I walked up to the Midnight Rodeo in Austin Texas to see a line of people wrapped around the building. Everyone anxiously waiting with their printed tickets in hand. Conversations about Bones carry on throughout the crowd…..Our boy was back home. This was the first official show for the Raging Idiots in Austin as a part of their recent series of shows all to benefit charity.
Everyone cheered as Bobby Bones and Producer Eddie from The Bobby Bones Show/Raging Idiots walked out to the stage. Right away you could tell Bobby was truly happy to be back in Austin. The city where it all started for him and his show. They opened this show with their rendition of “Everybody’s Got Somebody But Me” complete with the smooth auto tuned vocals from Bones. A fun way to start the show and only the beginning of a variety filled set. The entire performance carried an incredible amount of energy. Bones knew just how to mix it up and keep everyone hooked. He worked the show into sections complete with a full collection of wardrobe changes. A lot of country, a little hip-hop, and then some stripped down acoustic. He would jump from Johnny Cash complete with a fiddle and electric guitar to “Humpty Dance” with a clock around his neck and his buddy Andy Roddick by his side.
There was truly never a dull moment in the set. I’ve been to a lot of shows and usually you get the same performance from an artist that they do every night. Just insert city name here. Which is fine but this was nothing like that. This was truly a special event. It goes down like this because the Raging Idiots aren’t trying to be real musicians which some people might think. They will tell your themselves that they’re not great musicians. They do it to have fun and spend some time with loyal listeners while at the same time raising money for great causes. But what they lack in musical ability they definitely make up for with personality.
The show ended with everyone singing along to “Friends in Low Places” by Garth Brooks. The crowd erupted into a full blown roar after the music faded around Bones. You could literally feel the power of the cheering coming from the crowd. Bones was even close to getting emotional. He loves this city and this city loves him right back.
It also just shows you the power of the medium. Some say that radio is dying but after experiencing the show last night they couldn’t be more wrong. This one radio show brought this energy of people together for a night of music, comedy, and fun while at the same time raising money for a great cause (Austin Pets Alive). It’s really an amazing thing to experience because they are just real normal people that put their lives out there for everyone to see. Through that they are able to connect with listeners so personally that events like this can happen. That’s powerful and in today’s world pretty unheard of.
Thanks for the awesome night guys. I look forward to seeing what other great things you do in the future.
I recorded this acoustic ep. These are some songs (and one cover) that I wrote over the summer. It’s just me and a guitar. You can listen/download it on Bandcamp for free.
I’m sitting here after everything that happened this weekend and doing my best to process it all. At one point I was literally expecting to wake up because I had had so many dreams where things like this go down. Then I wake up and feel so bummed because I never really experienced it at all. Well this time I didn’t wake up. It was all real and better than any dream that I could have ever had.
It all started with a tweet. In this instance and really the whole situation all together. So let’s start there. My favorite band for the longest time now has been Lemuria. They fell on my ears when I was looking for something new. I was kinda at a point where I had been listening to the same old thing for a long time. So a friend of mine gave me this record titled “Get Better.” I had heard of the band before but just never got around to listening to them. They had me with opening track “Pants.” It was so different than anything that I had ever heard before. I listened and sang along to it non-stop. I found out they were coming to town pretty soon so I was excited to see them live. That’s when the tweets started. It started with just a like “hey I love your band, and I’ll see you guys at the show tonight.” Then ever since then I would tweet them from time to time and they would tweet back! It got to the point to where their drummer Alex would recognize me at the shows just from Twitter. We’d chat for a bit. I’d watch their set, buy some merch, and tell them I’d see them next time. It was always so exciting to go to their shows and sing along to all of my favorite songs. There’s nothing I look forward to more than when I see they’re coming to town.
So a little less than a month ago I saw that they were going to do a record release plus an in-store show here in Austin. I knew they’re bass player Max lived here so I figured they would probably been in town the whole week in preparation. I thought this would be a better time than ever to have them come be on our show (podcast). So I tweeted Alex asking them if they’d be interested. If anything, I just wanted to throw it out there and didn’t know if they would be able to or not. He replied “sound good!” I can’t explain how I excited I was. I had just came home from work and was about to take a nap when I got the tweet. I instantly jumped to my feet and started pacing across the apartment. I called my brother who had just gone into work and told him with all my excitement. I couldn’t believe it. I started to prepare and work out all the details in my head. I couldn’t even prepare myself for how it was going to go down.
We set the date for Friday which was the day of their in-store at Waterloo records. We walked up and saw Sheena first. She instantly recognized us and greeted us as we walked into the building. We hung out. Watched their set which was short but probably my favorite I’ve seen. Then we talked a bit after and told them we’d see them tonight. They were so nice to us. It felt like their were our old friends or something.
