Tour Diaries are an on-going guest column series from Bandsintown artists currently on tour. This entry is from NYC rock group Hollis Brown, whose new single “Wait For Me Virginia” comes out today.
We rode into Louisville, Kentucky to play The Zanzabar on a beautiful day in early August. We just joined a tour with Rich Robinson from The Black Crowes, but had a day off and were lucky enough to snag an opening slot for The Baseball Project. Two members of R.E.M are in the band so we were stoked to get a chance to meet our rock star idols!
We had an early call at the radio station 91.9 WFPK in Louisville, where we got to sing a few songs and do an interview live on the air (that’s us playing live). We arrived way early at the venue, and just loitered around for awhile, picking up some Taco Bell and drinking some beer. The weather was super hot and we weren’t sure where we would be staying that night so we set ourselves up for a day of lounging. The Baseball Project arrived and we helped load in and figure out specs for the gig. Sharing drums, bass, guitar amps. Real friendly and down to earth guys, very approachable and cool.
We were then escorted to our backstage area and we couldn’t believe it, it was pin-ball and arcade mania! All these vintage, working arcades that surrounded two couches and a small kitchen. It was incredible to see Mike Mills playing arcades wearing Star Wars slip ons. That’s a moment I will remember forever. We hung, talked a lot about music while drinking our homemade moonshine from the gig before with Rich in Whitesburg, Kentucky. Then it was time to play. We were the opening act but the crowd was really a music crowd and they took in everything we were doing. It felt great!
As The Baseball Project took the stage (above) I noticed Jim James from My Morning Jacket in the crowd and went to introduce myself. Such a sweet and nice guy, he invited me to an after party down the road, one of his friends was a DJ there, so me, Dillon and Adam got to hang with him and Patrick from MMJ until closing time. Then it was time to go back to The Zanzabar to meet up with the rest of the band and figure out where we would sleep. Long story short, right next to arcade mania on the floor of the green room.
That’s life on the road! What a night.
Want to see Hollis Brown on tour? Track them on Bandsintown to get concert alerts and go to their website to see their upcoming dates. And check out their new single, “Wait For Me Virginia”, available on iTunes.