Tornado season……

So it was raining pretty good when I woke up at say six am this morning and I’m like NOT again…between all the out door shows we’ve done (it’s rained for ALL but ONE) me getting my cycle license in the pouring crud..i’ve really just had about enough of this summer that ain’t a summer.  But it clears up by 8am and I go do some work in the studio and get done by ten-thirty and get outta dodge and on the road to Memphis—well not exactly Memphis, but Mississippi just outside of Mmephis, and It sprinkles a lil bit on the way here but no big deal and I get to the venue at about 3oclock and it’s muggy and partlt sunny and I do some last minute packing at my trucka dn get ready to go for a run when it starts raining again and no biggie it’s just a lil rain and then the tornado sires starts going off and that merits a walk to the stage area and the guys are all in the trailer with the guitars and the sky is getting dark na dit starts raining a lil bit and thena lil bit more and the wind is picking up and the siren is blaring…..

 

I’ve never seen a tornado before.  I’ve been in pretty close proximity to one in Nashvilleyears ago and had one come right by my moms house years before that—but I’ve never seen one. 

 

Well, the wind and the rain really get to pickin’ up and there’s water comi’ off the roof like you wouldn’t believe and then it starts to calm down and not rain so much.  The sky lightens up but at the same time, in the distance there’s these white clouds that are starting to circle and the tornado siren is going agaian and first Trace comes out of his trailer and takes a look—you usually won’t find him hanging around backstage– and everybody is clustered up under the stage cover and the rain starts coming down real good again and people are grabbing camers and taking pistures of those white clouds and I’m thinkin’ “where the hell are we all going to take cover?”—we’re all in trailers and trucks and the only permanent structure is the catering building which don’t look to me like it would save my ass in a tornado and I’m looking at the little pit below the trailer at the loading dock and wondering if a tornado could throw a semi?  And I’m thinking YES if  it’s empty or only partly loaded like ours and now Toby Keith himself is out on the loading dock checking out those white clouds and they ain’t exactly forming a funnel cloud, but the wind is really starting to move in a circular direction AROUND and I’m like “holy SHIT, we’re in the middle of this thing,” and Toby and Trace both go walking out in the direction of the white clouds,

 

 “that’s why they call it America’s toughest Tour,”

 

says Jimmy and I’m looking at the guys and Lizzy and I’m like, “I think we should find shelter, and me and Lizzy and Jimmy walk down to the catering building  and the rain really starts coming down and the wind really starts moving and now I’m soaked.  And we hang out until it starts to calm some and I decide I’m hungry and why get killed in a Tornado on an empty stomach? I’m thinkin’ so I go inside and have some supper and the siren is still going off and everybody is still huddling by the window watching out side and I say to Jimmy “If you hear a collective OH SHIT from those guys it means we should get under the table.”

 

But we manage to make it through dinner and finally the siren stops and for a minute so does the rain and I’m wondering under what conditions do they go ahaead and cancel these shows—how bad does it have to get?—and now the rain is starting again as I site here in the trailer writing this and I’m thinking there must be power out somewhere ‘cause I lost my internet and then it’s on again and now it’s really raining again and if we were to go ahead with the show tonight I’m thinking we’ll be at least a lil bit behind schedule===it’s six-thirty, they usually start letting folks in about now.  The stage is probably half taken down, half wrapped in plastic.  There’s been no sound check.  I’m soaking wet, I’m actually COLD —hard to believe I’m in Memphis and it’s almost August.    Rumor has it they just cancelled at least OUR portion on the show.

Oh well.  I guess we can always use an unscheduled night off once in awhile/