Riverbend Festival couldn't be more aptly named. It was all things river. The stage was an easy 25 + feet above land, floating in the Tennessee River --even the dressing rooms were in the form of docked yachts.
The day started with a sweltering 90 degree heat, as we loaded the stage via crane. You will notice this crane if you look at the image above. After getting halfway through sound check, the sky opened up, and poured rain. Luckily for us, the Riverbend staff had a great plan for covering up the gear and were very efficient in the hustle to get everything protected. We were able to take a few hours off and enjoy a little "yacht time", while the rain passed over. By the time the rain finished falling the temperature had cooled down quite a bit, and made it quite pleasant to watch the sun set over the bank of the river.
The show was well attended with around 25,000 people filling the entire riverbank. It was a cool sight to see looking out over the extremely elevated stage. This was the second show to feature the new touring guitar/mandolin/banjo/background vocalist Jason Hoard. This also marked the second show of the new summer setlist with a few old tunes, "Peace", and "Mountain of God", and also a few new songs, "Gone", and "Lift Up Your Face" which will be on the new album due in November. It was a hot and sweaty 90 minutes, but I can't think of a better way to spend a Tuesday night.
till next time, Nathan