Pictures and stories from the road!
  • Jul7

    Day 12 pt. 1 - Red White and Blues

    July 7, 2019 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 17 °C

    Today we left early from Nick Moss’ (that’s one of his dogs in the picture) to get to Madison. We had a 2:30 start at the Knuckledown which was hosting the Red, White, and Blues fest. Some of the guys from the Cashbox Kings were there plus the Jimmys. Everyone there was super nice and understanding that we had to play and leave quick. We had an 1.5 hot drive to Milwaukee to make a 6:00 show.Read more

  • Jul6

    Day 11 - Day Off

    July 6, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Pretty uneventful day. We just left Ohio and went back to Elgin to Nick Moss’ house. We got stopped by the police at a speed trap. Apparently there were construction cones.

    On our way we met up with Steve again who tweaked Doug’s amp and fixed Andrews. We then went back to dinner to that place we went last time with him. I got chicken Picatta and some weird flan sort of thing. The whipped cream was the best part.

    On our way to Elgin we watched Coming to America. We got to Nicks sort of late and went to bed. Today we’re playing Madison WI and Milwaukee. We end at 3:30 and have to start the next one at 6:00. Keeping my fingers crossed. The gas is insanely expensive in Elgin by the way (3.25).
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  • Jul5

    Day 10 - Honky Tonk House Concert

    July 5, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Today I woke up later than I have been and hanged out with the Hagans for a little bit. We then drove about an hour to Streetsboro, Ohio where we found ourselves in a small neighborhood. We met our host Jay who had us set up in his basement which had about 9 chairs.

    We sat around for about an hour until people showed up. There was about sixteen or so in all. It sounds like a small amount but it’s all the basement could hold! We played a pretty quiet couple of sets. Thomas did even more insane sax antics (some very suggestive) and Andrew even picked up the bass. It was a surprise he didn’t smash the ceiling or light.

    After I was super thirsty. People had left and the host told us to have whatever we wanted. Well, they had absolutely no beverages except fifteen kinds of beer. So instead I ate a bunch of watermelon. Not really my favorite but oh well. We just say around for a bit eating and chatting.

    Tomorrow we have another day off. We’re driving back to Nick Moss’ place. On Saturday we play two shows, Thomas’ last ones unfortunately. It’s all the soccer finals that day, so I’m sure that’ll be on in the van.

    One last thing. Their cat decided to bunk with me. I’m also pretty sure Mom and Dad had this comforter in the past!
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    Garry Pomerleau

    Yup. Lol.

    7/5/19Reply
    Rosemarie Pomerleau

    Yup still have it. Did you let your host know that your mom is a Elvis fanatic. Love his pet n hound dog. ❤️

    7/5/19Reply
    Rosemarie Pomerleau

    We still have it too. Did you let your host know I’m a Elvis fanatic. Love the Elvis pet and hound dog. did have the huge bust till someone got hold of it. 💜

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  • Jul3

    Day 9 - Day off with the Hagans

    July 3, 2019 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 24 °C

    Not a lot to report today. We left around eleven and got some okay BBQ in Columbus. We headed to Madison to see Doug and Andrew’s friends the Hagans. It was a short trip. They have a nice cabin on Lake Eerie. We spent some time chatting while Andrew and Thomas watched the soccer game. We had had some spaghetti and meatballs for dinner which was good. We then had Buster Bars, which blew Andrew and Thomas’ minds.

    Right now I’m just hanging out in the room I’ll be sleeping in. You can see the sunset from the window. Tomorrow we play in Streetsboro which is very close by. That’s all for today.
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  • Jul3

    Day 8 - Natalies Coal Fired Pizza

    July 3, 2019 in the United States ⋅ 🌧 22 °C

    It was a super long drive today. I slept a good amount of it honestly. But what was great was we actually made good time and we were able to go to our Airbnb before the gig. It was expected we’d have to just go straight there.

    Natalie’s was cool. Their pizza was great and they had a huge stage. What really made my night was once again seeing Thomas go up to the bar and go “I’d like a beer.” They even asked him what and he jut said whatever. Apparently Germany doesn’t have a huge selection!

    Our set went well and we only had to play two hours. The last part of the set Sean Carney and Albino Red sat in on guitar and sax. Both really good. We ended the night by talking to people then headed home. We stopped at an ATM right by the percussion store I got my set from 9 years ago coincidentally. We then stopped at a gas station where the dude wouldn’t let me buy something because he thought Doug didn’t pay him the dime he owed. He later found the coin.

    Back at home we had some Bavarian cream puffs and I made a huge mess. Andrew loved them, I thought they were good, Thomas said they sucked. More about our place...let’s just say we brought all of our equipment inside.

    Tomorrow we have the day off so we’re off to the Hagans. They have a cottage on lake Eerie so we will be staying there. We will probably also get ribs at some place we saw that looked great. No more long drives for a few days!

    Not many pictures today.
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  • Jul2

    Day 7 - Grand Avenue Pub with Dave Potte

    July 2, 2019 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 23 °C

    We departed at around 10:30 to go from Des Moines to Beloit, Wisconsin. We looked for food and had to go to an Arby’s. Here we had a cashier who though Doug was spelled Dug. Oh well, no one is perfect.

    We didn’t do much stopping or anything. The one noteworthy thing that happened was that we discovered we had two rooms at the hotel, but only two beds. So Doug had to spend about an hour fixing that situation.

