Highlights from Tour: The Music
So far, the best part about our adventures has been the music. (Shocked, right? 😉) But seriously, we have seen so many talented people on our trip.
We got sucked into the tourist trap of Fredericksburg on the way to Austin, and had drinks and dinner listening to a great blues band that played on the front porch of this cute restaurant.
When we stopped in Austin, we met Nick’s old band mate and veteran of many cross-country tours, Todd Deatherage, who fronts an old-fashioned country band the Merles. Todd hooked us up with the gig at The Buzz Mill, and we are so glad we did. While I read coffee shop online, this place was so much more: coffee shop, bar, venue, open 24 hours where they infuse their own liquor. What’s not to like??
We were nervous about playing Austin (I mean- no pressure right??), but the show was actually great. So far, people have been really receptive to the duo, and it’s been really fun getting to re-discover our own songs and play out some of the new tunes. We even had a couple, Justin and Cheyenne, drive 4 hours from Abilene to some see us!
When the band started playing though, we were a bit in shock. The band, called the Gin Racers, who were dynamite, were basically our doppelgangers. It was like looking into a Honky Tonk mirror. We play a ton of the same songs, and the lead singer was even named Nicole…
The next day, we headed to Beaumont, having no idea what to expect. We were incredibly charmed by the beach town on the gulf, and learned that Beaumont has an incredible music history too. ZZ Top and Janis Joplin, and a whole lot more famous names are apparently from Beaumont. Who knew??
This was another “coffee shop” venue that turned out to be a whole lot more. Tons of craft beers on tap, great gumbo (That club owner Cheyenne was sweet enough to get for us far after the kitchen closed) and awesome sound (thanks Aaron!) Our camping neighbors, David and Jamie, who actually are also from Phoenix, came out to the gig, so we got to brag about bringing folks all the way from home. Thanks guys!