It’s morning! I didn’t blog last night but went straight to sleep. I shall explain…
Woke up naturally around 10 AM- looking forward to setting a consistent wake up time as soon as I can have some consistency. I'll start with the biggest news- because of rainy weather tonight, John and family aren't flying out tonight but are taking over our bus for the night and riding it to the gig tomorrow. Which means we aren't gonna have it.. we are staying the night at the Soaring Eagle Casino here where we did the gig, and a shuttle bus is taking us to the next venue in Detroit at 7 AM tomorrow morning. To be frank, it was definitely not the most popular decision amongst the entire crew… to take our home from us (forcing us to parse down our luggage and belongings into something small that will fit while still giving us enough to live for a full morning and afternoon) AND get us up before 7 after a late night isn’t the most pleasing. I’ll just say that plenty of crew members are very upset by everything.
Regardless, I’m enjoying myself at least a little bit. Backing up to yesterday- I went straight to my hotel room, there was a bathtub sitting in our room which I had never seen before. The day was spent pretty much editing my vlogs for tomorrow, going down for meals and soundcheck, and working on Photoshop for my poster for my jazz quartet gig on July 10th at the Mint. I stylized it like an old Blue Note album cover, quite happy with how it turned out.
To enter the hotel from the bus we walked in through an employee entrance, showed our tour lanyards, and had a guard search through our belongings. Then we walked through the hotel kitchen and laundry service to an elevator to get up to the rooms. Every time I left my room I consistently turned the wrong way out of some quirky indiscernible habit. During today’s soundcheck Willie Nelson’s gear was mixed in with our own- he was our opener today instead of Ryan Kinder. But his set was an hour (7-8), followed by us (830-945), followed by ZZ Top (1015-1130). Long night!!!
Willie’s equipment was all really old- a taped up vintage Custom amp, weed leaf guitar picks, and a big box of auxiliary percussion were right next to the spot the horns stood. When John arrived we asked for our phone numbers so he could “call us sometime” as he said. I guess he’s officially one of our contacts.
Changed on the bus and did our show to great results. The venue was outdoors- off to the side of the hotel was maybe two thousand seats and then a giant green hill. Most of the onlookers were on the big hill- it looked like something out of Woodstock. We started fifteen minutes late, AND the show went long.. BUT it might’ve been our best show collectively. John was really relaxed the whole time (as the crew decided, I don’t notice those things), and we sounded tight- typical of the 24th time you put on a show.
On our way back to the bus, Steven said something about the number of people leaving the show already who didn’t wanna see ZZ Top. At that exact moment we peer toward the busses and see Billy F. Gibbons getting out of his bus in full getup look over at us and wave. As we got closer we spoke to us, “that was a good one tonight!” In his gravely, have-fun voice. He’s a sweet guy even if he is really quiet- I’m glad we at least had one interaction over the tour. It’s hilarious that we were talking about how many people are too tired for ZZ Top practically in front of the lead guy of ZZ Top.
Per tomorrow’s early morning I went back to my hotel room immediately after getting our after show food. I took the box with me to eat in the morning and went to sleep by around 1150. Meditated, made a little hot tea, stretched out, and slept really well for 6.5 hours. Now we’re on a shuttle heading to Clarksdale- gloomy and wet outside, and the mood’s a little gloomy inside too.