|Photo: KMBC-TV, Kansas City|
Yesterday afternoon, the members of Savage Henry
and Chris Blochinger from Potcheen Folk Band
were involved in a bus accident in Lee Summit, Missouri. According to Samantha Hanson, Savage Henry's booking agent and former manager, the band, who was in between dates on a six-date Midwest tour, was on its way to a music store when the accident happened. Chris Blochinger, Potcheen's drummer, was driving his band's bus, which the Savage Henry guys had chartered for the tour, at the time of the accident. Evidently, he was attempting to cross the highway through a paved crossover point in the median when the bus was sideswiped by a FedEx truck.
Three of the bus's passengers, including Blochinger, were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries. Savage drummer Mike Boyd was among those injured (guitarist Glenn Esparza was also treated for minor injuries). According to Hanson, he was sitting with his back to the window at the exact point of impact and was knocked unconscious. Last year, shortly after joining Savage Henry, Boyd walked away from another accident, in which he had to be cut out of his vehicle and ended up suffering liver damage. "That kid is indestructable," says Hanson. "He's obviously meant to be a drummer."
Vocalist Damon Guerrasio, who had stayed behind in the hotel, wasn't on board the bus when the accident happened, and guitarist Stu Miller escaped without injury. The night before the crash, the outfit had played a gig in Lee Summit, its penultimate performance in a tour that also included dates in Elgin and Chicago, Madison, Wisconsin, and St. Louis, and were slated to play one more show tonight in Lincoln, Nebraska, which has since been canceled -- as has this weekend's performance at Herman's Hideaway. All in all, Hanson is just happy the band is okay.
"The rooms were great," she says of the tour. "The shows were awesome. Chris has driven that bus across country so many times. I wasn't worried at all, and I didn't expect this to happen at all. I'm just glad everyone's okay. Everybody is all right, and that's all I care about."