Day 5 – Raleigh, NC

Waking up at yet another awesome friend’s place, this time in Raleigh. Was an eventful night in North Carolina; eating ridiculously good food at the Raleigh Times restaurant, playing a great gig in a nice room, Danny rocking through the show despite being sick, Terry sleeping the car because he’s allergic to dogs, etc. Also, in the ongoing tour pool tournament between me and Terry, I am now up 3-0. Booyah.

IMPORTANT: On Wednesday, March 16 @ 2:30 MCTE will be giving a LIVE video chat for fans through YOWIE. So please, think of some questions you’ve always wanted to know and log in to ask. We’ll give you more details closer to the date.

Terry: Looking forward to another gig tonight with the Small Ponds. The Raleigh gig went great. The Raleigh Pour House is a killer venue and I’d love to get back to play here again. I almost died of an asthma attack, but aside from that, everything is going splendidly.

Mike: It feels great being back in the south. There’s nothing quite like starting your day off with some Waffle House food and house jams – I recommend “There’s Raisins in my Toast.” We had a great turnout in Raleigh and really fed off the vibe. Another great thing in the south, drinking is CHEAP! $3 beers on tap, what’s better than that?!?! Off to do some sightseeing, more eating, and then playing tonight in Charlotte.

Danny: So it was an interesting day yesterday. I was questioning if I was going to survive to the end of the tour. It was only the second day and I thought a flu was going to ruin my week. Thankfully we had a great gig despite my illness and I got a good night sleep and am feeling much better today. Thanks to Jason’s “goodies” which was a white powder that he claims was headache medicine saved my day. I’m looking forward to a great gig in Charlotte tonight.

The Pour House – 3.9.11

Nothing Left For Us To Find/Down N Out/He’s Gone/A Long Way From Home/Insomnia Song/Regalo La Flor/Squeezebox/There’s Only You/The Sunday Blues/Folsom Prison Blues/Annie (The Levee Song)/Girl Don’t Tell Me/Broken Bottle Blues No.2

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Day 4 – Philadelphia, PA

Just got to Raleigh, NC after staying over night in Wilmington, DE where some awesome friends let us crash. If you’re in the area, check us and The Small Ponds out at The Pour House at 9pm!

Now back to the Philly show. Another awesome show and I don’t know what Terry was on but he absolutely destroyed every solo. Setlist, photos and video links after the blurbs. (Hopefully more videos soon; they take forever to upload.)

Jason:  We debuted a new cover song tonight, “He’s Gone” by The Grateful Dead.  We spent the last minutes in the green room perfecting our harmonies.  I felt that the energy tonight was pumping!  Terry went into orbit, and the only thing Mike and I could do was try to grab his shoestrings to bring him back to earth.  Danny, of course, was flawless.  Looking forward to Raleighwood tomorrow night.

Terry: Wow! This is a big computer! I’m just happy to be typing on such a well-crafted, state of the art computer. Greg is really the driving logistical force behind this mission. I broke a crazy sweat on stage today. We played only the good songs.

Michael: After 3 shows on the tour I feel that we have already broken stride. The music last night at the Fire was by far some of the best we’ve played. A true testament to good things to come. As corny as this sounds, I have truly been inspired by the kindness of strangers. It is amazing how people have opened up their homes to us and the generosity they’ve shown. This has put us all in good spirits and I think our show tonight in Raleigh will be a great reflection of that. Screw Flanders.

The Fire – 3.8.11

Nothing Left For Us To Find/Regalo La Flor/Down N Out/Insomnia Song/Folsom Prison Blues/Montevideo/The Terrible Truth/Don’t Wanna Be Her Man/There’s Only You/He’s Gone [Grateful Dead]/Sunday Blues

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Pre-Show Warmup Video:


Day 2 – New York, NY

We always love playing the Living Room. It’s easily one of the best venues in NYC thanks to both the vibe and the quality of music they book. Free shows and only a 1-drink minimum make it a good place for people to swing by and check out some good tunes, too. Thursday’s show was killer. Band was firing on all cylinders. We have off until March 8th then we hit the road straight through to the 21st. We play NYC again on April 9th for our record release show, so keep a look out for details.

