U.S.A. Tour Diary – Penguins in Nashville

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Yesterday was mainly spent shuffling around the Nashville ice caps like newly hatched penguins exploring their surroundings for the first time. It was a fine sunny day with a high of about -5º which actually felt tropical compared to the temperature it plummeted to once the sun went down. Our priority yesterday was to round up all the backline that had been delivered to various parts of the City. Drum Kits, Guitar Amps, Bass Amps, Pedalboards and Flightcases all had to be corralled into one place and loaded into our splitter van which also needed collecting. Full marks to Mr Iain Graham, our unstoppable tour manager for achieving the impossible whilst we sat around in a nice warm vintage guitar shop. In the afternoon, we had a radio session with the one and only Steve Gorman – drummer with The Black Crowes who hosts his own show in Nashville. We had a little sing-song and a chat with Steve before finding ourselves out in the tundra once again. As we didn’t have a show to go to due to the city being entirely frozen, the evening was spent at Soundcheck – a great rehearsal facility in East Nashville, running through some tunes and making sure all our gear was in order. It felt good to be in a room playing again and after the last few days of battling ice, snow and jetlag, we were fired up and ready to take on whatever this tour had to throw at us.
Bring it on America!