It’s a long way to Tipperary AND it’s along way to Indiana from Montana. Because we are all living in different places and I have the van with the musical equipment in it in Missoula, it just makes sense sometimes for me to drive it there and have the guys fly in. This time the plan was to pick them up at O’Hare in Chicago. It took about 24 hours to get there. Usually, one gets in a zone and things go smoothly. Drove 13 or 14 hours the first day with only one stop for gas so that made the rest of the trip easy. It was an ok drive, but I preferred the solo trip to Tucson a few months ago. South Dakota feels a little big after a while. A cup of coffee and classic country got me through that stretch.
One funny thing that happened was I saw a vehicle with Montana plates in the hotel parking lot in Madison and it was my son Levi’s Montessori teacher who was on tour with her band the Magpies! Small world, or they got the same deal on Priceline…
I guess another funny thing was that several of us were convinced that we were sitting across from John Goodman at the hotel in Chicago. Looked identical, same age, same friendly voice~ but when a guy showed up to meet him to talk about buying a fleet of cars that put the kibosh on that discussion.
And there was bemusement (and a little bit of horror) while driving on the highway in Wisconsin when we passed a guy that looked like a serial killer in a Honda Civic who happened to have a deer in the backseat.
And trying to check into wrong motels, meeting weird characters of all shapes and sizes, bad food and sleeping on floors sometimes but at the end of the day we get to play music! It’s all a part of the traveling experience. I think I’m up to about three thousand shows and easily a million miles and I still enjoy it. Just finding the right balance between family and music life and trying to keep it creatively and economically viable. I think we have found a pretty good balance but there is always room for improvement.
The first couple of nights we played a really fun Irish bar in Lafayette, Indiana. It was a good way to kick things off. The crowd was friendly and we had road trippers from faraway places both night.
Saturday we played a fabulous event called the Hooley For Autism in South Bend, Indiana.
It was a really fun night and we got to catch up with our Canadian friends Enter The Haggis.
It’s great hanging out with other bands that have been touring for a long time because we both understand the realities of the existence and the ups and downs. Lots of fun stories were shared and it was cool to hear them sounding so good and to see them moving forward with their lives outside of music.
Now it’s time to drive back out west for a weeks worth of shows further up the I90 in the Big Sky state~ Montana!