It probably goes without saying, but when we're on tour we travel a lot. Mostly we ride in a bus, but it really doesn't matter if it's bus, plane or whatever... it's tiring. Sometimes you just want to get up and run alongside of whatever you're in instead of being in it one second longer. When we're in the bus, we find places to stop. Alison likes T.J. Maxx. "Fell off the truck yesterday. In your home today..."
Heh. Maybe I shouldn't say that.
So anyways, we went into T. J. Maxx to see what we could find. We lost Alison right away, but we figured she was happy because over in one corner of the store, there was clothes flying up in the air all over the place. 'Course, I didn't find anything so I decided to walk back outside.
As I headed out to the bus, I saw this old lady just walking around it and gawking. When I got up to her, she looked at me and asked, "Is this a city bus??"
I said, "No, it's a tour bus. Musicians ride in it, and they're not very nice people. You wouldn't like them. They probably wouldn't like you either."
Well, she just asked me to try her. She wanted names. I thought about it for a while and decided that I'd tell her that Alison Krauss rides this bus, but when I said her name, the old lady just looked at me as though I was crazy. "Sows and Cows??" she asked.
We've been calling our tours Sows and Cows ever since. This here is the Sows and Cows Tour 2005.
The show was fantastic. No one can break your heart, fix it, and then break it all over again like AKUS. All while keeping you laughing between pieces. They played for about two and a half hours and got to a lot of my favorites... all but "Take Me For Longing," but I can forgive that. There was a single encore that consisted of a few barely-instrumented spirituals, including a rich rendition of "Down to the River" from O Brother. I'm going to sleep happy.