Singing in the Rain: Tales of a Road Band

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”

The Real Outlaw: 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:”

Tales of a Road Band: Seedy Bars

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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