No matter where or when you go on tour, there is one universally held rule for every band and crew that hits the open road: don’t eat at Denny’s. A week and a half into the tour, we have managed to avoid eating at America’s biggest crime against cooking. Not that there haven’t been some close calls. Don’t blame us though – it’s hard to find food at 2 am. Aside from the aforementioned close calls, the past week of the tour has taken us through sunny, and periodically rainy, Florida. We didn’t see any alligators, but we did have a chance to hang out and play in a bunch of really cool spots. On Friday night, we played on Jacksonville Beach. After a long battle with the Canadian winter and the equally intolerable Texas heat, a night on Florida’s beaches were exactly what the doctor ordered. Tim and Anthony sat on a patio overlooking the ocean, Max and Mike went for a swim, and I sat on the beach remembering just how enjoyable my “job” can be. On Sunday night, we played in the historic district of Tampa, Ybor City. The Cuban and Spanish influence meant the streets were full of culture, music and cigar shops. Wanting to take full advantage, Anthony and Chris (our tour manager), filled our dressing room with more cigar smoke than a Rick Ross music video. I don’t know anything about cigars, but I was told they were very good. On Tuesday we played Atlanta but unfortunately, missed the Georgia Jug Fest (www.georgiajugfestival.com) by a couple weeks. According to Mike, it’s the best of all the Jug festivals. Today we play in Louisville, home of Louisville Slugger and Jim Beam. Two products that when used separately, can be very enjoyable, but when mixed, can become a deadly combination.
More updates soon,