I’ve been delinquent in updating for the past week. A combination of very long drives and crappy internet connections are to blame and somehow I have less time now that I’m at home with the family. Here’s some highlights:
We played at the beautiful, newly renovated Fox theater in downtown Spokane. The last time we played Spokane was at the taste of Spokane which is officially called, “Pig Out in the Park.” With a name like that it’s no wonder that we had deep-fried Oreo’s that night. Besides some one-offs and promo gigs, that was the first official show of the Okemah tour. It feels like we’ve been several different bands since then. So back to the present, instead of going to our very nearby hotel to relax before the gig at the newly renovated Fox Theater, we all opted to hang out at the club. Mark, Andrew and I were embroiled in a vicious game of Scrabble through Facebook as the others drank coffee, slept, roamed the streets, etc. Well, we really should have checked out that Ramada Inn. Later that night, I watched from the parking lot as Jay, Mark and Chris walked into their rooms and immediately walked back out. Jason and I quickly assessed the situation and decided the rooms smelled like old, dirty strippers. While dismantling the Febreeze wall unit in his room, Jay was enveloped by the scent of cheap strawberries that he’s probably still trying to shake. So, we hopped in the van and headed down the road to Ritzville, Washington and the Empire Motel where the train runs by every hour. Although there is nothing ritzy about Ritzville and I’m not sure what sort of motel allows the desk attendant to enter your room without knocking to retrieve the Ziploc bag of ice from your freezer so your bandmate’s beers don’t get warm while you sit in your underwear on the bed, we all slept fairly well and were a little closer to Boise.
A couple of years ago we played at the Wood River Winery which actually lies a few miles outside of Boise. I couldn’t remember much about that show but I do know that they didn’t have Boche!
As it turns out, Jay and Mark rule the court. Other highlights included:
-A wedding rehearsal during soundcheck. That’s something you’ll never see at Rhythm and Brews in Chattanooga.
-An eclectic dinner featuring Thai basil beef, chicken with apricots and olives, tofu and vegetables and raspberry chocolate cake.
-A mostly seated crowd save for a bunch of dancing women that somehow reminded me of MILF Island. Also, let me say this, if your going to bring your children down in front of the stage to have a good look at the crusty men please make sure they have ear protection. When allowed to play without noise restrictions we can be a loud band.
Thanks to all the people who came down in front gave us a little something back. We had a fun night
We awoke early on Saturday and set out on the 8+ hour drive down an endlessly winding highway hugging what might have been the Lower Salmon River or the Snake River or something else entirely. Whatever the case may be, it was beautiful.
After about six hours I wished we were headed down some boring, straight, interstate looking out on dead, brown grass. Indiana in December comes to mind.
We arrived just in time for soundcheck at the University of Montana only to have doors pushed back to deal with some major technical issues. Despite the exhaustion, sound issues, and a burning desire to be home, I was determined to have a fun last show. In my mind that involves playing too much and too loud which is exactly what I did. I threw in some heavy metal fills, worked up a sweat and that was that. We said goodbye to the Cowboy Junkies, went to the bar, met some very nice people who were at the show and called it a day.
It took me five days to complete this post but I’ll try to get some photos and videos up here and hopefully some news updates. More tour dates for the fall are being firmed up at the moment and I’ll post them as soon as I get the word. Alright, see you later……