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Monday, April 11, 2011

Travis Porter living the life of Riley

Oh to be 20 again, traveling international and negotiating fellatio with non-English-speaking groupies.

This tour journal webisode from Decatur's own Travis Porter (titled "We Outchea") reminds me of a new Kindle book self-published by longtime Atlanta musician Anthony "Woodchuck" Durham, whose bio includes pioneering ATL rap alongside MC Shy D as Tony MF Rock, playing bass for ’90s-’00s rock/rap act El Pus, and serving as road manager for Anthony David.

If anybody knows the thrills and ills of touring, Durham does. Read an excerpt from his ebook, "Lessons Learned From the Road," below the jump:

Being on the road is great, but as CJ (lead guitarist in El Pus) used to say, “It ain’t all balloons and cake.”, and if you’re on the road with someone that you think you trust, things could go left in a hurry! The thing is, whenever you’re out on tour, and going to exotic locations, the folks back home think that you’re living “the life”. It’s hard to get them to understand why you’re still broke when you come home. “You’re broke?! But you just got off tour!” Really? And that means what, exactly? I think this is one of the reasons that the Isley Brothers wrote “Livin’ in the Life”. Don’t misunderstand me; the road can be a great place to be. Hell, I love it! There are the parties, the groupies, the adulation, the concerts, the groupies, the free stuff, meeting your fans, traveling to places you’ve never been before, the radio interviews, the groupies, wait, I said that already, huh? Well, you get the idea!

You see, one of the main things that get people in trouble on tour isn’t the groupies, but it’s their perception of those groupies. Some guys fail to realize that, EVEN ON THE ROAD, “NO!” STILL MEANS “NO!” That’s your first lesson. I was talking to an old tour mate not too long ago about our tour exploits back in the day. He was a part of a famous rap crew, and he was recalling one night in Toronto when 2 members of their crew had to escape through the tall grass like runaway slaves, to avoid a rape charge. I’d seen situations like that many times during my days of touring with the infamous 2 Live Crew. None of the actual members were involved in anything like that; it was part of the road crew.

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