Enjoying the “Wild” Ride: Atlanta to Monterey in a day

Antsy and Tommy in Atlanta

Antsy and Tommy in Atlanta

These last few weeks have been a wild ride, and it ended with a bang. I did my set on our last night at The Variety Playhouse in Atlanta, and had to rush to the airport for a 10 pm flight to San Francisco. So, when my set was over, with the audience still clapping, I’m throwing my guitar case and carry on bag in the back of the van, which was running at the performer’s exit with Gina Mendello at the wheel. 17 miles later, I’m dropped off at Delta’s terminal, and I rush through security and on to my plane with maybe 5 minutes to spare. Thank goodness it was not a Southwest flight, because as I was boarding so late, I would have had a middle seat and no place for my guitar. As it was, I put my guitar in the closet of the plane and joined my traveling neighbors for a peaceful and smooth night ride across the country. I got to SF after midnight (2 am for me) and got my rental car, found an overpriced hotel near the airport, and crashed. As I laid my head down onto the pillow, the sights and sounds of the past ten days ran through my head like a multimedia presentation. And I smiled. I smiled at the audience I left just hours before, knowing the awesome show they had received from Tommy after I left.

Variety Playhouse in Atlanta

Variety Playhouse in Atlanta

Tommy E visiting my grandbaby in NC

Tommy E visiting my grandbaby in NC

And I took one last look at the pictures of our grand daughter I had received throughout the day. Life is crazy, but knowing I’m doing what I’m “wired” to do makes the craziness go down easy. The next morning, I was up and on the road by 9 and off to Monterey, where I would meet up with my friends Bruce, Gary, Todd, Dan and Terry for another party of music and fun. The Monterey Americana Music Festival featured Jim Lauderdale before us, and Dwight Yoakam after us. Got to hang out with Jim, a really nice guy. He watched most of our set from the backstage area, and gave me a hug when I came down the stairs to meet him. None of us got to meet Mr. Yoakam, but I’m sure he would have hugged us all too. Okay, he probably wouldn’t have hugged any of us, but the thought made me smile. His band was solid. Great players, and seemed to be having a wonderful time playing music up there. It was so good to see them enjoying themselves. So many bands look like they’re just going through the motions. So, I got to hang out with my friends again, and see folks in the audience I haven’t seen in a while. It was worth all the hassle of getting there. It’s like anything in life, I reckon. 98% of life is showing up. Nothing cool is gonna happen if you don’t show up. Maybe nothing bad either, but that’s the risk we gotta take.

Driving to Monterey from San Francisco, with great excitement

Driving to Monterey from San Francisco, with great excitement

Antsy hangs with multi-Grammy winner Jim Lauderdale in Monterrey

Antsy hangs with multi-Grammy winner Jim Lauderdale in Monterrey

 

As I noted above, I got to hang out with Jim Lauderdale.

Jim is a multiple Grammy® and Americana Music Association Award-winning musician and one of the most respected artists working the Americana, Bluegrass and Country music communities today.

Jim is a master songwriter and has had his work recorded by artists such as Patty Loveless, George Jones, Shelby Lynne, Solomon Burke, The Dixie Chicks, Blake Shelton, and George Strait, who has had numerous hits with Jim’s songs.  

His music has been featured regularly on the ABC hit show Nashville, and he appeared in the successful film Pure Country.

Jim is often called upon as a player and has toured with the likes of Lucinda Williams, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Rhonda Vincent, Hot Tuna & Charlie Musselwhite and Elvis Costello. He also co-hosts a weekly radio show on SiriusXM with Buddy Miller called “The Buddy & Jim Show,” which NPR’s Fresh Air described as “…highly entertaining…”  It was really an honor to hang with him.

Hanging with the Troubs at Monterey

Hanging with the Troubs at Monterey (L-R: Todd, Gary, Antsy, Dan, Terry and Bruce)

Band playing at Monterey (photo courtesy of Top Dog Images)

Band playing at Monterey (photo courtesy of Top Dog Images)

 

It is always a pleasure to perform with the Troubs on the West Coast.  These guys are a blast and all are fabulous musicians. We had a great crowd here to watch all of us.

Saxophone and slide guitar wizard “Loose” Bruce Wandmeyer has been performing with me for over 15 years and has really been a great inspiration and driving force behind the success of my career and that of the Troubs.

“Dacron” Dan Becker (keyboard) and “Hot Rod” Todd McMasters (bass) have brought color and fun to band for years.

Gary Tackett has been on lead guitar for the band for the past few years and has also been a great driving force in the promotion of my music and of the Troubs.

And, last but not least is Terry “The Train” Domingue, who is a great guy, and an even better drummer.

I am always happy to be on stage with these, my good friends.  Following are a few photos from Monterey kindly provided to us by James Chang of Top Dog Images

Antsy at Monterey

Antsy at Monterey (photo courtesy of Top Dog Images)

"Loose" Bruce Wandmeyer wails on the sax. (Photo courtesy of Top Dog Images)

“Loose” Bruce Wandmeyer wails on the sax. (Photo courtesy of Top Dog Images)

Antsy and the Troubs at Monterey Americana Festival (photo courtesy of Top Dog Images)

Antsy and the Troubs at Monterey Americana Festival (photo courtesy of Top Dog Images)

"Hot Rod" Todd McMasters pounds away on bass and backup vocals

“Hot Rod” Todd McMasters pounds away on bass and backup vocals (photo courtesy of Top Dog Images)

Antsy and the Troubs perform to an active crowd at Monterey (photo courtesy of Top Dog Images)

Antsy and the Troubs perform to an active crowd at Monterey (photo courtesy of Top Dog Images)

"Dacron" Dan Becker tickles the ivories and brings fun to the Troubs' shows (photo courtesy of Top Dog Images)

“Dacron” Dan Becker tickles the ivories and brings fun to the Troubs’ shows (photo courtesy of Top Dog Images)

An Antsy McClain show is never complete without some dancing! (photo courtesy of Top Dog Images)

An Antsy McClain show is never complete without some dancing! (photo courtesy of Top Dog Images)

Antsy and the Troubs (with a photo bomb by Dwight Yoakam)

Antsy and the Troubs (with a photo bomb by Dwight Yoakam)

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One thought on “Enjoying the “Wild” Ride: Atlanta to Monterey in a day

  1. Ants, I really want to help with the new CD But I already have my FlockStar T-shirt and $50 is too little.
    Would it be possible to get a song or two (music & lyrics) & the new CD for $100? Please let me know.


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