From the goings-on at the bridge bar I sauntered on over to the Wild Horse (actually NO I didn’t “saunter,” who the hell ever does? Dude’s don’t “saunter, they swagger)– Make that I swaggered over to the Wild Horse–kind of in a hurry ( perhaps “scurried” is more like it) part of life on the road is losing things: on this Jager Meister Country Tour we-as-a-band have thus far liberated ourselves of Keith’s winter coat, Joe’s very-expensive winter coat, my cool-but-cheap-pleather winter coat, my brand-new hoodie…I’m looking back in amazement that of all of us in the entourage neither member of my Scandinavian rhythm section has contributed an offering to the universe. I
It’s coming Hofgren, you’re due, Isula.
I hurried over to the venue hoping I could help find the lock to the trailer–too late; Keith cut it off. Nice to know how easily those expensive locks will protect your property eh?
(There I go with the Canadian….speaking of which, CONGRATS CANADA, It really hurts to lose to you after such a hard-fought game, but anyone who loves hockey should love watching Sidney Crosby and from what I heard it was a great game and from what I saw it was a great goal. I love my country, but why be a sore loser? Fine, Canada, you WON. The LaBatt’s— NO make that the BUDWEISER— is on YOU.)
So anyway, where was I? Yeah, at the Wild Horse, waiting to open for Eric Church on the JagerMeister Country Tour. Keith cut the lock off and the gear made it’s way upstairs and the usual routing changed to let us play a full ½ hour and Jonathan Singleton is on the bill as support and Josh Thompson is somewhere else. Where, I don’t know.
Thursday night in Nashville is wive’s night I guess. Renee met up with me over at the Hard Rock for a little meet-greet-and-grab-a-beer with the nice gals from Country Tattle tale and I don’t remember who does what but it’s weird–or shall I say untypical of yours truly-–to remember that their names are Jessica, Mariah, Elisabeth and Leslie (and this occured before the Jager flowed…go figure?) Anyhow..We had a nice hang before the show and my wife is there and I go back over to the “Horse and Rick Monroe’s lovely wife is there and after we Rock it (and I’d say we did) I walk back in the dressing room and Katherine Gooch-Blasingame is in the green room standing behind Eric Church and she’s like “Sean, how’ve you been!?” and give’s me a big hug and I look at her and I look at Eric and I’m like “y’all got married a few years ago, didn’ ya?” Ya see, Katherine used to be the song-plugger at Jody Williams Music Publishing, which is the company that bought my old catalog, so in a way she used to pimp out my songs and I guess I know Katherine well enough, but it’s been along long time and I’m like “wow’ it’s great to see you, I guess I vaguely remember reading in the paper that you kids got hitched and I remember thinking damn, that Eric Church did alright for himself…”
After exchanging niceties (sincere niceties) with Katherine and Eric and their families I went out front to be with my family–meaning I watched Jonathan Singleton rock it with Randy and Jimmy and Joe and we all though Jonathan’s band was pretty great and I think the dude has written some great songs (Red Light, Watching Airplanes, etc..) and it was cool to meet him after and tell him that I think he writes great songs and he seems like a real good dude and anyhow..the Jager got to flowing and a good time was had and Eric really, really tore it up and I’m just happy to be a part of the whole thing.
Thanks again, JagerMeister
peace and love