Question: What was the first show you arrived to in a tour bus instead of driving your own car?
Answer: I joined my family band when I was 5. We traveled in cars. Then we upgraded to a van. Then we got a trailer! Wow a van and a trailer…we were excited about that! We paid our dues alright. I drove a Camaro with a hatch and played keyboard, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, mandolin and ran sound from the stage so I carried the sound console too…got it all in that car. I was very happy to upgrade to the van and trailer. Then the day came when we actually bought a bus. Can’t remember the year but it was like 1959 Eagle. We gutted it and built our own bunk area and sitting area and had it painted. I was about 22 I would say. I remember how cool it was that we had our very own BUS! Our first event out in it was I think was a Bluegrass, Gospel festival in Whitmore Lake, MI. Funny thing is is that my cousins still had that bus after I moved to Nashville..I had long left the band at that time. I moved into my new house and had a pest control service come to my house every month. One day the tech was talking to me about music ..of course..every person I have ever had come to my house for any work is always a musician lol. The tech told me he played in a family band…he was probably in his early 20’s. He said they were looking for a bus. I told him about our bus and that it had been sitting there for years. I gave him my cousins number. Well the Tech and his father drove to MI and bought the bus. I’m pretty sure we sold it for the same price we bought it even with a new engine and paint job….pay it forward I guess. Wonder if it’s still on the road? I will try to get a picture of it someday.