The Living Room – 3.3.11

The Sunday Blues/Lived to Love Again/Montevideo/Nothing Left For Us to Find/Squeezebox [The Who]/The Terrible Truth/The Meaning of Life/A Long Way From Home/Folsom Prison Blues [Johnny Cash]/Insomnia Song/Broken Bottle Blues No.2/Encore Down N Out


Day 1 – Allentown, PA

To kick off the tour, Tuesday we headed out to Crocodile Rock in Allentown, PA.  The town I (Greg) grew up in is right outside Allentown and Terry grew up 40 minutes away in Reading so it was a good opportunity to play for a hometown/family crowd before we head down south.

To start things off, I had rented a minivan 4 weeks ago for the trip, but when I got to the garage they had given me an Escalade instead. Now, it’s hard to complain when driving a $65,000 car that gets you a lot of attention, but squeezing in 5 guys and a band’s worth a gear was kind of a pain in the ass. For a big ass SUV there’s a lot less space instead than in a minivan. But we looked cool, so whatever. Hopefully we’ll look just as cool in the Kia Sedona we’ll be touring in.

Between soundcheck and the show we had a bit of downtime which we spent playing ping-pong. The owner of the club was apparently the ping-pong state champion at some point but Danny is really fucking awesome, too. Promised him a free pizza if he beat him. Danny wins the first game. No free pizza. Owner calls best out of three and goes on to beat Danny twice. No free pizza.

The show was a good one. Busted out some new tunes, some not-so-new tunes, couple new covers and some classics. Room sounded surprisingly good considering the low ceiling. It’s nice when you have a sound guy who cares. Setlist is below. Also, we’ve got a pic of our limited edition tour poster that is available at all shows while supplies last.

VIP Elite Lounge @ Crocodile Rock – 3.1.11

A Long Way From Home/Don’t Wanna Be Her Man/The Terrible Truth/Folsom Prison Blues [Johnny Cash]/Montevideo/Broken Bottle Blues No.2/Insomnia Song/Squeezebox [The Who]/The Meaning Of Life/Girl Don’t Tell Me [Beach Boys]/Annie (The Levee Song)/Burly, Old Couch/Sunday Blues/Down N Out/Wasted Time/Encore Nothing Left For Us to Find

 

2011 Spring Tour Poster (Design by Pete Scalzitti)


Spring 2011 Tour Dates

Here it is. No better way to open the blog than with news of our first tour. We’re really excited to be playing most of the dates with The Small Ponds, a new band formed by Caitlin Cary (she was in Whiskeytown with Ryan Adams) and Matt Douglas. The tour is in support of our upcoming release, The Subway EPs: Vols I & II which will be available as a single disc on tour and available all over the internet as separate EPs on March 29th. Keep checking back to this site throughout March, too, because we’ll be posting all sorts of stuff documenting the tour. From videos to audio to regular blog posts. And if you are near any of these towns definitely come out and see us!

TERRIBLE TRUTH TOUR

Tues, March 1 – Allentown, PA – VIP Elite Lounge @ Crocodile Rock
Thurs, March 3 – New York, NY – The Living Room
Tues, March 8 – Philadelphia, PA – The Fire
Wed, March 9 – Raleigh, NC – The Pour House w/The Small Ponds
Thurs, March 10 – Charlotte, NC – Evening Muse w/The Small Ponds
Fri, March 11 – Asheville, NC – The Emerald Lounge w/The Small Ponds
Sat, March 12 – Knoxville, TN – Patrick Sullivan’s w/The Small Ponds
Sun, March 13 – Little Rock, AR – Whitewater Tavern w/The Small Ponds
Mon, March 14 – Denton, TX – Dan’s Silver Leaf  w/The Small Ponds
Tues, March 15 – Houston, TX – Big Star Bar w/The Small Ponds
Thurs, March 17 – Austin, TX – Thirsty Nickel
Fri, March 18 – Austin, TX – Red Eyed Fly
Sat, March 19 – Carrollton, GA – Moonshadow Cafe w/The Small Ponds