“Another ambulance gone to the Great Gig in the Sky”

January 15, 2014

We lost our van on our last tour. I feel a lot of our blogs are about van troubles. Anyway, another ambulance gone to the Great Gig in the Sky. It was a sad day for all of us. At least no one was hurt- we were driving along the Dartmouth highway when the van shut down for good. We managed to weave it through the two lanes of speeding traffic onto the shoulder by the time it rolled to a stop. Andrew did all the roadside diagnostics that could be done, and then we sadly called a tow truck.

The towing company brought it to the garage and gave us the grim news- the parts and labour for the van would cost about $5000. We nodded somberly and said “You wanna buy a van?” They bought the van for $200 plus the free tow. Now we were stranded in Dartmouth with two gigs left of the tour. We called all over Halifax, then surrounding areas, and couldn’t find a reasonable rental that we could return in Newfoundland. In fact, the only vehicle we could find was a 22 foot U-Haul. The trouble is, this thing only had two seats. Two seats in the front and a big cargo area for all our gear. I won’t tell you what happened, but we all made it back to Newfoundland, safe and sound. Safe and sound and chilly.

We had to cancel our Moncton gig that night, but we ended up wandering into the local saloon cross the street from the garage. We stuck out like sore thumbs at this country/western themed bar which resembled one of the Legion clubs back home. We figured we’d stay for a drink, then figure out what the heck we were gonna do for the night. There was a band playing, and someone in the crowd approached us and asked if A) We were a band, B) Did we want to play. We used some of their gear and did a few tunes by Hank, a few originals, and any other bluesy/western tunes we could muster up. Once the crowd heard our broken van story, they passed a hat to give us a few bucks and then a few of them even offered us a place to stay!

Lately we have been so busy doing awesome stuff that I haven’t been writing. Touring, autographs, backflips, parties with Ryan Gosling; all these things can get in the way of a healthy blog life. So here’s what’s up.

New album is out, and it’s doing great! If you have heard it, we’d love to know what you think. If you haven’t, check www.shermandowney.ca for ways to get the album. It’s been selling well around the province and online. We are bringing plenty of copies with us when we leave the province again in a few weeks. Speaking of which…

Big ol’ Eastern Canadian tour in the works! I think it’s our biggest one yet. Lots of dates, if you live between Newfoundland and Ontario you should be able to find a show that will suit you. Check www.shermandowney.ca for dates. Speaking of which…

We are once again van-less. Why, you got a nice van lying around?

Bill

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