Ben Jarvis of The Wild Feathers: Notes from the Road




We are stoked to have the drummer extraordinaire from one of our new favorites bands, The Wild Feathers, writing a tour diary for us while they are out on the road for 2 months with Ryan Bingham...we are sure it will be chalk-full of good times, deep thoughts, and crazy antics. Thanks, Ben! Catch the day to day action in real time by following the gang on Twitter @wildfeathers and @benjarvisdumas.

Day -1
Nashville to Dallas
I-30 W, WINFIELD, TEXAS, UNITED STATES • 55° CLEAR

Call this a test entry? En route to Dallas,TX. Listening to Arcade Fire's Neon Bible. "I can taste your fear, it's gonna lift you up and take you outta here."

Ate fancypants soufflés at Rise. Mine was an escargot soufflé.

The custom bass drum head was waiting for us at Taylor's parent's house in Dallas



Day 1
Dallas to Corpus Christi
BREWSTER ST, CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS, UNITED STATES • 77° SUNNY

Woke up early to make the drive from Dallas to Corpus Christi. Naturally, we had to hit up the Czech Stop in West, TX for some kolaches.

I got a call from home, my lady blew out a tire. Stuff like that always stings extra when you're on the road, knowing that there is nothing you can do to help. Yet if you were there you could save the day and take care of her, which is something I feel that women like.

Brewster Street Icehouse in Corpus Christ possesses a real Texas roadhouse vibe. The stage was setup outside, and although most of the audience was by the stage in the parking lot area, some people stayed inside in the covered restaurant area but could still see and hear the show.

I was really looking forward to getting Texas-sized rip-roaring drunk on the opening night of the tour, but something was wrong with my stomach and I began running a low-grade fever. So I didn't spend any time with fans like I normally would, and instead slept in the green room trailer all night. I'll make up for it, though.

Listened to Neutral Milk Hotel's “In the Aeroplane Over The Sea.” I was reminded of how much that record means to me and why it is one of my favorites. Then listened to some Olivia Tremor Control. I guess it's an Athens 90's kinda drive to Corpus Christi. (On headphones)

I-37 S, THREE RIVERS, TEXAS, UNITED STATES • 81° SUNNY




Day 2
Cinco de Mayo in Corpus Christi!
PIER, CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS, UNITED STATES • 81° SUNNY

Well, for a little bit, at least. Slept in, ate some seafood. Oysters, shrimp, Eggs Sonesta (which is like Eggs Benedict except with fried fish instead of Canadian bacon).

After lunch, we walked down to the pier on the bay for some baseball, football, and frisbee throwing. So many activities.

Off to Dallas.




Day 3
Little Rock, AR

Drove from Dallas to Little Rock. Started reading Cormac McCarthy's “The Crossing.” Wonderful so far, powerful and sparse, like most McCarthy I've read.

Played the Rev Room in Little Rock. Wild sonsabitches here. Drunk dudes. Drunk chicks. People throwing up in trash cans, at the bar, wherever they had to. Lots of whiskey shots going around. Hope some of those folks are alive today, especially the girl that works for the local paper (or maybe 'worked' if she didn't make it into work today). All on a Monday night, no less.

Watched a lot of Ryan Bingham's set. Hell of a performer. His drummer, Isaac, rips. My kinda style. What I call “down-hill drumming” because he comes straight at you down hill, pounding. And he's a funny motherfucker, too.


Stay tuned as Ben continues on the road...

Posted May 10, 2013 10:22:08 am



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