What a Difference a Year Makes

The band has made it through our third winter and this by far was the busiest and most productive yet.  We made lots of new friends at lots of new venues in lots of new towns.  The past two winters we spent mainly reflecting on the previous spring and summer and making plans for those to come.  This year, the amount of time we've had to reflect has been mostly limited to the time it will take me to write this post.  This year we were just too busy riding down the interstate greeting those Travelin' our route with a horse head mask. Some laughed, some rolled their eyes, some gave us the finger.  Whatever the case, they ended up on one of our snapchat stories. Or the rest of the band was passive-aggressively doubting me as I swore I knew a better route than google maps.  We could have been in a serious debate about where to eat lunch and what does/does not count as fast food.  There's a chance we were too distracted by a bandmate whose window doesn't roll up insisting our gear was safe because he "locked the doors".  We may have been laughing about electric fences, busted skulls, who's mom thought who was the best looking guy in the band, 5am conversations we forgot were being recorded, or the one pair of jeans (white AND after labor day) our lead guitar player took on the road with him.  Perhaps we were too busy trying to guide him to a fake store in a fake town to buy a new pair (if you've been to a show recently you've heard of this pseudo-town).  We were surely delirious after the all night drives for a 7:30am radio show.  Not that it mattered, you can only get so much sleep with people who snore on the inhale and exhale!  In the time left over we were watching our buddies play, recording, learning songs to play in our friends tribute nights, or preparing to do it all again.

In this brief moment of forced nostalgia I've tried to solve the riddle of why this winter was so much different than the past two.  We're certainly a better band now.  We've found our identity, our sound, and it's at least unique enough to keep people intrigued. We've had the same lineup for a year so we've been able to continually move forward with out having to catch someone up.  And we've certainly had more than our share of help from our peers and heroes. I think all those things happened, though, because we're six guys who fit perfectly into this intangible being we call The Travelin' Kine.  Dave+Jim+Mark+Brent+Scotty+Slaton= The Travelin' Kine.  Just like you learned in algebra 1, if you take one part of the equation away it is no longer true.  I'm very fortunate to make the music I want to make with five of my best friends who are making the music they want to.

With that being said!  We closed out this winter and brought in the spring with a string of shows with The Band Piano, and to top it off we opened once again for one of our favorite bands of all-time, Drivin' n Cryin'. to a packed house at Columbia, South Carolina's Music Farm.  I can't say how grateful we are for the new friends we've made or for ​the support we've gotten from so many people from the beginning.  We're excited for what this year has in store and can't wait to share it with you guys!  See you at the Rock Show! 

Slaton


 

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