Tell us about your tour vehicle.
Ford Transit Van and trailer. Bought it the week before the shutdown. Did 2 gigs and now it’s just in my driveway. Shiny, new, couple hundred miles. Waiting.
How do you eat cheaply and/or healthy while on tour?
You can eat cheaply or you can eat healthy. I opt for the latter. Try to eat in good local spots whenever we can. Panera (aka ‘the school cafeteria’) and Whole Foods do fine for bigger chains.
How many strings do you break in a typical year? How much does it cost to replace them?
A damn bunch. Thanks to the wonderful folks at D’addario I don’t have to worry about that.
Where do you rehearse?
We rent it from Todd Snider and his gang. It’s smells pretty good. Tacos next door are delicious.
What was the title and a sample lyric from the first song that you wrote?
‘Anything’. Pretty sure it was about a girl.
Describe your first gig.
In the parking lot of a pizza restaurant/gas station. We played 10 covers and 2 originals. Had to play 90 minutes. So excited we blew through the songs in about 40 minutes. Took a break and played them again.
What was your last day job? What was your favorite day job?
Waiting tables at Planet Hollywood in Nashville. Really never cared much for day jobs.
How has your music-related income changed over the past 5-10 years? What do you expect it to look like 5-10 years from now?
It’s a bit like the old roller coasters at Opryland. Sometimes up, sometimes down, always pretty fun if nobody pukes.
I’d expect it’ll be pretty damn similar to the last 5-10 but with knees that hurt a bunch more.
What one thing do you know now that you had wished you knew when you started your career in music?
Take more photos. Journal more. Nobody will believe this shit later.