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TBills Blog: You know what that means


It is Friday! And you know what that means! Yes, it was that time of the week where the Judd Hoos boys were going on the road again for the weekend to rock peoples faces off. You can feel Spring kind of creeping in on us and it was a beautiful Friday morning when we all met up at the Hornick mansion and loaded up the… wait, a new van! Yes, that is right, we were riding in style all weekend with a brand new van. It was dubbed, Ice Man. The ice man was loaded and we hit the road to go across the great state of South Dakota to a little town called Mitchell. Just when I was getting ready for another couple of hours in the van we were there and checking into our hotel called the Siesta! Rooms were actually pretty nice and we through our stuff in them before heading straight to the bar to get to work.

Another fantastic addition to the Judd Hoos traveling circus happened this weekend. We got a top carrier for the Ice Man band van. For those of you who know anything about how we have had to cram and load like a game of tetris, you would know how excited we were about this. It was dubbed the roof rocket (JH is all about nick names.) So after getting it hooked up on the van we finished set up and sound check. This stage was definitely one of the smaller ones we had played on so far. No back flips and spinning guitars tonight. We welcomed some time before the show to get a little dinner at the grocery store across the street and get some naps and down time in before the show. The sun went down and it was time to rock n roll! Judd Hoos got to Thirsty’s and started rocking. There was a great crowd already that were really enjoying what we were doing. It was a smooth first set. And the rest of the night proved to just get better. Everyone was really into the show, both the crowd and the band, and there was a lot of energy. Another great show with impressing old JH fans and making new fans as well. We had a smooth load out and we were all ready to get back to the Siesta to hang out for a little while. Judd Hoos had a little jam session/beer tasting. Great ending to a great night in Mitchell.

The morning came much too fast. Lucky for us we did not have too long of a drive so we took our time getting out of town and got some breakfast/lunch and worked on the roof rocket to fit a little better. We got on the road and headed to Aberdeen! Not a bad drive at all. The ice man and roof rocket were treating us well. Got into Aberdeen and finally found the right hotel we were staying in. A really nice Best Western. Headed to the bar to do our sound check thing. We used a little extra time on this afternoon to put some finishing touch’s on a new Judd Hoos original. By the time we played through it a few times and figured out what we had to do the song was ready to put into the set for the night.

We hung out at a little bar next door before heading back to the hotel. Not before getting some gas station dinner. yeaaahhhhhh. We all headed to our rooms to nap, eat, sleep, watch TV, and shower until it was time to load up and get to the show in time for Judd Hoos kick off. The first set was a little slow. This stage is the highest stage I have ever played on. So you are up above everyone in the bar at least 5 feet above them. Everyone was looking up at us the whole night. It makes it a pretty cool place in my opinion. The lights were looking good, we were looking good, and the crowd started looking better and better as the first set ended and the second one began. I think the rest of the show was probably the craziest crowd we have had since Columbus. It wasn’t as big but everyone was so into the show and giving us so much love. We opened the second set with our new original, House Party, and people were dancing and clapping through the whole thing. Such a great feeling to play a new song we all wrote together, AND for people to like it other than us.

By the time the lights came on after our last song everyone wanted another one so bad. We ended up not playing an encore. I have a feeling the staff had a lot on their hands to get so many very drunk people out of the bar. It was really cool that the crowd wanted an encore so bad though. The whole night was so fun. My parents even made it for our last set. They had driven all the way from Denver to get Joe Fornothin’s old band van and trailer up for Bob Z to sell. It was sad Devin and I were saying good bye to the old van and trailer but it was kind of a coincidence that we saying good bye to that one and got a new one this weekend. In with the new, out with the old. Anyways, it was an awesome night. We hung  out again at the bar next door after load out. Just long enough for everyone’s eyes to get droopy and beers to get empty. Judd Hoos got back to the hotel safely and got to sleep.
We all met up in the lobby in the morning and got ice man loaded and before we knew it we were on the road again. All the way back to Rapid City. Sunday’s are always kind of sad because we have to go back home. And we spend half if not more of the day in the van. And then most of us spend the rest of the day with our band families eating, drinking, relaxing, and being grateful for what we get to do every weekend. So that was it. Another great rock n roll weekend in Judd Hoos history. Thank you thank you to all who came out. We love you guys. Seriously it would not be a show without the fans. We will be heading to Pierre, SD on Friday and then on Saturday we will be close to home and rocking the roof off the Loud American Roadhouse in Sturgis. Make sure you buy some tickets if you haven’t already. It is going to be one our best shows yet. Stay tuned for more on the road with Judd Hoos!

– T Bills

Highlights of the Weekend:
Ice man and the roof rocket
“House Party”

TBills Blog: Turn UP the Radio


Judd Hoos assemble!! Friday was finally here and it was time to round up the Hoos boys and head up north to Bismarck, ND! Since most of us were leaving from Rapid and the van was up in Sturgis, we all met up there and loaded the cruiser. After so many weekends on the road we are getting really good at loading and cramming into the van. We could all be professional Tetris players! We got on the road as fast as we could because Judd Hoos was going to be on the radio today and we had to make it there and try to sound check before four. Shane Dawg was the captain and we were literally at light speed on our way up there. Of course we were very safe!!

