Smooth Hound Smith, the foot stompin' American roots duo who have travelled over 80,000 road miles and played over 500 shows in 30 plus states, shared their Top 8 Touring Tips with us. From learning basic auto repair to eating healthy, these tips will help you plan a successful tour.
Here are some things that have served me well while on the road. Some of them are useful for folks just starting out; other things are great no matter how much touring you’ve done. They’re in no particular order:
After traveling over 80,000 road miles and playing over 500 shows in 30 plus states, it's easy to say that Smooth Hound Smith knows a thing or two about touring. We recently chatted with the foot stompin' American roots duo about touring, life on the road, and more.
How do you start planning for a tour?
At the beginning, planning for a tour revolved almost entirely around getting the shows in place. For the first three-and-a-half years we were a band, I sat at my computer or with my phone for several hours a day and booked nearly everything for us. I had a system that involved multiple open browser windows: one to find a venue and check it out and see if it was a good fit, one to send the promoter an email (or follow-up email), one of a map I could refer to if I didn’t know how far a drive was between two cities, etc…