WANT TO GO?
Winter Jam 2014
With Newsboys, Lecrae, Tenth Avenue North and more
WHEN: 6 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Charleston Civic Center
CHARLESTON, W.Va. --Not everyone who plays a guitar is, in fact, a guitarist. At least, that's how Mike Donehey of Tenth Avenue North sees it.
Donehey, who performs with the contemporary Christian band Saturday night at Winter Jam at the Civic Center, said, "I play guitar, but I wouldn't call myself a guitarist. I have broken a lot of guitars. Does that count for something?"
The singer/songwriter added that, usually, he's not the one who breaks them. He blames that on the airlines.
"But I've broken a couple on stage, falling," he said.
Donehey said he's come to value durability in the guitars he buys.
2014 could a big year for Tenth Avenue North, a year of getting back to business. Donehey has it all mapped out.
"We're doing Winter Jam January through March," he said. "April, we're going to record a new record. May, we're going to the U.K. to tour. In the summer, we'll do festivals and then in the fall, probably headline another tour."
There are good reasons for the band to work so hard -- three of them, in fact.
"2013 was the year of the baby," Donehey said. "Our guitarist had a baby. The drummer had a baby, and my wife just had a baby back in October."
It's their third, he added.
All those babies made it hard to play a lot of shows on the road. There were diapers to change. There are still diapers to change, but there are also mouths to feed, and so, Tenth Avenue North will be on the road again.
It won't be that bad. At least, it won't be as bad as when Tenth Avenue North was just a group of college kids from Palm Beach Atlantic College in Florida touring for the first time in a borrowed school van.
"We slept on the floor of the van." He said, "We ate a lot of bologna sandwiches. Eating at Taco Bell was a nice night out for us."