Everyone has a road-trip checklist. Washington singer/songwriter Kasey Anderson is no different.
He has been traveling the highways and byways since late last month in support of The Reckoning (Terra Soul Records), the follow-up to 2004’s Dead Roses, both of which were produced by Eric “Roscoe” Ambel. Anderson recently took time from his touring schedule to share some of his travel preferences and particulars.
Medleyville.us: Name three things, excluding instruments, that you never leave home without when you go on tour.
Kasey Anderson: “A copy of Tom Waits‘ Mule Variations, an atlas and a bag of Riesen caramels, which are usually gone before the van has pulled out of the driveway.”
What are the most miles you’ve driven between gigs?
Anderson: “Valentine’s in Albany, N.Y., to Wise Fools Pub in Chicago, Ill. That’s about 13 hours and about 825 miles. With five guys in the van, the rest stops are copious because, for some reason, we can’t seem to synchronize our stomachs or bladders.”
What’s your favorite hotel/motel chain while on tour, and why?
Anderson: “La Quinta — affordable rates and wireless Internet. However, the two most important words you’ll read on a hotel sign are ‘continental breakfast.’ ”
What are your favorite eateries/restaurants while on tour, and what are yout favorite items at those places?
Anderson: “Any grocery store with a decent deli. I could live on bagels and cream cheese for the next decade if I needed to.”
Have you ever used a Laundromat on the road and had your clothes stolen from either the washer or dryer?
What artists, or particular songs, do you most often listen to while on the road?
Anderson: “Tom Waits, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Tupac Shakur, Miles Davis, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Steve Earle, Justin Timberlake . . . (and) sports radio.”
While onstage, have you ever thought you were in one city but were really in another?
Anderson: “No, but I’ve often forgotten what day it is.”
— Introduction and interview by Chris M. Junior
Kasey Anderson on tour (schedule subject to change):
* Oct. 8: Hennessy’s Upstairs — Boston
* Oct. 9: Valentine’s — Albany, N.Y.
* Oct. 11: Wise Fools Pub — Chicago
* Oct. 13: Vaudeville Mews — Des Moines, Iowa
* Oct. 16: Lee’s Liquor Lounge — Minneapolis
* Oct. 17: Black Sheep — Sioux Falls, S.D.
* Oct. 18: The Filling Station — Bozeman, Mont.
* Oct. 19: The Loft — Missoula, Mont.
* Oct. 20: Brooklyn Nights — Spokane, Wash.
* Oct. 21: The High Dive — Seattle
* Oct. 22: The Green Frog Cafe — Bellingham, Wash.
* Oct. 26: Laurelthirst — Portland, Ore.