Friday, September 4, 2009
The day started out with a normal gape through my regimen. I rolled out around 10-somethin.' I carried a car full of gear to Duluth to load in at Wild Bill's. It's the renovated Service Merchandise that my family used to shop at off of Pleasant Hill Road. Another 'full circle' commonality that I have with WB's is that it's where I played my first Zac Brown Band show not even a year ago. So much has happened since then. We are much more on the radar of the biz.
Today was rough though. Slow setup. Integrating new personnel. Not only that, but we had to integrate Shawn Mullins & Aslyn for two songs each. It all ended fine though.
I was less nervous than I was on January 2nd. I'd never played with any of these guys then. No rehearsals, nothing. Just get up there & hang on... and I hung on. Tonight was a breeze. About 50% of the songs were ZBB staples. The rest of the time was filled with our guests: Shawn, Aslyn, Sonia Leigh, Levi Lowrey, & Nic Cowan. I love playing. I love taking time off from playing. It's like being well rested & fed before going on a run; it actually feels good to push your body.
Anyway, I returned home with no gear in my car. It all went on the trailer for our gigs in a couple of weeks. Easy, peasy, lemon squeezy!