We got the road crew on board with us and they were all done setting up by the time we got into town around 3. The drive wasn’t bad at all. It was a little snowy on the way out of South Dakota but the roads were dry up north. So with all the conditions right we were able to sound check really quick and get to the radio station on time!

The deal was was that we were going to record a song and do an interview that would be aired in order to promote our shows for the weekend. Judd Hoos has not been in the North Dakota market for a while, so it was really important we did anything we could to get people to come see us play. We were greeted by the DJ and we crammed all six of us with him into his little studio room. We got situated in front of the microphones and got ready to perform. We ended up doing our Counting Stars cover. It was so fun to break it down acoustically. After we played the song, we did a quick interview talking about our new line up and why everyone should come out and experience the Judd Hoos show. It was so fun! We thanked the DJ for being so kind and letting us come in and do it. He told us when it was going to air. So we left and after we checked into the hotel we were all sitting in the van listening to Judd Hoos perform on the radio. It was the highlight of my whole weekend! I couldn’t believe I was hearing my voice on the radio. We kept listening and heard the interview with us and Bob Z and his special way of saying to come see us play.
After our surreal radio experience, we decided we had some rockstar appetites that could only be fed by… aliens? Yes, we went to a little bbq place called Space Aliens. It was fun and obviously very kid oriented. Judd Hoos left the aliens orbit and got back to the hotel for some naps. It was so nice to already be sound checked and ready to go and be able to relax before the gig. I was rooming with Shane Dawg and he definitely passed out for a while. After we all were rested up and got ready for the show we left to the bar.

There weren’t too many cars in the parking lot. The bar never got really busy. The show went really good though! We played really well and the people that were there were really into the show. I was happy to see the dance floor get packed during the second set for a while. Unfortunately we didn’t get the memo that the bar wanted us to end at 12 30 and we started a song when the lights came on. No big deal though. The best part of the night was we didn’t have to tear down! So Judd Hoos had a little band meeting about the show and a great talk about direction and new originals. We were going to take advantage of playing in the same bar the next day and rehearse for a few hours. So we discussed what was on the agenda for rehearsal too. They flickered the lights at us and we had to go back to the hotel. We all hung out for a while and worked on some original material. We had some fun sending some ridiculous snap chats to our friends in 32 Below. (An on going thing between the Hoos boys and them.) We were finally asked to keep it down, so we decided we should probably get some sleep before our long day.

We woke up and needed food! So the best idea was to hit up the local Krolls diner and try some knoephla soup! We were so full after eating I am surprised we didn’t roll out of there. Went straight from breakfast to rehearsal at the bar. Bob Z came in all excited about this idea for a song. So we all started just throwing ideas at it and putting some chords and melodies to it. Before we knew a new song was born. We spent a good two hours on writing this new song! It was so cool to have such a creative environment and see how productive we were. We spent the rest of practice putting together a new tune that Devin is singing lead on. Speaking of Devin, he has now won more nick names than he knows what to do with! Such as: Drinky Drink, soulless ginger, Devon, city slicker, and the latest one, Chipy. All with their own personalities. Funny stuff!

Once practice was over, we left the bar and headed back to the hotel. The productiveness was not over! Andy, Shane, Bob, Devin and I all worked on another original idea we have been working on about a house party. Shane wrote some killer lyrics and the song is almost ready to be put into the show. We also worked on a couple other tunes. We all went to our own rooms and rested before it was almost show time again.

Got to the bar and there were way more cars than the previous night! It took about the first half of the first set to get people out on the dance floor. During Jake Owen this huge guy stood right in front of me and I thought he was going grab me off stage! He ended up going to a corner of the dance floor and just rocking out though. The whole night was a complete success! There were so many more people. The bar was literally packed. A fun group of girls came out just because they heard we were really good, and stayed all night! It was so cool to see how much everyone liked us and we knew that we can come back and keep a good buzz going. We even picked up another gig in another ND town! We ended the night with a great encore and people still wanting more. We loaded out and headed back to the hotel to wind down and enjoy talking about the successful weekend.

It was such a productive weekend. It was definitely a different kind of weekend than a normal Judd Hoos run. We were on the radio, played in a new place, rehearsed and wrote new originals, made tons of new fans, and played the same place two nights. All of these things made it for a very special Judd Hoos weekend. Thank you to all the new fans we made for staying all night and rocking out with us! And to the staff at the Burnt Creek Club for having us and taking care of us. Thank you for letting us rehearse and make noise during the day. We can’t wait to come back and rock Bismarck again! Hopefully very soon. Next weekend we are rocking South Dakota in Mitchell at Thirsty’s and in Aberdeen at The Zoo! Super excited to show off our new Judd Hoos to you folks so be ready to dance, drink, and party with us! Stay tuned for more on the road with Judd Hoos.

– T Bills

Highlights of the Weekend:
being on the radio
Devin’s nick names
more original music