Yesterday The Boot posted a conversation with One Flew South. It's a great post if you want to check it out here.
But this post isn't about that post and actually has nothing to do with The Boot other than their post made me feel guilty about my lack of a post.
Huh? You might say.
Well last month - May 29th to be exact - I visited with One Flew South and then never posted my pictures, interview or anything like that. I did post one blurb about how I was going to get to it real soon, only I never got to it.
Oops. Okay, it wasn't actually an oops, it was more like...gads I'm so friggin' busy, I'll do it tomorrow. Then came another tomorrow and another tomorrow and another tomorrow and now here I am almost a month later. Classic procrastination at it's finest.
So here ya go, my One Flew South experience....at least what I can remember a whole month after the fact.
One Flew South played at a bar in Kuna, Idaho called Cowgirls. I had no clue where the heck the bar was so I left early and ended up there like half an hour before the band. Talk about odd sitting in an empty bar before 5 p.m. Two bottles of water later and the band showed up. Yes, for those of you wondering, I drank two bottles of water in a half-hour period of time. What can I say? I was thirsty.
The band finally came in (on time, I just happened to be early) packing their guitars, gave hugs all around to the workers at the bar that they knew, and then headed up to the stage to get set up. I introduced myself and then picked a spot to watch their sound check. It was pretty quick, a few chords here and a National Anthem there and they were done.
Then we headed next door to a restaurant so the boys could eat and we could do the interview. Okay, I've lost the video of the first half of my interview. I have no clue where it went. It's not on my computer and it's not on YouTube. Hmmm. That's actually okay because I had set my camera up on the table next to us and so you couldn't actually hear most of our conversation due to the surrounding noise. It's really too bad because Chris Roberts, Royal Reed, and Eddie Bush are just about as nice a bunch a guys as you could ever hope to meet. And funny as hell. I laughed through the whole interview. AND I didn't write down the answers to my questions because I had video so who the heck needs notes?!? Well obviously I do. Anyhoo, here's a video of the second part of our interview when I got smart and held the camera while talking to the guys. Next in-person interview I will definitely take my little digital voice recorder to make sure I catch everything.
Funny how no one ever tells you about the learning curve for interviews.
Some of the things I did learn that I actually wrote down were:
- Royal (the bald One Flew South-er) was an actor and played a cop in the movie "Colors."
- Eddie (the long-haired One Flew South-er) once opened for Carrie Underwood and had solo albums before One Flew South.
- Eddie also was the Piggly Wiggly Hometown Hero singer in the grocery store chain's commercials. Check out the video here.
- Chris Roberts (the tall One Flew South-er) once performed with Paul McCartney at Carnegie Hall AND with Paverotti another time. Yes, he sang opera.
- Eddie once decided to play guitar with his teeth (after watching Jimmy Hendrix do it) and got the strings caught in his braces. Ouch.
- Royal played Arnold Schwarzenegger and Loni Anderson's son in "The Jayne Mansfield Story."
- Eddie was once picked up by police when he was a teen because his friend decided to shop lift music (CDs, tapes, not sure which) at the local K-Mart. They were caught in the lady's underwear department where Eddie's friend was putting the music in his backpack. Not sure why they were in the women's underwear department, but it's a funny story to hear Eddie tell it.
- Chris went to college on a golfing scholarship.
- Royal is the only member of the group with a tattoo.
I know, not much there, but like I said the majority of my video from the interview is *poof* gone. The video above does have some interesting stuff on it though.
So we sat for like an hour in the restaurant before it dawned on me that I was probably not supposed to sit there that long. The guys honestly just made me feeL so comfortable and we laughed like old friends that the time got away from me. It really felt like I was chatting with three buddies than a band I was supposed to be interviewing. So I said my good-byes and headed back over to the bar to find a seat for the show. Unfortunately by the time I got back over the bar was full and there were no chairs left so it was standing room only for me.
The show finally started. Everyone was a little confused about what time it was supposed to start because the tickets said one thing while everything else said another. Royal, Chris, and Eddie were doing their own thing and no one even told them what time the show was officially supposed to start. I guess that's the joys of being a performer, generally the show doesn't start until you're ready for it to start. The boys finally got on stage and instantly you could tell there was a major connection between the guys and the crowd. I don't know how many times they've played this area before, but they definitely had fans - fans as in they were on a first name basis with the band.
The guys played songs from their album as well as songs such as Jack and Diane (video here). They chatted with each other and chatted with the crowd. They drank - a lot - and got funnier with every sip. They had fun with a birthday girl and had fun with the audience and had even more fun with each other. Seriously, I can't imagine anyone having a better time on stage. They told stories, joked, played with the audience, laughed and laughed some more. At one point, Royal even danced with one of the ladies in the audience (video below).
I honestly wasn't the hugest fan of the group, but after watching them in concert I'm a convert. They were just so much fun and put on an absolutely fabulous - albeit short - show. I just wish they got more coverage by the media because they really deserve it and success couldn't happen to three nicer guys. My only complaint was that they didn't play for very long. I wanted it to keep on going. They completely rocked and the fans dug it and I was sorry when it ended. I can't wait to see them again when they come back to town.
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