Ben Nichols of Lucero recalls working at his family’s business and talks about focusing on where you are rather than where you want to be.
Lee Bains III talks about repairing the tour van (with a tip for buying tires), working as a handyman, and playing in a band named Mind Detergent.
Matthew Sweet enters the vans versus buses debate and recalls his first gig playing bass on “Carry On My Wayward Son” by Kansas in junior high school.
Rod Abernethy talks about sun room rehearsals (with tequila), avoiding fast food temptations, and a song written about the Civil War.
Singer-songwriter talks about why he he shops at local health food stores while on tour and time spent making tall rhinestone shoes by hand.
The Sideshow Tragedy’s Nathan Singleton talks about some of his favorite rehearsal spaces and his least favorite thing about being a guitar player.
Auyon Mukharji of folk quartet Darlingside talks about the virtue of renting a tour van and the band’s first gig, where they opened for a puppet parade.
Dave Alvin talks about working as a fry cook and the most important night of his life.
Ben Roberts of duo Carolina Story talks about performing at his 13th birthday party, working at a private school, and following in Johnny Cash’s footsteps.
Patterson Hood of Drive-By Truckers talks about “them pretty road cases”, his favorite“straight” day job, and why he feels rich.