Hickory, North Carolina

Hickory is a quaint little town not too far from Charlotte. Drips Coffee has a cool vibe with art on the walls and music in the evening. Kind of like an Ashland Coffee and Tea in Ashland Virginia, or Jammin’ Java in Vienna Virginia or The Gravity Lounge in Charlottesville Virginia…

Jimmy the promoter was the chief cook and bottle washer this evening. He helped us load in, did our sound, collected money at the door and even brought us home-cooked chickpea curry with basmati rice! Something tells me he’s spent a little time on the road. Perhaps with a great outfit known as The Carolina Chocolate Drops? The show flew by as usual and we met some really charming people afterwards. Our former merch person Shay, daughter of Stan Wilson, was there too looking stylish and offering up Southern hugs.

After the show we packed up fairly quickly as we had a three-hour drive to Knoxville. Clint, the owner of the place has a band called The Flat Tires and gave me his CD on our way out the door. I’m listening to it right now.  It kind of reminds me of a cross between Hank 111 and The Georgia Satellites with a little Social Distortion thrown in for good measure. Hopefully coming soon to a town near you!

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