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.
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