Adam and Rachel, 2014
This past weekend, TSB were asked to play for Adam and Rachel’s wedding reception. The Big Shoooe was where our band started out back in 1993 in what’s called Boundary Country between the Kootenays and the Okanagan, beautiful Grand Forks.
Jonny B was unable to make the gig so we asked Nelson picker James Picton (great name for a guitar player) to fill the shoes on stage right.
With a 3-hour trip ahead of them, brothers Kevin and Chris hit the road around 9. The only changes in scenery en route were in Beaverdell where the sign of their general store now reads “COLD”, having evolved from the original “COLD DRINK” and the transitional “COLD DINK” earlier this year.
Not surprisingly, the other Boys’ trip from Nelson was a hop-skip-and-jump of just over an hour. Uneventful:)
After meeting at the bride’s parents’ spread in the Almond Gardens area of town (right on the Canada/US border), setup began around noon as guests began trickling in for the 2:00 ceremony. The beautiful bride and her entourage arrived via a souped-up and sophisticated new cargo trailer!
To stall until an appropriate time for sound check, we went for a nature walk (to Carson Road and back again). This also gave us a chance to sit on some hay bales and acoustically run through the bride and groom’s choice for a first song: Could it Be by Charlie Worsham (a good’n…a two-step keeper)
Following sound check, we were log overdue for a dip in the Kettle. Though it took a while to get to Kevin & Chris’ “secret swimming hole,” the long walk was worth it; apparently only four other people from town know about it and were kind enough to share the sandy beach!
Supper at the Station Pub, a chillax at the motel, much discussion about wardrobe choices, and we were ready to play.
Following the first couple of dances, the bride snuck off only to return wearing a much more practical — and party-able — outfit. The dance floor was full until midnight, the highlight being the impromptu line dance that we held with an extra dose of Brooks and Dunn, and the trading of solos with our new bandmate.
Considering the neighbours, the dance was done by midnight and thanks to a record tear down we were back to our rooms before 1, pretty rare but most welcome!
Again, thanks to John (father of the bride) for hosting the event in perfect collaboration with the weather forecast, and all the best to Adam and Rachel!
Our next gigs: a double-shot weekend in a few weeks with the Cowboy Festival dance at Vernon’s Historic O’Keefe Ranch and another private wedding in Winfield.
-Sonny Boy Kev