Summer Son Takes on Nashville

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The band is back from Nashville and settling back into our usual routine, but we are already counting down the days until we can get back to Music City. It was a great trip–playing and watching a ton of great music, visiting some historic venues, eating great food, and just having a great time overall.

We made some pretty cool stops along the way, and we thought we’d share some of them here:


Saturday, we arrived in Nashville and were invited to play on stage at Tootsie’s, using the house band’s instruments. Al, Collin, and Jason had to play normal instruments, but Brandon got to play a sweet pink sparkly electric violin…

Our first Nashville performance

Justin working the crowd

We spent the rest of the day wandering around on Broadway and checking out as many different bands and venues as we could.


Sunday the whole band took a tour of the Grand Ole Opry.  We tried to get a picture with the whole band standing on the famed wooden circle at center stage, but Kathleen and Justin felt a little intimidated by the legacy and decided to just lean in…

Center Stage, Grand Ole Opry

Sunday night, we headed to The Station Inn to participate in their famous weekly bluegrass jam. Some of the best pickers in Nashville show up to this thing each week, and it was awesome having a chance to sit in. Brandon jumped right in and after a few tunes, Collin talked the bass player into letting him borrow her instrument (an upright bass), and Justin stole someones guitar. Despite the fact that Collin had never played an upright bass in his life, he held down the groove like he was born to do it. Some of us are trying to talk Collin into getting his own upright, but then we might need a whole ‘nother trailer.

Sunday Bluegrass Jam at The Station

Collin trying his hand at the “bass fiddle”


Even though the weekend was so much fun, it was all leading up to our debut Nashville performance on Monday. We’d been working for weeks to build up some new material, and the show went really well. We took the stage at Tootsie’s World Famous Orchid Lounge and played 4 hours of straight music in a true Nashville style.

The crowd had a great time, we made some new friends from Nashville (not to mention Vince Gill), and met a few new people from back home that were in town for our show. Some even made the trip to Nashville just to see us! We were overwhelmed with the amount of support we received for this show and are truly grateful that we have such a wonderful group of people supporting us.

Official Nashville Debut


We are taking a week off after a busy couple of weeks, but we will be coming back strong on Halloween at The Roadhouse Bar and Grill in Yorkville on Halloween night. You will not want to miss this, as the band is going to attempt to play the entire show in full Muppets costumes! See you there!