"And we try to not take ourselves too seriously."
Cerveris added he'd been in bands where everyone was very, very serious.
"In some of those bands, we worked very hard and took it all so seriously," he said. "And it was fun, but sometimes all the effort of getting to the gig got to be so tiring that when we finally played the show, it wasn't so much fun anymore."
His current band, he said, is called Loose Cattle. The name is taken from a road sign Cerveris saw hanging on the wall of a barbecue restaurant in New York.
"The place is decorated with road signs from the South and Southwest," Cerveris said. "And this one sign advised people to watch for loose livestock, but I kept misremembering it as 'loose cattle.'"
Either way, he thought it was funny.
"It nicely captures the vibe of our slightly shambolic kind of way we rehearse and play."
Cerveris is looking forward to bringing a version of this band with him to "Mountain Stage" to play for his hometown.
Unfortunately, he acknowledged that he wouldn't have much of a chance to look around, revisit old stomping grounds or check up on former classmates -- he has only Sunday off and members of his band have other jobs. His fiddle player, he said, is with The Red Stick Ramblers from Louisiana, and it's going to be kind of a rush getting everybody into Huntington and slapping together a quick rehearsal Sunday afternoon before the show.
There just won't be time to show anybody where he went to junior high or where he used to get a "frost top."
"Well," he added, finally, "there's always time for a Stewart's hot dog."
Want to go?
WHAT: 'Mountain Stage' with Arlo Guthrie & Boys Night Out, Paul Thorn, Michael Cerveris and Delta Rae
WHERE: Keith Albee Theater, 925 Fourth Avenue, Huntington
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. April 29
TICKETS: Advance tickets $35
INFO: 304-696-6656 or www.mountainstage.org
Reach Bill Lynch at ly...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5195.