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Travelin’ and Tweetin’ with The Bo Henry Band

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tommy gets Lance' s suitcase

Tommy gets Lance's suitcase hooked up

As a fan of Bo Henry and the motley crew of musicians he assembles, I’ve often wondered what it would be like to travel with the group (www.TheBoHenryBand.com) to one of its out-of-town gigs. So that’s what I did on Saturday.

The band started playing at the Sigma Nu fraternity house in Tuscaloosa, Ala., at about 10 p.m. I’m not sure if that was Eastern or Central time; I was wiped out – and these guys were about to go to work! We had met about eight hours earlier at the Harvest Moon, but had to wait to about an hour for everyone to show up because Verizon’s cell phone system was down. Did it bother Bo? Evidently, there’s no such thing as getting on Bo’s nerves; the man my best buddy calls “Senator” even thought the flat tire we had on the way home was hilarious.

Joe and Lance watch the Falcons from the bank in an Alabama Wal-Mart while the van gets a new tire

Joe and Lance watch the Falcons from the bank in an Alabama Wal-Mart while the van gets a new tire

One hundred and forty-four characters (Twitter’s limit of space per post) at a time, with some fuzzy Blackberry photos mixed in, here’s what it was like to hang out for a day on the road with eight of Albany’s characters: Bo Henry (acoustic guitar and vocals), Terry Stubbs (bass guitar), Brandon Fox (guitar and vocals), Timmy Carter (drums), Tommy Goode (tenor sax and vocals), Joe Maxey (trumpet and vocals), Lance Larson (tambourine) and Brooke Hixon (dancer, party starter and faux saxophone). (Keyboardist Buck Bradshaw played, too, but traveled separately.)

* Bo just picked me up. He can’t find his band members ‘cuz verizon is down

* Gig is in 7 hours, 6 hour drive, band is missing, and Bo is as laid back as ever (2:54 p.m.)

A new tire somehow only cost $55 -- mounted!

A new tire somehow only cost $55 -- mounted!

* Something special happened on harvest moon’s air conditioner last nite (3:15 p.m.)

* Lance’s suitcase won’t fit. We are draggin it behind the van. Lance is mad (3:31 p.m.)

* Am sitting with libertarian gubernatorial candidate john monds at the moon waiting for Brandon (3:43 p.m.)

* Bo says a city official tells him that wrapped cars like moes’ aren’t allowed because some businesses can’t afford them (3:51 p.m.)

* Joe says he suspects the Wildcats used AC0RN to pay its bills (4:37 p.m.)

* The van smells better now than when we left 20 minutes ago (4:38 p.m.)

* One of these guys says he brought two 3 packs of you know what and aspirin in case someone claims to have a headache (4:41 p.m.)

Timmy warming up

Timmy warming up

* Tommy says that even if he wanted to text message he couldn’t because he can’t ever find his glasses (4:53 p.m.)

* Lance just let loose a 3-second burp. brandon says it parted the hair on the back of his head (5:01 p.m.)

* Verizon is back up (5:02 p.m.)

* Bo-ism — there’s always a way to handle things that ain’t right. You can always fix it (5:20 p.m.)

* Joe says he could lose weight just watching marie osmond sell nutri-system

* Brook is asleep but he is still smiling

Buck opens with 'Georgia' at the U. of Alabama

Buck opens with 'Georgia' at the U. of Alabama

* I can’t tweet about what is being said right now (5:56 p.m.)

* Lance says he has renamed titusville (5:57 p.m.)

* We are almost in alabama and joe just asked whether we are going to auburn or tuscaloosa (6:02 p.m.)

* Timmy just said his first word of the trip. And it was just one word (6:11 p.m.)

* Bo and brook are playing truth or dare (6:19 p.m.)

* Brook says he learned about the birds and bees when bush was president. Bo asked, “which bush” (6:22 p.m.)

* Bo just dared brook to moon the car next to us and lance dared bo to hold his gun out the window. Thankfully neither did (6:27 p.m.)

A writer's perquisite -- a backstage pass with bass guitarist Terry (right) & Co.

A writer's perquisite -- a backstage pass with bass guitarist Terry (right) & Co.

* I think I am sitting next to the legendary “Naked Beer Man” (6:34 p.m.)

* For those wondering … Bo is driving (6:40 p.m.)

* brook says he heard that wal-mart requires employees to bring obits to get funeral leave (6:42 p.m.)

* Final — washington 16 usc 13 (6:50 p.m.)

* I’ve gotta go to the bathroom but don’t want to inconvenience the other 8 (6:53 p.m.)

* They are talking about obama’s birth certificate (7:17 p.m.)

Rockin' with the Sigma Nus

Rockin' with the Sigma Nus

* Reallygottap (7:17 p.m.)

* The state ethics commission is following the journal on twitter!!! awesome (7:33 p.m.)

* Someone just asked: why it’s ok for a city commissioner who owes taxes deny a liquor license from being issued because the applicant owes taxes. Good question (7:36 p.m.)

* We are on 280 towards bham. (7:46 p.m.)

* Little worried. I just woke bo up and he is driving (7:53 p.m.)

* Surely one of these old guys must have to go, too (7:54 p.m.)

The Horny Toads gained a member -- Brook

The Horny Toads gained a member -- Brook

* These guys seem to genuinely like each other (8:14 p.m.)

* We finally stopped. What a relief. (9:06 p.m.)

* tommy left his walking stick in the taco bell bathroom (9:17 p.m.)

* One of the band members just got a message from blockbuster saying breakback mtn is 9 weeks overdue (9:10 p.m.)

* Joe says he hasn’t known where we are since we left cuthbert. We didn’t go thru cuthbert (9:18 p.m.)

* Bo drives just like me — all over the road (9:48 p.m.)

Brandon in the zone

Brandon in the zone

* Bo says that when tommy drives its like a rollercoaster ride without getting on a rollercoaster (9:50 p.m.)

* We are here. Parking at frat house — sigma nu (10:16 p.m.)

* Band setting up. Frat boys are nicer than 29 years ago when I was almost one (11:12 p.m.)

* Freshman frat boys aren’t allowed to sit down (11:14 p.m.)

* No officer. I’m with the band. No, really. Instrument? (12:05 a.m.)

* I forgot to report that buck the keyboardist made it from swainsboro (12:13 a.m.)

* Just realizing that these kids weren’t born yet when I was in college here (12:37 a.m.)

* Guy just said to me in bathroom, “love that bud heavy.” He was totally making fun of me. I said “thanks” (12:39 a.m.)

Tommy and Bo getting ready to bunk down at the frat house

Tommy and Bo getting ready to bunk down at the frat house

* No one has said to me yet: who are you and why are you here? But I know a lot of people are thinking it (12:41 a.m.)

* Brook is playing a sax that makes no noise, which is good since Brook doesn’t know how to play the sax (12:43 a.m.)

* Brandon just pointed out brook to the crowd and said: he’s so good with his horn, he doesn’t need a microphone (12:51 a.m.)

* I am gettin sleepy and they have a LONG way to go (1:11 a.m.)

* They are playing one more song. Really, for those of you that don’t follow bo’s band, it is “one more song” (2:58 a.m.)

* 13 hours after kickoff the party is over in Tuscaloosa (3:19 a.m.)

* Loaded and headed to bed – on couches at Sigma Nu (4:05 a.m.)

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  1. [...] tommy left his walking stick in the taco bell bathroom (9:17 p.m.). * One of the band members just got a message from blockbuster saying breakback mtn is 9 weeks overdue (9:10 p.m.). * Joe says he hasn’t known where we are since we left …Read More [...]

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