Needless to say, our filming had to be postponed to a later date. Bummer, ‘cause we were really looking forward to it. But we were able to get a much earlier start on our journey. We made it to our hotel in Chambersburg, PA, with enough time to swim in the pool a bit and go to Ruby Tuesday’s. This was so exciting for us!! Living in NY, we don’t get to see chain restaurants a lot because we mostly avoid the overpriced ones in Times Square, and even those of us who do have a car often don’t have the energy to drive out more in the direction of Long Island. Ah, Shrimp Fondue and a Strawberry Sangria…
Thursday night we kicked off our weekend Goat grazing with an appearance at the Acoustic Coffeehouse in Johnson City, TN. I have to say, this was one of the most fun nights I’ve had at a show in a long time!! I don’t have any pictures from performance because so much was happening I didn’t even think of having someone snap any. Co-band leader Ryan Dunn dubbed the Acoustic Coffeehouse “the Wild West of Coffee Shops.” And I think he’s right! If you’re looking for a good time with folks of all walks, go to the Acoustic Coffeehouse. (They also serve food and have lots of beers on tap.)
We had some friends from different places come out and see us – two that surprised us, and one with flowers for me fresh from his garden.. J
Good to see old friends! This is me & Joe Clark. Thanks Larry, Joe, & Tommy T!
We had some folks who were really grooving to our songs. The Acoustic Coffeehouse has a very interactive crowd, they’re right there with you and they become an integral part of the night. There was even an artist who expressed his support for us in a drawing of a beautiful Goat. Thank you Epifanio!! (*At the suggestion of the artist, we’re hopefully getting a hi-res digital version of this awesome drawing soon, so stay tuned on our website/FB/social networks for the final product.)
We ended up back at our hotel at almost 2am (surprisingly later than we normally get in while on tour since we’re usually so exhausted). Great first night of playing!!
Next day: Knoxville. Preservation Pub is an awesome venue located right in Market Square, one of the coolest areas in the city. This place has 3 floors, the third being a balcony bar. Very cool. We played on the second floor, also known as the “Speakeasy.”
Our drummer Andy Wilmoth came over from Nashville and joined us. He’s the best. (This is him, to the right.) A modest combination of djembe, bass drum, and snare that he provided fleshed out our otherwise acoustic sound for this tour, really nicely. Thanks Andy!
The Preservation Pub is a really great time, and has some really great listeners. We so enjoyed playing for and meeting everyone!!
Last stop before NYC: Wytheville, VA! We played at the Wohlfahrt Haus Dinner Theatre, out back in their Matterhorn Lounge & Bier Garten. The Wohlfahrt Haus is full of great times, great people, and so much talent. This show went so well! Thank you so much to all of the people who helped make this show possible.
It was a magical night with lots of love and support coming at us from all directions. The overcast sky held out for us and we were able to play the whole show outside. Here are some photos of the night. (2nd photo here taken by David Manley.)
A sign made & hand-painted by our good friend Larry was brought from a garden on his beautiful farm property, to sit at the front of the stage during our performance. It contains a line in “Tunnel Vision,” a song I wrote for our first album.
Larry graciously offered us spare rooms at his house at Flat Rock Farm to crash on Saturday night. It’s a place where we’d love to stay for a week. This is actually the very farm where we filmed our music video, “Stream of Conscience.” The project would not have happened as amazingly or run as smoothly as it did, were it not for the folks at the Wohlfahrt Haus & the community at large. We were given full access of any costume pieces or props that we needed to borrow, had so much help from many talented actors at the theatre, and felt so welcomed with open arms the entire time we were there. We felt that same warmth in our return this past Saturday. Wytheville and Bland, VA are just filled with GOOD PEOPLE.
After tons of fun (and some spirits), we slept soundly for a few hours amidst chirping crickets and without cell phone reception. The Farm is literally “off the map.”
So 2/3 Goat’s May 2012 tour weekend was… A smash! We had tons of fun, met some great people, and saw some old friends too.
**TOUR TIP #3: Do You. We’re all different in our own way. Embrace what is unique about you, and capitalize on it. That’s what we try to do as 2/3 Goat, every show, every tour, and everything else we do. Like this cow to the left that we saw at Flat Rock Farm, you may be a different color than the rest of the herd. You may want different things. If you want a drink from the creek, don’t be afraid to go out and get it! Whatever your dream is, go and get it – and do it without compromising yourself. Others will eventually look up to you.
Til next time,