Hoag’s Tour Diary (entry #2) Aug. 2013

Just saw a bumper sticker on the back of a pickup truck that said “Eat More Possum”. Vitali said he “has appreciatings for that!” The truck also had a sticker that said “I do piercings…by Glock!” I don’t think anybody “has appreciatings” for that. Reading a book this tour about the American Revolution. Man, those Sons of Liberty sure thrashed the city in the mid 1760’s. Pretty much sound like drunken thugs, but I suppose I’m glad we don’t have to answer to a country across an ocean anymore. Thanks guys! Also, Patrick Henry sounds like a hoot. No patience for the process, just wanted to go straight to the game. He had an aggravating ability to back up his ego with his intellect, though. Anyway, you’re probably here to read about our TOUR, not about the Sons of Liberty ransacking Governor Hutchinson’s mansion. But, what can I say? We haven’t played any shows yet. We play tonight, though. I think we’ll debut Dumb Angel acoustic. I have the damnedest time remembering those lyrics. The second verse is only slightly different from the first, and I think that’s why. It’s very frustrating to have Sean and Bonesaw constantly reminding me when I’m the one who wrote the lyrics. Makes me feel stupid. But tonight I’ma nail it!

Just stopped in at our 90 year old friend Norm’s house in Maryland. Norm is a fantastic man. So spirited and funny. He was telling us stories of being in the Navy. “Yes, I was in the Navy! How do you think we won the war?” We thought that was the joke, so we laughed, then he added, “By not letting me do any of the fighting, that’s how!” I love Norm. I wish he didn’t live so far away, or else I’m sure I’d see him at least once a week. He taught me how to tie a slip-knot when I was six, and the one tap-dancing lesson he gave me may have set me on a path to playing the drums, who knows. Norm lost his beloved wife Irene maybe 20 years ago, and just recently his second wife Sydell passed away. I know this visit meant a lot to him. Tears welled up in his eyelids as we said goodbye. But I feel better knowing that he is soon going to Nantucket with a new lady friend he met! Go Norm!

We played a song for Norm on his front lawn. We got about 3 bars in before he said “Wait!” and ran inside. He came back out with a pair of claves (wood-block thingys) and said “ok play something with a beat!”, then he jammed with us on “30th Anniversary”.

Here’s a video of that. And also a highlight reel from our trip to the waterfall the other day.

Hoag’s Tour Diary (entry #1) Aug. 2013

Headed to a swimming hole in Tennessee somewhere. Been in a long day cooped up in the Whale on the way to our first show of the tour in Baltimore to play at the Steffy’s. So far the highlight of the trip has been Vitali’s incredulous reaction to Walmart. He made a video diary about it, in fact. That little guy is still learning about this crazy country, and I tell ya; I love seeing the world through his eyes. Anyway, time to get out and walk to–wait…I am now being told it is not only a swimming hole, but also a water fall. I will report back shortly.
Holy smokes, that was the real deal. It was like something out of South America. (Although I am unqualified to make that statement, as I have never been to South America). I’ll admit to being slightly afraid of standing under the falls for the group photo, but I am a creature of imagination, and in this case I imagined a free-falling stone taking a ride with the water and landing on my head, which may not have been a fatal scenario but possibly would have knocked me unconscious, or–barring that–at the very least have caused me embarrassment. But nothing of the sort took place. We just laughed and frolicked under the falls, and in fact there was even a rainbow! Now if that doesn’t teach me not to worry so much… In any case, here are some photos of the trip to Burgess Falls, TN.





“How The West Was Fun”… a tweet for each day


Do people read full-on blogs anymore? Has twitter obliterated sentences and paragraphs? I wonder. So here’s a little experiment. Instead of a regular tour diary entry, I will recap each tour stop with only 140 characters. (Bonesaw, you probably think I’m doing this as a cop-out, so lest you accuse me of lazy thinking, I assure you this is for the good of the country. I’m not sure why I just said that. It’s an election year and I think I got caught up in the moment). Anyway, here goes! And for the twitter police out there, I DARE you to find an entry in the following list that has more than 140 characters. If you find one, I’ll write a song about how bad-ass you are at counting characters. If that’s what you’d like.


