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tar, it felt like being without
an appendage. Then I thought:
What if I did a tour across the
U.S., riding my bike and armed
with my guitar? So October 2014
is when I started developing the
whole idea of the trip. Of course,
I had to think ahead about the
challenges. My acoustic guitar is
enormous! I worked with a case
maker named JeffHoffee, of Hof-
fee Carbon Fiber Cases, who de-
signed the case for me, and I fig-
ured out a way to mount it. And
now it’s just a wonderful setup.
It’s waterproof, bulletproof, it’s
everything-proof. Where my left
saddle back is, it just latches on.
RT:
What states will you be
traveling to?
Popp:
I will be going to all
mainland 48 states. Fifteen
thousand miles. I have it all
mapped out on my website:
joepopp.net/poppoveramerica
RT:
What about accommo-
dations?
Popp:
I can’t afford a hotel
room every night, so I sort of
chained the stopping points to-
gether with as many friends as I
can. Even some strangers have
come forward and said, “Hey
man! I saw your show online
and if you need anything, I have
a garage you can park your mo-
torcycle, or a bed you can crash
in.” One motorcycle camp even
offered a site, where I can park
and sleep. So it’s just this beau-
tiful kindness of strangers that’s
happened. It’s really just been
this fabulous journey so far,
and I haven’t even started yet.
I begin in May. Amidst all the
logistical planning, I have to re-
member to practice and get my
bike in shape.
RT:
How have you been able
to fund this tour?
Popp:
I have been really
lucky with the support I have
been receiving, including from
sponsors. I originally launched
a Kickstarter campaign just for
the pilot episode, and was able
to raise $8K to hire a profes-
sional cinematographer, au-
dio guy and two assistants. I
just really wanted the pilot to
look amazing. For this upcom-
ing tour in May, I can’t afford
to pay that kind of money, so I
have a Go Fund Me campaign
just to help me with the basics
of food, gas and some accom-
modations, when needed. I am
just going on my own with a
couple of Go-Pros, and I’ll get
a local to be the cameraman. I
am a tech guy. So all this stuff
is what I do. So I combine the
tech with the mechanic, with
the musician, and put it all to-
gether, and hopefully I’ll make
a watchable product.
RT:
What sort of destinations
do you plan to hit?
Popp:
My agenda is to go
play at the fried-chicken place,
where all the guys eat, for the
local mechanic in a garage,
and even a couple of state
parks, just for the beauty of it.
I am more about riding to the
small towns with the gears that
make America turn. I want to
ride on the roads less travelled.
RT:
What is your ultimate
goal with this tour?
Popp:
My ultimate goal is
just meeting and playing mu-
sic for new people. Rockaway is
amazing for that. Within a day
of moving into my apartment
here, a neighbor knocked on
my door and said, “Hey, I just
saw you moved in, just want-
ed to say, Hi.” Then another
neighbor came over, and now
we are all friends, and they are
artists too. It’s really a magical
place out here.
RT:
Have you performed in
Rockaway locally?
Popp:
I have performed at
the Rockaway Brewing Com-
pany (RBC) in Arverne on
Open Mic nights. It’s fun play-
ing there, seeing folks hav-
ing a great time. RBC will be
hosting the Popp Over Ameri-
ca Tour’s launch release party
and screening on Wednesday,
March 22, 8 p.m.
RT:
What is your genre of mu-
sic and musical inspirations?
Popp:
I have a punk back-
ground, however, my music is
more like acoustic rock. Think
of the band, Tenacious D. My
musical inspirations are clas-
sic rock like Led Zeppelin,
Beatles, Rolling Stones, Neil
Young, Jimi Hendrix. Even
though I play acoustic, my
music is still very much rock-
based, like Pete Townshend. I
just feel that it’s now or never.
Follow Popp Over America
trip on poppoveramerica.com
and support his Go Find Me
Campaign at gofundme.com/
poppoveramerica.