Coffee Run ::: photo by Dylan Preist
Its the final day of tour and we have the rare opportunity to sleep in. Thanks to hospitable friends in Sacramento, we had a (hardwood) floor to sleep on and a breakfast of cheese pizza and chicken quesadillas. After a quick stop of coffee and to say goodbye to our hosts, we’ll be making the 10 hour drive back to Portland. Everyone is happy with the past few days of the tour; the shows have been fun and many new fans have been made.
As we drive up the 5, we fill out Mad Libs with the worse possible things we can think of, always getting a good laugh. Unfortunately for us, a bad head wind is keeping our van around 50mph and we haven’t made it very far and our 10 hour trip is getting longer by the minute. We decide to entertain ourselves and take advantage of the long drive by filming some video sessions in the van. It turns out that a group sing along is just what we needed. It sounds amazing as I sit in the passenger seat and record. We make another stop in Redding,CA for the sacred final In-n-Out burger and continue our drive. We have plans to meet up with Wild Flag along the way since they are traveling south as we head north. Tonight they will be playing in the Hub and we hope for their sakes that they brought their own microphones. We try out a new function on Drew’s phone where we can track each others’ progress with Google maps. Touring bands: trying this out — it’s a great way to keep up with other touring bands that may be along the same route.
400 miles till Portland. Driving time lends itself to a few moments of peace for the touring musician. Being forced to do nothing but drive or read can be nice. Getting home will mean more shows, more work, and more meeting with people and planning for the next thing. By the time the sun is setting over mountains, most of us are already asleep.
This may be the end of both Kelli and Drew’s tour but it doesn’t mean they will be slowing down. Drew will begin tracking a new record in January and Kelli’s first full length album will be out in February.
As we roll back into Portland, the rain begins to fall again. It’s after midnight and most of the members of the bands have to work in the morning. This has been only a weekend of tour for me, and my very first, but I’m exhausted. Exhausted and happy. Tour life is not always glamorous but it sure can be fun.
Sleeping In ::: photo by Dylan Preist
Kris Doty ::: photo by Dylan Preist
Seth in the Leaves ::: photo by Dylan Preist
Tour Delirium ::: photo by Dylan Preist
Loading Up ::: photo by Dylan Preist
Back Scratch ::: photo by Dylan Preist
Van Session ::: photo by Dylan Preist
Rest Stop Phone Call ::: photo by Dylan Preist
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