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March 18, 2016 (Friday) - It's the last show of the Shaky Tour East Coast 2.0. Thayer Sarrano performs for the second night running, in Carrboro, North Carolina. Joining her onstage are William T. Kissane (drums) and Zack Milster (bass). The Cat's Cradle provides the stage. We thank that venue for welcoming Thayer Sarrano into their halls. Tonight's headliners are of course -- The Drive-By Truckers (DBTs). We thank all of the DBTs for inviting Thayer Sarrano out on this particular tour.
Upon their return, Thayer Sarrano and her fellow musicians will have tallied up some impressive numbers, and this for the Shaky Tour East Coast 2.0 alone. Adding in their performance at the Flicker Theater in Athens on February 26th (not notated on the poster above), Thayer Sarrano and her band gave 18 different performances, in 12 different states. They logged 4,278 miles on the road. They spent (by low estimates) 72 hours and 17 minutes behind the wheel. This amounts to 3 whole days of straight driving. But that is just the beginning.
Things grow more numbing, when you throw in the Shaky Tour East Coast 2015, and the Shaky Tour West Coast 2015. With East Coast 1.0, across September and October, Thayer Sarrano and Company gave 17 different performances, in seven different states. They logged around 3,672 miles on the road. They spent (by low estimates) 59 hours and 52 minutes driving. With West Coast 1.0, late last November and December, Thayer Sarrano gave 14 performances in four different states. Thayer and her squires logged 2,121 miles on the road, and another 4,766 miles in the air. They drove by low estimates for 35 hours and 4 minutes. They flew for a low estimate of 10 hours and 25 minutes. When you add these three Shaky Tour legs together, the numbers stagger. The grand total traveled stands at 10,071 miles on the road, or 14,837 miles when combined with the air. A low estimate of 177 hours and 38 minutes were spent in transit, which is around 7.5 days, or an entire week of non-stop travel -- all this if our calculators and skills of arithmetic do not deceive us, which is quite possible.
We thank many people here at Guildwater -- DJs, venues, writers, magazines, promoters, other bands. And rightly so. But here we would like to thank Thayer Sarrano and the musicians who accompany her. We thank them for their grit and stamina, all in the name of sound, of music. Joining Thayer at various junctures across these last months were, proceeding alphabetically: JoJo Glidewell (keys), Seth Hendershot (drums), William T. Kissane (drums), C.K. Koch (drums), Ted Kuhn (drums), Bubba McDonald (bass), Zack Milster (bass, baritone guitar), Dan Nettles (guitar), and John Watkins (keys). Thanks to these musicians. (We hope we did not omit anyone.) Still, above all others, we doff our hat in the direction of Thayer Sarrano herself. There is but one. Thank you.
March 17, 2016 (Thursday) - Where Thayer Sarrano goes, so goes the Shaky Tour. Thayer Sarrano arrives today in Carrboro, North Carolina, part of the larger Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill complex. There, the Cat's Cradle provides fresh stage to shake, not all so far from another venue that helped jump-start the month of March on the Shaky Tour (Arcana), a little over two weeks ago (March 1st). Tonight's headliners are, of course, The Drive-By Truckers (DBTs), who were sport enough to invite Thayer Sarrano out on this particular leg of their lifelong tour.
The drive to Carrboro in North Carolina, from Charlottesville in Virginia, was a summer breeze, compared to some of the marathons of more recent memory (the last few days): a scant 190 miles of asphalt, or three hours and 30 minutes of road-time, without traffic, without tolls. The Sarrano Wayfarers Three could have walked, had they so chosen, and were guitars and amps round and rolled up and down mountains. Thayer Sarrano and her band -- William T. Kissane (drums) and Zack Milster (bass) -- launch tonight's festivities. We thank the Cat's Cradle, for offering up its stage for Thayer Sarrano to shake.
This preplanned scurry back to North Carolina is brought to you by -- Shaky -- named as The No. 1 Album of 2015 by guteshoerenistwichtig.com and The No. 3 Album of 2015 by Coast Is Clear -- two music journals out of Austria and Germany, respectively. Please visit Thayer Sarrano's Bandcamp Page, a place whence vinyl, CDs, and T-shirts are shipped worldwide. Consider also visiting our own newly revamped section of Photographs of Thayer Sarrano. Among other things, we have added some 25+ images of her 2015 performance at the Seney-Stovall Chapel, a show which also included sets from Etienne de Rocher and the Athens Cowboy Choir.
March 16, 2016 (Wednesday) - The Shaky Tour of Thayer Sarrano arrives back in Virginia today, this after giving feint at a full run towards the Midwest -- perhaps Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, possibly even Nebraska. Instead, along the Rivanna River, in Charlottesville, Thayer Sarrano resurfaces at the Jefferson Theater. This historic landmark was established in 1912 as a vaudeville and silent movie house. The Jefferson Theater welcomes tonight's headliners -- The Drive-By Truckers (DBTs). To Charlottesville in Virginia, from Cincinnati in Ohio, another 450-plus miles of concrete unwinds, some seven-plus hours of road-time, without traffic, without tolls. Thayer Sarrano and her fellow highwaymen -- William T. Kissane (drums) and Zack Milster (bass) -- spark off this evening's festivities. We thank the Jefferson Theater, for providing platform and refuge to Thayer Sarrano. We thank the DBTs for inviting the Thayer Sarrano Experience out on this particular leg of their lifelong tour.
This dash back towards the Eastern Seaboard is brought to you by -- Shaky -- named as The No. 1 Album of 2015 by guteshoerenistwichtig.com and The No. 3 Album of 2015 by Coast Is Clear -- two music journals out of Austria and Germany, respectively. Please visit Thayer Sarrano's Bandcamp Page. From there vinyl, CDs, and T-shirts ship worldwide. We were happy to expedite a CD -- Lift Your Eyes to the Hills -- to Rhode Island just yesterday. It is curious. Thayer Sarrano recently played another historic landmark, one established in 1926, also as a silent movie and vaudeville house -- the Columbus Theatre of Providence, RI -- less than a week ago, on March 9th, 2015. There may be some sort of connection between this performance and the shipment. But it may well be a coincidence.
March 15, 2016 (Tuesday) - The Shaky Tour of Thayer Sarrano arrives on the edge of the Midwest today, this after giving feint at another run out near the Eastern Seaboard -- that's later in the week. Along the Ohio River, in Cincinnati, where Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus himself never even set foot, Bogart's welcomes this evening's headliners -- The Drive-By Truckers (DBTs). From Rocky Mount in Virginia, to Cincinnati in Ohio, unfurls another 402 miles of asphalt, or nearly seven hours of roadtime, without traffic, all in the name of rock n' roll and paying dues. Thayer Sarrano and fellow wayfarers (they're not actually walking on foot, they are in a Ford Transit; we just like this word "wayfarer") -- William T. Kissane (drums) and Zack Milster (bass) -- open festivities. Thanks to the DBTs for inviting the Thayer Sarrano Experience along for this joy ride. Great thanks to Bogart's, for offering stage and sanctuary to the mighty Thayer Sarrano.
This dash to the Midwest and back is brought to you in support of Shaky -- named as The No. 1 Album of 2015 by guteshoerenistwichtig.com and The No. 3 Album of 2015 by Coast Is Clear -- two music journals out of Austria and Germany, respectively (see articles below). And now, this is the point in the story where we raise curtain on another new photograph (see above, no, above the Bogart's logo, please). This image of Thayer Sarrano, like the others before it, stems from the lens Emilia Paré. Sadly, we are fresh out! (Maybe.) We look forward to cycling back now to the beginning, without all the preamble.
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