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Just in case

In case anyone wanted to check out the band I toured with, here is their Facebook page and their Bandcamp page.

http://www.facebook.com/mosbosco

http://mosbosco.bandcamp.com/

They play tons of shows in Louisville and put on quite a performance. If you like Whiskey, terrible jokes and the accordion I’d suggest looking them up if you’re ever in town!

 

The singer of Monzie Leo and The Big Sky (Joel aka Monzie Leo) also spent almost all of the days on tour with us. We ended out tour in Kansas were he is from. Joel normally plays with two other people but they couldn’t come out on the road with us. If you’d like to check him out his Facebook is here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Monzie-Leo-The-Big-Sky/201219156606507

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Breakfast of champions!

Waking up for 5 days straight hung-over starts to get a little rough on the body. It’s important to get some veggies and some proper nutrition. Rob thought ahead and brought a case of V8 Juice. It’s not exactly the most healthy thing in the world, but when you’re dead broke and dehydrated from a night of drinking it’s the best. Next to the V8 is a can of beer. This will also take the edge of the hang-over off. Between the two is something called an Energy Sheet. In a quote from their website: “What is in Energy Sheets®?
Energy Sheets® contain Vitamins E, B5, B6 and B12. 2 Energy Sheets® contain caffeine comparable to a cup of the leading premium coffee. Sheets® have no sugar, no calories, require no water, are fast-acting and taste great!”

I’m not all that sure if I would classify them as tasting great, but they work. Taking one Sheet almost feels like you chugged three pots of coffee and a few red bulls. The crash is terrible. Rob took one almost every hour when he was driving so he could stay awake after long nights of partying and sleeping on floors. Don’t do that. Never take one that often. I still don’t know how he didn’t have a heart attack.

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Supplies

To take a break from boring stories from the road I want to let everyone know what I packed in the van as we were leaving.

-Tooth brush

-Tooth paste

-Floss

-Deodorant (As a courtesy for the others in the van. DO NOT FORGET!)

-Dry shampoo! (It’s like a shower in a can. Kinda.)

-Face wash

-Makeup (to cover up the road face)

-About 10 pairs of socks (you never know…)

-Two shirts (even when you can’t shower, it’s nice to have at least one change of clean clothes)

-One extra pair of pants

-Lots of undies

-Phone and charger (car and wall)

-4 packs of cigarettes

-A book

-Headphones (These came in extremely handy when we were sleeping on the floor of The Upstairs Tavern)

-iPod

-A pillow and blanket or sleeping bag (I slept on the floor every night, sometimes we’d get lucky and have to share a couch or two)

-A case of Redbull (Hangovers are nasty things, and there isn’t much good sleep on the road)

-A case of water bottles (for the same reason as the Redbulls)

-Tylenol (see Redbull)

-Beer money

-Bass Drum (and pedal)

-Snare drum (and stand)

-Two sets of brushes (what I played with instead of drum sticks)

 

I wish that I had thought to bring some Fabreze. In place of a shower, we often just stopped at rest stops and gas stations to rinse off. The Fabreze would have kept our clothes and the van smelling a little bit better than it did.

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This might be a little gross…

To pass time in the van, we tended to play a game. It’s a game that Rob calls “Movie titles that sound like taking a dump.” At first I was not happy to play this game but you have to get from one town to another without harming anyone in the van somehow. The rules of the game were very simple: movie titles that accurately describe bowl movements. Some examples would be Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Breaking Dawn, Dante’s Peak, Cool Runnings and Red Dragon.

 

It’s perhaps the grossest game in the world, but after a while you’ll run out of things to talk about.

 

What’s your favorite movie title that describes a bowl movement?

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Conway Arkansas, you guys kill it!

Conway Arkansas was the house show that flipped the tour around on it’s head. We left Nashville Tennessee with our hopes crushed because no one was there and we had no money. In a last ditch effort to obtain some money for gas (since busking didn’t pan out as well as we hoped it would) Joel came up with the idea of selling beer. Conway AR is located in a dry county so there were no bars and no liquor stores. We hopped in a car with a girl from Conway and drove 45 minutes back the way we came to pick up two 30 packs of Milwaukee Best (the cheapest beer the store had). We decided to make our money back we would have to sell one 30 pack at $2 a can. Turns out, college kids in a dry county will pay this rate. Supply in Demand I suppose. We sold the beer to the college kids at the house show and (combined with door donations) came out ahead with $80. I’m not proud that we did this, but sometimes you have to do what you have to do to not run out of gas in the middle of Arkansas.

The show itself was my favorite show on the entire tour. We started the evening with a game of dominos and getting to know the kids who lived in The White House. Once the set started, Rob plopped Devo hats (also known as energy domes) on our heads and the night was a go! We started off a little rough, but pulled it together and I could feel myself actually feeling the songs and getting them right. The Conway show was the 3rd time I had ever played with Bosco. The house was packed and the kids were even asking for an encore.

We met a kid named Austin who attended Hendrix College (located in Conway). Austin played first at the show, and since he was a well know student most of the kids came out to see him. Luckily the kids stuck around for Joel (who rocked the house) and also for us. I’ve never been as sweaty as I was that night and I’ve never smiled as much as I did that night. Even though we were playing harder and faster I still kept looking up to witness the crowd singing, dancing and even crowd surfing.

I ended up smacking my knuckle on the rim of the snare drum because one of my brushes slipped but kept playing. When we stopped playing I checked out the injury on the porch. There was no blood but my finger swelled so big I couldn’t even get my brush back around my finger. This created quite a problem for the rest of the tour.

Conway AR

A shot by Rob from behind me of Sam, Bobby, my sister and the crowd.

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First night in Nashville TN

First night in Nashville TN

This was our first night on tour in Nashville TN. The show wasn’t well promoted (if at all) and to make matters worse it was on a Tuesday, a day when the bar we were playing in wasn’t normally open. The only people who came out to the show were the three bands who were playing it, the bartender/owner and his friend who rolled his own cigarettes.
We put Rob’s Accordion case out hoping more people would come out and help us out with some gas money to get to Conway Arkansas but all we got was some change from Joel who was actually touring in the van with us.
The first night was rough!

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