Roosevelt Collier 2.21.19
Tumbleroot Brewery & Distillery
Santa Fe, NM
Words & Photos by J. Picard
We ordered beers brewed in house and some incredible food while the band sounchecked and rehearsed. The room sounded great and there were a decent amount of pre-sales for the evening! Post souncheck folks started arriving and coming over to say hello and meet Rosie. With it being his first time in the market people were basing their presence on word of mouth, what they heard on the radio and the anticipation was high. Around 7:45 PM the band hit and jaws were on the floor almost immediately. Rosie encouraged everyone to hit the dance floor and hit the dance floor they did as Roosevelt's steel guitar screamed. He ripped through some songs from his album Exit 16, as well as a couple of covers, with Joel Searls booming on bass and Neal Evans going all out on drums, people were hooked. At one point Roosevelt broke a string on his pedal steel and switched right over to his newer lap steel that had a monstrous tone.
About an hour after they began, we took a setbreak and headed backstage to unwind for a few minutes before returning for a second set. At one point there was a knock at the door and Tim, the promoter, said there was someone who wanted to meet the band. Though it was setbreak and maybe not the best time, we obliged and in walked Luis Guzman. "No fucking way," I said as I hopped to my feet to greet him. "Is this really happening?" Rosie exclaimed. So many of my favorite movies and shows flashed through my mind in that moment. It was surreal. He hung out for a few minutes taking pictures and telling the band how awesome they were. "I'm going to hang out. See you after the show," he said as he sauntered over and took a seat at a nearby table.
The night ended with everyone filing out until it was pretty much only the band, the staff, Luis and his party. There was some mention of breakfast with Luis, but I didn't put much stock in that as we packed up the car and headed back to the hotel to reflect on night one. The next morning I got a text from Rosie letting me know that we would be meeting Luis for breakfast at 8:30 AM. We got ready and headed to a place called The New Baking Co. where Luis already had a table for us. The next couple of hours were spent telling stories, laughing, learning about Luis' past and how he used to be a social worker. He told us about how he got started and how grateful he was every day. He showed us pictures of his kid's art and invited us to Vermont to visit. Even as we were leaving breakfast Luis was posing for photos and obliging anyone who wanted to engage in a conversation. It was a special experience that I won't soon forget and it was off to Taos for night two!