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with TenTh Avenue norTh By Caroline Lusk
The life of a musician is all about late nights, time on the
road and unpredictability. The venue for one night may
be a tiny stage in a coffee shop or at a local church. The
next, you could be at an amphitheater in the middle of a
When Tenth Avenue North took the stage at this year’s
Night of Joy at Disney World, they played in typical Florida
weather—hot, muggy and wet! The rain kept coming
for the entire set, but as Jeff Owen (guitar) tells CCM, on
nights like that, all you need is a little planning to keep
your gear nice and safe.
CCM: If you know you’re going to be playing outside in
potentially bad weather, how do you prepare so your gear
Jeff: At the show at Disney World, it was already humid
and I knew we were going to be outside. When it’s like
that, I usually don’t play my favorite guitar. But as long
as it’s not pouring, usually you’ll be ok. There are enough
tech guys around to tell you if you’re gonna get shocked.
CCM: Other than rain, are there other weather scenarios
that are, shall we say, less than ideal?
Jeff: I try not to think about it. If you dry everything off
before you store it, you should be ok. I’ve had friends who
have played such hot shows, the wax inside their guitar
melts. I try not to leave my guitars outside in direct sun
light. It’ll affect the wood and the setup.
CCM: What do you play? Any favorites?
Jeff: I have a PRS guitar. It’s a Soapbar 2 and I use a
Reverend double agent. I also have a Duefenberg Star
Player TV and I’ve been using a Kelly Hybrid I just bought
from a friend.
When it Rains
Protecting your gear in the
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