Dave and Sally Lamb, the owners of Oakland Heights Farm called a couple of weeks ago and asked if Ice House Road would be interested in playing music at their Virginia Horse Conference at Stratford Hall, the birthplace of Robert E. Lee. They even said they'd pay us! We had to think about it though, playing music for a bunch of horse lovin' legislators? How "Outlaw" is that? Outlaw enough I guess, cuz we decided to do it.
Quite the haul for us, 2-1/2 hours to get there, including a drive thru Fredericksburg on Rt. 3, yuck. But we figured we'd cruise in style with the new "Ice House Road, Outlaw Band" logo on the equipment trailer.
We got there and got all set up the historic dining hall. We couldn't help but notice the impressive spread of food. A real meat and potatoes kind of meal, with the meat provided by the Virginia Cattleman's Association, so we figured why pass up on the best Rib Eye steaks in Virginia, slow cooked by the VCA? That was some good beef, with homemade cornbread to go with it!
OK, time to play some music, there was some confusion over how long we were to play. We found out that we were going to need to wrap it up by 9:30 instead of 11:00. So, we had 3 hours of music planned, but we only ended up doing about an hour-forty-five. But it was a damn good time. We played some IHR originals, Outlaw Band, The Poker Song, and Beer Drinking Hippie, and for the first time we rocked Jimmy Hendrix, All Along The Watchtower. Along with some of our favorites. We finished her off with some Good 'ol Mountain Dew.
We had to figure out how loud to play. We used about half our speakers and amps, and sounded twice as loud as we normally do to the fairly small room. We cracked open the doors and people were dancing in the parking lot outside. So we didn't have to turn it down, and everybody was able to have a good time.
When we finished were told that Ice House Road is the first band to ever grace Stratford Hall. We made history tonight folks. I don't know if it'll make the history books, but it was good enough to get asked back again to play the VHC again next year. How outlaw is that? We got paid to play music, that's good enough for us! Hell, we'd a been playing music at Bobby's house for free anyway.