The day started off chilly with an overcast, I thought it was going to be a crappy day. It wasn’t, it turned out to be a beautiful day. Asheville is very different on Monday than it is on the weekend! I wasn’t sure if I was going to stay another day or leave. Remembering the deal I made with my brother-in-law, I decided to stay at least for the afternoon. I went to a few of the same locations I had been to all weekend which seemed to be working for me. Maybe they weren’t working quite as well, but this time there were a few people who hung around and listened for a little while, A gentleman came over from the outside dining area he was in when I done, it was pretty cool.
It was time to get something to eat. I had some soup chicken soup with me that my brother-in-law made, but I wasn’t as diligent with cooler as I should have been. Since it was mainly broth at this point anyway, I drank it from the container. One drink, and that was enough for me! I went to a place I had been looking at all weekend. I got a sausage biscuit with egg and cheese and a small coffee. It was okay, I don’t think they use buttermilk in their biscuits as they were kinda heavy. The rest was fine, but it seemed pricey to me. It would have been a decent price if it came with homefries or fruit. It was what I needed though, and it hit the spot. I had wanted one since Saturday. Anyway….
It was the early afternoon and I thought I would go back out to play. I went to a new place, right on a corner and after 50 minutes, it was tiime to move. I was walking around and saw a place that was finally empty. I thought I would go a little bit further and check another spot- The Iron Sculpture. The last time I was there, it took me forever to find it, and when I did, someone was always there. This time, I found it right away and I walked by it several times and still, somebody was always there. I finally got to play at The Iron, seemingly, the hottest spot in downtown Asheville- at least from my understanding. So I played for about an hour. Now, I know I am no Sonny, but I don’t suck either, after that hour I had $5. I will admit to being a little disappointed. I found throughout the entire weekend, and I know it seems odd, but I did better in the more obscure places with less foot traffic. Hey Man, whatever works- at least in Asheville!
It was now late afternoon. I went back to the van and contemplated for a little while. After a smoke, I decided it was time to go. But I am hoping to be back there next week to see a couple of people I won’t see for a long time after this. I think it will be worth hanging around this area for one more week. Again, the beauty of no time constraints!
I went to Knoxville and straight to Market Square. I was so happy with myself that I did it without GPS!
I walked in to Market Square and it was quiet…. too quiet. That was fine with me. I was the only busker in there and it made a huge difference from the last time. There was a trio of ladies out to dinner and a few other couples, who thanked me for the “dinner music”. I am on a quest to learn at least one new song this week, I mentioned to some people I would be here for a little while. Hopefully, I will see them again with a new tune!