Summer Tour Diary #6 2011
What are we gonna do with a little time off? Some of us have a wife
who has already made plans for what I/we should do during this little
vacation. Ain't that just like a woman. Alas, they have the power, don't
I write this from the good old easy chair. It's a damn good chair in a
damn good little room where lots of BBS songs have been written. It's my
haven. I'm off the hook for the time being, and figured on letting our
good friends and neighbors how we've been bustin' that ass here lately.
We set up shop at a great studio in Asheville, North Carolina for about
5 days, and recorded some of the best music that's ever come out of this
band and that is no exaggeration, my friends. It will be finished and available
before you know it, and we couldn't be prouder.
As soon as we finished tracking the last tune, we packed up and headed for
Athens, Georgia to play a show as part of the grand reopening of the historic
Georgia Theater. Holy shit, what a night! I'll say it again…Holy shit, what
a night! Thank you so much to all our great friends who travelled so far to
be a part of this celebration! Zac Brown, Clay Cook and Jimmy Hall were on
hand to pick and sing and put a little icing on the cake. As you may know (I'm
sure you could see all the camera equipment) we were filmed all night for a
live DVD. We've been watching footage being edited, and so many of you look
beautiful out there boogie'n' and singin'. Bless Ya!
We played several outdoor shows up in the Northeast here lately, and had
pretty good luck running from hurricanes and flooding. Good grief, what is
goin' on with Mother Nature? We were lucky, but some were not. We pray for
those people who were hit hard.
We got in some shows with our buddies, the Outlaws. Always a great time to
get silly with those guys. New dirty jokes and whatnot. Plus, good music, and
the tiniest Shetland pony in the entire world.
If you've never been to Stowe, Vermont, it is a beautiful place. the venue
we played is nestled right in the mountains that will be covered in snow
before they know it, I'm sure. I've never snow ski'd and looking at how steep
those mountains are, I ain't sure I want to. Kiddie slope, maybe.
We spent a couple days off in NYC and some of us went to ground zero to pay
our respects. Everyone was so reverent and moved just by the sight of the area.
So powerful. A few days later on the anniversary of 9/11, we got the opportunity
to make a special dedication to all the heroes. Thank you, always.
End of the tour. Nashville, Tennessee. George Jones' 80th birthday. The Grand
Ole Opry. We played it. Who would've ever guessed that after a decade of playing
music together, we would walk onstage at the (sold out) Grand Ole Opry and play
a George Jones medley and a brand new BBS song! I don't know what made me more
nervous…4400 people including Mr. Jones watching us in front, or my Pops watching
us from the back…the first time he'd EVER seen us play. We did good.