Outdoor concerts are a rush! Elevated onstage overlooking the crowd with an expanded outdoor panoramic view is a rush of the senses. And with mother nature as your backdrop, the experience from a bands point of view is unlike no-other. Yet putting on a show outdoors does come with risks. Unlike the controllable environment of indoor gigs, outside, mother nature is in charge. If she decides to rain on your parade there’s not much you can do. You can either give up and quit, or continue — Singing in the rain! Continue reading “Singing in the Rain: Tales of a Road Band”
In order to perform in drinking establishments, my new and under-aged lead guitar player needed and carried legal exemption documents to allow him in taverns and bars. Part of the agreement was also having a legal guarding with him at all times. So his father would always be there whenever he was. In essence, we inherited dad as well as boy wonder. This led to some interesting and even comical situations down the road. But as I was soon to discover, it wasn’t all fun and games! Continue reading “Boy Wonder: Tales of a Road Band”
Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Hank Williams Jr, Kris Kristofferson, David Allan Coe, and Merle Haggard are some of the most recognizable of the genre called “Outlaw Country.” This was the music that we played and the image we wanted to project to our audience. And so, when it came time for a new Lead Guitar player — Image would play a big role in our choice. Continue reading “The Real Outlaw: Tales of a Road Band:”
Someone who pursues a celebrity or performer, most often a musician or member of a band, typically by following their performance tour in order to gain intimate access to them, and especially to pursue a sexual relationship or encounter. — These are the Groupies! Continue reading “Tales of a Road Band: The Groupies”
As a new band on the scene, we of course had to start at the bottom. We played our share of low-paying seedy joints to begin with and one of the very first (and worst?) was a Hamilton north-end bar called the “Picton Tavern.” It had a reputation for being rough and rowdy and at times downright dangerous. And although our music went over well, the patrons there lived up to their billing. They were not … let’s say — ideal citizens?
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