Last month we hit the road with our new buds, The Josh Grider Trio. I must say we had a good time hanging with these boys. Our last night together in Atlanta, GA, we pulled out the video camera for a late night, hotel room jam session. And seeing as how our performance on Mountain Stage is coming up this weekend, we thought we might pay tribute to the upcoming show.
We finished up our last Spring run in Charleston, WV taping a live set for NPR's Mountain Stage. We were actually treated with respect, from the dressing room to the catering, to the soundcheck, and all the way through the entire night. It felt good. I believe there were about 5 bands playing the show that night, we were slotted for 3rd. We started our set with our new song, Abilene. About a minute into the song, all the lights came on and alarms started blaring. Up until this point, we couldn't even tell how many people were in the theater, it was pretty crazy going from a view of darkness to a few hundred people sitting down staring at us. Eventually the sound went too, but we kept on playing and the crowd started clapping to the beat, and the sound man brought the board back up. I thought we were going to keep going and actually make it through. But for safety reasons the theater had to be evacuated and we had to start our set over. Maybe someone hated what they heard and was trying to sabotage our set, or maybe someone accidently pulled the fire alarm, who knows. But I wouldn't of had it any other way, it made for one very memorable evening.
At the end of the night, everyone who took part in the show gets up to do a finale song, something the host, Larry Groce picks out. This week it was The Meters' They All Asked For You. This
was quite possibly the most fun I've ever had on stage. The vibe was really loose, Ruthie Foster was belting, Trevor was backing up on harmony, Rod and Andrew were trading solos, and I had the priveledge of singing the last first, as well as doing some drunken conducting routine for the band.
So in tribute to Mountain Stage, here is Jay Frederick, Josh Grider, Rick Bugel, Rod Hohl, Chris Grady and myself at 3am in a Atlanta hotel room singing They All Asked for You.
This blog is for Josh Grider, Chris Grady, and Jeff Botta. Thanks for making the road so much fun.
Our Mountain Stage performance starts airing on your local NPR the weekend of July 10th.
A complete list of stations that carry Mountain Stage can be found here as well as a link to our Archive show which will be posted the following week: