Gayngs' bus finally shows up -- in Nashville

  • Article by: CHRIS RIEMENSCHNEIDER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 11, 2010 - 1:33 PM

Justin Vernon onstage with Gayngs

The case of Gayngs' not-so-magical, mysteriously disappearing tour bus has been solved -- but it's far from resolved.

After driving off in the middle of the night and spoiling the Minneapolis-reared all-star band's big gig Sunday at the Austin City Limits Festival, the bus and all the band's gear have turned up in Nashville, where the owner of the bus company is based.

He says the band was days late paying a $6,000 bill for using the bus, so he instructed the driver to return home.

"They did it to themselves," said CJ Curtsinger of CJ Star Buses, who claimed he gave the band a 45-minute notice to unload its equipment so it could still perform at the ACL Fest.

The members did not take him seriously, he said. "If CJ takes your bus away from you, it's either because you're tearing it up or you didn't pay me. Ask anybody: I'm one of the fairest guys in the business."

The Gayngs camp obviously disagrees.

Band manager Nate Vernon, the brother of singer Justin Vernon (of Bon Iver fame), denied Curtsinger's claims. However, Vernon said he did not want to share Gayngs' side of the story Monday, since the group's first priority was getting back its "expensive, irreplaceable gear."

Some members of the group were en route to Nashville to do just that Monday morning.

Others were scrambling to find a way home from Austin. A legal spat could follow.

Finishing off a two-week tour behind its debut album, Gayngs performed at an ACL Fest after-party Saturday night at Emo's without any hitches (in fact, the performance was very well-received), but the bus driver left town after that show.

The 10-member all-star indie-rock ensemble then had to cancel its daytime festival gig Sunday in front of 70,000 prospective audience members

"Unreal situation," Vernon said.

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