Thursday, September 22, 2011

Salt Lake City, UT

Another early morning. I had to get up & shower before our 9am departure. On most dates of this tour, we'll have a shower room for every one at a hotel. Most will sleep on the bus & shower in that room. So THAT's how this is gonna go. For a 9am leave time, I got up at 7:30am to ensure that there wasn't a bunch of dudes needing to shower RIGHT before we were slated to leave.
The reason for our early leave was to pick up our front of house console, our recording rig, & a bunch of mercy boxes that were shipped out here. Needless to say that the noon load in time seemed early... but it was just enough time.
Mangano & Kenny (tour manager/front of house engineer) spent the day setting up both systems. I helped when I was needed but I didn't do much today. Checked out some close vintage clothes shops, had lunch across the street, & ran through some of my songs. It's been months since I've played some of them.
The show tonight was a FANTASTIC first show of a tour. I played about 30 minutes. I worked in a few new songs. I can't believe that it's been so long since I've played solo. I think the last time was opening for The Wood Brothers in December last year.
I also played a little lap steel with The Woods toward the end of their set. Apparently the Woods had a few bugs during their set but nothing that the audience would notice. I'm sure things will smooth out in the coming days.
Long drive tonight to Denver. That means sleepy time for me.