For Richie Plath, it’s the nerves.

   Those jitters, the butterflies in the stomach — most people hate them.

   But for Richie? That’s what gets him going.

   When he’s about to take the stage, he craves that slightly sick-to-your-stomach feeling.

   “I always liked being nervous,” he said. “I like the fact that, for so many shows for so many years, I’m kind of a wreck.

   “But once you get me on that stage, I can pour it all out.”

   He felt those jitters for years, could count on them as he took the stage as a founding member of Road Trip.

   Then, little by little, they began to fade away.

   “We’ve gotten so good at knowing what we had to do, and the machine is running really well,” he said. “I mean, it had just gotten to the point where you practice so much and you were so busy that certain human elements were just starting to fall away ...”

   But on New Year’s Eve, those nerves are certain to be back.

   Big time.

   When Richie and the rest of Road Trip takes the stage at Royal Ridges in Ripon, he’ll be doing it in front of all his family. His friends. Everyone who cares about him.

   They’ll be there to help Richie say goodbye to Road Trip.

   Twenty-seven years after Kingston-natives Richie Plath and cousin D.J. Doty founded the band, Richie plans to retire his microphone.

Read the full story in the Dec. 27, 2018 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.