" Wait a minute!... you mean we got a gig TONIGHT?" I'm always the last to know. We were just an hour or so away from Columbus when I came to this realization. We'd been on the road for a good six hours and I had no clue when or where the gigs were. So, from now on when you hear me say "I'm just the drummer!" you’ll know I’m not kidding! Just tell me when and where to be and I'll turn it on... and that’s what everybody in the OakTeam did. We killed it every night of our trip to Ohio this past weekend. I think at every gig, Thurs.-Sunday afternoon, I heard somebody say "This is the best band this place has ever had in here!" And of course, that’s why we do it. But not just that, we are honestly having more fun than anybody in the place. We love playing with each other and the songs and just trying to make each other laugh at every turn, even during the 2 slow songs we do.
Our new best friend friend, Erica Blinn was on board. She flew down Wednesday night to play with us at Deep South, the bar, in Raleigh. We did her new record every night, 6 songs plus she and Dave sang "Purple GTO" together. She and I hopped in the "Scooby doo" seat in the back of Jack's Expedition Thursday morning about 10am.
When we got to the Crown Sports Bar thingy in Columbus I realized that they weren't shittin' me, we really DID have a gig! Meeting us at the load-in door was Jerry Blinn, Erica’s dad.
Saturday was the day we could actually catch our breath, soundcheck wasn’t until 6. WE lazily fell out of our beds and went out for a proper breakfast at about 1pm...and you know, what could be a better breakfast than INDIAN BUFFETT?! Chutney’s or whatever it was called was kicking our asses! It was all great. We got back to the room just before 3 and we all had a sleepy feeling come over us. We ALL passed out for at least an hour. Greg and I (better known as Ivory and Tubs, for obvious fuckin' reasons) were thinking ahead and brought our bathing suits. The pool at the Crown Plaza is the BOMB! Its design is straight out of the late 60's, plus hot tub! Greg and I hung out with a nice wine (given to me by cutie uber fan, Miss Linda) and a "Liquor Latte" in the water for about an hour before heading to soundcheck, which was INTERESTING but we got through it and had a great Greek meal @ LaVash on High St. before heading back to the room to get ready. The club was full of Erica fan's AND OAKTeam fans when we got there just after 10pm. The opener finally figgered out how the bass rig worked and came on around that time. The drums stayed in the back and Erica rocked they asses until about 11:45. We learned "Stop Draggin' my Heart Around" in soundcheck and pulled that little nugget outta our hat. She had a great show and we followed with one of our better shows of the year, if not THE best show of the year! I swear, we sounded at least as good as the record, if not better that night. I would proudly put the whole show up on YouTube if I had it. Those shows are the ones we live for. It’s like golfers playing for that one great shot of the day. Perfection is fun!
Got to bed after 4am, so 10am found me moving slowly...if not hardly! We creeped into Rock mode and got out of the hotel by 12:30pm and headed to Delaware,Ohio. Who'd ever heard of such a place? But we got there and damn it! It was a REAL place! We missed out on eating at Bun's (the pride of Delaware) when our starving asses walked by a fairly new Mexican restaurant in town. They made guac right there at the table that kicked quite a bit of ass.