Road to SXSW: FL > AL > LA > MS > TX
i’m so grateful to the guys for springing for a motel in lafayette. we arrived pretty late at night, after chris had been dealing with hours of lightning storms and hydroplaning. he’s a serious champ.
in the morning we were given the heads up that the highway had been closed due to flooding, and our scenic route would tack on several hours to the drive. but considering how many vans break down, gear gets stolen, snow storms and hurricanes appear out of the blue on tours all the time, a little rain and a drive through the texas countryside was hardly that big of an imposition.
the venue staff in dallas were awesome, and i took the bartender’s shirt as a good omen. kind of a miracle, all the shows had been really well attended the entire tour, with kids at every stop knowing the elwins songs already, which i founded surprising considering a. it was their first US tour b. their album had only just come out 2 weeks before c. it was entirely self-released with no distribution. when kids who had driven down from austin were disappointed the guys didn’t play propinquity, i was really blown away. of course, being the sweethearts that they are, feurd and matt gave them an acoustic performance outside just for them.
we had already had one waffle house experience, which wasn’t the best, but Ben from Jukebox advised us to give it a second try and get the All-Star. You can’t argue with an all-star breakfast – he was right.
load in at the House of Blues in Houston, home of Beyonce (Houston, not House of Blues). I think this snap will be used in the Elwins retrospective book in the early years chapter, don’t you? HoB is a tight running operation, and it was fun to have such swank treatment.