Lou's Reports From the Road
Last week was Gering,NE...The Oregon Trail...Internet access wasn't great,so
filed from Mandan(Bismarck) ND.
I played this room Back in the Day: it was around
'79-'80.....and it was a nightmare......
because of the gig--I was ill the whole time,and it was a blur of dental
codeine-induced unconsciousness. My clearest memory of it......as we were
our gear,and stacking it on the dance floor,mind you,we hadn't
up a single amp,or plugged in a cord----the (then) owner
over to say,and I quote---"Turn it down,boys." End quote.....sheeeesh.......
time was considerably better!!
Chris brought his newly-built PA cabinets,so we took awhile to get them
in---the club is being remodeled,and while it looks like it will be great
complete,it's not there yet. They had just 1 day previously removed
carpeting from the perimeter of the room,leaving wood-paneled walls
the wooden dance floor as the only acoustic surfaces....it made for
sound. However,after some tweaking,
pretty good,I must say. We rehearsed every day,getting
up to speed, re-arranging vocal parts,etc.....also dropped in a couple
tunes,so as to balance the singing duties,and take some stress
Marci....she was great,shuffling the songlist around,taking requests,
it moving. She IS our show,but when we're doing hours of
sets,many days in a row,it's just unrealistic to let her carry
ball all the time.....even though she would try......
Our songs were well received,and made a good enough impression
the DJ (Thanks,Dan!) made it a point to hook Marci up with the local radio
she did a live interview,with a gal from Oklahoma(!)
said) she took time to get background,and make it interesting,
they were practically neighbors down there,dontchaknow?
ya,we make friends wherever we go.....f'rinstance,we walked into
Lonesome Dove today,setting up the gear,and a guy at the bar
Marci from Santa Fe!! They had spoken briefly at the gig there,
New Year's....so we all piled in the van,and went out for Mexican.....
to New Mexican,hehe.....