While their van was tied up in D.C. traffic, the band started the Q&A with fans via the social-network website Reddit, with the fiddler typing on his phone.
Among the A’s and Q’s, the favorite response seemed to be, “Like toilet water splashing on your butt.” The question: “What’s it like listening to your earliest albums?”
While there’s truth in that reply, the band didn’t take most of the questions seriously. “Somebody asked who my favorite banjo player is, and I said me,” Carroll said. “That’s just a baldfaced lie.”
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“I crave it. I could be on the road most of the year. I’m excited and get into the swing of things right away. I’ve joked about putting a roof and walls around my bed at home to make it more like sleeping in a bunk.”
Tim Saxhaug, bassist
NYC > ROCHESTER, N.Y.
Thursday, July 17
Gigs: “CBS This Morning,” Rochester’s Party in the Park
“Are you guys actually still a Duluth band, or have you all moved to Brooklyn?”
CBS news anchor Anthony Mason was doing his part to kill time with the band. An hour earlier, their sound check was just ending when TV monitors around the room started showing footage of an airplane crash in Ukraine.
The day started out unusually relaxed for band members waking up in $300-a-night mini-rooms at a Manhattan Holiday Inn. Nobody even tensed up when word came that the fiddle player had just gotten in the shower two minutes before the CBS van arrived.
As the van rolled up Avenue of the Americas, talk turned to the Q&A session from the night before (the “toilet water” line earned traction on Twitter) and the odd nature of TV royalty payments (the mandolinist recently received an $11 tax refund from California).
The band quickly learned about the odd world of TV newsrooms. As the Ukraine tragedy took flight on air, staffers one by one disappeared to the main news studio.
Tour manager Mike “D” Tholen clutched his phone tightly, checking the time and logistics of their next gig.