What’s the current status of Grandpa’s Stash?
NH: I guess this is more of a reunion show for us. We’re thrilled that we still have a home in Knoxville, and a place to get on stage.
One thing that we’ve never shed over the years, no matter what’s happened, is the energy level that snaps on once the music starts. Grandpa’s Stash is something that is awesome, energetically, and it doesn’t matter that we’ve had so many changes, so many new styles and new sounds to assimilate over the years.
It never fails that after our first song, my hair has come undone and I’m sweating and I’m already a mess. Then I look around and say, shit, we still have two more hours to go.
I’m not sure what will happen with the band in the long run. But the prospect of being able to knock the dust off and play some rock ‘n’ roll keeps me excited. It fills my cup.
What can people expect from your New Year’s Eve show?
NH: I’m look forward to playing a lot of our songs again, a lot of songs off our album “Where Does It End.” Whenever I start playing those tunes, I’m just swallowed up. Everything goes fuzzy and weird. The show will be high-energy, balls-out dance-your-ass-off rock ‘n’ roll.
What are you and the other Stash member doing with your time right now?
I think Scott (singer-guitarist Scott Faw is recording with Matt Honkonen, so there may be a rumor of a Llama Train reunion. (Editor’s note: Faw and drummer Honkonen played in the four-piece Llama Train for about five years, beginning in 2004.)
I’m doing Airbnb full-time. And I’ve been playing a little bit with the Crumbsnatchers. Their regular bass player has had some other commitments, so I’ve been filling in, for now. I’ve always been a fan of the Crumbsnatchers, and they’ve always been fans of the Stash, so that’s pretty cool.
I’m kind of in a holding pattern, personally. And I think that’s where a lot of us are right now.
Do you have an special Christmas wishes?
NH: As an Airbnb host, a self-making bed would be pretty cool.
Is there anyone whose stocking you would like to fill with coal?
NH: I’m going to reserve the coal-stuffing. I’m holding back, because I think there’s enough of that going around. I fell like everyone’s going to end up with a little coal in their stocking this year, whether they deserve it or not. I don’t need to add any more to the pile.
Grandpa’s Stash along with Just Say Maybe and the Radio Birds will play Preservation Pub Thursday, Dec. 31 (New Year’s Eve!) at 10 p.m.