Greetings fine folks. So today we begin our drive across half the country to start the east coast leg of the ‘When I Get My Wings’ tour. About 9 hours from now we will all be wishing we actually HAD wings and could go ahead and be there. Philly also begins our 12 shows in 12 days yee-haw-good-times-drive-sing section of the tour. Hope you’ll join us.
This past week may go down as one of the best touring weeks we’ve ever had. We started in Indianapolis on a Tuesday night and it was GREAT! Radio Radio was packed and those folks were ready to go right from the start. Really pleasant surprise that early in the week. Then we hit Madison WI at the Majestic which is a room that we all really love playing. The weather was cold and crappy but the folks inside made it really cozy for us. Afterwards we drove to Yogi’s folks house outside of Chicago. It worked out great being at his folks, playing a gig in his hometown for his birthday. Ma and Pa Ollendorff rolled out the red carpet for us. Thor and trailer even fit in the driveway. The staff at the Double Door were and always are so accomodating. We had a birthday pizza party for Yogi with a bunch of his family. Plus Siggi’s family came and brought homemade meatballs AND my brother and his band were with us so it really was a big family affair. Really good day. Fortunately the night was every bit as good. The crowd in Chicago was just electric! Y’all sang along to EVERY song. LOUD!! It was just an incredibly fun show. Then we loaded up and headed to St Louis. We had trailer trouble on the way and were going to have to dump our gear and then go run around and find tools and supplies to fix it. But thanks to what I’d like to think is the good rock n roll karma we’ve built up, lo and behold, the venue had all the tools and parts we needed for me to fix the trailer there!! Haha. Who knew that Off Broadway in St Louis is a killer rock venue AND a mini Home Depot. So that definitely set the evening off in a good direction. There’s always a bit of concern on the road following a show like the one in Chicago. You sometimes feel the ‘let down’ a bit after nights like that. Well, St Louis was anything but a let down. It was the best show we’ve had there. Another crowd full of folks singing along and rocking to every song. We also learned that St Louis doesn’t love Chicago. Good to know. And it seems we may be creating a little National League Rock n Roll Rivalry to see which of those two cities may win the trophy for best Will Hoge Mid West Rock Town. It’s nice to say that this one could be close! Damn. At least for me and the guys it’s a win-win.
We then spent our day off in St Louis. We drove a bit out of town to Troy MO to visit our pals at the Ink Spot. Which is a killer little tattoo shop. They shut the joint down for us, fired up the grills and made a massive spread for us. My brothers band all came too. We had a great day. Told lots of stories. Had a bunch of laughs. Had 3 folks loose their tattoo virginity. One of them to Raphael(the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle). Haha. Also spent $100 on ‘the dead snake challenge’. Which I’m excited to see when that gets reported on year end taxes. Here’s our tattoos from the day. You pick which ones go with which band member:
Did the rarely seen Sunday night rock n roll show in Kansas City. Never headlined in Kansas City so we didn’t know what to expect. We showed up to Knuckleheads and I’m pretty sure Patrick Swayze used to be a bouncer there. It was straight out of the movie Road House. Wasn’t sure about it. It turned out being really cool. All the folks there were super nice and easy to work with. They took super fine care of us. Had a nice crowd show up and had a bunch of fun playing. Hope we can make it back there soon.
It was alot of fun having my brother open these few shows. Thanks to him and his band for doing it. Thanks to y’all for coming out early and supporting him. If you missed it he will be opening our hometown show in Nashville on Saturday Nov 26th at 3rd and Lindsley. Cmon down.
Lots of cool things brewing behind the scenes. We can’t tell you more about those yet, but we will do it in another update soon. I hope we will see alot of y’all on the east coast later in the week. Spread the word and come see us. Thanks as always for the love and support. See y’all soon.