We travelled way out to Cleveland, TN where there wasn’t a whole lot around except for this record store in a strip mall. We didn’t play to a lot of people- just the owner, Bobby, and one other guy- but it was a very welcoming environment. We played music and listened to records for a while. Bobby just opened the place and the store is staffed by volunteers. He does it because he sees a need. Cleveland had one record store before Inherent; an FYE that closed down recently. So now you can buy Things Under Water online, at our shows, or at Inherent Records in Cleveland, TN.
Similarly, the A&M Theatre in Panama City, FL is a new place opened and run by people who value music and independent artists. In the four months they’ve been open they’ve put on over one hundred all-ages shows. They charge a cover to pay the bands and have a beer bar to pay the bills. Apparently there was one other music venue in Panama City which closed down so now the A&M Theatre stands as the lone place for bands to play in a town with three musical instrument stores in like a four block radius. We had a great time hanging out with Philip, Scott, and Melody who were extremely hospitable and welcoming.
Also I’ve been craving oysters and gin and tonic for a few days now. This craving has not been met. I’ll definitely post something when it is though.