Collins Drive had our first gig of 2016 at Red Light Cafe and it was everything I hoped it would be and then some. First off, having Collins Drive play at Red Light Cafe was like coming full circle for me. Red Light Cafe is a very special place for me because it’s on that very stage that I first played solo as a folk singer back in 1998. At that point in my life, I was just trying to figure out my place this huge ass world. I was still trying to find myself as a singer, a songwriter, and a person in general so to be back on that stage nearly 20 years later with the best band I have ever been a part of really tugged at my heart strings.
Weeknights are always rough for getting people out to shows but on this Thursday night, our friends/fans really came out representing and we had a really fantastic show of support. There were probably about 20+ people there when we hit the stage. We opened with “The Greatest Drug of All” and right away I could feel the fire and the love from both Mike and Allison. We were playing so well and even playing with this kind of telepathic energy which I loved. There is something about playing with these two that just sets my soul afire. I mean, I feel like I have been playing with them for 20 years. They have invested so much of themselves personally and artistically into these songs that they play them like they wrote them themselves. That is a really magical feeling and this allows me to trust them to do their things which allows me to be the best that I can be as a guitarist and singer.
While there were a handful of mistakes (as there always will be), I honestly felt like this was the best show we have played to date. We had a great sound guy (Josh) who totally got our kind of music and made sure that we not only had great sound in the room but that we had great stage sound as well. Having a great sound on stage totally allows us to fall into the songs and play them with everything we have. There were moments where I was so lost in a song that I would snap out of it every now and then remembering that I was on stage. It probably sounds strange but trust me, there is no better feeling that completely losing yourself in the music. Every now and then I would look around the stage and Mike and Allison and would see both of them the say way, eyes closed, heads bobbing, body swaying and becoming one with the song. The feedback from the audience we got after our show was fantastic. I heard comparisons to everyone from Gillian Welch/David Rawlings to Drivin’ N’ Cryin’. Anyone that knows me knows that there is no higher compliment than comparing us to Drivin’ N Cryin’!
Over all, it was a truly magical night musically and just further proof that I have found my musical soulmates for sure. I cannot wait to play more and more with this band and show people just what we’re capable of.