Two Cow Garage Tour Diary Part 4 – Todd Farrell

 

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May 20
Last night was an interesting one. It was a good show, for sure. The crowd was obviously there for Tim, and only a few folks knew who we were going into it. It was a bit of a Tuesday crowd as well, took folks until the end of our set to really start making some noise (or maybe they were just liquored up enough by then). We all chose to wear Indy Pride t-shirts in response to the refusal of service deal the governor passed last month. Didn’t talk about it, just a little show of solidarity and support for our LGBT brothers and sisters.
We had a chance to hang out with Tim backstage a lot more than we normally do. He’s truly a unique and wonderful human. We all come from very different perspectives on things (bulk of TCG being from small Midwest towns, me growing up in Southern suburbs, and Tim from the South and being a train guy for so long). The way he speaks about the blessing of being able to play music lights a fire in all of us. “Do whatever it is you love to do, and do that until the day you die” is basically his life mantra. Live simply and love life. I like his outlook. What an inspiring human being.
I’d also like to highlight the #anonymoustourquotes hashtag on Twitter. If you haven’t checked it out yet, please do. It’s a gold mine.
Chicago tonight. Looking forward to seeing my brother, Marshall.
May 21
I love Chicago. I love everything about that town, other than that the winters are emergency conditions. Gman Tavern is a gem of a place. We set up on the floor with our amps and drums on a riser like it was an old VFW show or something. The show was absolutely packed, and the crowd was great. One of the more fun ones of the tour.
It was great to see my brother, Marshall, as well. He’s lived in Chicago for about a year and a half, and I don’t get to see him much. He’s a big fan of the band (even before I was in it), and had a great time.
Tonight we’re playing at Off Broadway in St. Louis. I won’t lie, I’m nervous about it. It’s nothing on the venue, the city or the people in the city, it’s just a lingering scab that gets ripped off every once in a while when I think about what happened there. The aftermath was a truly beautiful and wonderful thing. I’d just love to not be put in another situation where that needs to happen. After the show, I think we’re going to end up driving for a good bit before staying the night. I’ll probably still take everything into the hotel anyway. It may be overreacting, but I feel like I’ll sleep better knowing my amp is inside the hotel room.
The local news has already started covering our return, so I think tonight should actually be a really great show. Here’s hoping. I hope I’m not writing bad news tomorrow.
May 22
All of our stuff was not stolen.
Also, St. Louis was a really awesome show. Off Broadway was a great venue with great people working there. Beforehand, a few local news agencies came and interviewed us (Murph), updating us about the theft. They left out the part how the police won’t return our calls, but at least they even wanted to talk. Must have been a slow news day. After the show, Shane, Micah and I played a few songs on acoustic guitars for the folks that stuck around. Then we got the hell out of that city to stay the night in an undisclosed location too far away from band thieves.
More cool hangs with Tim as well. He’s one of those guys who sees colors when he hears songs. Not like, mood or feel, but actual colors when he hears songs. He also doesn’t ever know what chords he’s playing. He taught himself how to do just about everything he does, and his perspective on it was interesting. I’m also a self taught, but I would seek out learning things from time to time, or learn other people’s songs, etc. Tim’s music is 100% natural Tim, which is pretty cool.
We’re driving to Louisville now, and it’s the last show of the tour. I’ve had a blast on this quick little run, and a little sad for it to be over so soon, but it’ll be nice to get back to Nashville for a bit to see my friends, my girlfriend, my dog (or really my girlfriend’s dog, but I consider her mine anyway). Last day of tour is always a little bit like the last day of school or summer camp or something. Well, I never went to summer camp, but that’s what I imagine it’s like. The excitement of getting home to sleep in your own bed and see the people you love, but leaving behind doing exactly the thing you love doing with people you also love is bittersweet. We’ll be back on the road again at the beginning of June out on the West coast, so it won’t be too long.
Louisville tonight at Haymarket Whiskey Bar. Last night of tour, hoping it’s a great one.
May 23
The Tim Barry/Two Cow Garage Midwest Tour is officially over. We’re driving back from Louisville towards Columbus (at which point I will get in my car and drive straight back through Louisville towards Nashville… poor planning). Last night was a great way to end it all. A bunch of friends came into town for it and had a great crowd.
After our set, I decided to let loose a bit and actually go into the crowd and watch Tim at as a fan. It felt great. He was such an amazing and inspirational person to tour with, and I hope we get to see him again soon. When we said goodbye to Tim, he said “see you tomorrow.” We wouldn’t see him tomorrow. He was catching a morning flight to Las Vegas for Punk Rock Bowling, and we were jumping in the van bound for Ohio. “I don’t say goodbye, I say see you tomorrow.” Cool.
Thank you to Gabe at Nine Bullets for letting me do this tour diary. It’s been fun to share a glimpse of our life with you guys, and I thoroughly hope you’ve enjoyed reading it. Hopefully one day I won’t be writing it on the notepad of my my iPhone and forgetting things and using terrible grammar and spelling (sorry, Gabe). Thanks to Tim Barry for bringing us out on tour and being an amazing human being. Thanks to everyone who came out, sang along, bought merch, bought us a drink, gave hugs and hang out. It means the world to us that people care.
We’ll be back on the road starting June 9, heading West.
“See you tomorrow.”
-Todd Farrell Jr.

