Man we had a blast in Texas! There is a lot to share in this blog, so if I ramble on…enjoy!
We rented another Mercedes Sprinter van. 6 bucket seats, a bench in back to sleep on, and massive storage for all of our gear. It’s perfect for our band. We use our iphones for navigating, we’re good, no worries.
We made great time getting to Houston. I drove 500 miles, Ryan 400, Joel did the rest. Checked into a Four Seasons, and had some chill time before heading over to the House of Blues, just around the corner. The whole thing was set up well. Thank you John McCally.
Our show was great, 11 tune set that we rocked. The crowd got into it and as always is the case, everyone loved Coffee Pot as a closer. Many thanks to all that helped us in Houston. House of Blues people are always friendly, helpful, and professional. We will rock Houston again. It was a first time visit for all of us.
We also took with us, Sean Nunan. Sean bonded with us and it appears he will be our new sound guy for all of our shows. He made a huge difference. We were loud, but it was a full balanced sound. I wish I could have been a fan to listen to TFB. I think we sounded amazing. Sean is a real professional who is smart and easy to be with. In my journey, I have always felt that either I get sent to people or they get sent to me. Sean was sent to us by the universe. I believe that.
Another warm experience is that I reconnected with a friend I haven’t seen in decades. Julie Lewis Brown. We go back a long way and she came to the show with her son Alex. Was a wonderful reconnect. What was also fun…I knew the music would blow her away. It did. She had no idea. No doubt there are a lot more out there like her. Doesn’t it feel good when you see someone you once cared a lot about and years later find nothing has changed? Thank you Julie. I dedicated Freedom to her that night and I heard her scream!:) A feel good.
Our friend Heather Smith from Atlanta was there too. Heather is great and we were all really happy to see her. Heather does a lot of PR work for TFB and seeing her was great. Bravo Heather, thank you for coming.
After the show we hung out at a bar right by House of Blues. I can’t remember the name. But we had a good time. Rock band after a cool show hanging out with the locals. I eventually bailed and went back to the hotel, was pretty tired. Besides, we needed to head to Dallas the next day and one us of needed to be up and with it. I voted that would be me.:)
Dallas rocks!!!!!!!!!! I’ve been to Dallas many times and have always had a good time. Always. People there are friendly and fun.
So we pull up to the Gas Monkey Bar & Grill and could not believe it. An outdoor stage right next to a lake on a mildly hot day with no clouds. We had driven though a few storms, so when it all moved out, was a perfect night for a rock show.
Sean took the lead and made sure all the sound was right. We also modified what we were going to wear, because of how nice it was outside.
We played for an hour, rocked it out, met new friends, and had a blast. Many thanks to all at the Gas Monkey especially Danielle, who was our hostess. She was great. Also big thanks to Fred and Cowboy Mouth. Let’s do it again.
The drive home was priceless. Because we had Sean with us, we were able to make our Sprinter a tech mobile. If you haven’t already, you should really listen to the radio show I did with John Lewis. It turned out great as an acoustic 9 tune show. The ones I picked were meant to highlight my wide variety of music as a writer. Some old favorites were included like Dare to Love. Go to tomfullerband.com and you can click the links to hear it. I think it turned out great.
Anyway, the band and I were able to hear it live in the Sprinter we were riding in. How cool is that? Radio show broadcast from London and we listen to it. Was a heart warming experience for me and I know John Lewis. In fact, I asked him. When was the last time you heard yourself on the radio from London? Pretty cool
So that high, then led to watching the Chicago Blackhawks on the big screen in the van. We were bummed that we wouldn’t see the game because we were driving. But Sean said, let’s go to Wal-Mart and buy the cable we need. We did, smart move. We saw the Blackhawks lose a tough one, but we saw it. Cool. Our next van trip with Sean will be just as much fun. Thank God for trail mix, water, and tunes.
OK, almost done. June is finishing all the videos, cameos, and whatever else needs to be done on the videos. Every week has something happening and I am all over it. Will be filming all day tomorrow, I can’t wait. The 11 videos are so important! So June is closure month. Hoping too, the same applies to the Graphic Novel. That too is really cool and coincides with the album and video.
Everyone have a great June and as always, stay tuned for more TFB happenings.