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Sunday morning. 3:30am. Atlanta, GA. It’s pouring down rain outside and we just loaded all of our gear into our new (and un-named) bus. Some might call this miserable, but I was genuinely happy. It had been a jam packed weekend of meetings with music industry folks, early morning performances, and late night rock shows. I kicked my feet back in my chair and took a short nap as we drove up the road to spend the night in Marietta with a good friend.
Weekend started on Thursday night at the Doubletree in downtown Nashville. You wouldn’t believe the deals you can get on hotels through Priceline.com and the William Shatner Priceline Negotiator. We slept like kings, woke up and went to Fox 17 for a performance on their Tennessee Mornings show. Played “We’ll Be the Light” acoustically and then did an interview with the morning show hosts. Everybody was really kind and it was just hilarious being a guest on a morning show in general. Well, as we’re doing the performance, in walks David Koechner. Personally, I didn’t know his name but I knew that I was looking at Champ from the movie Anchorman… and Todd Packer from the TV show The Office.
So, Koechner walks in and is late for his interview. He sees our band playing and loves it… and then proceeds to start chit chatting with Justin. There was only room for 4 of us on the couch so Justin and Aaron just stayed out of the interview and talked with Koechner. Koechner then has the brilliant idea to bring Justin and Aaron with him to the interview couch after the interview with the band. I’d like to think that this video is the beginning of Justin’s comedic career.
The shows at The Basement in Nashville and Smith’s Olde Bar in ATL both went really well, with about 150 folks coming out to each. The show in ATL was my favorite because there was room in the crowd for people to move around and dance all night.
Things are starting to get really fun. We’re cruising with Zac Brown Band 2 weekends from now. Hopefully it will be the beginning of an even longer relationship with ZBB. We’ll see.
Either way, the journey continues.
So we packed up last Thursday and began our journey toward Charlotte, North Carolina. We met up at Summertown about 1pm and the heat outside was starting to peak for the day. As we entered the blue bullet (our van) it felt as if it had been preheating to bake a casserole for the last 4 days. In addition, our air conditioner does not work so add about 15 degrees or so when you pack in 8 sweaty humans. It’s also starting to smell like beef stew inside but I don’t mind because I love beef stew. Anyway, the heat was intense but not enough to stop the guvs from rockin. The trip went pretty smoothly and about 4 to 5 hours later we arrived at our bed and breakfast, casa de Hicks. The Hicks family had a soul food dinner waiting on us when we got there so we stuffed our faces and got a chill in before we headed to the venue. We played at a place called the Evening Muse which is located in a pretty cool area of Charlotte called the NoDa district. We were the second band on a three band bill so we got to play for a good hour or so. After rockin the beautiful people of Charlotte we hopped in the bullet to head back to casa de Hicks fer some late night buffalo dip and nanner puddin….oh yeah and some chocolate chip cookies and maybe some sweet tea…durdy deed. I also had a dream that I was a covert FBI agent that did nothing but beat the crap out of evil doers. Once finished, I would hop in the passenger seat of a Ferrari with a driver that looked like Carl Winslow from the famous 90′s situational comedy called “Family Matters.” (wordy sentence). Rockin Night.
We arise the next morning to some coffee, bagels, and a cornucopia of various pieces of fruit, thank you Hicks family. Once we recharge it is time to hop back in the van and sweat out some more miles on our way down to Atlanta Georgia. We were on the road for about 5 and a half hours in the van so again we are covered in sweat and exhausted. We were performing at Smiths Olde Bar which is an awesome venue with tons of history. Check it out if your ever in Atlanta. The load in is an equivalent to a navy seals survival drill….so many stairs….so many stairs. After conquering that hurdle we go down ta get some hot ham and chee to replenish our energy…. deep fried tots were also involved. We finished our dinner and went backstage to center our chill. Thank you to the openers Blue Remedy and No Parachute who rocked out as well. Now it was our turn to rock. We dug deep into our souls so we could give Atlanta a good show. So rockin, so raw, so durdy. Happy Birthday to Eric Savage, aka “Pepper jack Pete”. I love it.