The biggest bands in the world have a concept to promote their tour. U2 did Zoo TV and the 360 Tour, the Rolling Stones had A Bigger Bang; so when Americana singer-songwriter Israel Nash Gripka and indie garage rockers The Fieros began planning their U.S. jaunt, they decided to be candid and “Sing For Their Supper.”
In March, the artists will set sail from New York City to the southern United States, stopping along the route to locally owned and operated diners and other food joints, with guitars, and forks, in hand. Both acts will sing a song or three for one free meal, a tour premise not only feeding the bands their much needed daily sustenance, but also presenting a departure from the way individuals hear independent artists.
“Everyone eats food,” says Gripka. “So we’re going to bring our music to them, while they’re dining, for a completely different way of performing and listening to music and meeting people across the country.”
Photo: ISRAEL NASH GRIPKA