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Herbal Tea & White Sofas: Ali Gatie Explains Why His "Very Weird" Backstage Snack Is Quite Useful For Pre-Show Jitters
Singer/songwriter Ali Gatie swears by a rather surprising picnic staple to get him through a show — one that also results in an unusual burger recipe.
The most important things that Ali Gatie asks for in his tour rider are snacks that curb anxiety — and he's got some very specific, slightly unusual food items in mind.
In this episode of Herbal Tea & White Sofas, Gatie reveals that breath mints are high on the list of things he reaches for on a daily basis, and not just when he's backstage at shows. "Peppermint mints are a must, anywhere I go. Whether it's on tour, the video shoot, anywhere," he says, adding that really anything chewable will do.
"For some reason, it just kind of relaxes me. I think it's an anxiety thing," he posits, explaining that calming stage nerves is a big part of his tour rider requests in general. Along with mints, he reveals that hot dog buns — yes, without any hot dogs in them — can go a long way towards soothing stage jitters.
"A very weird one," Gatie admits. But according to the singer/songwriter, there's a method behind the odd request. "Sometimes I feel sick or nauseous, especially, like, early morning. I want something that's really easy to digest, and hot dog buns, they're just easy to pick up. You can have a little piece, the whole thing. You can be very smart with how you eat it. You don't have to finish it. You can put it away easily."
Or, he continues, you can dress it up into an equally unconventional sandwich. "I eat boiled eggs, but I put them in hot dog [buns]," Gatie elaborates. "I even sometimes eat burgers in hot dog buns. I'll cut the burger in half. It's very weird. Don't know why. It's one of those things. I think it's a comfort thing."
Nevertheless, it keeps him going when he's on the road, and helps him enjoy his favorite part of touring: The gratification of seeing fans who love his music, especially the songs that might not be as popular as his 2019 hit "It's You" or 2021's "What If I Told You That I Love You."
"People have sung the songs, and that makes me feel like, 'Damn, this song maybe didn't do as well to the world, but 1,000 people showed up and sang every lyric,'" he reflects. "That is the most fulfilling feeling I've ever experienced, and there's no amount of money, there's no amount of fame that could compare to the feeling of touching even one person's heart."
You can catch Gatie on the road starting Sept. 28, when he kicks off his Who Hurt You? Tour in Copenhagen, Denmark. The 42-date trek is in support of his forthcoming album, Who Hurt You?, due Aug. 12; Gatie recently announced the LP along with its lead single, "Can’t Give Up."
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Herbal Tea & White Sofas: Why Dead Poet Society's Jack Underkofler Has The "Least Picky" Backstage Rider
In the latest episode of Herbal Tea & White Sofas, learn why Dead Poet Society lead singer Jack Underkofler is committed to having the world's most reasonable backstage rider
For their part, Dead Poet Society have decided to take the opposite tack, as their lead singer, Jack Underkofler, attests in the below clip.
In the latest episode of Herbal Tea & White Sofas, learn why Dead Poet Society's Underkofler is committed to having the world's most reasonable backstage rider—including one ordinary pillow to nap on.
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Herbal Tea & White Sofas: Larkin Poe On Their Love For Local Snacks On Tour
Watch Rebecca and Megan Lovell, a.k.a. Larkin Poe, discuss their favorite parts of touring, which include trying local snacks and connecting with their fans
You know when you're at a party and the food is so delicious, you wish you had a little more room in your stomach? And if the host gives you a little to-go container when you leave, it's the perfect chef's kiss moment.
For GRAMMY-nominated roots rock 'n roll sister duo Larkin Poe, touring with legendary British artist Elvis Costello was a bit like this. As they explain in the latest episode of GRAMMY.com's Herbal Tea & White Sofas, they loved the gourmet cheese he had backstage so much, they'd wrap up leftovers in napkins to snack on later.
In the video above, watch Rebecca and Megan Lovell, a.k.a. Larkin Poe, discuss their favorite parts of touring, which include trying local snacks and connecting with their fans.
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Herbal Tea & White Sofas: Why Country Singer/Songwriter Kylie Morgan Isn't Opposed To A Hot Toddy Backstage
In the below episode of Herbal Tea & White Sofas, learn why Kylie Morgan always goes for Throat Coat backstage — oftentimes with a little whiskey
Herbal Tea & White Sofas' alternate name could be the Throat Coat Fanclub. The video series spotlights artists' backstage faves; unsurprisingly, vocalists shout out the branded tea quite often.
Joining the throng is Kylie Morgan, a country singer/songwriter who talks about the magic elixir with a giant grin. Given how delicate a singer's instrument can be, she explains that she's a proponent of the beverage.
"It's also really delicious," she clarifies, adding that she might add whiskey and honey to make a hot toddy. Her vocal cords thank her in advance.
In this edition of Herbal Tea & White Sofas, dive into the singer/songwriter's backstage ritual and learn who keeps her going on the road (hint: she has a passionate following). "I am so close to my fans — maybe a little too close," Morgan quips, as a clip rolls of her signing an attendee's arm.
Keep watching for a touching account of how she signed a young fan's guitar — and how it reminded her of three-time GRAMMY winner Miranda Lambert signing her instrument when she was small.
Check out the quirky, poignant clip above, and keep checking back for more episodes of Herbal Tea & White Sofas.
Herbal Tea & White Sofas: Amanda Shires' Backstage Go-To Keeps Her Clothes Free Of Wine Stains
Amanda Shires shares the on-the-go cleaning product she swears by when she's on the road in this episode of Herbal Tea & White Sofas.
Amanda Shires wears many hats on the road: She is a solo artist, one-fourth of the country supergroup the Highwomen (with Maren Morris, Brandi Carlile and Natalie Hemby) and part of the 400 Unit, the all-star backing band for her husband, Americana giant Jason Isbell.
But no matter what the lineup is, Shires has been touring long enough to know what she needs backstage before her shows, and one important component of her tour rider is a wine selection.
"I have a couple different wine riders that go out. The $25 tier, the $40 tier, the celebration tier, the 'what we can get by with when We're in the middle of Amarillo' tier," she jokes. "I'm just a person that really appreciates Jesus' first miracle."
In this episode of Herbal Tea & White Sofas, the singer/songwriter and fiddle player explains that her tour riders are Road-tested. Over the years, she's learned that if she's going to have wine backstage, she also needs an effective way to clean up spills.
"With that, and my clumsy self, I have to have Shout wipes," Shires goes on to say. "Copious amounts of Shout Wipes. It's the only thing that you can get red wine out of your clothes real fast with. And also, it gets rosin off your clothes, if you've been practicing your fiddle backstage. Not to mention whatever other corn dog stuff you get on your shirt."
That's always why you'll probably see her mostly dressed in black when she's on tour ("Black is your friend, right? Its only enemy is mustard," she quips). But Shires says that her Shout wipes revelation didn't truly come along until the birth of her daughter, Mercy, in 2015.
"And now I probably pretty much single handedly support their business," she adds with a smile.
Although Shires isn't currently on the road, her website's tour page cryptically reads "Coming Soon." With a new album on the way — Take It Like A Man, due July 29 — it might not be long before Shires is breaking out the "celebration tier" wine rider.
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