Colorado Springs, CO

I jogged, they walked. So many colors I hadn’t seen b4. What-color-is-THAT?” colors. Night fell quickly. Scared of rattlesnake scenarios.


Evergreen Park, CO

Denver posse! Big-time hike. Thought we saw a bear, but was only a tree stump. Sunny and Smell built rock towers. Bone and I found a teepee.


Denver, CO  (John Dawkins)

Great beers, great chocolate bars. An “oops” ingestion for Bonesaw, he didn’t know. Smell saw it happen and said nothing. #questionablecall


Salt Lake City, UT (Kim Branch)

Fun living room show. Little girl asked “don’t you know ANY of the songs I like?” Undeterred, we launched into TN Traveler, and they danced.


Ketchum, ID (Caren Harris)

Team-building exercise b4 the show with the pitching of a huge tent the host rented. Smell=leader. Comedy of errors but in the end, success.


Payette National Forrest, ID

On the way to a friend’s remote cabin for 3 days off, we were stopped on highway by cattle drive. Uh… #ThisShitDoesn’tHappenInSouthAustin

3 days at Jim’s cabin. True mountain man, he. Grinds in coffee, furnace-heated hot-tub, “Settlers of Catan” by lantern light. #Good4TheSoul


Monroe, WA  (Brooke Barrientes)

Family vibes, tons of munchkins. Excellent moon backdrop. Brooke’s son played after-show. Future star I’m sure. Bone gave him guitar lesson.


Seattle, WA

Pike place=madness. Also best peaches ever, sayeth Smell. Bone was also huge fan of tea store. Hard not to spend $ here. #LotsOfWaresSold


Bainbridge Island, WA (Matt and Mary Taylor)

Woah. What a house. Video tour in highlight reel. Matt&Mary have cutest kids ever, made kazoos. Mary made FS handkerchiefs. Matt got FS tat.


Portland, OR (Paul and Marla Hern)

Herns can throw a party. More munchkins! And Whale pumpkins!(#Rhyme). And a great food spread. Walnut patties? WhyNOT patties! (#BadJoke)


San Francisco, CA  (Matt Schnuck)

Pre-show QnA w/ Bonesaw & host! Beers served in Mason Jars! Unseasonably warm/no AC in upstairs bar! 1st time in SF and 60+ peeps! #”!!!!”


Redwood National Forrest, CA

E.T. & Return of the Jedi vibes. These trees are more than trees. They’re like Senators of the Forrest. Ocean bluffs at the bottom at sunset


Hollywood, CA (Adam Raspler)

Artisan pizza, a muppet-like dog named Piper, and AstroTurf on lawn (a la FSHQ). We handed out swords to crowd for Hi-Ho. LA is not jaded!


Whittier, CA (Amy Cardona and Jerrod Hill)

Dinosaur cookies in honor of “Better Back Then”. An opening band (feat. 1 of the hosts). And a group pic taken on the staircase. #AllFirsts


Manhattan Beach, CA (Mark and Megan Udis)

Little Coop turns 2! We shoulda learned “Little Deuce Coop”. Sunset backdrop, white wine in red cups, and a happy little dude. #PerfectShow?


Las Vegas, NV (Kama Star)

This place was HIPPIE. Firedancers post-show. Jewelry-making workshop in garage. Host had Whale-leggings on and “FS-in-Vegas!” pins made.


Zion Valley, UT

I don’t often fear for my life. But I did on this hike. Chains attached to poles were  provided in order not to fall off cliff and die.


Farmington, NM (Jason Taylor)

Jason, such a kind soul. Got a lesson from Bonesaw before the show, and asked us to sign the new guitar he’s learning to play. #GreatFinale


There ya have it! Concise! Condensed! Perhaps controversial (to those who were looking for a detailed debrief)! In any case, it was a fun exercise trying to twitter-ize our big adventure. Peep the visuals in this Tour Highlight Reel: “How the West was Fun”


Thanks so much to all the hosts! See the accompanying video below.  And if anyone out there is interested in hosting us in the future, email bone@fullservicemusic.com