In this Tour Tips segment, the country artist, Joey Green, recommends advice for being a musician on the road. You can check out the tips, after the break.
When touring I have learned several to-dos and plenty of what not to-dos. Let’s start with things to do on tour.
First, always leave a good 2-3 hours of extra travel time from city to city. Most venues run a tight ship and have set times for the production crew’s arrival, doors opening, etc. I remember one time doing a one-off show in Oklahoma City and we had just gotten a “new to us” band trailer the day prior to the show. Well, we didn’t really consider 100-plus degree temperatures and dry rotten tires. We blew a trailer tire but were lucky enough to have a spare, but on the way back we blew the other one. Had we blown both on the way we would have been up the creek without a paddle. So always leave time to prepare for things like that.
Second, always bring Merch. I know in the past we would bring it and may not set it up or even just being lazy or judging the venue before the show thinking “this ain’t a merch selling show”. But, it’s always a merch selling show!! And, it doesn’t take much in sales to cover some fuel or a hotel room.
Last what not to do. Don’t be rude to anyone. Be grateful and kind. With the staff of the venue be patient and thankful and try to learn their names before the night is over. If it’s fans be at their disposal for at least a set amount of time after the show for photo ops and autographing things. There are a million different things they could be doing but they chose you so take some time to choose them and you’ll create a lifelong supporter!!
Also, have great locks on your trailer and park in well-lit places with cameras!