Saturday – Day #4:
The shuttle picked us up early from the hotel and we arrived at The Blair School of Music around 11am. I hadn’t slept that well and woke up very early. I used the extra time in the morning to rehearse in my room and felt comfortable about the show but was incredibly tired. I managed to rest whenever I could back stage between set-ups and whatnot. The Theater itself was huge and the stage manager kept us entertained with his humor. I’m sure he moonlights as a stand up comic around town. Pete arrived with his Pedal Steel, an impressive instrument that becomes even more so when you watch it being set up. Sound check was quick and easy.
We rehearsed a little more backstage and got to meet various folk from the university. I was more calm than usual as I watched our introduction from the side. Once we walked out and sat down with our instruments I felt the anxiety I’m accustomed to return. The show went well and the sound was incredible, how could it not be in Nashville? After our set we returned to the back stage area, I grabbed some pizza and caught a few sly Zzzz.
Later that evening we paid a visit to The Five Spot on the suggestion of Pete to see some quality live music. The venue itself was very much like a NYC dive bar but the audience was incredibly respectful and the band was great. I’m not sure who the singer was but he had an amazing talent for creating an intimate vibe to the point that you almost felt like you were on stage with him. The band had a Jazz-Country feel mixed with some vaudeville flourishes. At one point in-between songs he performed a magic trick which I’ve honestly never seen a band try to do in the middle of their set. Afterwards we hit the main strip and ducked into a bar called Robert’s Western World. Incredible music and totally packed. I was surprised to learn that it doubled as a boot store. Things get a little hazy around here, we left, went back to the hotel and then it was Sunday morning.