 

Upcoming Tim Barry Tour Dates:
6/18 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
6/19 – Asbury Park, NJ @ Asbury Lanes
6/20 – Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus
6/21 – Cambridge, MA @ Middle East Upstairs
6/23 – Montreal, Canada @ Divan Orange
6/24 – Toronto, Canada @ Lee’s Place
6/25 – Buffalo, NY @ The Studio at Waiting Room
6/26 – Pittsburgh, PA @ 31st Street Pub
6/27 – Richmond, VA @ The Camel
 
And while you’re at it, pick up music from Two Cow and Tim Barry!

Two Cow Garage Tour Diary Part 2 – Todd Farrell

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[Here’s our next installment of Todd Farrell’s tour diary documenting life on the road with one of his favorite bands, Two Cow Garage! Photo credit @joemaiocco]
May 16
Last nights Columbus show was a really fun one. I’m glad it was, because I wasn’t feeling so great towards the end of the drive in. My throat has been killing me from allergies for the last week or so, and it all kicked on in full force when we got to Columbus. I was pretty low key, didn’t drink much and just inhaled water at every moment. I was worried it would be a bad show (for me) because of it all, but once the house music was cut and the lights came down, adrenaline took over, and all was well.
We played after Tim because it was Columbus. He still had a bigger crowd than we did, but there were still a huge chunk of his crowd that still stuck around to hear us. During load out, Tim came over to Micah and I and said “I think you guys are the best rock and roll band in the world.”
It was Micah’s birthday, and his dad (Jon) was at the show. He was a super nice guy, and brought cupcakes for the band. We talked for a long time about music, East Nashville folks like Otis Gibbs and Tim Easton, guitars, and just everything. He was the sweetest dude, and I’m glad I got to meet him. Vanessa also brought cupcakes, so I thing we’ll be pretty set on sweets for the rest of the tour (if anyone’s thinking of making us cupcakes at some point on this tour, please don’t). Sugar overload in the Two Cow camp.
Being in Columbus, we just went to our homes (and me to Micah and Vanessa’s). She loaded me up on tea, vitamins, salt water, and every other remedy possible for my throat, and I’m feeling much better this morning. Tonight we play at the Grog shop in Cleveland.
May 17
Cleveland has definitely been the best show of the tour so far. So many people came out to the Grog Shop to see both Tim and Two Cow. It’s amazing to play to a ton of people and have a ton of people screaming the words back at you, something I’m still getting used to. I’ve started leaving my mic during “Let the Boys be Girls” because I still have that Two Cow fan in me that just wants to sing along with my arms around the people around me. During the “ba ba ba da ba ba” outro, I tend to just get next to the crowd and sing with them. I feel better there.
Tim Barry told the crowd that he thinks Two Cow Garage is the best rock and roll band in the world. That was the coolest. He also told the entire St. Louis gear theft story with it. I had t really thought about that in a while, which I think is a good thing, but it was also a good thing to be reminded. “The best and worst 24 hours of our lives” is something we tend to describe it as. Everything we own that has any value at all, gone in an instant. Then in 5 hours, this amazing music community we’re part of basically gave it all back to us. It’s still surreal to think about. People can be ugly, but people can also be the most wonderful creatures. Most of the people coming to these shows are the latter. It’s an amazing feeling to be surrounded by so much love.
Driving to Detroit tomorrow.
Upcoming Two Cow Garage/Tim Barry shows:
5/19 – Indianapolis, IN @ The White Rabbit Cabaret
5/20 – Chicago, IL @ Gman Tavern
5/21 – St Louis, MO @ Off Broadway
5/22 – Louisville, KY @ Haymarket Whiskey Bar
And while you’re at it, pick up music from Two Cow and Tim Barry!

