After a short hop from Hartford and a change of trains in New Haven we rolled down the eastern seaboard on the Amtrak Express via Bridgeport, Stamford and
New Rochelle, into New York City's Penn Station, then on through New Jersey to Philadelphia, Wilmington and Baltimore.
Our bus and driver were waiting and we headed out to the airport to pick up honorary Hothead Barry Walsh who had flown in from Memphis.
A one hour drive to downtown Annapolis found us checking in to the historic Governor Calvert House and within half an hour Terl and Ron arrived, having flown in to Washington Dulles where they were picked up by our sound engineer and production manager Graham 'Blakey' Blake, who had himself flown in from Moscow via London. A sound man he is too and we're all looking forward to working with him again.
After all the hard travelling we gathered for a vocal rehearsal in Sadie's room before tumbling out into the frosty Annapolis night. The beautiful old colonial streets twinkled with Christmas lights, glittering shop windows beckoned, but we had only one thing on our minds.
Food and wine!
We ate and drank at Buddy's where crab and ribs are the speciality. Danica tried the crawfish, which she hated, Sadie had the gumbo and we all sang Hank Williams 'Jambalaya':
"Jambalaya and a crawfish pie, fillet gumbo"
After dinner and a brisk walk back to the hotel Blakey, Terl, Ron and I nipped in to the pub next door for a nightcap. Big day coming up. A six hour rehearsal/ sound check then we're on stage for our first ever American gig! I'll let you know how it went.