My East Coast road trip was pretty awesome…
It all started in Miami where I got to hang with ShopYourWay members at the Coral Gables Sears, then later at the SOBEWFF. It was so cool be grillin and chillin in the Grilling Is Happiness lounge showing off my new lines Mayfield and Carson. You can check them out at the Sears Outdoor Living section. It was good food and good times and even got better when Ziggy Marley was joined by Stephen, Damian and Rita Marley. Truly Reggae at its finest…Bob would’ve been proud.
After reggae skanking with the crowd, it was time to mow down some really good sushi at Katsuya (try the salmon skin hand rolls. Insane!) where we ran into a long table full of large scruffy men (bets started to fly as to who they really were). Well, it turned out to be the Boston Bruins enjoying their Rookies buying dinner. Cool dudes that are thankfully less threatening off the ice. Ha!
After the Jacksonville Home Show, I hit a few cool thrift stores and found a few hidden gems; an old Silvertone record player and brand new wet suit. SCORE! Then I headed back south to St. Augustine to meet up with old friends. Meet with the SIFE students from Flagler College who are doing great things in their community. Hung with my road-worthy sidekick Chaz, who was shooting Rescue Renovation for HGTV in town.
We proved that dueling pianos are not necessarily louder or more obnoxious than two dueling grueling guitars… with one out of tune. But at least the ocean sounded nice and the sea gulls sounded sort of like angry fans.
Speaking of sounds, the next destination was Savannah for the Stopover Music Festival where bands make a stop over before heading to SXSW in Austin. It’s the largest music fest in Georgia and in a very small town, so getting to each venue was just a block or petty cab away. The bands were killer. Thurston Moore rocked with his new band… still punk after all these years. Good stuff.
And I saw a really talented super folk band called The Kopecky Family Band. Also caught some funky shows at The Jinx and checked out Jack White’s record label at Third Man Records truck where we picked up some 45s of Gibby Haynes, Beck, Dexter Romweber and more. It was like a candy truck selling wax candy for the ears!
The next day I got to check out Country Mice recording Dollhouse Studios. They were pretty stoked to be playing with the studio’s black hollow body Gretsch and the lead guitar was playing thru a crazy tube head and humming thru a Leslie speaker. I love the sound of analogue in the morning…
Friday, my last night in town, was pretty amazing. It opened with a band called This Mountain from Tennessee and then went on a kimono-crazed bullet train of music from an insanely talented, all girl powerhouse band from Japan called The Suzan. People were dancing on tables. They rocked the house. Whoooooo.
After that I got 3 hours of sleep and got on plane back to reality. Definitely a great road trip!