They say wild things happen on the road, but this? This is next-level. Sister Hazel, whom you may remember for the 1990s hit “All For You,” among other alt/rock anthems, recently went on an 800-mile drive from Nashville to Florida while on tour.
Upon arriving in Florida, it was discovered that six frightened kittens had somehow miraculously made the trip as stowaways nestled in the undercarriage of the tour bus. No, really!
Here’s how it went down:
Lead singer and guitarist for the band, Ken Block, described it as, “the CRAZIEST thing ever!” The kittens were under the band’s tour bus that left Nashville, TN on Wednesday, July 3 for a nine hour drive to Destin, FL on July 4th, then a six hour drive to Ocala, FL where they were discovered on July 5. The kittens are available for adoption at Melissa Bell’s Rescue.
Block recalled, “One of our crew guys came into the venue last Friday afternoon and told Kurt Pfister, our production manager, he heard a weird noise coming from somewhere in the bus that sounded like cats. Kurt told him we have been having problems with the air compressor and that’s probably what it was. He went out, heard something, shut everything down on the bus, and shockingly heard meowing. The cries were tracked down to the front battery compartment of the bus where it was opened to find SIX kittens. Kurt then called the bus owner to get some advice about the easiest way to get to three of them that we couldn’t reach. The owner then told him that the mother cat lives in an old abandoned bus on the tour bus company’s parking lot in Nashville, TN and she had six kittens a couple of weeks ago. So she must have moved them into our bus. Luckily, one of the employees of the venue in Ocala, FL runs an animal rescue, so she took them to get fed and checked out!! They seemed okay, but I can’t imagine how loud and windy it was when the bus was on the road!”
The kittens are now safe and sound at Melisa Bell’s Rescue in Ocala, Florida, where they will be available for adoption in a few weeks — visit the rescue’s Facebook page for more details if you’re interested and in the area.
Special thanks to Sister Hazel’s crew for being there for these kittens in their moment of tremendous need — great to see that everybody was going to great lengths “All For You.”