The music industry not only entertains us with music, but also keeps us entertained with fun events and exciting news. March has been no exception, and while the real March Madness may be happening on a court elsewhere, there's a little madness happening in our world as well.
Tis the season... well, almost!
It's been a busy year of touring - we've enjoyed being on the road and providing tour trucking for several of our regular touring artists, including Blues Traveler and Matt Maher, and have had the privilege of touring with some new clients, such as Gavin DeGraw, Kaleo, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, H.E.R. and AJR. As we go headlong into December, the upcoming Christmas season is shaping up to be an exciting end to a fantastic year.
It's all about the music, right?
Well, yes. But getting from one venue to another just became a bit more challenging if you've been pushing the limit on miles and drive time to get one more show squeezed into a tight schedule. Cousin Vinny and a rental truck may be the cheapest option to get cross country...assuming you don't get hit with a few fines and have your truck shut down en route.
So what to do?
Ensure you leave safe travel time that complies with the DOT HOS (Department of Transportation Hours of Service) rules, which are now tracked by an ELD (Electronic Logging Device) mandated to be installed in commercial trucks. This alone will keep you out of a BFM (Big Flippin' Mess).
The fines for being out of compliance are significant - ranging from 1K - 10K per occurrence. If that's not enough to put a little terror in your tour, the potential for a truck to be placed out of service for up to 10 hours may result in your gear arriving closer to load out than load in.
Question - If Vinny drives a truck from Nashville to Cinncinati for 14 hours and leaves on a Tuesday at midnight, when will he arrive?
On the Road, In Need of A Plan
Life on the road can be chaotic. There are many moving pieces to consider and even the brightest minds in the industry have a hard time doing it. Organization is the key to success in the music industry.
The worst thing you could do while on tour is to start out unprepared, but in order to keep things simple, where do you begin? The answer is this: One show at a time.
Using a day sheet will make all the difference as you prepare to roll into each venue, answering many of the questions that come up before those make-or-break moments just before your set. We've put together the top 5 reasons to use a day sheet, and even included a template for you to use over and over again!