So we went home and got everything ready. I felt like a lot of my nerves were taken away after how cool they were with us at the record store. I felt like it was just going to be a chat with friends like it normally it is. Then once they came in and sat down and we started the show the nerves came back. When I do the show I never feel any nerves. It’s one of the few places where I actually feel confident and able to express myself. But when you’re favorite band is sitting right there. Two people who influence a big part of your life and have for a while…well it can be a little nerve racking. When the show started you could here it in my voice as I jumbled over my words a bit but I think I eventually held it together. The guys did tell me that I was shaking at some point. I don’t know I guess I probably was. But we had a really fun time and talked about some fun things. Then after they even played a song for us. They actually played my FAVORITE song which was incredible. My favorite band…. playing a favorite song……just a few feet away from me…..to be a part of our show. That’s something that should have never been. But it happened.
We talked after with them like I said before it was as if were had been friends for a long time. They are just so genuinely nice people. And I don’t mean they are nice for being “musicians” No, I mean they are some of the nicest people I have ever met ever. They even brought me a gift! I couldn’t process all of the events.
We saw them again the next night at their record release show. It was just the icing on the cake. I really still can’t believe it. I’m sitting here right now listening to their new album and thinking about it some more. I just wanted to have this all typed down for documentation purposes. So I can go back and remember one of the best weekends ever. This is one of those things that I will truly never forget.
Today didn’t feel real. Everything happened so fast just like in a dream. It was a day of highs and lows. At the beginning of the morning it was all a celebration. A party among friends and fellow fans. There were people everywhere with smiles as they wished the show the best. Listeners piled up with signs showing their support for the show and hoping for a chance to be let in the studio to share a moment on this monumental day. But as the morning proceeded everyone became more and more aware that we were nearing the end.
9am came faster than we thought it would. The final segment was here. The studio was cleared of everyone but the members of the show. One by one they gave their final speeches. Everyone choked on the hardest words fighting back the tears. Every word was sincere. I could feel a lightness in my chest developing as I saw each show member walk out of the studio. Even I had to fight back the tears. I closed my mouth tight keeping my jaw locked. I opened my eyes as wide as I could to keep it all in. I had been there a fraction of the time as the rest of the members of the show so I can only imagine how they felt at the time.
Everyone walked out and Bobby remained in the studio alone and delivered the most sincere moment in radio I have ever heard. This was not just some radio host talking into a microphone and doing a show. This was a real person expressing his true feelings. Moments he had experienced over the years and shared with an audience. Every good and bad day. It was a speech that got to everyone. The emotion in his voice pulled at everyone’s heart. They brought sadness but also gave everyone something to smile about.
And this is how the show came to an end….well not a real end. The show’s not over. They’re not dying, though to so many that’s almost how it feels. But instead they are starting something new. Something really exciting! But it’s such a big change that takes on lots of emotional attachment. It’s hard. No matter how much joy you feel for the future and the beginning of something new it still means it’s the end of something. The ending of something meaningful. You still have to make those hard goodbyes that make you spill some tears…But of course these feelings are only temporary. Change is a part of life and is not always easy. So we allow ourselves time to be sad. We allow ourselves to cry but at the same time knowing that everything will be okay. In this case, everything is about to get really good. But you gotta make it through these tough days to get to the great ones.
The news of the Bobby Bones Show moving to Nashville is still setting in. Like most people my reaction was my jaw dropping straight to the floor. It’s incredible news. I haven’t really been able to express it into words so I decided to write it all out for anyone who cares to read about my relationship and journey with The Bobby Bones Show.
A little back story first….I started interning for the show back in August of 2010. I had just moved to Austin and had been listening to the show for about a year. I was hooked after the first time I turned them on driving to school. I still remember exactly what they were talking about. From there my interest in the show turned into an addiction. I listened to it ALL THE TIME, I stalked them on social media, and watched their entire Youtube catalog. I talked about the show to people like I actually knew them and they were my friends or something. Then one day I decided to email Bobby. At that time I was looking to start my own podcast and I asked him for some tips on how to make it sound good. He replied and suggested that I should just come sit in on the show and see how it runs. I was so excited! I was going to meet Bobby Bones! I went in one morning and it all went by so fast. They were all really cool. Then after talking to some of the interns that day, I decided I would try and intern for the show. I got an interview with Alayna and started about a week after. I was pumped.
