This is the seventh in my series of tour blogs from the American Revival concerts. In order for you to make sense of them you’ll need to know this: The Dixie Bee-Liners are Brandi Hart (guitar, vocals), Buddy Woodward (mandolin), Rachel Johnson (fiddle), Jeremy Darrow (bass), Robin Davis (guitar), and myself Casey Henry on banjo.
Today we traveled from the cute town of Newberry, SC, up to Morganton, NC to play at the Municipal Auditorium. This was a much bigger, 1000+ seat, hall, and the crowd was also bigger, but they didn’t give us back much enery-wise, so although our set was beter and we were more focused on playing as a group, it was hard to generate much momentum.
Sierra Hull had a fill-in fiddler, because Christian Ward had to miss this show: Jim VanCleave from Mountain Heart. Rachel took the opportunity to buy his new Become A More Complete Fiddler DVD so that she can steal some of his hot licks.
Another nice addition to the show was a little clogging riff from Rachel and Kristin Andreassen. Our finale number is “Sittin’ on Top of the World.” For the first week of shows Kristin and Bryn Davies have been doing a bass and clogging break. Last night in the dressing room Rachel and Kristin worked out a little back and forth routine, so now it’s a bass-and-two-cloggers trio break. It rocked, and the crowd loved it.
We had a second encore all ready—“Angel Band”—but the crowd wasn’t that interested, so we didn’t do it. Next time we have an enthusiastic crowd, though, they’ll get to hear it.
The dressing room last night was busy with business. I worked on sending out a Murphy Method newsletter promoting the remaining tour dates, and Kristin was working on an Uncle Earl newsletter. (I’d like to mention how wonderful it is when theaters have a good wireless internet connection. It makes it so much easier to get work done.) Brandi took a much-deserved day off and got absorbed in Charlaine Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse novels.
Today: The Carolina Theater in Greensboro, NC.