Tour is much more than just a string of shows. Along the winding road, a band experiences quite a bit, and a certain culture evolves. Performing every night and sharing space so consistently truly builds a nuanced musical connection, as well as deepening friendships.
Our very first night on tour was spent in Birmingham, AL. This was somewhat of a momentous night for Nick and Jake as they were finally sharing a bill with a close friend made long ago on their first trip down to New Orleans. Marcus Fetch is a muralist, musician, entrepreneur, and an all around amazing individual. We spent the night at his spot and stayed up way late sharing songs, jamming out, Nick was playing the drum-set with pens he found, and, ultimately, playing some video games. Good hangs and reconnecting with old friends like Marcus are a huge reason that we love touring.
We had 2 days off after our Monday night banger in Colorado, so we were taking it easy and making a road-trip out of it. As we drove through Colorado Springs, Quinn landed upon the question in all of our minds… “where are the Springs?” which subsequently led to us going an hour out of our way to find the Dakota Hot Springs. This no-cameras-allowed, clothing optional, part-RV-park, and (pretty sure) part-old-folks-home gave us just the break we needed after a long run of shows and before beginning the arduous drive back East. They had built a pool around the natural hot springs and an even smaller pool they called “The Well” that held the most heat. We each dared to submerge in the boiling temperatures of the Well. Some of us practiced volleyball. We got serenaded by an old fan of CCR, called foreigners, and Jake played lifeguard when an older woman almost fell out of her wheelchair. He caught her, and when she looked up and saw his fit frame… well, she was a very happy woman in that moment.
Lastly, but definitely not least, we have to share how lucky we were to tour with John Valdez. You may remember John from our Bloomington days. Back then, John played most shows with the band and recorded the drum parts for our first album “Jettison. Reprise.” When he heard we were without a drummer for this run, John volunteered to come along for the ride. It was amazing having him back on the road. Not only is John a dynamite drummer, he is also a great friend! He was up for all our tour shenanigans, from late nights out to a heavy rotation of card games. He kept us hydrated (you can’t beat that 2 for $8 deal on Dasani!). He really helped us see out our musical vision for this run. Thank you John!