In this Crazy Tour Stories segment, the singer-songwriter, Owen Danoff, shares one of his stories from being on the road. You can check out the story, after the break.
The first tour I ever did was a 9-day, solo acoustic run that I booked before I had any idea what I was doing. I went from Washington, DC to Nashville, and back, playing in living rooms, bars, and coffeehouses along the way. Midway through the tour, I found myself driving through an overgrown, abandoned corner of a North Carolina town, to play in a stranger’s living room.
The host of the show was actually really warm and friendly – he told me he expected 30-40 people to start filing into the house soon to hear me play. An hour later, I found myself playing to six people. I get it – that happens – but what happened next is still a unique experience for me.
In between sets, one of the few people in the room came up to me, and our conversation went something like this:
Guy: “Hey man, good stuff”
Me: “Hey, thank you so much!”
Guy: “Do you mind if I give you some notes?”
The audience member then told me that he felt like my music and my lyrics didn’t totally match up and that he thought I should add some jazz chords. He then asked if he could show me, picked up my guitar, and played some major 7ths and diminished chords while reiterating that they would make my music more interesting.
Then I played my second set. I spent most of it trying not to look at the guy who just verbally tore my songs to shreds, but again, there were six people in the room.
After the show, the guy bought two of my CDs so that he could record himself playing his chord ideas over them – so at least I made $20.