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  • Hey Guys! I am curious to know who makes the pitch pipe / earpieces you use in your shows. I sing with an a capella group and this is something I am very interested in getting for our performances, but I don't even know what to look for.

    All the Best,

  • Are you releasing any sheet music for your new album? My students want to perform one for their spring

    Nina S.

    All the Best,

  • My first born grandson passed away shortly after birth six months ago....this past Sunday I heard Indiana Christmas (Straight No Chaser) for the very first time on Pandora. We currently live in KY and our dear Joshua was buried in IN. We are moving to AZ Dec 30th so this song really hit home and has such a special meaning. My beloved husband bought us tickets to your show in Evansville this week. I just wanted to add my name to the never-ending list of people whom your music has such and emotional impact. Thank you for something so is truly a comfort.

    All the Best,

  • Mary Lou Smyth was kind enough to copy down the questions and answers from the Periscope edition of TAT that Seggie hosted with other members of the group on December 1st. Here is part 1 of a 3 part Periscope Tell-Al-Tuesday!

    TAT on Periscope 1 December 2015

    Who sings the bass line on “All about the Bass” while Randy & Charley sing the lead? Don
    When will you be back in the UK? March, announcement coming up
    More of Europe after Paris (Feb and March)
    Jerome’s favorite color? – Black mixed with blue (“Blue is favorite, black is where it’s at.”)
    Jerome - When is the baby due – any day now
    Jerome - Ready for fatherhood? – You never can prepare, hope to be good
    Jerome, favorite food at home? – Mama’s Fried chicken, caramel cake
    Plans for Tyler’s birthday? Doing a show!
    When are you coming back for a Canada Tour – Canada didn’t show SNC a lotta love (plus, it’s COLD there) (Jerome wants to do the Montreal Jazz Festival)
    Where are you right now? Providence
    How many sleep on the bus? – Seggie’s bus: 5 SNC & 2 crew, Other bus: 5 SNC & 3 crew
    Will you be doing Can’t Feel My Face this week? – Probably not this tour
    What do you miss most? My wife
    Have you seen Trumbo? – I have not seen Trumbo yet. Saw Creed, Spotlight, new Hunger Games yesterday (Hunger Games was all right)
    Will you be doing Shut Up and Dance? – yes!
    Is it hard to sleep on the bus? For some guys (Jerome), not Seggie; it’s like a mini-coffin
    How many songs do you have ready to sing at any given moment? 40 – 50 songs in our back pocket, depending on who’s available to sing
    What does Jerome of Kobe retiring? He thinks it’s time for Kobe to retire; he’s glad!
    If you could duet with anyone, who would it be? Adele (Seggie)
    What is the reason for different blocking, staging? Is it height? Voice part? Voice part placement only really matters for off-mic. Jill places the guys, and they do different things to make it entertaining/interesting.
    What do you miss most during the holidays? Getting to do the holidays, sitting by a fire with loved ones, everything leading up to it, shopping in stores (versus online), decorating house, having friends over
    Favorite song right now? Creep
    When are you coming out with Straight No Dancer wear? Uh, probably never
    Just started Judd Apatow book, but into a lot of TV shows right now
    Will Uptown Funk/Thriller be on next album? No, not approved by the guy who wrote Thriller
    Bus is not decorated yet.
    Top 5 fav TV shows? – Homeland, Fargo, Shark Tank, the Knick? The Prophet; Getting Amazon Prime so he can watch The Man in the High Castle; Not seen Jessica Jones. Top five is tough.
    Not up on Jamie Lawson
    Not too bad on stage with house lights going up and down. There’s always some blue light on stage that the audience can’t see which helps them not to trip, etc.
    Will there be a video from the Yahoo show? They would like to make a video from Yahoo footage – we’ll work on that!
    Favorite thing to do on tour on down time? Watch movies (or shopping mall, for instance, in Providence)
    Will the show this week be the same show that they did on Yahoo – Most likely (still working out the kinks on holiday portion, what’s working, etc.)
    Fav Christmas song to sing – O Holy Night off-mic
    Can you see audience reaction or is it too dark? – We can see audience reaction for first 25 rows or so.
    What do you do when someone gets sick on tour? When someone’s sick you’ve gotta perform. Maybe swap off songs, so you don’t have to sing lead. The show must go on. Only a couple times someone just couldn’t, and so they went with 9 guys.
    What’s the game plan for when Jerome is away? Hard to say, as we don’t know when, but there will be a full show. Hoping baby Collins is born on a day off.
    Will you be making any changes to Rocky (because of Creed)? - No immediate plans to change Rocky (maybe next year)
    What do you do to keep voices in check? Sleep, water, daily workouts/exercise (so bodies can fight off viruses, bugs, etc)
    Did Seggie get the Text Me Merry Christmas hamster from Lowe’s yet? - No, he didn’t, probably won’t but Chasers should (LOL)
    Fav Christmas movie? – Home Alone or Elf
    Is it a faux pas to get up and dance at the concert? – No, it’s not a faux pas. He wishes more people would. Get up and dance, if you feel like it; don’t worry about complainers!
    Who does Seggie think will make the Super Bowl? Patriots and Panthers
    Who’s winning Fantasy Football League? – Producer Steve Lunt in first place, then Seggie, Walt, Charlie
    Why did everyone sing the leads on the MM video on Star Wars (instead of their own parts)? - I don’t know why everyone sang the solos in the video (kind of did that for each of them)
    Mike lost FF this week and had to be the beer opener? - Mike had to be the bartender, last place in FF (lowest points has to do something from punishment list)
    What special drinks did Mike make while bartender? Mike made a lot of Moscow Mules, Manhattan, had to make what people request, mostly poor choices in FF *boom*
    Which countries apart from UK gave most love earlier this year? Dublin was insane & Paris was awesome (which is why they’re going back) Prague, Amsterdam, Vienna (MLS Note: Seggie does not distinguish between cities and countries)
    How did Don end up as the females in the videos? He just did. It’s hilarious that way.
    Do you ever get nervous before a show? Some more anxious than nervous (despite what Tyler tweeted before the Yahoo show). Seggie – no
    How were your seats at Red Wings? – Cousin and brother have season tickets. Cousin has good seats (center ice, ~40 rows back, second level).
    No other guys on the bus, at lunch. Sound check at 4. No, they are not bringing lunch back for Seggie. (MLS Note: boo, hiss, other guys)
    Feel like I’m cheating on SNC with Pentatonix. No, Chasers are allowed to listen to other a cappella groups.
    Holiday traditions on tour? Their bus decorates and does Secret Santa. Other bus – not sure, doesn’t think they do anything
    Fav holiday tradition with family – clichés: going to mass, coming home after mass one gift gets opened on Christmas eve, the rest on Christmas day.
    Does Jamie watch Downton Abbey? He doesn’t think so.
    Traditions on the road – finding a gym every day
    Do they hang out with Chasers on a day off? Not usually
    Is Seggie excited about the new Star Wars movie? Seggie is not into Star Wars (hasn’t seen the others), so he probably won’t see the new one.
    Where did they work out in Tampa? He thinks they worked out at a college gym
    Are gym passes in their contract? No temp passes to gym in contract; Korby usually sweet talks a receptionist at a YMCA or whatever and swaps tickets or they pay ~$5 for a day pass.
    Any plans to come back to Wichita soon? Not coming to Wichita on this tour, but probably next year.
    Please put all their videos on a DVD (including music videos, opening videos, intermission video) – Great idea! Seggie doesn’t think they’d sell many. (“We’d sell 10s of those!” *sarcasm*)
    Did Seggie arrange any of the current songs being done on stage? Not solely, helped (he’ll tweet)
    How is it decided which venues you go to? Management and Agent works all that out.
    Hopefully you can put Norfolk, Va Beach area on the tour next year? Yeah, that would be good!
    Don and Charlie seem to be the runners in the group - got a fave fitness/workout activity? Charlie and Don are probably the two biggest runners in the group; Seggie runs about 40 minutes, then lifts with Steve. Charlie is training for a marathon (so crazy running schedule). Seggie likes having a training partner in Steve, who is in ridiculous shape. Keeps him focused and motivated and keeps him in check.

