Friday, December 18, 2009

Bus-ted: 'Most' Nashville Musicians Travel by Bus?

Posted By on Fri, Dec 18, 2009 at 10:03 AM

click to enlarge How most Nashville musicians travel. (Photo swiped from Nitetrain Coach.)
  • How most Nashville musicians travel. (Photo swiped from Nitetrain Coach.)

There was a little story the other day about a program in Nashville that will train bus drivers and then try to "place them in the entertainment industry." A vocational program for tour bus drivers is probably a good thing. As you'll recall, it was some ace driving-fu that prevented that Weezer bus crash from being worse than it was. (Forget for a moment your feelings of anger toward Rivers Cuomo for ruining your aging process--it's lucky no one got seriously mangled.) The bus involved in that accident was leased out of Nashville, as many tour buses are.

You guys, it's, like, ironic and stuff that so many tours pass us by, and yet we supply the buses for so many tours.

Anyway, one line in the bus driver training story really jumped out at me: "Most Nashville-based music performers travel by bus and the vehicles are common on interstates around Nashville" (emphasis totally mine).

Talk about burying the lede! Unlike most places, where only super-successful acts that can afford an extra $3,000-plus a week get to travel in a bus, in Nashville the majority of musicians roll in serious style. No wonder so many people move here with their guitars! Also, this probably means that if you're still driving yourself around to shows in your own vehicle, you're just a hipster who hates successful bands. Catch up and get on the bus!

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