Now and then our Tour Survival Guide will check in with rockers about life on the road. Here’s Mat Kearney talking fine wine and a certain Motley Crue drummer.
It’s a Good Thing He’s Not Playing Phuket…
"Norfolk," in Virginia, is a very tough [city] name to pronounce, without sounding like you’re cursing. So I got myself in trouble in Norfolk a little while ago. It’s a hard name to say properly without offending small children.
Singer, Songwriter, Sommelier…
Oregon Pinot Noir — that’s my red M&M item. I’m from Oregon, and it’s maybe the best Pinot country in the world. It’s been competing with France these days. Sometimes [venues] even get wineries that are within 10 miles from the house I grew up in.
You May Compete With Tommy Lee For Tickets
Someone just forwarded me an email from Tommy Lee. It said, "Give Mat a kiss for me. I think his song is great."
Don’t Be Surprised if You See Him Walking Around Your Town
I’m an explorer. People joke and call me "Cortez." I’m very curious about towns, even ones I’ve been to a lot. I like to get out and walk and find my way around. I like to turn up at local coffee shops. I like to look for those sorts of places.
-4/4 Saint Andrews Hall Detroit
-4/6 House of Blues Cleveland
-4/7 Bogart’s Cincinnati
-4/9 9:30 Club Washington D.C.
-4/10-11Webster Hall New York
-4/13 Avalon Boston
-4/14 Theatre of Living Arts, Philadelphia
-4/15 Rams Head Live! Baltimore
-4/16 The NorVa Norfolk, VA
-4/18 Amos’ SouthEnd Charlotte, NC
-4/20 Coca Cola Roxy Theatre Atlanta