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A little less than a happy high
Sows and Cows Tour 2005
This story was told by Jerry Douglas, the dobro player for Alison Krauss & Union Station. It may be something that's part of each show they do, but it was fun so I'm gonna share:

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.
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gilbertbee From: gilbertbee Date: May 22nd, 2005 05:27 am (UTC) (Link)
I was at a show of theirs about a year ago, and they told the same story. I saw them at an outdoor amphitheater in mid July. There's nothing quite like listening to Alison Krauss while sitting in the grass under the stars on a balmy summer night.
komos From: komos Date: May 22nd, 2005 11:56 am (UTC) (Link)
Did they do the "Oh! It's DARK..." thing between songs?

That does sound magnificent. ^_^
gilbertbee From: gilbertbee Date: May 22nd, 2005 07:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't remember the dark thing, but they did talk about Alison's love of fried chicken a lot. :)
komos From: komos Date: May 23rd, 2005 02:05 am (UTC) (Link)
It was playful and a lot of fun. Alison would generally start, and then bits of the band would make creepy sounds on their instruments. Missed the fried chicken, though.

It was just fun, and now I want to see them again.
wisdom_seeker From: wisdom_seeker Date: May 22nd, 2005 05:55 am (UTC) (Link)
Mmmmhmm, I love that song. It just feels so good to sing. There's something really sensual about the way she sings it, which I can't help but try to mimic; the notes just roll around in my throat, like I'm tasting them while I sing.
komos From: komos Date: May 22nd, 2005 11:53 am (UTC) (Link)
They'll be in Indinana on July 12...
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