Travel
Travelers: Town Meeting
Winners of New England Music Award’s “2017 Roots Act of the Year,” Boston-based Town Meeting return June 19 with their third full length album, Make Things Better, a rollicking, melodic, foot tapping good time, dripping with harmonies and insightful songs that call to mind the best of The Band, Wilco and Drive-By Truckers. Comprised of brothers Luke Condon (vocals, guitar), Russ Condon (vocals, drums), Brendan “Babe” Condon (vocals, harmonica, percussion), Tim Cackett (mandolin, lead guitar, vocals), and Derek Fimbel (bass, banjo, vocals), the quintet have quickly become a force to be reckoned with. Imbued with their unique blend of perceptive lyrics and contagious harmonies, Make Things Better is Town Meeting’s most realized effort to date, laying bare all the hope and pain that comes with living and being in love, a signpost to a future free of muck.
 
Travel on with ConciergeQ's interview series TRAVELERS, featuring the band Town Meeting.
 
ConciergeQ: What is your first memory of traveling? 
 
Town Meeting: "My first memory of traveling is being a kid in the back of a station wagon, driving from Massachusetts to our uncle’s house in South Carolina. I was very young, so I only remember bits and pieces, but I remember loving it--the road, the rest areas, the way everything gradually got away from the norm, all of it. It’s definitely something that’s stuck with me." -Luke Condon 
 
"My first memory traveling was taking road trip with Luke and Russ, southbound towards the Mississippi river. It made me feel more alive then I ever had in my life. Like life was a movie that was finally worth watching. An out of body like experience." -Brendan “Babe” Condon
 
CQ: Share a favorite travel memory. 
 
TM: "Town Meeting's first West Coast run. It was the first time we had flown anywhere as band and it was a really unforgettable adventure. It was one of those moments where we had gigs lined up, but everything else was kind of spontaneous. We ended up taking some time to explore Seattle, which turned out to be one of my favorite cites in the country." -Tim Cackett 
 
"My favorite travel memory is when I hiked Vermont's Long Trail, which stretches almost 300 miles north from the Massachusetts state line to the Canadian border. It's my favorite memory, because the experiences I had were unforgettable and the friendships I made were lifelong and genuine." -Babe 
 
CQ: Tell us a travel tale… 
 
TM: "Once I was living on the road with my cousin Robby. Sleeping on the street sometimes and, we were out in Seattle one night, sleeping in some park after a long day walking around the city. We slept on the grass near the shore, and, at about 3 am, the automatic sprinkler system kicked on--sprayed the shit out of us and all our gear, and we had to pack up all of our wet shit and dry it out on a bench somewhere. We sat there dozing off on the bench, untill we feel asleep on the others' shoulder. Then a stranger woke us up with coffees and muffins, the sun shining, and I felt pure joy and gratitude--like I'd never known existed in my heart." -Babe 
 
CQ: Which film has inspired you to travel?
 
TM: "The movie A Cry in the Wild, which is based off of the book "Hatchet" by Gary Paulsen. It showed me you could survive in the world with very little, if you were resourceful,  and that the deep wilderness was a very beautiful and exciting place to be in." -Babe 
 
CQ: What is your favorite travel song?
 
TM: "Favorite travel songs are any music off the "Into the Wild" soundtrack. I think Eddie Vedder did a perfect job invoking the feeling of freedom and solitude in every song. Or “Going up the Country” by Canned Heat."- Babe 
 
"'King of the Road' by Roger Miller is easily my favorite travel song and I shouldn't even have to say why. I mean it's Roger Miller--it's king of the road and it’s king of the travelin' songs! Close seconds would be "Far Behind" by Eddie Vedder or really any of those gorgeous songs of the "Into the Wild" soundtrack, because it's already a beautiful movie and Eddie perfectly captured the essence and beauty of that: taking to the road/leaving it all behind/losing and finding yourself and others along the way vibe that is that story, that movie, and the reality of traveling sometimes. Also can't leave out "Going up the Country" by Canned Heat and "Out On the Weekend" by Neil Young, because they're classics! I'll throw "Big Rock Candy Mountain” by Harry McClintock in there for good measure too, because it’s a hobo tune and it slays." - Russ Condon 
 
"First one that comes to mind is “I Gotta Move” by Ben Kweller. It’s about feeling like you’ve outgrown where you are and the need to get out into the world before the opportunity passes you by. I’ve always felt a connection with this song. Through music I have been able to spend significant stretches of time on the road and have found little communities around the country that feel like home. This song is also perfectly suited for driving around with the windows down in the summer. Runner Up: “Tour Song” by Robert Ellis (if ya wanna feel sad)." -Derek Fimbel 
 
CQ: Where would you like to visit in the near future? 
 
TM: "I’ve only been to the West Coast a few times, and only for a few days at a time. I’d love to spend a few weeks out there, specifically Southern California as I’ve never visited that area. Also would love to see the Grand Canyon." -Luke
 
"I'd really like visit and play a gig in Amsterdam. Aside from the opportunity to play music in another country, it's somewhere I've always wanted visit and explore." -Tim
 
"For me the most alluring thing about travel is the freedom it gives you. I hate itineraries and such. Do a little research before you get somewhere but don’t make any solid plans. I don’t have a particular place in mind, but six months to zig zag North America sounds like the best thing on Earth." -Derek 
 
"Right now... just about anywhere, but here at home will do. I've been really wanting to visit Thailand in the past few years. It seems like an absolutely stunning visual place to behold, and New Zealand is bucket list for sure. One of my best friends has been and couldn't talk more highly of it. As far as the states go, Yellowstone is a must for me, which I hope will happen soon." -Russ 
 
CQ: Which TRAVELER should ConciergeQ interview next?
 
 
Town Meeting's most recent single "Forget Me Nots" on Spotify.
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