This is my second instalment from the Disappear Fear Tour in the USA.
As you’ll already know from reading my previous article, the tour kicked off on September 17 in Baltimore and from there we played Pittsburgh, Ohio and Michigan.
So… here’s what happened next:
September 21 – Stained Glass Coffee House, Deerfield, Illinois
Yet another lovely little church in the middle of no-where. This was also my second gig playing Simon (my Schlagwerk cajon) instead of the full kit. The acoustics were great as was the sound guy who knew exactly how to work the room. The audience were super enthusiastic and we were even made an organic vegetarian dinner before the show using veges from the garden out back…bloomin brilliant!
September 22 – Plan B, Madison, Wisconsin
The drive up through Wisconsin was stunning – it was sort of like a flat version of Devon. There was a street fair going on in Madison and both Sonia and Don Conoscenti (our guitarist and all round legend) both played solo sets during the afternoon. They were both totally awesome and reminded me that I still have a whooooole lot to learn!
Our gig was at a club later on that evening. I always find clubs are a bit weird to play live music in, as apart from the fact that there’s no creative vibes floating around in any way, shape or form you never quite know what sort of audience you’re going to get. Fortunately we had a hard core posse of Disappear Fear followers show up and all was good.
September 23 – Live at Studio One, Iowa Public Radio
Any one that knows me knows I loooovvveee doing radio stuff.
For this particular set up we were playing a live 45 min show with some jibba jabba in between songs. The live room was stunning and everything sounded pretty darn good.
As you’ll see from my pics above, my set up was a hybrid kit made up of cajon, snare drum and crash/ride cymbal.
September 24 – Night Off (boooooooo! hissssssss!)
Although I wasn’t looking forward to a night off…to be honest, it probably was a good job we did have some chill time as our next destination was Nashville (woohoo!) which was a good 7-hour drive.
September 25 – 12th & Porter, Nashville, Tennessee
Now there were two reasons why this day was very special, 1) I’ve *always* wanted to visit Nashville nevermind actually be lucky enough to play a gig there 2) It’s my birthday!
We had a bit of time during the day to have a good old mooch about the centre of Nashville. It was totally amazing. We got there at about mid day and there was bar after bar after bar after bar all showcasing live music. Not only that, but the standard was *very* high.
Our gig was later that evening at a cool venue called the 12th and Porter which as you’ll see from my pics above had lots of fancy lights and screens so it all looked super cool (oh and the sound was good too).
After the gig a silver haired chap came up to me we chatted away about drum orientated stuff. He said lots of lovely things about my playing which I thanked him very much for and carried on with packing up. It wasn’t until Sonia came over and said ‘you do know who that was right?’ at which point I must have drawn a rather blank expression… which soon changed after she told me he was drumming / producing legend Craig Krampf – I can’t begin to tell you how many times I’ve played along to his beats, possibly some of the first I ever played on a drum kit. Very cool.
September 26 – Eddie Owen Presents at the Red Clay Theatre, Duluth
What an absolutely stunning drive from Nashville to Duluth. The scenery was spectacular!
Duluth was a quaint little town and the theatre there was super nice. We not only had a green room, but a separate kitchen, lounge area, shower and toilets
…AND after the show we got to scribble on the walls, here’s what I put:
September 27 – The Down Home, Johnson City, Tennessee
I know I’ve said this over and over but this was such an awesome venue that appeared to be mostly made of wood. I have to say thought that the toilets were slightly terrifying for a stir upper lip British person like my good self. There was no solid door, just a draw across curtain and the wall separating each cubicle was low enough to have an eye to eye conversation with your neighbour. Needless to say I made sure I didn’t drink too much that evening to keep restroom visits to a minimum.
BUT the rather casual toilet arrangements were excused as the venue is gorgeous and oozes character. The show was also broadcast live on the internet which was nice for all my peeps back home in the UK.
So, that’s it thus far. Now we have a few days off and fly out again this Tuesday to California where we play a string of shows along the West coast, can’t wait.