So first up was our show in Nashville which was a house party in East Nashville with all the cool kids that could possibly fit into the dusty basement where we played. We had a great time and met some sweet folks. The three of us played and then it was the band Destroy Nate Allen which was comprised of Nate and his wife Tessa who were SO GREAT. They definitely stole the show with their rowdy sing-alongs and great songs. Throughout the rest of our time with Laura, we would constantly start shouting “I’m going to raise the white flag/Raise the black flag too/I’m going raise the white flag/And sing this song for you.” Good times. We spent the night with some of Frank’s friends (Jeremiah, Kaci, Caitlyn, Katie, Cami, and Kaelin) and stayed up late talking and having a good time. Kim sang with me at this show so it was super good to get to hang out with her and see good friends like her, Matt, Michelle, Courtney, and even a blast from the past in Tyler from The Red Racer!
The next morning we hopped onto I-40 out of Nashville and made our way toward Chattanooga. I was especially pumped about this show because my parents actually met and lived in Chattanooga for awhile. My oldest brother was even born there. Frank informed us that the show was being put on by Travis and Sondra and that we’d be playing in their vintage clothing store Collective Clothing. Nothing could have prepared me so that I would understand how awesome of a place it was and how ridiculously wonderful Travis and Sondra and their little girl Natalie were going to be. We played w/ a guy named Jeff Seaver (Mike’s brother no doubt) and a fun band called Raenbow Station. We were excited about Raenbow Station because we saw a 100% full double-rainbow on the drive in and I’d never seen anything like that in my life so we decided that it was a sign of good things to come. Also, I got some new shorts…. We got to kick it with Travis and Sondra that whole night (we stayed up so late being ridiculous) and they took us to lunch at a place called The Yellow Deli which was an incredible restaurant run by a cult called The Twelve Tribes. Their was a mustache hair in my coffee, but that just means that it was extra delicious. The food was really great. Afterward, Sondra took us to a sweet book store and thrift store. I got a book called Reinventing Comics by Scott McCloud which is an academic look at progressions and changes in the comic book world over the years. It is basically a textbook written in comic book cell format which made it incredibly interesting. The last half of the book was all digital speculation circa-year-2000 and was total crap I thought, but I’m still super glad I bought it. I learned a lot. CHATTANOOGA ROCKS!
After Chattanooga it was time to meet up with Miss Breezey Melton in Jefferson City for the show she set up for us on her birthday! Breezey is the best and she worked so hard to put together our show at a new coffee shop that had just opened. We got there and it seemed like it was going to just fall apart from the get-go because the venue let somebody borrow their PA system so we didn’t have any sound equipment. BUT, we decided to just huddle everyone up and we sang loud and folks were quiet and we made the best of it, and it was GREAT! We had a whole lot of fun. Then the guys who run the venue bought pizza for everyone since they felt bad about the PA. It was a really great time and we finished off with a birthday cake for Breezey. Frank and I stayed at Carson Newman with Alex and Tad and Breezey housed Laura, which was weird because it was our first night being separated…haha Jefferson City treated us so well. Can’t wait to go back.
We couldn’t have been more excited about our show after Jefferson City because we were heading to Bowling Green, KY which houses one of my favorite people in the entire world: Benjamin Rich. Ben put together this show for us at a historic church site called Burton Memorial and it was absolutely gorgeous. We lit candles all around the little opulent sanctuary, turned down the lights, and let the tunes take over. It was an incredible night of music with friends, and everyone who came out was so much fun. I’ve said it many times that the best part of touring is meeting good folks, and there are a whole lot of those in Bowling Green, KY. Ben, Ashley, and Bethany stayed up late due to our shenanigans, and I hope we weren’t too much of a bother. We had a lot of fun though (as usual). We were planning on going hiking after Bowling Green since we had the day off, but we slept in too late and decided to go down to Mammoth Cave on the way back to Louisville to drop Laura off at her car. We didn’t stay at Mammoth Cave too long because we didn’t want to fork up the money for the tour. So we just drove back to Louisville and Laura got in her car and drove away which was super sad. The three of us had such a fun time together and forged some serious friendships. Frank and I headed to Bloomington to pick up his guitar before we had to head to Cincinnati for MPMF.