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Herbal Tea & White Sofas: Watch The Darkness' Justin Hawkins Explain His Backstage Proclivity For Ginger

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Herbal Tea & White Sofas: Watch The Darkness' Justin Hawkins Explain His Backstage Proclivity For Ginger

In the newest episode of Herbal Tea & White Sofas, watch Justin Hawkins of the Darkness describe the concoction he whips up in order to "sing beautifully every night"

GRAMMYs/Dec 14, 2021 - 10:19 pm

Any professional singer will tell you that their voice, like any other instrument, requires maintenance. But given there's no such thing as a luthier for your larynx, what's one to do?

It's simple: head for the produce aisle, says Justin Hawkins, who sings, writes songs and plays "electronic guitar" for long-running rock heroes the Darkness. What he requires on his rider may not cost much, but it could massively impact his performance.

"I need ginger — it's got to be fresh ginger — garlic, lemon and some sort of water-boiling device," Hawkins says. "I have to make a special concoction, which helps me to sing beautifully every night."

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In the newest episode of GRAMMY.com's rider-revealing video series Herbal Tea & White Sofas, watch Hawkins describe his preshow needs and muse about what he'll need backstage as a senior citizen — dentures and all.

Check out the video above and check below to enjoy more episodes of Herbal Tea & White Sofas.

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Herbal Tea & White Sofas: Why Dead Poet Society's Jack Underkofler Has The "Least Picky" Backstage Rider

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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

GRAMMYs/Jul 8, 2021 - 12:26 am

Some artists make larger-than-life demands on their tour riders—hence the classic urban legend about Van Halen requiring the removal of brown M&Ms. 

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.

Check out the cheeky clip above and click here to enjoy more episodes of Herbal Tea & White Sofas.

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Herbal Tea & White Sofas: Larkin Poe On Their Love For Local Snacks On Tour

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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

GRAMMYs/Sep 1, 2021 - 10:44 pm

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
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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

GRAMMYs/Feb 14, 2022 - 07:30 pm

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.

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Herbal Tea & White Sofas: Amanda Shires' Backstage Go-To Keeps Her Clothes Free Of Wine Stains
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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.

GRAMMYs/Jun 13, 2022 - 05:04 pm

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.

Press play above to watch the full video, and keep checking GRAMMY.com for more installments of Herbal Tea & White Sofas.

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