We are here, caravanning and campfireing.
I’m in Billings, Montana at a killer coffee shop (massive high-fives to MoAV coffee) which is – blessedly, mercifully, thankfully, right around the corner from the venue. I’m listening to my Spotify Discover Weekly playlist which I’ve been working with great effort and focus to hone and curate into the cornucopia of heavy, sludgy, doomy, death-y, metal-y offerings it now is.
It’s enough to make one ponder on the ways of the music industry today. Here I am, in a band, trying to stretch together meager ends that won’t quite meet, wishing there was a way for music to generate more income, and here I am streaming tunes from bands. Paying pennies on the dollar for the kickass music they’ve made that I enjoy. And Spotify gets my monthly subscription fee. Hmm. Does it even out because I then go to the shows of said bands? Putting the money more directly in their hands with my concert patronage? I say no. It means that the bands have to – somehow – continually create new music for me to consume the moment it comes out, and simultaneously eternally tour so as to pay their bills. There’s not enough time in a year, and there’s not enough blood in a body to make that work.
What does that have to do with the Campfire Caravan tour?
I don’t know – I’m high on caffeine and typing to an invisible audience.
Pretty stoked for this tour, folks. We rehearsed last night and it was just so damn fun to hang out with the folks in Mipso and Lil’ Smokies. I don’t care about the shows so much – just being around these kickass people and players is going to be a beautiful thing.
Hope you can make it out. I think we’re touring far enough, wide enough, and long enough to eliminate most excuses. If you want to be a special Super Friend, come to the show and leave me a:
fantasy/sci-fi book recommendation
coffee shop recommendation
metal/hardcore/punk band recommendation
We have a lot of van time to fill, and I’m always hungry and thirsty for all the above.
See you soon.
We’re on tour – currently in Williamstown getting ready to head to the Fresh Grass festival and melt faces and decimate audiences with our shredding, cutting and crushing riffs and furious blast beats… wait. Shit. Sorry. I’m listening to a lot of metal of late. Current playlist on Spotify is the “New Metal Tracks” playlist. It is excellent, and there are plenty of gems to be found.
But let’s be real. We’re a string band. We will will have a jolly good time, get people smiling and dancing, encourage a bit of tomfoolery and beer-drinking, and hang out with our string-band buddies. Not so much crushing or melting or decimating. And that’s OK. It’s fine. I have no problems with that.
This tour has been pretty nutty – and I just wanted to share a bit of what we’ve been up to.
We flew into Nashville (which – by itself – already sounds pretty damn impressive. We flew into NASHVILLE. That’s where music things HAPPEN! And we flew. It conjures up images of Otis Redding touching down in the UK – or Zeppelin stepping off of their private jet to throngs of press and fans on the tarmac. I like that conjured image, so I will do my best not to dispel it. Try not to imagine 5 sleepy dudes in t-shirts and flip-flops on the airport pick-up curb trying to find a Red Roof Inn shuttle by a three person triangulation of smart-phone skills.)
Nashville was in the beginning throws of its American Fest. Super fun. The venue we played was so full of good music it was near ridiculous. Three stages, 8 bands, all of them amazing. We had to bail out super early because these Minivan Jetsetters had to catch an early flight to New York.
Yeah. You heard me. We flew to New York city, and we had some magazine interviews, did some videos, played some music in the subway. We Jet Setted HARD. ( Imagine flashing lights, photographers scrabbling for their chance at a shot; skyscrapers reflected in our stylish sunglasses; the seas of taxi cabs parting as we, instruments in hand, strode boldly across 7th avenue. Do your very best not to imagine hungover, sleepy and unshaven derelicts who – somehow – found guitars, banjos, etc, and – like a circus-clown-act – packed the 5 of themselves and a small mountain of gear and bags into a black Chrysler Pacifica Minivan.)
More importantly, we ate slices of pizza and drank espresso.
We rolled out that night to get a drop on the drive to Fresh Grass up here in Massachusetts.
And here we are. The trees are just starting to turn their autumn colors – it’s a beautiful and bucolic preview of a part of the country we see too seldom.
This is a harrowing tale of friends turning their backs on a hero. A saga of water-logged bravery and perseverance vs cold, callous, debaucherous tomfoolery. I think you’ll all shed a tear. Hold on to your dear ones.
And always wear a life vest.
Huge thanks to Michael Bonocore for the awesome camera work!