Even after more than 13 hours of being stranded in a snowstorm on southern Kentucky roads, members of the Endless Summer Band managed to keep their sunny dispositions.
The Indianapolis-based band set out at 11 a.m. Friday, expecting to arrive in Johnson City, Tenn., at about 7:30 p.m.
At 4 p.m. Saturday, they were still about an hour and a half away from their destination, but they still expected to make it in time for their gig Saturday night.
They passed long hours in the cold by making videos, including one in which the band’s saxophonist, Jay Young, walked along the snow-covered interstate playing Let it Snow, and another featuring a new take on the song Stuck in the Middle with You.
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“I’m afraid we’ll have to camp on the road
Six hours we’ve been here in this cold
With sedans to the left of me, semis to the right
Here I am, stuck on this highway with you.”
“We were just killing time,” said guitarist Bryan England, who said the band’s spirits were buoyed during their ordeal by the online response.
The group, which has been together for 25 years, performs pop hits and ’50s and ’60s music for weddings and private events. Seven members of the group were planning to play Saturday night at a fundraising gala for Niswonger Children’s Hospital, and they were determined to make it there.
England said the band’s RV had a bathroom and a place to lie down, as well as some food and what turned out to be just enough fuel to last until they got to a gas station.
“We considered ourselves pretty darn fortunate,” he said. “This is a bad event for a lot of people around us. We were just trying to have fun with it ... lighten the mood.”
England said it is easy to become frustrated in such situations, but the easy-going group didn’t let it get to them.
“That’s just kind of the way the band’s always been,” he said.