Editor’s Note: The Charlotte Observer recently published an interview with actor/musician Jeff Daniels. A portion of that interview, recounting his travels by RV, follows:
Actor Jeff Daniels is best known for dramatic roles in films such as “Terms of Endearment” and “The Purple Rose of Cairo” as well as comedies like “Dumb & Dumber.” What moviegoers may not know is that he’s a closet singer-songwriter whose songs are often folky and funny. Though he’s performed weekend gigs and holiday fundraisers for his Purple Rose Theatre in his hometown of Chelsea, Mich., his current trek marks his first proper tour. He told Hollywood, “This fall, don’t even call me.”
Q. As a solo musician, are you traveling the country by car with a dog and a guitar?
I have a bus. It’s actually a glorified recreational vehicle. We sleep in truck stops and RV parks. I drive it too.
Call me eccentric. That’s a great way to see the country. The gigs let me do that too. There’s cities like Charlotte and all that, but it’s fun to play Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and Ellsworth, Maine. Cool little towns.
Q. I imagine you’ve encountered some treacherous roads.
If you go to the Jeff Daniels channel on YouTube you’ll see 13 episodes that are six minutes each of this RV trip I took in December 2009 through the upper peninsula of Michigan in a 22-inch snowstorm. The webisodes are teaching you how to drive an RV in whiteout conditions.
Watch today’s Featured Video No. 2 for a look at the first of those videos.