9/4/14 – 9/23/14

On September 4th, we hit the road. When we finally get home at the end of this run, we will have been gone for about five and half weeks. Also,  we are going to China (what?!) at the end of this tour. International touring, here we come. Also, jet lag here we come. Anyways, before we get ahead of ourselves, we’ve been having a blast and I’m here to tell you all about it.

 

The first show was in Columbus Ohio. It was damn hot that day. Even by the time we played, ten o’clock or so, it was still sweltering onstage. The next day we drove to Cincinnati to play the Ohio River Throwdown with Trombone Shorty, Grace Potter, Jason Isbell and more. What an amazing day of music! We were about to do a run of shows with Trombone Shorty and Orleans Ave, so we were especially happy to see them. Also, I was completely taken aback by Jason Isbell. Somehow I had never heard him before, and since that day a little over two weeks ago I’ve now listened to his album “Southeastern” perhaps fifty times. No joke.

The next day found us in Nashville, where we did a live concert at 3rd and Lindsley that was streamed on Lightning 100.

If you’d like to listen to the show, they have it archived here:

We had such a blast in Nashville that we stuck around for a few days and then did another live streaming show, but this time from the living room of our favorite people ever, Jon and Lisa Bell (Jon is also our agent and Lisa runs our street team. #Gangsters). We had a blast figuring out new acoustic arrangements of the songs!

Here’s one of the songs from the livestream!

After that, we had a three show run with Trombone Shorty and Orleans Ave. First in Asheville, NC at The Orange Peel, followed by a sold out show at The Jefferson Theater in Charlottesville, VA and finally at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. Those guy are so amazing. Joey Peebles, their drummer, has become a really good friend of ours, and he joined us onstage the last two nights! Double drum spectacle on “Boogie Man.” SO MUCH FUN AND SO MUCH DRUMS! Ha, I like the sound of that. Let’s make a bumper sticker! SO MUCH FUN AND SO MUCH DRUMS. It doesn’t even make sense grammatically. Anyways, moving on.

 

The next day we woke up early to head to Phases of the Moon, a new festival in Danville, IL. We didn’t have time to stop for breakfast, but luckily Phil realized he could hard boil eggs in his hot water heater. He is a valiant man.

Phases was blast. We played our set and then packed up and ran over to catch The Tedeschi Trucks Band. Man, they blow us away every single time. Such talent and depth of feeling. It has been an honor to get to know them. Arleigh got on their bus that night and had a dance party while Derek DJ’d some classic soul albums.

We spent Sunday at the festival, and then the next day rose early and began a THREE DAY DRIVE TO LA. We move around a bit.

Somewhere along the line, we drove by Walter White’s house. We weren’t creepy at all. Just a huge black van idling outside some poor person’s home.

We finally arrived in LA on Tuesday, 9/17, just in time to rage face for Sasha’s birthday. Needless to say, we were ecstatic to be out of the van. The next night we played at The Hotel Cafe, in Hollywood. John from Wahoo’s Fish Tacos came down and brought us SO MUCH FOOD! Ahhh, we couldn’t even begin to eat it all. Thank you John fr your continued support and love.

Not only did he bring a bunch of burritos, he also hooked it up so that a few days later in San Diego we were able to go Go Kart racing at K1 Speed racing. What?! Speeding around tight turns, cutting one another off. Yelling and screaming and going way too fast. Man, what a time.

Also, check out the epic photobomb guy in the background of that last picture. For the win.

Anyways, we had the day off yesterday and went to the beach. It’s the first true day off we’ve had in quite some time. What with barreling across the country and playing shows and such. Good God I am pale. Someone needs some more sunlight and beach days.

Now we drive north, where we have a run of shows in the Pacific Northwest. Then we drive down to the Bay Area to rock (among other shows) Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Fest and then we jet off to Macau for a week. Boom Boom Boom.

As always, thank you for taking this journey with us!

Yr friend,

Bram

P.S., enjoy this video of a baby monkey riding a pig. It is LITERALLY the only thing we’ve been watching and singing for about three days now.

Hendrix looks on approvingly while a massage trains transpires in San Diego.