Jamie Mclean Band

4th of July, Derek Trucks and Road Rage

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

We just finished up our show at the Cape Cod Melody Tent with Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi Band.  WOW!!  It was a great sold out crowd, crazy venue (more on that in a bit) and amazing vibe and music.  We tried to hit the road early since it was the start of the Fourth of July weekend but we still managed to find the holiday traffic on Cape Cod.  We also found one of the most insane truck drivers of all time.  While stuck in traffic we apparently got a little too close for this truck driver’s taste as everyone crawled along the highway  He proceeded to lay on his mega truck horn for a few minutes .  After flashing a few “pleasantries” he decided to swerve across 2 lanes of traffic and block us in as well as 2 full lanes of traffic on I-95.  This dude was insane!  He proceeds to get out of the truck and starts walking towards us as we are pinned between his truck and the median.  This fool had no shoes on but was interested in starting something.   “You wanna go?”.  Before we figure out exactly what he wanted to talk about we gunned it past him along the median and headed on to Cape Cod.  It was a close call and I’m sure we could have taken him but no need to rough up our working hands on a holiday weekend.

The Cape Cod Melody Tent is the premier venue on Cape Cod.  It holds 2500 people and is set up a bit like a circus tent with everyone underneath.  The crazy part is that the stage is circular and sits in the middle of the entire crowd.  Oh…….and did I mention that the stage rotates 360 degrees?  It is a pretty cool set up for fans to see all the nuances.  It’s also pretty crazy to be playing a set and seeing fans swerving by you.  We played the set as an acoustic trio.  Acoustic guitar, upright bass and a trimmed down drum kit.  We busted out acoustic versions of Diamond Plate, Don’t Do Me That Way, Checkmate, Cupid’s Greatest Thief, Completely and Hold on Tight.  The fans really seemed to dig it.  The acoustic set is much more intimate and really lets the crowd get inside the music, the band dynamics and the vocals.  We met a bunch of fans during the break and a ton of them picked up some CDs new and old.  It is always great to see fans from previous shows return to hear us.  I love catching up with them and hearing what their favorite tunes are,  which summer festivals they are hitting or what they’ve been listening to lately.

Derek and I joked that the venue felt like entering a boxing ring.  I told him he should make his way to the stage with a towel on his head like Iron Mike.  He didn’t pull any boxing moves but damn did he and the band sound amazing.  The new group features him and his wife Susan Tedeschi  along with an allstar group including 2 drummers, 2 vocalists, and the Burbridge brothers.  They dropped Taj Mahals’ Corrina, Joe Cocker’s Space Cowboy and a ton of new material.  The music had a deep and heavy pocket all night along with beautiful vocals, great dynamics and amazing guitar work.  Derek was modest and said the band was really new and they weren’t really all the way there yet but damn….these guys are on fire.  Check them out this summer/fall on select dates. 

Thanks to all the fans that made it out from Boston, Nantucket, the Cape and beyond.  It was a blast playing with Derek and Susan at such a cool venue and we hope everyone had as great a kick off to the Fourth of July as we did. 

 Thanks for listening. 

Talk soon, Jamie


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