Dixie Bee-Liners American Revival Tour—Day 9

Casey Henry

Casey Henry

This is the eighth 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.

Tonight, I thought, was the best show that we’ve done so far. A lot of that had to do with audience response—they hooted and hollered (I don’t think it was just my relatives yelling…)—and that makes such a difference. We also had a chance to warm up before the show. That helps, too. And for some reason we really seemed to groove. Maybe it was Rachel’s new sweater (bought on her K-Mart shopping spree yesterday). Maybe it was the pre-show glass of wine.

On stage I was momentarily distracted when I realized that the crotch of my tights had slipped lower than was really comfortable, but I persevered. I’m also not really liking how constricting my new pencil skirt is, but I think I can get my tailor to make the slit up the back bigger to give me a little more room to move around.

Our text-in promotion is going great. We got the most texts we’ve ever gotten last night: fifty!! Yet still, one of the winners didn’t stop by the table to pick up their wristband. Hmmm.

The day started off with a quick two-hour drive during which, I’m proud to say, we did not make a single stop. That’s almost unheard of in this band. Since we got here so early I went on a nice little walk around downtown Greensboro and found an awesome bakery and coffeeshop, Simple Kneads, where I got an amazing scone, a latte, and some hummus and bread for my supper later on. (It also turned out to be my breakfast…) Right next door just happens to be a yarn shop, which I’m going back to tomorrow to pick out some yarn for Rachel to crochet me a scarf.

Our post-show libations were at a wine bar called Rioja where they had lots of cool art, including this nifty painting:

The totally coincidental painting of a banjo at the wine bar.

The totally coincidental painting of a banjo at the wine bar.

We are all looking forward to tomorrow, which is a day off—on a Saturday! How ‘bout that. I’m spending the day in Charlotte, attending my aunt’s 50th birthday party, and I’ll meet up with the rest of the band in Asheville on Sunday for our show at The Orange Peel.