    All the Best,

  • On November 24th, 2015, Seggie (and a couple guests!) answered your questions about the new Movie Medley music video, upcoming Christmas music, and more! Here are the highlights!

    Fan: Who did the video production? Y'all had some high-tech special effects!
    Seggie: We used Landon Donoho, he did a great job!

    Fan: What city did you guys film in? So hilarious & awesome!
    Seggie: We filmed this in Chicago, same building as “Creep” and “Can’t Feel My Face.”

    Fan: Is that Don dressed in drag in the Movie Medley video?
    Seggie: It sure is! He volunteered for all of it.

    Fan: How did you keep a straight face filming Forrest Gump with Don on the park bench? That had to need more than a couple takes!
    Seggie: Well, luckily he wasn't naked. Also, I may or may have had some drinks.

    Fan: Why is Don an attractive women in the Movie Medley video?
    Seggie: Umm, we will agree to disagree.

    Fan: How many days did it take to shoot the medley? LOVED it!
    Seggie: We filmed Movie Medley in one day. Most of the work was done after by Landon Donoho with the graphics and editing.

    Fan: Which member of SNC required the most takes making the video?
    Seggie: We got everything done in just a couple of takes but we all got a little loopy towards the end of the very long day!

    Fan: What made you change "Home Alone" to the Bond theme?
    Seggie: It was just to update the medley for the next tour. Bond seemed a little more universal and the theme was more known.

