Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

admin | April 25, 2010 in Music | Comments (6)

(Thanks to JoAnn Boeckermann for this shot from our concert in Des Moines, Iowa.)

“So, on a big tour like this with a star like Tim McGraw…I guess you guys just FLY everywhere?”

No way.  Not a chance.  Have you seen the show?  Even just pictures of it?  It’s huge.  Stages, video screens, platforms, instruments, cameras, lighting rigs.  Take a look around and think about this: when we arrive in the morning, the arena is EMPTY.

Basically…we bring everything with us.

There are a lot of folks needed to pull off the spectacle that is the “Southern Voice” tour.  A lot of buses carry our folks from place to place.  A lot of trucks carry all the gear those folks use to build the circus.

So this show…ROLLS.  To try to fly something like this would be more of a military operation than a concert tour.  Besides, everyone on tour sleeps in between cities.  Each bus is fitted with sleeping accommodations so band and crew have at least a fighting chance of getting some rest before building a new show the next morning.

If you’ve flown, you know how comfortable you aren’t – snuggling up in a plane to the tender touch of the window, or the neighbor you don’t know, or the drink cart that rakes your arm regularly if you happen to have an aisle seat.  Granted, that extra two inches your seat reclines…now THAT is heaven.  Let’s you board the plane and sleep like a baby.

Okay, not THAT baby.  Not the one that the parents fed right BEFORE boarding the plane.  I know; I hear the screaming, too.  But he’s a baby.  I understand.  It’s not his fault.  (But they could have waited and fed him NOW; I’m just sayin’.)

So buses are the preferred mode of transport.  Sometimes, though, there just is no option.  For example, we play a concert in Des Moines, Iowa the night of February 13; the morning of February 14, we open the Daytona 500 in Florida.

According to Google Maps, we are looking at 1334 miles.  Depending on the route, almost 24 hours driving time.  Without fuel stops.  Perfect.  If we drive, we will arrive more than twelve hours AFTER our scheduled performance…and it’s TELEVISED!

Not a good plan.  So after storming the stage in Des Moines for all our friends in Iowa, we head straight to the airport.  A skeleton crew and our band of merry musical men.  Lean and mean.  We’ll catch back up to our rolling compadres later.

Tonight…we fly; tomorrow, Daytona.


6 Responses to “Planes, Trains, and Automobiles”

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  1. Comment by Stacy — April 25, 2010 at 10:19 pm  

    Well now, Jeff…surely you could just strap on your sneakers and take off…LOL! Maybe you could think of strapping some of those jet packs to your runnin’ shoes; worth a shot! Taker easy, McMahon…Hugs!!

    ~Stacy

  2. Comment by Doc RimMay 1, 2010 at 4:36 pm  

    I can’t imagine your life on the road. You must really LOVE what you do and the guys you “roll” with. We know you’re awesome at it, but I’m sure you’re exhausted by the end of a tour. Thanks for keeping in touch with the fans. Enjoy the flight!

  3. Comment by JoAnn Boeckermann — May 3, 2010 at 1:08 pm  

    It was a great show – you guys make so many smiles on so many people’s faces. Thank you for what you all do to make our life here on this earth a wonderful place to be.

    Keep movin’ and keep telling us your thoughts; we enjoy them all – it allow us to go on your journey with you!

    Take care – and keep smiling… :)

  4. Comment by Kathy Brown — May 3, 2010 at 1:34 pm  

    Well, all I can say is that it’s a good thing you all seem to genuinely like each other or you could be on some very loooonnnggg bus trips. I’m sure you look forward to those nice breaks in between stops, and I’m sure your families look forward to those also. We, the fans, want to say thank you to you and your families for the sacrifices you (and they) make to give us one heck of a show each and every performance!!! Tim and the DHD just get better all the time!!!! Thanks for all you do Jeff!!! Keep having fun out there, WE DO!!!!

  5. Comment by Christine — May 5, 2010 at 12:48 am  

    Jeff,
    You definitely are a man on the move! And like Forrest Gump, you’re always running, too!
    So maybe another title for your blog could be: “Planes, Trains, Automoblies, and Running Shoes?” (Ha, ha!)

    Run, Jeff, Run!

  6. Comment by SteveMay 28, 2010 at 8:12 pm  

    Jeff,
    You definitely are a man on the move! And like Forrest Gump, you’re always running, too!
    So maybe another title for your blog could be: “Planes, Trains, Automoblies, and Running Shoes?” (Ha, ha!)

    Run, Jeff, Run!

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