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Friday, August 12 - 3:06 p.m. Wyoming time.

Posted by Eric Jerardi Friday, August 12, 2011

Well my stress level has finally come down to it’s normal heavy level because this tour almost didn’t happen for a number of reasons. As many of you know, I had carpal tunnel surgery as well as knee surgery a little over 3 weeks ago - that alone made me a nervous wreck and still does concerning my stamina. Then, just days before departure, we got some bad news that Jon, for reasons not worth discussing, was unable to do the tour. We tried to get long time comrade and bassist Gary Gates to join us, but his schedule was full which left only one thing to do - cancel the tour, burning all of the bridges I’ve worked so hard to build (especially in Rock Springs WY). Then out of the blue, Adam gets a lead on a player from Cincy who was free - we talked on the phone - he sounded cool and that very evening we headed out on our 21 hour journey to the wild west. Now I’m a bit of a control freak, and the notion of someone not knowing any of my material and me not knowing anything about him was a bit of a stretch. I was asking things like “do you have a drivers license and a bass)? The whole time he listened to my CD’s a few times - didn’t write down anything and I was freaking the fuck out!!! So we found out that 29 year old Jared Manker is a monster bass player - almost freakish in a “Rain Man” way. 
We went over material a little bit before the show and just winged it last night - he didn’t miss a beat I shit you not. Adam and I were blown away to say the least as was the crowd that we slayed at a favorite little joint in Centennial, WY - especially when I revealed at the end of the show that we had never played together or even known each other for that matter. Anyway - fun trip across the mountains today to Rawlins, WY at a very nice club the Pepper Mill for another show tonight - wish me luck.

I’ll end with a quote from Murf - the man who cooks our giant cowboy steaks at The Trading Post last night:
“Eric, you are bad-ass fucking geetar playing mother fucker


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