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Postby crazygurl14 » Wed Jun 18, 2014 1:33 am

Since Al and you guys in the band have been playing together for so many years one would assume you all are pretty tight and really close pals. How often do you guys see each other when not touring, recording, or generally working? Is everyone pretty much one big family? I remember years ago on weirdal.com seeing a picture during a poodle hat tour titled something like a bus full of uncles when Nina was along with you guys, is that pretty much what you guys are like to her?
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Re: outside bonding

Postby bermuda » Wed Jun 18, 2014 2:08 am

I'm not sure there was ever a time when we hung out apart from working with Al (or occasionally with each other.) We never lived extremely close to each other, so just meeting for lunch means some travel and pre-planning. Ruben is probably the closest to me at almost 20 miles, and I see him every few months for a jam we do together.

But on the road, we're definitely a family - the crew as well - and our personal families are part of that bigger family. So I guess Nina is treated like a favorite niece by most of us (she's almost like a daughter to Al!)
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Re: outside bonding

Postby Orthography Enthusiast » Wed Jun 18, 2014 4:57 am

Do you ever go to each other's non-Al gigs just to watch?
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Re: outside bonding

Postby bermuda » Wed Jun 18, 2014 6:23 am

Sometimes, a little. My wife and I enjoy seeing Jim do slack key, and Ruben comes to a gig of mine every 5 years or so.

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