It's getting cold outside! You either like it, or you hate it. I personally hate it. Maybe that's just the Alabama talking. Regardless, we all have to deal with it at some point. The worst time to tour is in the winter! We just happened to find ourselves in the wrong place at the wrong time for one winter tour. It was a cold winter day and we were in Indiana while this polar vortex was hovering out across the lake. We had never heard of this "Lake Effect" and we were in for a rude awakening upon introduction! This storm swoops in as we are driving after the show and we have to pull over as snow covers any and everything. The next day our radiator went out in the bus so we spent all day changing it out ourselves in the freezing cold and everything seemed to be on the right track. Not for long, it happened AGAIN the next day while we were in route to play a show in Jackson, Michigan, except now we didn't have time to get the parts and fix it. It is now a whopping 2 degrees and we are scrambling to find a way to still make our show in Michigan. We refused to cancel the show, so we rented a box truck to take to the show. Three people piled in the cab while the other 3 hopped in the back of this dark, frigid, box truck and we Uhauled it up to Jackson and arrived just in time to unload and hit the stage. We walked in and it was nothing but smiles, hugs, high fives, cheers, and maybe a shot or two. It was unbelievable after the past two days to walk into an environment like that. The show was one of the best we have played and it was such a relief to have to support of so many people and it definitely made the box truck adventure worth the torment. When the going gets tough you have to weigh your options. I know for a fact that we made the right decision that day to do whatever was necessary to get to the show. Even though weather and misfortune had the odds against us, we were still able to go hang with our friends and fans in the great state of Michigan! It was illegal but you know what the old wise man says about that: "So what." When in doubt, forge your own path. And when that doesn't work. Find some duct tape. Stay warm everyone!