Two Cow Garage Tour Diary Part 1 – Todd Farrell

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So one thing we like over here at Ninebullets is learning about the other side of the equation, and seeing what’s going on with the artists who make the music we love. Todd Farrell Jr., a singer/songwriter whose endeavors have been covered here at 9b before, recently joined fan-favorite band Two Cow Garage as an additional guitarist. We asked Todd to share with us what it was like being a newly minted member of one of his favorite bands.

May 13, 2015

The drive from Nashville, TN to Columbus, OH is one I’m beginning to feel I could do in my sleep, which is a good thing, because it might be the only chance to sleep I get. It was a week ago that I was driving up this way to rehearse for the (heartbreakingly) cancelled show at the LC opening for the Replacements, then back home for the weekend to squeeze a show in with Bill Eberle, and then right back up. Bowling Green, Louisville, Cincinnati, Columbus. On the way home I always miss my Louisville exit and go through Lexington and the Bluegrass Parkway, or whatever it’s called. But I do it every time, so it might as well be part of the route.
I’m excited to tour with Tim Barry. Being “officially” in Two Cow Garage is still pretty surreal to me, and being part of this world that five years ago, I only knew through shows and blogs. Tim is another one of those names that I’ve always looked up to and respected, and now we’ll be right there with him for a week and a half.
Shane played at Treebar tonight with Kevin Seconds (yep, that’s the one), another one of those names. Kevin put on a great show of songs he’d never played before, which I respected. I have a hard enough time with songs I play every night, so brand new material on the road is a whole different animal. Shane was wonderful, as always. He has this ability to talk to a crowd like everyone in the world is his oldest friend, and everyone believes they are. The songs from his next EP are also wonderful, and I’m excited for its release.
I’m spending the night at Micah and Vanessa’s, as usual. Tomorrow we wake up early to drive to Baltimore for night one.
March 15,
Last night was a lot of fun. As soon as I got out of the van, Tim busted out of the venue and gave us all a hug, including me having never met him before. “You must be Todd. I know you on the social media stuff, good to finally meet ya.” And just like that, I’m part of the club.
The show was great. It took me about three songs to get comfortable again, being the first night of tour, but afterwards it was smooth sailing from then on out.
I had never seen Tim play before, and I was blown away. Such a great lesson in both honesty and storytelling. Most of his stories are absolutely true, and make the hair stand up on the back of your neck with its authenticity. Even the stories that are “stories” still have a way of being honest. His relationship with his crowd is something that really excites me. He can stop in the middle of a song, bark a side-note and then some instructions, and fall back into the whole thing flawlessly. It’s really inspiring.
We stayed the night at our good buddy Nick Liechty’s house, complete with records, 20 year Pappy van Winkle bourbon, and white-trash frozen food. It felt like home.
Back to Columbus tonight to play Ace of Cups.
Upcoming Two Cow Garage/Tim Barry shows:
5/19 – Indianapolis, IN @ The White Rabbit Cabaret
5/20 – Chicago, IL @ Gman Tavern
5/21 – St Louis, MO @ Off Broadway
5/22 – Louisville, KY @ Haymarket Whiskey Bar
And while you’re at it, pick up music from Two Cow and Tim Barry!