    Fan: Who plays the people in the Indiana Jones scene?
    Seggie: Pirates: Charlie and Steve. Bad Guy: Mike. Santa: Seggie.

    Fan: Who is wielding the vacuum in the Bond segment, and are they available for hire?
    Seggie: That's the company of "Randmaids", contact Randy for rates!

    Fan: Did Mike volunteer to be E.T. or was he volun-told? That part almost made me fall out of my chair, BTW.
    Seggie: He was more volun-told. We thought it was a great fit!
    Mike: It was a grueling audition process but somehow I prevailed - and/or they made me do it.

    Fan: Who directed the Movie Medley video?
    Seggie: It was mostly directed by us, with the help of Landon Donoho, who was also the videographer and graphics designer.

    Fan: Great job with the Movie medley video! Any other videos planned??
    Seggie: Thanks! We are tossing around an idea right now for another video; we will let you know soon...

    Fan: Which section of the Movie Medley video was the most challenging to shoot?
    Seggie: Probably Chariots of Fire, since it involved all of us.

    Fan: Was any of this filmed in Door County?
    Seggie: Nope.

    Fan: What's being eaten at the beginning of the James Bond clip?
    Seggie: Believe it was a donut.
    Steve: And it was delicious!

    Fan: How did you decide who would be which Star Wars character in the video?
    Seggie: It was based on the sizes available for the costume rental, haha.

    Fan: Are you the Wookie and Dave the other masked figure in the Star Wars segment, or is it the other way around?
    Seggie: DR was Chewy. I was the guy in the orange, not sure his name.

    Fan: Were any cows harmed in the making of the Movie Medley video?
    Seggie: Not counting lunch and dinner, nope!

    Fan: Will you be starting holiday tunes when you resume the tour after Thanksgiving?
    Seggie: I believe so.

    Fan: Any new Christmas songs this year?
    Seggie: Maybe....definitely....probably....yes.

    Fan: On Sirius XM Holly I've heard the Nutcracker with you and Joshua Bell. When was that recorded?
    Seggie: I think we recorded that 2 years ago!

    Fan: Do you know who did the whistling on the Christmas Song on Holiday Spirits?
    Seggie: I'm guessing it was Dan Ponce. He loves to whistle.
    Randy: Nat King Cole's version of “The Christmas Song” is my favorite holiday song; I pushed Dan Ponce to arrange it & whistle the piano solo.
    Dan: True story! Love that track from “Holiday Spirits.”

    Fan: Who is the lead vocalist on Santa Claus is Back in Town?
    Seggie: That was Ryan.

    Fan: What is your favorite Christmas song to sing?
    Seggie: Probably "O Holy Night" off-mic. So good.

    Fan: Any chance you will sing "Donde Esta Santa Claus" this year?
    Seggie: I don't think that one will be back this year. Maybe next year!

    Fan: Will we hear “Carol of the Bells” this year? Utterly beautiful. Have you ever tried Schubert's Ave Maria as a group?
    Seggie: You'll have to wait and see on Carol. We've gotten a lot of requests for Ave Maria. I think we should record it.

    Fan: Have you sung Rudolph (the Renegade Arctic Deer) live at any shows? If not, will we hear it this year?
    Seggie: Negative.

    Fan: Any more periscopes planned?
    Seggie: We are just going to start doing it way more often, so less of a scheduled thing and more of a spontaneous thing.

    Fan: Is there any way we can get more of a notification on the periscopes? I always seem to miss them.
    Seggie: We will try, but it's usually a spur of the moment kind of thing.

    Fan: Ever thought of doing TAT on Periscope?
    Seggie: Great idea! Will do that next week for sure. Feel free to remind me on my Twitter!

    Fan: When will the backstage video at the Ryman be available to watch?
    Seggie: I have no idea. That's something The Ryman is handling!
    The Ryman: Soon! It's being edited now.

    Fan: Who's the master mind behind the opening videos?? This year’s was brilliant!!
    Seggie: A few guys in the group that handle them. Myself, Don, Charlie, and Randy.

    Fan: Who in the group is the biggest Star Wars fan?
    Seggie: Dave is by far the biggest Star Wars fan.

    Fan: Who wrote the letter that came with the Fanjoy box?
    Seggie: We had Randy write it out. He's got the best handwriting.

    Fan: Does anybody have any hidden talents you can reveal? The weirder the better!
    Seggie: Hmm, I'm not sure of any hidden talents, if anyone has them they're hidden for a reason, haha.

    Fan: Who are the females in your videos?
    Seggie: We usually just hire actors.

    Fan: You look like you have fun doing them. Love the Marvin Gaye one; is that an actor?
    Seggie: Thanks! Yes, she was an actor we hired in Chicago.

