On Friday night, we were playing at Bowery Poetry Club in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. A good friend and amazing musician, Matt Fisher, had his CD release that night, and we were lucky enough to be asked to be a part of the lineup of this “Hot Summer Night of Music.”
Check Matt out, he’s unbelievable!
We started out at 11:30pm right after we played, and drove a few hours into Pennsylvania. We got about 4 hours of sleep at the Super 8 in Kutztown (a very nice Super 8, I must say), got up, and hit the road again. Not my ideal – as much as I love traveling and playing, I NEED SLEEP. But we got through it all and made it to DRYerson.
Our first show was DRYerson Festival at Ryerson Station State Park in western Pennsylvania, on Saturday. We had a great time and met some awesome folks.
It was the 6th annual gathering of folks in the communities of Greene County, PA, at what was formerly Ryerson Lake – until a nearby longwall mine (a form of coal mining) caused the earth to shift and thus put a break in the dam which was holding in the lake. The coal company claims no responsibility and refuses to fix the dam which would restore the lake. The Center for Coalfield Justice, a great organization in western PA, currently has an ongoing court battle with the company. CCJ also holds this annual gathering, consisting of an excellent feast of burgers, dogs, and more; and now has had music for the first time, bringing in 2/3 Goat to play! We were proud to play for such nice people and for such a great cause. CCJ is awesome. Thanks Veronica and Patrick!!
*I am particularly proud of our sound setup for this one. We started with one wireless mic and a lone speaker of theirs; added some stands, another mic, and an amp; and turned the situation into a fantastic setup for the three of us! Being a little creative can go a long way. This is one of my favorite parts of traveling with the band: #makingitwork
We just arrived in Nashville last night (Sunday), and are staying with our good friends, the Hallworths. They just bought a new home, so this is where we’re staying now. MTV Cribs, where were you for this one?
But seriously, the Hallworths are two of the nicest people on the planet and they make our stays in Nashville possible. Thanks, guys.
*Just ran into John Prine today at the grocery store here in Music City. It was amazing to meet an idol of mine! He’s gearing up for his next tour, buying all the essentials at Kroger. Such a nice guy. You just never know who you’re gonna run into!!
**Tour tip #4: Enjoy the view. Traveling and ending up in new places with new faces can be scary or difficult at times. Take it one mile at a time, and enjoy every moment. Otherwise, why are you here?