Imagine being in a band. Now, imagine having a big show booked. Now, imagine that 3 days before the show your drummer calls you and tells you that he thinks he’s broken his wrist. In this band, we are family first, and band mates second. First thing we were worried about was our brother Mike. Was he going to be ok? Once we established that it wasn’t as bad as it could have been and that he was ok, we were faced with a dilemma. Were were going to cancel or were we going to play without Mike? We talked it over as a band and Mike agreed that Allison and I should perform as a duo but there was one problem. We never played as a duo and we had one night to rehearse it.
The night before, we ran through the songs and they were a bit rough sounding but there was definitely something there and we knew we’d pull it together. When it came time to walk up on stage the following night, we just gave each other a fist bump and opened up with Jennifer. We pulled it off so well. The timing was great, the vibe was good, we were locked into each other, and we just played the best that we could play. We even tried something different in the spirit of it being an “odd” show. We had Allison take over harmonica duties on “Prison Story” and she did so amazing that it had the hairs on my arms standing at full attention as it brought the house down.
The audience was a great audience and Red Light Cafe was packed. Even my best friend and his wife came in all the way from Durham, NC for the show. People came out to help us celebrate our third anniversary as a band and even with Mike not on the drums, he was out in the audience giving is the support we needed, rooting us on, and still being present to feel the love and support that all our friends/fans have been giving us for the past three years. As we neared the end of our set, I vividly remember me and Allison just locking eyes and giving each other a shit eating grin (see photo above). As we closed the night out with “Ghost Town” to a grand applause, cheers, and whistles, we bid them all good night and joined our injured brother in the back for cupcakes.
Not that I didn’t miss Mike up there (which we both did), there was a strong sense of accomplishment for us up there. We really were able to show the resilience and the ability to shift dynamics and still offer up our songs and put on a performance that the people can truly enjoy. It’s times like this that I consider myself extremely lucky to be making music with these two people. This is without a doubt the band that I always dreamed of and every day I count my lucky stars that these two amazing people took in a dreg like me. I love this band, I love what we have done, and I love all that we will do. All in all, this is a great place to be!