In this Crazy Tour Stories segment, John Abrams, of the country music duo, The Abrams, shares one of their stories from being on the road. You can check out the story, after the break.
For everyone who loves James’s energy when he’s playing fiddle or banjo on stage, you might be taking a bit of a risk-based on our past touring stats. One summer, there were three occasions in the same month where James literally brought the house down.
At one festival, we were performing in Madrid, NY. We were singing a fairly high-energy country-gospel song. James went to take a solo and a giant oak tree cracked in half and fell on the audience. By some miracle, nobody was hurt. James’s solo literally stopped the show.
Not a few weeks later, we were playing at another festival in upstate New York. This time James was playing the banjo. While he was ripping on a solo, a man in the crowd (who also happened to be a dear friend and touring companion) had a heart attack. Thankfully he made a full recovery, and we have since had many laughs about the incident. Later that day, James was soloing again and a micro-burst hurricane blew through the festival. The guy next to the stage who was selling leather goods had belts and satchels in the power lines. Trees were ripped out of the ground. The festival was shut down for the rest of the weekend.
Next time you’re screaming for James while he’s playing a solo, it might be worth taking note of your surroundings. Maybe check your heart rate while you’re at it.