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Friday, April 24, 2009

UT Tyler and Tyler Junior College opening for the Los Lonely Boys!

Y'all. I think I am allergic to Texas. That is NOT cool. I don't even sound like "me" anymore. The schedule hasn't helped... but LORD! I've got the whole itchy eye / crazy head cold thing going BAD. Tonight - at the second show, I felt like such a dufus. My right eye was watering uncontrollably. I REALLY wish I had worn my sunglasses - just to cover it up. But I had no way of knowing that would happen. I kept having to wipe it when I could get a long enough spot where I wasn't playing and singing both... But I figured I was smearing my eyeliner all over my face... luckily I wasn't :) Whew. I didn't look like I had a black eye. Thank goodness for waterproof mascera!!! Right girls?

We arrived at our hotel in Tyler this morning at 6:15am. We had to leave around 9:30 so we didn't get much sleep.... but those couple of hours of laying down... man, that was good stuff.

But once we were up - we were right back to it! We played an outdoor show at University of Texas, Tyler at noon. It was a gorgeous day AGAIN. They had a stage set up in front of their brand new student center. The volleyball nets were next to us and a scenic lake was behind us. Beautiful.

This is Jenn :) She was our coordinator and the girl who made stuff HAPPEN! She was awesome and took great care of us!
We love you!


And this is Samantha. Girlfriend did her research before she came to this show!!! First thing she asked - "Will you PLEASE do the baby cry for me?" SO FUNNY she knew about that! I was quite impressed. And THEN she asked me if I would sign her Red Bull can :) That was a first!


And of course John - our hard working sound dude!


So we quickly got packed up, grabbed some Subway on campus and then headed on over to our Los Lonely Boys show. :) We were really excited. The stage was a monster.... and apparently... that thing is a SEMI truck unfolded. Not sure how that works exactly, but the wheels were underneath and everything. I think the cover is part of it too... or maybe a separate one? Who knows. What I do know is that I was impressed!


The show was awesome. Well... minus the whole crying profusely from my right eye thing. But it is always such a treat to play on such an enormous stage. The fun part is that I feel like we have done these types of shows more often lately. It's really encouraging! And it's the only time Miguel really gets to crank his amp the way he wants to. :) Which makes him happy which in turn makes ME happy!

It was funny though - there was a building at the opposite side of the field... maybe 100 yards away. And WOW! The sound would hit that and bounce back a half second later. At parts of the show I had to concentrate like I was back in an arena or football stadium singing. The closer the crowd was to the stage - the less THEY heard that. But it definitely called for some extra concentration. (Although, I will admit that MOST of this show I was concerned with how black my face look due to mascara running....)

We went on at 5:30 and were asked to play a 45 min set. And then the Los Lonely Boys were supposed to go on right after us... They were supposed to have soundchecked by the time we got there at 3. But the whole day everyone was really nervous because they weren't sure where the Lonely Boys were. The school was on a time crunch since there's an early city noise ordinance around 8:00pm. But the Boys didn't arrive until 7:30. They were still playing when we were packing up at 8:10, so who knows what happened with the noise restrictions. They were really good, and I wanted to get to meet them, but we HAD to go eat. We were all about to keel over.

But I hope everything worked out for all parties involved. That is a rough situation for ALL SIDES. It was pretty educational to watch the event staff. Some things can't be avoided. But it is a wonderful thing to be able to observe and learn from every experience. I have gotten such an incredible education (and continue to every day) by just listening to what the college students and staffs have to say about the acts they have worked with.

As always I met tons of amazing people after the show. I took a BUNCH of pics before I could make it to the merch table to get my own copies of them! But I still snagged a whole bunch of my own :)

Talk about getting thrust into a new position as President! What a "first event"!


This kid was CUTTIN a RUG on "Devil Went Down To Georgia" I could see him from stage and was SO happy he came over to meet the guys and me!


I signed quite a few shirts on my way over to the booth, but this guy came back to get it re-traced. The first time was with a pretty thin sharpie, so I went back over it with a normal one after this pic for him to make it show up better :)


I could go on and on, but I must stop here. We have another very early morning, and it is already 1am... where does the time go?! 1 more show in Texas! So sad. I love Texas. But I love PA too, and that is where we are headed next.

Peace. Love. Fiddle.
~natalie

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1 Comments:

Blogger Natalie's Favorite Farm Boy Fan : ) said...

WOW !!

Y'all are sure taking it easy today with just one show : ) : )

Thanks for the tip on the truck that turns into a concert stage. You will be amazed how we will adapt this to our tractors and combines !! We heard the State legislators are already drafting new sound ordinances just because they got wind of our plans. And of course new taxes too : )

Sorry about your allergies !! I keep the single use eye drops with me during pollen season. You can get packages with 30, 60, 90 etc. They are more expensive ( about $10 for 100 at Walmart ) but they are easier on the eyes ( like you : )

I would have some concern about leaving them in a hot car, but the same is true for water bottles and everything plastic that you might eat out of. Plastic is a huge cancer concern if it is heated frozen, or just used too long.

It's sort of funny about your reverb from the wall. About 25 years ago I deejayed a dance at a gym with rafters and I guess I will never forget it. The song was Get Off by Foxy, and when they were singing "ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh yeah get off" it was bouncing back to me so many times it was pretty crazy.

At the exact time I went into the party DeeJay biz disco immediately replaced rock and roll as the most popular dance craze, so I did not like disco music for awhile, so that song combined with "Play that funky music white boy" were really hard for a hard rocker like me to hang with.

I had just bought all my equipment so I quickly adapted to playing dances with disco music, and figuring out what would be popular since I had to buy the dance 45's and albums that I would need, but hearing that ooh ooh ooh reverbing so many times made me long for some good rock and roll.

I know the reverb you heard must have been very difficult; I have recently realized how hard it is for you and other performers to be sure that you coordinate the sound you hear with what you are singing so everythinhg stays in sync.

When I taped Rockabilly Christmas Ronnie Crutcher was playing lead and when I stood close to him you could not hear one note. All I could hear was the sound of Ronnie's guitar strings as Ronnie vigourously played. I was amazed at the physical effort his fingers put forth with the strings, and the sounds that was created by the friction between the fingers and strings. They all had ear plugs and that is the only way they could stay in sync because they were spread so far out and over water.

Annnyyywwwaaayyy, we are working on having that building in Texas removed so it won't be a problem for you next year : )

If we find any snails we will have to replan our plans to remove the building : )

Oh yes, the Pennsylvania Highway Patrol called me and said they can't remember their google password, so they asked me to welcome you back to PA and let you know that you are their favorite fiddler in the Universe !!

Happy Trails : )

April 25, 2009 at 12:26 PM  

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