some amazing talent traveling this country and it is our hope to share some of these musicians with you. Some you may know, others you may be introduced to for the first time.
Each episode will be an authentic representation of the moment captured. Each session will be just one take, one microphone, no mixing, and no editing. Just an honest musical moment.
We want to thank Badland Pictures for all of their hard work and thank all of you for supporting this new project. Stay tuned for new episodes every couple of weeks. If you missed our first episode, featuring guest Scott Miller, check it out here.
We filmed this inaugural episode before our show at the Bijou Theatre in Knoxville this past April. It was our 5 year anniversary celebration, so we had alot of guests throughout the weekend of shows. Scott had come down on Friday night to sit in with us, and we decided to go get the pink chairs and do a song before the show started. We had been thinking about this whole “Pink Chair Sessions” idea and this seemed like as good of a time as any to start. Scott was a great sport, and as you can probably tell we were having a good time together. James, Michael, and Scott decided to do “Dead Flowers” by The Stones, and we went under the stage to film the performance.
Scott has been a good friend of our band for a while now. He’s always full of advice, and has been a huge help for us. We even travel around the country in his old bus, The Mule. He’s a great songwriter, and pretty hilarious. He’s one of Knoxville’s finest, and we are always glad to spend time with him. Check his stuff out at www.thescottmiller.com.
Keep on, keepin on. That’s what we’re doing. All is well on the Guv’nah front. Much thanks to the hometown crowd for the Bijou Theatre sellout, and much thanks to all our fans for supporting us and buying our new CD. We sold more copies of Youth Is In Our Blood in the first week of its release than we sold of the self-titled album in it’s first year of release. Thank you so freaking much. For those who are really worried, the new bus is doing just fine… still haven’t given it an official name but i’ve been calling it The Mule… named in honor of it’s previous owner and Knoxville hero, Scott Miller. Alright, gotta run… but wanted to also let yall know that we just got a call from Levon Helm’s people up in Woodstock, and they want us to come back up there and open for Levon on January 22nd…. get your tickets quick if you wanna see us open for the legend in his own hometown. See yall on New Year’s Eve at the Bijou Theater!
We are the proud owners of this luxurious new* beast. A very very special thanks to Scott Miller for hooking us up. He’s a great guy and basically started the Knoxville music scene.
On to the real issues here:
1) What do we name this monster?
2) What do we do with The Blue Bullet?
So the time had finally arrived for our first northeastern run. Very exciting for us because we have mainly been hitting up the southeast and it’s time to expand our market to other regions. We scheduled a three show run starting in Teaneck NJ, then heading to New York City, and finishing up in Bethlehem Pennsylvania.
For those of you that know our traveling situation you are well aware that our van is not equipped for a trip of this magnitude. First of all there is no air conditioning so the heat index on the inside is about 230 degrees fahrenheit from 12pm to 8pm. Also it smells beefy and salty and has poisonous spores growing in the carpet. Sometimes an ant colony likes to chill in the back under the last bench seat and they crawl up your shorts when you least expect it.
To remedy this situation Scott Miller let us use his bus for the trip, thank you Scott. The bus is about 30 feet long and about 10 feet high, has a dvd player, working AC, and velvet like captains chairs that can almost lean parallel to the floor. The chill was righteous and we were ready. We boarded the bus and began our rock and roll journey. The plan was to drive part of the way then crash at a hotel provided by the Murph’s dad, thank you Murph’s dad. The Murph is our camera guy who travels with us to document our many adventures. We were also accompanied by Knoxville’s best actor Matt Dearman, who works alongside Murph in their company Bad Land Pictures. We got a good nights sleep and woke up the next morning to head the rest of the way to New Jersey.
When we got on the bus we all took our seats and Jenks tried to start the engine. It wouldn’t start. Luckily there was a car battery charger in the floor that was at full power so we were able to get it started. We got on the road and drove for a little ways down the road to find a gas station. After filling up we tried to start the engine and again, it wouldn’t start. The gas station was only 20 minutes or so down the road so we figured that wasn’t enough time to recharge the battery. We kicked the battery off again and continued on our way. About four or five hours down the road we need to fill up again so we find a gas station. The battery dies again so our only option now is to use the service station that shares the same building called Tink’s Auto Repair.
Tink wasn’t there because they were relocating down the road about a mile so our only option was to go to the other shop to have him fix our bus. The night started to go down hill. Tink said it was the alternator so he called somebody and said some cuss words over the phone to kick off the two and a half our mechanical fiasco. It turned out that we left the light on in the equipment compartment all night and it drained our battery completely dry so there was never anything wrong with the alternator. After hitting that mud hole we needed redemption so we took it on to New York.
My driving shift had started so it was up to me to get the mammoth sled into the edgiest city on the face of the planet. I felt like I was experiencing a star wars battle scene in a foreign land that had no road signs. For about 20 minutes I think my body went into shock then i snapped out of it and we were on the right track. We arrived at our destination in Long Island where we were staying with our good friends Diana Warner and her brother Rob Warner in their luxurious high rise condos, thank you Diana and Rob. Yeeeaaaa the trip was startin to get buttery. Everything was falling into place and we finally arrived to New York.
The next day we ate some good food and walked around for a bit before we had to be at the venue. I ate a rib burger and finished Diana’s cheesy hashy browns. We also checked out Times Square where I experienced slight sensory overload but it was pretty awesome. Later that night we took the stage at the Canal Room and rocked so hard for the packed out club. Lives were changed, people knew our songs and somehow I spent 50 dollars on 5 beers. I had to drink the beer because they weren’t serving ecto coolers there.
After the show Doody did some freestyle walking, Justin temporarily turned into a mute, and I bought an eighteen inch chicken salad hoagie. The following day we headed to Bethlehem Pennsylvania to play Musikfest. It was awesome, we rocked in front of 5000, sold a ton of cd’s, and played really tight. The trip was glorious and we now own an incredible bus, thanks to Scott Miller, the Hoskins family, and Jim Williams. Strong.