We’ve travelled something like 2000 miles since the last http://skinnylister.com/skinnybloghttp://skinnylister.com. We’ve played to the infamous dive bar called The Nick in Birmingham Alabama which looks like its been stuck together after all these years by the trillions of band stickers and staples that remain in the walls.
The place was so friendly and welcoming we had a great time and sampled the local sushi burritos! Delicious! The support band were amazing Jasper Coal as their robo pipes belted out celtic tunes. Cheers for looking after us guys! The evening was nicely rounded off with a great post-gig shanty session.
I don’t think Huntsville is a normal stop off for bands on a US tour but Skinny Lister does not know why this is. Apart from the mosquitos everything about this place is right. The people are friendly. They like beer. A lot of beer.
Our gig is in a massive brewery and there is all sorts of beer on offer – watermelon being my favourite tipple! And Dan took a good picture of a frog:
Atlanta was home to the loudest crowd I have heard in a long time!
Moonshine given to us by opener The Muckers definitely did mucky the waters the next day as we head to Charlotte for more fun at one of our favourite venues The Visualite. Our good friend Eric is there to greet us with amazing posters he’s printed for us (NOW ON SALE AT OUR GIGS ACROSS AMERICA)!
And we have some amazing tacos in the arty part of town. The Menders help to ease the hangovers from the night before and the show is great fun.
Now it’s on to Pittsburgh to meet up with Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls crew and of course, Beans on Toast. We’re playing Mr Smalls which we find out later is owned by our friend Liz Berlin in the band Rusted Root. A great venue which is a converted church. As soon as we’re in the building we’re greeted by Frank and the friendly bunch. All is good. We introduce Jay (aka Beans on Toast) to the bus and he instantly names it Chicago within seconds. Of course the show is a stonker from start to finish. It’s sold out and packed early on.
To top off a great evening we head to our Pittsburgh home from home – Anti Flag’s pad. Justin and Lauren are possibly two of the most generous and hospitable hosts you’ll find (and their pad is neat – with deer running around the garden)!!
To end this stint I’ll tell you about Cleveland. We arrive at the Grog Shop. A new venue for us. I think I have 10 minutes for a quick coffee before load in and go into the Winking Lizard. Hmm…may as well order a small beer. Oh no! The waitress brings over a 32oz one. It requires 2 hands to drink! EEK. I’m drunk before sound check. Needless to say Cleveland is a treat. Beans on Toast warms the crowd up nicely and we enjoy singing and dancing with all our old and new friends.
A day off and we drive to Niagra Falls.
We catch the Maid of the Mist, travel to the end of the earth and back and all are feeling awestruck by the beauty as we travel through a rainbow. A perfect day off.