Boston indie singer-songwriter Pablo Picker has hit on a pretty ingenious gimmick for a tour to support his new record “You.Me”: He’s touring the country in a pickup truck and playing day shows from the truck bed while parked in a metered space.
And when we say “touring the country,” we mean the entire country: Picker is hitting all 50 states, though Hawaii did require a plane flight. Otherwise, it’s a whole lot of driving on a route carefully planned to nick through the corners of some states but allowing for gigs to be played in all of them.
Monday, the trip that began in the Northeast in October and has completed most of a circle across the north and west makes its way across the southwest and into Austin. Picker never knows exactly where he’ll perform when he gets to town, but you can check him out on Twitter @pablopicker, or on his Facebook page, to find out where he’s set up shop. He’ll play from approximately 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at whatever location he picks out once he rolls into town.
We like the no-nonsense explanation he provided for this busking brainstorm on his tour website:
PROBLEM - Street performing requires permits.
SOLUTION - Sitting in your parked car and playing music DOES NOT
Here’s hoping he has a hassle-free time in the Live Music Capital of the World. A stroke of good luck: Sunday afternoon’s forecast shows sunny and in the mid-60s.