Recap: South-Mid-West tour
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Ok, now that you’re back, I’d like to tell you about the wonderful times we had last weekend traveling to Tennessee with these splendid human beings.
Day One: Cape Girardeau, MO
I’ll be honest: we really didn’t know what to expect when we showed up at Port Cape Girardeau, which is situated just about as close to the Mississippi river as you can get without being 6 feet underwater. We were there because we were dropped from a show in Carbondale, IL; last-minute bookings are really a crap shoot. And truthfully, the venue wasn’t looking too promising on first impression. But we were fed delicious barbecue, and after a few pitchers of Stag (draught!), we set up and got to playing.
With no exaggeration, I can say we were absolutely blown away by the reception we received. The 30-40 people in attendance were all about Bo’s set, with a few of them dancing amongst the band. Our set followed in similar fashion; with all the cheers we received on saying “hi, we’re from St. Louis,” we felt like a million bucks. Dancing, singing, cheering, it was all very enjoyable.
Day Two: Murfreesboro, TN
After a great nights’ sleep, and some chicken ‘n biscuits in my hometown of Sikeston, MO, we piled into our cars and headed over to Murfreesboro. At House Pride, Henry greeted us and treated us to a few beers and a healthy dose of OFF — the mosquitos were of an absolutely mind-boggling ferocity. Our usual band frisbee time had to be called short on account of the monstrous bugs. House Pride is my kind of place; the people who live there are dedicated to providing a neat space for bands to play, and are incredibly helpful and supportive. It was pretty inspiring to be so well taken-care-of.
We played to a full house. The attendees were packed in like sweaty sardines, and the atmosphere couldn’t have been better. After another killer set by Bo and his Locomotive, we played one of the best shows of our short career: we climbed up on couches, lead the crowd in sing-alongs, held cymbals overhead, and led an organized assault on the audience’s ears. King Arthur quickly followed with with one of the booty-shakin’-est sets I’ve seen in quite some time, and Hanzelle kept the party going for a good few hours with a combination of original music and sweet 90’s covers.
Day Three: St. Louis, MO
After an insanity-inducing 6-hour drive from Murfreesboro, we arrived at Old Rock House just in time to get set up and sound checked before taking a moment to enjoy being back home.
It was really nice to be able to relax, take our time, hang out with our friends, and enjoy the Old Rock House’s hospitality. We were really spoiled while out of town; the people we played to seemed genuinely excited about what we were doing, and treated us extraordinarily well. We were expecting to be a little disappointed upon returning to St. Louis, as so often it seems that the shows we play here in town don’t get the same “get up on stage and dance” response as they did out of town. To our relief, however, St. Louis really brought it. Despite a few really big events happening across town that night, a great crowd showed up, and really made us feel at home again.
Thanks again to all the great people we met last weekend, to the bands we played with (see above) and to Bo, Steve, and Andy for being great guys to spend every waking moment with. Next week we head out to Indianapolis; in the meantime, we’re finishing up our record, titled ”Death, and Other Forms of Relaxation.” See you soon!