Its something I’ve heard during the half-dozen times I have seen FFR live. Most recently at the Magnolia Motor Lounge in Fort Worth, they suggested I come down to Houston and check out the scene. They just happened to be opening for Uncle Lucius twice the following month, Friday in Houston and Saturday in Fort Worth. In their charming way, they all chimed in that I should fly in and ride back in their van. After some convincing from my wife, I decided to take them up on their offer. I asked them if it was ok to bring my camera and get some footage for Southern Music Scene. Of course!, they said.
A month later, I’m riding towards downtown Houston in a van. Its been awhile since I have been to Houston, the last time was a layover at the airport. I arrived before FFR did, so I bummed around downtown for awhile. Outside the venue, Warehouse Live, the box office attendant struck up a conversation with me. After sharing our traveling experiences, he pointed me in the direction of a cold beverage. FFR rolled up later. After the hugs and hellos, they set to work setting up for soundcheck. Eventually, Uncle Lucius pulled in. After introductions by FFR and a few questions about the camera, they slipped inside the venue and started their sound check.
Eventually show time creeped up on us, and after taking a peek into the venue I was surprised to see so many people. I followed the boys around as they greeted their fans, each eager to pry information about their upcoming album or ask a few questions about why I was filming. FFR has many dedicated fans they lovingly call The Family. The first time I met the family was at the Viva Big Bend music festival where they played Padre’s in Marfa, and first realized how far their fans would go to see them. We were living in Big Spring at the time, so a 3 hour drive was nothing. Some had come from Houston (8 1/2 hours) and a few from DFW (Almost 8 hours). Now at Warehouse Live, many of FFR’s growing family were there to cheer them on.
After a great night of music, and getting to see Uncle Lucius for the first time(aren’t they just amazing?), we piled into their van and headed toward their home in Magnolia, stopping only to grab some much needed Whataburger. We rolled onto the “compound” around 4 in the morning, but that didn’t deter Barrett and Lincoln from showing me where they had crafted their last album, Unfolding, and their current album thats in the works. As I sat inside the 10′x10′ building they call The Shed, Barrett pointed out all the decorations they had acquired. Tacked on the walls are show posters from their shows, as well as a giant Hayes Carll poster. Tucked away in a corner is a record player and stacks of records. Barrett points out that they have every Led Zeppelin album on Vinyl, their first complete collection. He adds they hope to add all the Bob Dylan’s soon. They’re almost there.
I wake up a little before noon and head out with Lincoln to run some errands. He fills me in on changes in the band, like their move to Red11, booking agents for some excellent Southern Music Scene artists including Dirty River Boys and No Justice. He cracks a joke about how they are sending them gigs during the week. “I didn’t even know that was an option,” he says with a laugh.
We make it back in time to hop in the van and head out, with Mason and a couple members of The Family riding along on their motorcycles. We roll up I45 and make it to Fort Worth in no time, where they do it all over again. It was fun hanging with these guys and I look forward to that new album coming out next year.