They say the show must go on — and it looks like the LoCash Cowboys took that saying to heart!
The duo hit quite the streak of bad luck while attempting to get from their show in Marne, MI to Country Jam USA in Eau Claire, WI last weekend. Both mechanical and logistical problems, as well as Mother Nature, did their best to keep the duo from making it to the Country Jam stage, but in the end, their management team, Country Jam promoters and Country Jam headliner Zac Brown Band made sure the show went on – hitches and all.
After their show in Michigan Friday, the LoCash Cowboys and their band boarded the bus to head to Country Jam only to find the bus was broken down. It was 2 a.m. and finding a rental car or mechanic was impossible. They were able to get the bus running again by 9 a.m. Saturday morning and hit the highway to Country Jam, a 500 mile drive.
“Country Jam has always been great to us, and we were determined not to miss the show,” Chris Lucas said. “We didn’t want to let our fans down.”
In an attempt to shorten the trip, the LoCash Cowboys team called all over Illinois and Michigan in search of a charter plane, finding one in Madison, WI, a two hour drive from Eau Claire. They arrived at the plane around 4 p.m., loaded up and took off for a 45-minute flight. Once the plane landed, they were met with a van and a police escort to get them to the show on time. They arrived at the stage to perform at exactly 4:59 p.m., where their manager had already called ahead to arrange the borrowing of equipment for the set.
As they prepared to take the stage, the stage manager shut down the show due to a series of rain and thunderstorms moving in. By the time they got the all-clear, they were told in order to remain on schedule for the Zac Brown Band, they wouldn’t be able to perform on the main stage. The announcement was met with boos from the crowd — which made it to Zac Brown’s ears. When Zac learned of the dilemma, he asked the duo if they wanted to stick around and perform after him. After the trouble they went through to make it to the show, there was no doubt they would.
Their troubles weren’t over yet, however. During their performance of “Keep In Mind,” they found the piano wasn’t working. It had apparently gotten wet during the storm. Refusing to give in to bad luck, they performed the song acoustically. When they finished, Zac joined them onstage and said he was honored to open for the LoCash Cowboys. Chris and Preston Brust thanked him repeatedly.
“I made sure I personally thanked Zac when he came off stage that night,” Preston said. “He was so genuine, cool, and sincere about giving us the opportunity to close the night on the main stage,” says Brust. “It was a historical night for LoCash, to perform in front of 30,000 fans under such conditions, and we can’t thank the Zac Brown Band and Country Jam enough for giving us such a great memory. It’s definitely going in our book some day!”