On The Road Again…
Wow! What a crazy last few days it has been! I would like to start off by saying thank you for your patience as it has been many moons since my last blog entry. Cody’s vocals are feeling better and the band, as a whole, is ready for our next chapter on the road! Let’s go to the East Coast!
Considering the mouthful of memories as well as the 3500 miles we have accumulated on our odometer thus far, I’ll just get us all caught up to where we are now. And then, I promise to keep the posts rolling in as we roll across the East Coast and beyond.
We started the tour off in Yakima, WA where we played for some old friends at the Yakima Arboretum. It was an awesome evening and somewhat of a class reunion for a few of us. The next morning it was up and at ‘em with a drive down to Sun River, Oregon to perform at a wedding. The wedding performance was unlike any other gig we have done. Not only were we the main entertainment at the Reception, but Aaron and Greg held down the Processional and Recessional with some easy listening. I had the pleasure of being the M.C. for the night, announcing the bouquet toss and all of the other traditional events that go along with a great wedding. What a night! A special thanks to the Graf family!
We spent the next few days in Montana with a few old friends and good laughs. Not only were we able to catch an incredible fireworks show at Seeley Lake, we also had the pleasure of trying our luck at wake boarding and surfing…Aaron, you’re a natural…me, not so much. After making new memories in Montana and meeting new friends, including our new little pal, “John (The Dragon),” a young boy who started the dance party at Seeley Lake, we were off to Indiana.
We spent a few days driving across South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, and Illinois. We caught ourselves in one of the biggest thunder and lightning storms a few of us had ever seen, the Hozzington hit it’s first deer (it was only a tap…she’s probably ok…just gave it a little tappy) as well as it’s first few hundred fireflies, and saw more corn fields than…well, we didn’t know that much corn existed in the U.S.
We played in Bloomington, Indiana to a crowd of adoring Hoosiers. For our first Midwest gig, we wouldn’t trade it for anything. That night, Eric’s Birthday celebration! It was awesome. I was the D.D. and had the pleasure of making sure we all got home safely. Eric had the pleasure of enjoying himself in a celebration of his 27th year on Earth. Next stop, ‘Ol Kaintuck!
Lexington and Louisville (pronounced LUH-Vull) was a blast! It was about 85 degrees with 90% humidity. The shows went great and the Kentucky Bourbon, even smoother. Driving through Kentucky is pretty much how I pictured it. Pristine grass pastures filled with thoroughbred horses surrounded by white fences. Awesome.
Next stop, North Carolina! We had the pleasure of staying with a friend of Eric’s, Molly. She gave us the true Southern Hospitality a boy could only dream of. When we arrived we were greeted with BBQ burgers, fresh goat cheese, and grits…MMM…mmm! After driving through the Biltmore Estate (the largest home in our country) and attempting to sneak through a field to get a closer look (it’s $50 per person…we’re starving artists) we played at a local brewery. Great night!
Stay tuned! More to come… Up next, we hit Delaware, New York, and New Jersey.