Where in the world is the Sarah Mac Band?: A Photo Blog

“Hi, I’m Sarah. I’ll be your guide for this journey. Please pay attention to the following instructions.”

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome aboard Sarah Mac Band Travel Minivan Tour 50 (fi’ty) with multi-stop service to face-melting rock shows all over creation. Please turn your attention to the van attendant nearest you for our safety demonstration. Please follow along with the safety card located in the seat pocket in front of you.

What Charlie does at 3:00 AM after almost 23 consecutive hours in the van..

As Captain Charlie is often a reckless driver, please make sure your seatbelt is securely fastened at this time. To fasten, insert the loose metal buckle into the holder. Tighten so it fits firmly around your waist. To fasten, pull the loose belt. Also, make sure all carry-on items are stored in the overhead bins, or under the seat in front of you.

There are 5 emergency exits on this 200 Honda Odyssey minivan; 2 in the front, 1 in the back, and 1 sliding door located on each side. Each exit is equipped with a safety slide that can be detached and used as a flotation device. Please take this time to locate your nearest exit. Keep in mind that it may be behind you. If cabin visibility is reduced, lighted strips along the floor of the cabin will lead you to the nearest exit. Remember, red lights mark and exit. Also please remember that upon your exit to grab at least one piece of equipment and take it with you to reduce the recoup cost later.

In case there is a loss in cabin pressure (or too many beans for lunch), yellow oxygen masks will deploy from the ceiling compartment located above you. To secure, pull the mask towards you, secure the elastic strap to your head, and fasten it so it covers your mouth and nose. Breath normally. Even if the bag does not inflate, please keep in mind that oxygen is flowing. Please make sure to secure your own mask before assisting others.

Crossing the Ohio River from Kentucky into Cincinnati

In case of a water landing, first please secure all amplifiers and guitars with provided tarps, using duct tape to close the seals. Then, quickly put on the life jackets located under your seat. To fasten, place the vest over your head and secure both straps around your waste. To inflate, pull the red handle, or manually inflate by blowing into the red tube. Remember, NEVER inflate the vest inside of the minivan. Also, a beacon light will activate upon entering water.

Please make sure you have read the safety card and itinerary for this tour. As we come through the cabin to perform our final safety checks, please make sure your seatbelt is fastened, you seat back and tray tables are in their full upright and lock position, and all carry on items are stored properly.

Thank you for your attention, and we wish you a good journey with Sarah Mac Band Travel Minivan Tours.

Sarah and Charlie show off the Sixthman swag they were gifted by our friend, percussionist Chardy McEwan in Atlanta, GA.

Main Street in Canton, NC.

Claire exploring the remnants of downtown Canton, NC.

Ryan (who recorded and produced Awakening) just opened a new studio outside of Asheville, NC: Lumen Audio.

The Lumen Audio toilet.

While everyone talked equipment, Sarah played with a funny, handmade South American guitarish instrument. It had a weird center of gravity, so she started balancing it on her fingers to the delight of everyone else. She then became the afternoon’s entertainment.

Asheville’s 98.1 The River: “Different is good.”

Free afternoon, enjoying the mountains.

Tunneling through a mountain between North Carolina and Tennessee.

Welcome to Knoxville, TN: Sarah at the Knoxville Visitor’s Center.

The Sarah Mac Band on the Blue Plate Special Radio Show, WDVX in Knoxville.

We caught an in-store acoustic performance by Dawes at Disc Exchange in Knoxville during our free afternoon.

The Disc Exchange not only offered free New Belgium beer (they don’t sell it in Florida), but also sold Michelle Obama action figures. Michelle is one of Sarah’s idols, so Claire bought her a little gift to commemorate the Knoxville trip.


Then we walked the streets in beautiful downtown Knoxville.

While Claire and Sarah perused the goods at Yee Haw Industries, Charlie hit up the candy store across the street to stock up on the Sarah Mac Band’s signature treat.

Smarties Stasher: Claire makes good use of her tiny pocket.

Remedy Coffee, Knoxville: Tim Hughes’s Flying V acoustic Takamine guitar.

Headed North on I-75.

Horse country in Kentucky.

The Monastery: Cincinnati, OH.

Overall Assessment of the trip: “Charlie was killing it!” (In a good way, of course!)

And in other news, you can listen to the new Indigo Girls album here before it’s released on October 4th. Seriously, this might be my new favorite IG album. Not kidding. Pre-order it. Go ahead and make plans to see the tour that will support this album. It’s THAT good, folks!


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