On behalf of the BOH I’d like to extend warmest regards via cyberspace. Hope that you all are enjoying a lovely, prosperous Spring.
I should take this opportunity to introduce myself…I’m Trevor and I’ve been playing keyboards (mainly Hammond Organ) with the fellas on an intermittent basis for the last several years. Its been a unique vantage point, rotating on the perimeter of this killer rock ‘n roll band as it evolves. Straight up, this is one of the hardest working groups around! There is a lot of excitement with this week’s release of Top Hat Crown. If you haven’t already, check it out. This band is really delivering the goods these days and this record is a testament to that.
So my connection to the band goes way back…to 1998, when Gordy and I met as freshmen on the football team at Dartmouth. Very few who know him now would ever guess that he once was a great athlete but way back in those days Gordy could actually ‘throw a football over them mountains’ (Uncle Rico knows I’m totally serious). Anyway, two-a-days were pretty rough for Gordy and I that fall, getting our craniums tenderized daily as members of the scout team (tackling dummies basically), but a bright spot was that we quickly forged a musical kinship that has taken many twists and turns and is going strong almost thirteen years later!
As many of you know, the band is presently a few days into a West coast tour that will take us through the Rockies (which are exquisite in so many ways this time of year), up to the beautiful Pacific Northwest (where Monkey Paw Seth Whitney and yours truly were born and raised), down to the fertile and inspiring musical territory of the Bay Area and Northern California (there are a few serious Deadheads in this band), and will finish with shows in L.A. and Phoenix as we make our way back to the heart of Texas for Old Settler’s .
Aside from the national record release show we did at The Oriental in Denver, an early highlight of this run was the night we just had at the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen. An absolutely incredible room, aurally and visually. We had the great Sam Bush up for the last 5 tunes of our set. Sam is just a great, humble man and in Colorado…well, he could make a good run for Governor or something. He’s just a legend in the mountains and for good reason! So as you could imagine, with Sam in the mix the energy was palpable and joyous, both in the audience and on stage. I mean everybody in that room was smiling. There was a great jam in L.A. County Blues, and Colin and Sam traded some hot licks during the percussion breakdown of Gravity. And on Judas, (a tune that to my knowledge he had never even heard before) Sam just knocked everybody out with his solo. The icing on the cake was having John Oates (from Hall and Oates) join us and Sam for a You’re Gonna Miss Me encore that I hope somebody got a recording of…I mean we gave that tune the business! John was just a pleasure to be around the whole day and was truly a gracious host.
Tonight will be the band’s first go in Boise. 72 degrees and sunny here today…a far cry from the snow we had in Colorado a few days ago.
Stay tuned for more to come later. Thanks for reading and as always, thanks for supporting live music!
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