    The gig was really fun. Mark Thompson was there amongst other friends. Dave Potter also sounded great. A few songs in Madison Slim walked through the door. He was incredibly nice, and when he sat in I was elated by how great he sounded. I was incredibly honored to meet him and play with him. Stephen Dougherty also sat in on drums. He sounded super good and was a great conversationalist. He is probably the top blues drummer in Chicago.

    Tomorrow we play in Ohio. It’s going to be about 8 hours of driving with a time change, not only that we won’t have time to stop anywhere before the gig. So it’s literally drive and play. It’ll be a long one!

    Edit: during “I’m Ready” I believe it was Andrew and I did a big build up. Well, as I went to do the roll into the four chord I tossed my stick across the stage. I somehow hit a rim or something. Someone ran up and grabbed it and proceeded to dance with it.
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  • Jul1

    Day 6 - Noce with the Bel Airs

    July 1, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Today we went to Des Moines from New Glarus. I’ve never even stepped foot in Iowa so it was exciting. Going there we saw almost nothing for a few hours. In a small town we stopped at a place called Milio’s which we quickly discovered is exactly like Jimmy Johns. In fact it essentially was, being that it’s owned by Jimmys cousin.

    We stayed with a friend of Doug’s who made us some smoked pork. We got to the gig early and loaded in (they actually had backline). We only had to place a 75 minute set which was great. The sound was iffy; the bass wasn’t very present and the guitar extremely present. This was good for anytime there wasn’t a guitar solo.

    The guys in the Bel-Airs were really good. Mike had a sparse shuffle that was really nice feeling. They were incredibly nice guy and we chatted with them for a bit after the show. At the end they had us join them (except me...it’s hard to accommodate two drummers).

    We went back to where we are staying andante more food. They made popcorn for us and Andrew and I ate it almost instantly. Tomorrow we head to Beloit, Wisconsin to play with Dave Potter (and hopefully Madison Slim).
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  • Jun29

    Day 5 - New Glarus Blues Festival

    June 29, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 30 °C

    Today we made our trek to New Glarus, Wisconsin. It was a very easy drive. On the way I found the new Albanese Sherbet gummy bears at a gas station. We arrived pretty early in New Glarus to see the Jimmys play. They were really awesome.

    We got ten dollars apiece for the food trucks. I landed up getting a Bratwurst and what is called a Landjäger which is pretty much beef jerky. I then proceeded to get mustard on the very bottom of my shirt.

    I set up my stuff and went on. It was super hot and I went through like five bottles of water. Thomas once again was outrageous and we all played hard to keep up with all the insanity ensuing onstage. Halfway through the set we found out Bryan Lee was sick and couldn’t play the show. This meant the Jimmys would join us for that set.

    The set with the Jimmys was great. We played with their bassist Perry and organist/pianist Jimmy. They played tons of slow blues and upbeat swings. One tune was a rumba that went into a shuffle like “I Woke Up This Morning.” It felt like I was playing like Sonny Freeman.

    After the show we went to Tofflers and got dinner. Thomas made one or two loud but hilarious disruptions. The food was just okay.

    Tomorrow we’re off to Des Moines to do a double bill with the Bel-Airs. Apparently their drummer played with James Harman. It should be an awesome show and luckily it’s only about four hours away!
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  • Jun28

    Day 4 - The Bullpen

    June 28, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Last night we stayed with Frank and left early morning. Jenn made us muffins and coffee and I played with Rocky before having to say goodbye. We couldn’t leave right away as Doug lost the keys yet again. We then made our way to Panera Bread (St. Louis Bread Company in St. Louis) and got some food. On the way we stopped at a gas station and got some snacks. I got some Wisconsin cheese and beef stick combo.

    We finally got to the hotel and then met with the maker of Vero amps who took us out to dinner at an Italian place called Pesciolino Osteria. I got some kind of chicken that was similar to chicken Parmesan but it had veggies. The appetizers were great; we had bruschetta and even though I hate tomatoes those ones were super good.

    We then made our way to Shorewood for the gig. We were supposed to start at 8 but landed up showing up around that time. Vero’s owner was the dude who made the gig happen and insisted we go to dinner and just relax. The show was an absolute blast, which was somewhat surprising because it was a sports bar with lots of TVs. Everyone was super into it, most especially Jeff Burgos (in the group picture). Thomas played insanely good, Doug was on his game, and Andrew as always played killer.

    The night ended with Andrew searching frantically for his iPod and then a buckle from his shoe. I got some late night soda and Fruit Loops from the lobby. Tomorrow we’re off to New Glarus, Wisconsin to play their big festival. The Jimmys open, then us, then we back up Bryan Lee. Super excited for that one!
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  • Jun28

    Day 3 - Blues City Deli

    June 28, 2019 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 23 °C

    Today started out well. We said our goodbyes to the Moss family and headed out to find breakfast. Our choices were Jersey Mike’s Subs or McDonalds. So subs it was. Unfortunately we all realized too late that we were about to play at a deli, so why I get this?

    Getting to St. Louis was super easy and uneventful. When we arrived the crew at the deli were incredibly awesome. I got the “Thunderbird” which I believe had pastrami, turkey, and possibly capicolla. Once the doors were opened it was super packed, and people even lined up outside to see us play. Frank showed up and Doug even called to him onstage and gave him a public thank you.

    After the show we went back to Frank and Jenn’s house and I got to see Rocky. He was very excited to see me. So wasn’t the dog in the next yard; it made me sad as her owners left her out at night. After chatting for a minute we decided to order some Imo’s pizzas. I didn’t like them the first time around but for some reason I really liked it this time around. We stayed up for probably two hours chatting about random things and even played some guitars.

    All in all a good day. Back to the Chicago area for the next gig!
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