Hey all! Back on the road. We are about a week into shows and currently sitting on a front porch on a 100 acre farm chilling. Just had a nice cookout. Enjoying the days and the shows.
So..Nashville. Last time we went down, we hooked up with some fantastic big wigs and after some weeks of back and forth, we ended up hooking up with a new management company head by a fellow named Mike Kraski. As a New York based band, we have always been fond on Nashville and spent much time down there recording and playing. As the years went by we felt that rock in Nashville had become an awesome sibling to New York as far as being in the place to be. Now I'm proud to call it our second home.
Anyhoo, we decided to kick off the tour in Music City, play a showcase and do some business. We rolled in after a 14 hour drive and promptly had a meeting at the lush Vanderbilt hotel. We were looking pretty scrappy but sipped on some Perrier and talked a little strategy and then set off to the venue.
It was a showcase type thing, where we played at 7pm and the suits come by, check you out and then you set up meetings the next day. Mr. Mike, our new manager, did his bit and got all the right people down and fortunately some of our fans make it out at the early hour so there was a nice crowd.
The show was just a pleasure. Everything clicked and it was a joy to play. That place is great and the sound is fantastic. The bartenders and owner couldn't have been nicer and we all were comfortable and tight. I was pretty psyched because the first show of the tour can be a settling in thing and sometimes rusty, but we just rocked, both old songs and new.
Our good friend Chris Severe was in the house too and we rushed out after the show to a nice steak dinner afterward and enjoyed a beautiful meal.
Speaking about first night of the tour, besides being interesting on stage you are sort of in this excitable state and if not careful things can get a little ugly. We are seasoned enough not to overdo it, but it happens. It's almost clockwork, after the first show, we go out and something goes down. Not going to get into it as what happens in the van stays in the van, but suffice to say the next morning wasn't fun.
Thankfully, we had a full day of meetings with some really good agents, marketeers, web gurus and they certainly compare favorably to our NYC team and I'm excited about building a nice team to supplement the great folks we have worked with.. Good things.
Our new album, which has been talked about A LOT, at least in our camp, has been pushed back yet again, but it's for the best. Gotta put gas in the van, or hopefully a Bentley in the driveway so going to release it with a bit of a bang.
Once meeting day was over, we got a good nights sleep and revved up the van for new adventures in Columbus.
That's not my tour diary jurisdiction so I'm going to kick back and enjoy the air, conversation and sneak away and checked the Yankees score.