In the past two weeks Counting Crows have done some very different gigs. We started out with the club dates in San Francisco which were great. I always love playing in my hometown. Both shows were special, but The Great American Music Hall was truly magic. It is by far my favorite club venue in the bay area. I now have this show to add to my ever growing list of memorable nights at this venue. I don't know exactly what it is about the Great American....The amazing acoustics, the history of the room, the classic look. All I know is I have had some of the best performances of my life in this venue. If you have never had the pleasure to see a show here, I highly recommend you do so. Having Tender Mercies play was a nice bonus, plus I didn't have to sit backstage and wait for the opening band to finish so I could start playing!
Shortly after the bay area shows we took off for Austin, Texas. The first gig we did was an internet recording at a home studio called Day Trotter. This guy runs this thing bare bones out of his house. I am pretty sure I was playing the drums from his bedroom! The next night we changed gears once again, playing a huge outdoor festival type gig that drew 25,000 people. The next day Tender Mercies went at it alone, playing three gigs in one day. The first two were your usual club gigs, but the third was totally acoustic. We found ourselves sitting on stools in front of a crowd inside a boutique store. We sang without microphones, strumming on acoustics, while I played brushes on a snare laying on my lap. Crazy thing about it was this ended up being the most memorable show of the whole weekend. You just never know.
Tender Mercies playing an acoustic version of Wiseblood in Austin, TX