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Stuck on I-75, Endless Summer Band makes ordeal fun with music video

Some members of the Endless Summer Band were stranded on Interstate 75 in southern Kentucky while en route to a gig Friday. They made the best of the situation by making videos about their plight and posting them online.
Some members of the Endless Summer Band were stranded on Interstate 75 in southern Kentucky while en route to a gig Friday. They made the best of the situation by making videos about their plight and posting them online. Photo submitted

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.

“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.”

The videos generated lots of attention on Facebook and Twitter and were featured by Good Morning America and National Public Radio.

“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.”

 
 

Well..after almost now 3 hours, dead stopped on I-75 south at Mount Vernon, KY, Jay decided it was time to lighten the mood:) #strandedsaxUPDATE-8:11pm. Just passed hour 4 with no movement. Hoping the poor souls in the multiple wrecks ahead are ok. Staying positive. #jonasfest2016UPDATE-11:05pm, Just passed hour SEVEN! No sign whatsoever of movement. It's starting to get slap happy in here now:)UPDATE-12:58am, if you're keeping score, we are hour TEN!! It's looking like we may be here for the night. They are trying to route people off the interstate, but we just can't move.

Posted by Endless Summer Band on Friday, January 22, 2016

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.

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