A little about me now…..I was probably one of the last people you would expect to go intern for a morning talk radio show. I had this strange social anxiety that came off as me being really shy and untalkative. It was rough at first. You take this nerdy socially awkward kid fresh out of high school and put him in a situation where he has to learn to communicate with people on a daily basis. Like I said it was rough! And I still don’t know exactly what potential Alayna saw in me but for some reason she didn’t give up on me. I gave it some time and it started to develop. I made friends with the other interns and learned what it took to make it there. Then I kinda got good at it and started to really like it. My initial internship period ended but I didn’t want to leave so I found a way to stick around.
I started to learn so much about radio, producing, and entertainment in general. I took everything they threw at me. I saw it all as opportunity. I guess around this point they saw I could handle it so I did more and more training until I was able to take on more of a role by helping produce the show. I loved it. I started coming in 5 days a week and I didn’t even mind the hours. I was actually excited to wake up early in the morning to go and work. It started to just become a part of me. It was a lot of fun. I never knew what each day would bring. It could be anything from recording a parody with Bobby, working with Amy on a video, going around town with Lunchbox on a stunt and even getting on-air from time to time. There was always something different. I developed relationships with everyone on the show and we all worked really well together. It’s really as the Facebook page description reads “a bunch of friends and some interns hanging out. trying to be funny”
After 2 years of working as an intern for the show I came across on opportunity. Bobby had always been pulling for me to get a job there at the station and finally something came up. It was too bitter sweet much like today. In order to start my new job at the station I could no longer intern for the show. It sucked I didn’t want to leave but I took comfort in the fact that they would still be there down the hall and I could stop by whenever I wanted. I was also excited to learn that I was there go to whenever Alayna was out, I would fill in as producer. So I still got to work with them and this time I was actually making a little money! Haha! People always say something along the lines of find a job that you would do for free. Well I found it and did it for 2 years! There were so many awesome days and I have the luxury of having it all documented in hours and hours of podcasts.
But I can’t say enough how much they helped me out. Not only with landing a job in radio but with me being more of the person I want to be. Like I said I started working there fresh out of high school. I didn’t really know “who I was” or what I wanted to do. And now if it’s one thing they’ve taught me it’s to just be yourself no matter what or how different that is from everyone else. If you look at the show everyone is so different but I think that’s why it works so well. No matter who you are stick with that and don’t let up on the things you like. If you’re a muscle pumping, girl chasing, protein guzzling bro then be that. Or if you’re some nerd who plays guitar and watches the Simpsons way too much then be that too!
So with all that it brings me to what I at first didn’t want to accept. It’s hard to see something that you love and people that mean a lot to you move away. But it’s all about looking at the bigger picture! While working for the show I knew that it was going to be huge. I saw it grow so much while I was there. I saw how everything developed from when Bobby landed the gig on Live with Kelly, to signing the major syndication deal, to getting on in St. Louis and now moving on to Nashville. I knew Bobby and the show would constantly be moving forward. I’m so grateful that I was able to be a part of it. And right now it’s almost to the point where I don’t have to wish them good luck because I don’t think they really need it. I know they will continue to work hard and become successful. It’s just what they do, you don’t have to tell them.
But without a doubt I’m going to miss them. Working in radio was my first real job ever (I never worked in high school) so I guess I don’t know what a “real” work environment is like but something tells me there is nothing like the work environment on the Bobby Bones Show. A group of people who can be so cruel making fun of each other but be able to laugh about it because it’s all in good fun. It was like one big family and I’m so happy that I got to be a part of it for the time I was there. It’s going to be weird going into the station and not seeing them….But of course they’ll still be dialed in on my radio every morning.
If you’ve made it this far..thanks reading me spill my guts. If your a Bobby Bones Show listener I encourage you to keep listening to the show. They’re going to be the same people you love but instead of a drum machines and synthesizers you’ll hear twangy guitars and banjos between the breaks…If you’re a member of the Bobby Bones Show, seriously thanks you guys. You took me under your wing and showed me the ropes. I know you guys are gonna be huge in Nashville!!!
Thanks for the laughs we’ve had and I look forward to the ones that follow.
oh and thanks for letting me talk to Donald Glover on-air. that was awesome.
I enjoy the idea of her. She’s perfect in theory. I crave her voice in my ears at a given moment. At times, I would do anything just to see her face. But somehow it all goes away when my urge is fulfilled. When I see her standing there before me. When I finally have her in my arms, I can’t seem to bring myself to feel the way I did before. It’s like I realized that I’ve made a mistake. How does it all just go away? Maybe it’s wanting what you can’t have. Maybe it’s just a build up inside my head that is nothing more than an itch. It goes away with almost no effort.
I could let her walk away. I could let her board the plane. I could never see her again. I could be standing there alone and I would feel nothing. Nothing… and that’s how I know that she will never mean a thing to me.