On a hot July night
I walked into Poor David's Pub in Dallas, TX, to see Max Stalling
and I came away a fan of the band that opened the show, The Lost
Trailers, from Georgia, featuring Geoffrey Stokes Nielson, Ryder
Lee, Cam McElroy, Jeff Potter, and Andrew Nielson.
I strolled into the club about eight o'clock, early enough
to get a good seat (I thought) and relax with some friends before
the show started. I wasn't expecting to see the place half full
when I got there. I had never seen it that crowded that early
for a Max show before and was quite surprised. I asked someone
why they were here so early and they said to see the Lost Trailers.
I was confused because I didn't know they were the opening act
that night. What I didn't know at the time was a local radio
station had given a free concert earlier in the day featuring
the Lost Trailers and all of these people had been there and
wanted to see more.
I went to the back of the room where they sell merchandise
and I noticed that the Trailers had a stack of about 50-60 CD's
to sell. My first thought was, "Well, don't they think
highly of themselves to expect to sell that many?" Pretty
presumptuous of them, I thought.
I went back to my seat (close to the back of the place by
now) and waited for the show to start. I'm sitting close to
the door when I see this guy walk in and I have no idea who he
is. He has the nastiest pair of cut-off jean shorts I have ever
seen, some flip-flops, and a t-shirt that says "I Killed
Country Music." I follow his progress through the place
and he finally winds up sitting at the bar nursing a beer. About
nine o'clock, he's sitting alone, not paying much attention to
anyone, and the back door of Poor David's opens. A group of
guys that I figured were the band walk in, find this guy sitting
at the bar, talk a few minutes, and then they head up to the
stage. The guy that I had been watching turns out to be Geoffrey
Stokes Nielson, founder and lead singer of The Lost Trailers.
I can't tell you what the first song they played was, but
I can tell you that about half way through it I went back to
the table to buy that CD. I was blown away by the way these
guys played and they hadn't finished one song yet. I walk up
to one of the two young ladies doing their sales and she hands
me a CD. Again, very presumptuous I thought, since I could be
going back there for many reasons. But the fact was, I had gone
back there to buy the CD, and when I asked her how much it was,
she said it was free. I looked at her quite stupidly and said,
"Excuse me?" She said, yes, it's free. This was the
Trailers first appearance in Dallas and they wanted to spread
Wow. I didn't know what to do or say, so I made a quick escape,
sat back down at my table and enjoyed the rest of the show.
About 45 minutes of the best music I have ever heard. These
guys have enough energy to keep New York in electricity for a
year and the crowd just loved it. All of the CD's were gone
five minutes after their set ended.
Later that night as I was driving home I got my first taste
of the Trailers on CD and it was just as good. It wasn't a fluke
like I had imagined. It was really good. The CD features 12
songs with varying musical styles from blues, rock, classic country,
and true storytelling. This record is number one in a trilogy
of concept albums that tells a story based on writings by Nielson.
One of the songs that caught my attention live and appears
on this album is "New Train," a song about a guy who
has a chance encounter with Johnny Cash in a diner where Johnny
tells him about a new kind of music. "So tell all of those
pretty boys to put their guitars down, there's a new train rolling
"Under FM Waves" is a song about great music that
never makes it onto the play lists of the big radio stations.
So Mr. Big Wigs, I wouldn't want to take your place,
Cause I don't want to find your French wine,
When I'm looking for a saving grace,
And you can always close your ears,
Cause one day my voice will fade away,
But there will always be a bunch like me,
Playing music under FM waves.
My heroes are not cowboys,
They're the ones who sing about them,
Not caring if they're paid,
Or have a place to lay their head,
Cause dough will always come and go,
But a good song will never gray,
No, you'd never know from radio but,
There's gold under FM waves.
My favorite song on this album is one called "The YMCA
Sportspark Anti-Massacre." It tells the story of a fight
between the two toughest kids in school. This song makes me
laugh every time I hear it because it has so many things from
my school days that I can identify with.
So don't turn away
You don't have to run
Every day brings a rising sun
One day yours is gonna come
And take those blues away
So don't turn away
Keep your toes on the line
Keep your head up kid
Everything will be fine
Those bitter grapes
Are going to turn to wine
And take your blues away
Find out more about the Lost Trailers at their web site, www.thelosttrailers.com
where you can download some of their best songs for your own
collection, see their touring schedule, and find out how Willie
Nelson became a fan of the Lost Trailers.
Contact David Miller at miller-at-rockzilla.net