    Fan: How often do you guys actually view the photos and concert footage fans post on FB, Twitter, or your website?
    Seggie: All the time. Great tool for cleaning choreo, tightening up musically.

    Fan: How do you guys decide how to divide up into the tour buses?
    Seggie: It was pretty much decided by whichever bus you got on. No real reasons.

    Fan: I'm guessing you can't answer in 140 characters but I'd love to hear how you re-arrange a song to do live with just 10 parts.
    Seggie: Want the song to sound full but not to be overly complicated. Find the core parts necessary and add from there.

    Fan: Are you planning or will you please put your videos on a DVD?
    Seggie: That's a great idea!

    Fan: Any news on if you’ll be able to release the 4/5 blocked tracks on Youtube soon?
    Seggie: Not sure if we will be able to post them, unfortunately. Also the video I made was of one of those songs, haha, double whammy.

    Fan: Would you not be able to just put them on Youtube as a cover? People put covers on Youtube all the time.
    Seggie: If people video them at shows and put them up that works.

    Fan: What's the difference between that and you putting them up and state that it's a cover?
    Seggie: It's legal reasons. It doesn't really make any sense, but those are the rules.

    Fan: Would you ever be able to show the video you made at a live show or special event instead?
    Seggie: We are working on how we can share this stuff with all the fans, with all the legal stuff, it's made it difficult.

    Fan: Can Chasers start a campaign to sway people's minds?
    Seggie: Haha unfortunately I don't think so.

    Fan: How did it come about for Seacrest to debut the video?
    Seggie: A few different outlets were pitched to have the premiere & everyone at On Air With Ryan were super excited so they got it!

    Fan: How was the National Anthem gig at the Dolphin's game? Wish we could see a full video! Dolphin's mascot was loving it!
    Seggie: It was awesome. You forget just how enormous the players are until you stand next to them!

    Fan: Were you able to watch the whole game from the sidelines?
    Seggie: We had to leave at halftime. Had soundcheck at 4 and a 7pm show to get back for!

    Fan: Why does SNCTAT not follow Charlie Mechling? Is this personal?
    Seggie: Didn't even know that. Probably some reason Ryan had.

    Fan: Has the bus ever taken off without one of you guys?
    Seggie: We left Rome at a truck stop one time at like 3am. Nobody knew he got off. Only for about 10 mins though.

    Fan: Who puts your music out to the world? Atlantic or someone else? I think Red and Lost could be mainstream hits.
    Seggie: Red was popular when it came out in 2009. Love for Lost to be a hit! It's up to the radio stations, so request away!

    Fan: From what I read, Red was popular in Europe, not here. I don't ever remember hearing it before.
    Seggie: Daniel Merriweather was a VH1 You Oughta Know artist. Hopefully we can bring the song back to glory!

    Fan: Seggie, is there a particular movie you hope to catch on your time off for your movie review?
    Seggie: I don't think I'll get to any since I'm going to the Detroit Red Wings game tomorrow.

    Fan: So YahooScreen says it's showing your concert in Durham on the 29th. Any chance you guys can do a DVD from that?
    Seggie: We are going to try.

    Fan: Were you all there recording together for Sittin' on the Dock/Proud Mary in the studio? Sounds like it was a party!
    Seggie: Yeah, it was def a party!

    Fan: How much of your "time off" do you actually spend working? I know you guys are always busy with behind the scenes stuff.
    Seggie: Some days more than others. All depends on if we are coming off of tour or prepping for. Always things to work on.

    Fan: But aren't you always preparing for the next tour?
    Seggie: Exactly. There's really never any time when we aren't actively thinking or doing something to advance the group.

    Fan: Do you like to cook? Will you be preparing any dishes for Thanksgiving?
    Seggie: I do like to. I'm cooking now. Making fajitas! However, I'll leave Thanksgiving to the pros.

    Fan: If all the songs you wanted to clear for the new album had, what wouldn't have made the cut?
    Seggie: We probably would have just released them all!

    Fan: Any news on the next Chaser Summit?
    Seggie: We are brainstorming for this now!

    Fan: What does it mean in the liner notes when a song is arranged by, for example, Mike Luginbill "and Straight No Chaser"?
    Seggie: It means Mike Luginbill arranged it and the group performed it.

    Fan: Has the increase in terrorism alerts forced you to change plans or venues?
    Seggie: The plan has not changed at this point.

    Fan: Any special promotions or tie-ins for “The New Old Fashioned” coming up like the shoot you did at the Connecticut Target store?
    Seggie: We've got some things in the works, will announce soon as they become confirmed!

    Fan: Would you (or anybody who reads this) happen to know if the deluxe CD version of The New Old Fashioned is available at your shows?
    Seggie: Sure is!

    Fan: Are talks still in the works for the SNC movie?
    Seggie: As far as we know, yes!

    All the Best,


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