Tour update #3: San Diego, Phoenix, Albuquerque, AustinPosted on May 12th, 2012
Hey guys! I just checked into the hotel in Denton, TX where we play tonight.
I can’t believe so many cities have gone by without a blog post. Heres the skinny:
San Diego @ Casbah : Fun but Grimey spot, reminiscent of El Corazon in Seattle. Decently attended, maybe 125 people? The most memorable thing about the show for me was that people were being really loud, and I asked them super nice to be quiet and it WORKED. They were totally cool after that. CRAZY.
That night was super fun because Curran and I stayed with my friend Vanessa who I hadn’t seen in a long time, at her new place where her and some Coachella people who were STILL hanging around were all crashing! She left her keys somewhere and these guys had to make a human ladder to break into the window of her place. Other shenanigans ensued, and a dank breakfast @ a place called Mission was bomb dot com.
Phoenix @ Rhythm Room : Another sorta grimey place, but this was my favorite show of the tour so far, at least performance wise. The sound was surprisingly great, and I felt super comfortable that night bantering with the audience. People really listened well here. A drunk guy pretty much ruined Rocky’s set by singing along horribly and loudly despite Rocky asking him nicely to stop several times, they eventually threw him out but not before most of the show was over.
Albuquerque @ Low Spirits : Aptly named place for this stop on the tour. Attendance was super low. Curran and I were thinking a lot about Breaking Bad while here. I saw one old friend from high school but that was about it. OK Set from us. Curran had to leave and fly to Seattle to play a wedding and so I am playin the next 3 shows alone.
LONG DRIVE ALL DAY BY MYSELF AND STAYED IN A CRAPPY COW TOWN CALLED SWEETWATER TEXAS (in an overpriced hotel room that was huge).
Austin, TX @ Lambert’s: I had really looked forward to seeing Austin, but I honestly did not have a very good time there. The traffic was horrible, I had a hard time finding things and drove around stressed out a bunch. A lot of people came to the show, but the venue was a really bad place for me to play, especially solo. Tons of nice people were trying to listen to me, but the roar of the other bar patrons not there to see the show totally overpowered me and I didn’t deal with it well. I cowered behind my guitar and just played until it was over. I hope my next trip to Austin is better ! Sorry to anyone who had to see me and my bad attitude. Some people were nice and said nice things and bought my album which actually surprised me.
So here I am in Denton TX, and I cruised by the place we are playing tonight.. it looks pretty crazy, its like a band rehearsal spot with a bar/stage, This is some seriously gritty sh*t, its like a shack in the middle of a field. I hope I don’t get beat up here!
Having so much fun seeing the country.
ALSO , some super generous people who have seen me on tour are helping make the kickstarter a success. I am talking about a $300 and $500 donation from people who saw me play on tour. That is so rad! I thought that I would get more small donations on the tour, but I am getting fewer, larger ones from some seriously awesome folks.