Q & A With Todd

A couple of weeks ago our friends Todd and Marti went to see Dave Barnes in concert. And after we texted back and forth about 35 times in the hours leading up to the show (I WAS SO EXCITED FOR THEM, YOU WOULDN’T EVEN BELIEVE IT), I asked if he wanted to answer some questions about the concert (and some other stuff, too) for the blawg.

Todd was gracious enough to agree, and I for one am WAY BEYOND GRATEFUL because I am in the middle of a writer’s block smackdown.

So it helps when someone else provides All The Words.


On a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the highest, how happy does Dave Barnes‘ music make you?

10 +

Dave Barnes knows how to craft a catchy song that incorporates all of the vital ingredients: great melodies, soulful harmonies and they ever so important opportunity to play the shakey thing as you drive in the car. Oh yeah, and he is not one bit scared of embracing a key change in his songs.

And he’s from Mississippi so that makes me unbelievably proud, even though I had nothing to do with his tremendous talent.

Would you like to tell the internets what happened before the Dave Barnes show when you walked back to your car to get your camera?

I’m at the corner waiting to cross back to the venue and I say to myself, “Hey, that looks like the talented singer-songwriter Dave Barnes talking to some people on the corner.” So I immediately got a little giddy/nervous/excited and I approached Dave and his bandmates. I introduced myself and told them I was a friend of yours. They couldn’t have been nicer more down to earth guys.

I told Dave I was originally from Mississippi and how much I’ve enjoyed his music and was looking forward to the show. He was really modest and gracious and obviously had no idea just how much I had been obsessively listening to his stuff over the past week.

And were those guys pretty much the nicest people you’ve ever met in your life? Just like the people we grew up with in Mississippi?

Gosh yes. They were so genuine.

Side note: As we were talking, he asked me how long I had been in L.A. and what I did. When I told them I worked at [Large Movie Studio] they were like “that is so cool!” (as you and David know, it is so not), and I was like this close to saying “Hey y’all if you want I can give you a tour of the studio tomorrow if y’all are staying around L.A. and if you need a place to crash, Marti and I have a guestroom…”

Thankfully the exchange ended with my standard closing when I get too nervous: ”See y’all inside. Take care now.”

Would you recommend a Dave Barnes show as pretty much the perfect date night? Did Marti enjoy the show as much as you did?

Oh yeah, totally a date night show. Marti loved it and so did her older sister, Angie. She’s a member of the obsessed, listen-to-Dave Barnes-while-driving club as well.

It was a great night. Period.

So. Did y’all eat anything good before the show?

Uh, yeah. We ended up going to the Rainbow Bar & Grill, which is next door to the Roxy (where Dave Barnes was playing). Someone at work said we had to try the pizza. So we did.

And did you look at your plate of food and say, “THE PORTIONS! I CAN’T BELIEVE THESE PORTIONS! I’VE NEVER SEEN SUCH LARGE PORTIONS!” in honor of Martha?

You know, Martha would have been beside herself at dinner. Even I was pretty shocked when they brought out those two pizzas. There were five of us eating and we still had I think four pieces left over. And believe you me, I did my best to make sure that didn’t have to happen. But I failed. I know you’re disappointed.

In your opinion, have I ever exaggerated when I’ve told stories about my mother-in-law here on the blog? Because people tend to think that I exaggerate, that she can’t possibly be like I describe her.

Nope. No exaggeration. No ma’am, not one bit. They broke the mold with Martha.

Which is more fun? Seeing Dave Barnes in concert? Or performing a choreographed dance at your wedding reception so that said choreographed dance can be featured on a national television program?

You know, as fun as the Dave Barnes concert was I’m going to say the reception. I mean as stressed out as I was the weeks leading up to our wedding day with being followed around by a reality show cameras and having to learn a dance routine all under the cloak of secrecy, with all of that being said, I was so happy to finally marry the woman of my dreams. It was the happiest day of my life.


And all the internets said: AWWWWWW.

Have a great weekend, everybody.

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  1. Sooo happy to be first to comment!
    I saw the footage of Todd and Marti. It was so awesome! I think I got a peek of you, too. And now…now that I’ve
    read so much about Dave Barnes on your blog, but don’t know who he is, I’m going to check him out!

  2. I love Dave Barnes,too. And I’m not even from the South. I think he crosses all geographical lines…or something.
    Sorry about your writer’s block.

    I stole an advertisement for Kitty Hats off Craigslist and posted it. Yes, I said KITTY HATS.

  3. Double “awwwwww”.
    Thanks for the smile!

  4. They did indeed.

  5. Although that was an awesome interview, I’d have to say that it totally rocked due to the last question and answer. That Marti is one blessed woman.

  6. E-Jayjo says:

    I didn’t leave a comment on the last post where you wrote about the dance at the reception, but I watched that show when it came on and it was hilarious. Tell Todd and Marti they both did a great job! All through the show I kept looking at them and telling my husband they looked so familiar and was trying to think of what show had I seen them on before. I couldn’t figure it out for the life of me and was going through all the shows I could think of, but couldn’t quite place them. Then, when I read on your blog they were on the show I remembered reading the post of them with Martha and the light went off. Ha.

  7. You really piqued my interest on Dave Barnes! I checked him out, and all I can say is, Wow! I have bought 2 of his albums! Thanks!!!

  8. You know what I love most about Martha? Everything comes in threes. And three is a pretty sassy number, I think.

    She’s a blessing!

  9. I wonder if Daves Barnes will ever come to my neck of the woods??

  10. Dave Barnes is awesome! I actually went to college with him briefly back in Ohio and knew his music when he was still a very indie name playing in local venues and opening for some other indie but growing in popularity names (like Matt Wertz.) I’m so happy that his music has been catching like wildfire and people are enjoying his unique sound. I think it’s perfect driving music. :)

  11. I saw a commercial for “Rock The Reception” and a clip from their reception was one of the first shown. I was so proud.

  12. I read where Beth was givin’ ya props…
    so I popped over to check out your blog. If it’s this catchy on a “block” day, I can’t wait to see what you bring in the zone. Thanks for the grin.