In this Tour Tips segment, the indie folk rock duo, The Talbott Brothers, recommends advice for being a musician on the road. You can check out the tips, after the break.
Every day is different and late nights and early mornings can take a toll on your voice and health. We tour in a sprinter van with bunks in the back which makes long drives or overnights more comfortable. A good pair of noise cancelling headphones or earbuds go a long way too. We favor Sennheiser’s bluetooth TrueWireless earbuds.
2. Stay hydrated
Water, water, water. Nobody likes stopping every 10 min but hydration should happen all day, not just right before the show. Grab some coconut water for electrolytes to switch it up. We enjoy bourbon and coffee and try to be intentional with them. A few favorites are Roc2Coffee’s columbian blend and Pinhook Bourbon’s 4 year.
Whether it’s stretching at a rest stop, or getting up early to do a workout at the hotel, we like to keep our body’s moving. If time is limited 20 minutes of yoga or running a mile helps release endorphins and keeps your blood flowing after hours of sitting. Exercising the mind is also important. In addition to watching movies or listening to music, we like to read, listen to podcasts or write. There’s a lot of noise on the road so it’s good to get back in touch with yourself every once in a while.
4. Eat healthy
We keep the fridge in our rig stocked with groceries at all times. Some of our favorites include: Brew Dr. Kombucha, berries, dark chocolate almonds, milk, fresh vegetables, fruit, deli meat, hard-boiled eggs and yogurt.
5. Travel essentials
Having a few comforts of home with you on the road can help keep a positive vibe. Some things we bring with us are Shwood sunglasses, Sennheiser headphones, ear plugs, Buckle joggers, and Danner boots.