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.
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.
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.
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