River Barons is an alt-country rock band from San Antonio, Texas. Their style of "South Texas Rock" incorporates rock, country and blues. Their songs are driven by real life experiences and the sounds of Texas legends who have come before them. The band consists of Daniel Proud (drums), Genaro Ortiz (bass), Jeff Cox (steel guitar), Jordan "JP" Williams (guitar), and Gonzalo Gonzales (guitar/vocals).
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
I wouldn't say there was an exact experience or person that influenced me to write music. I've created and played music for a long time, in different capacities. I think (over that time) I grew into an artist who wanted to tell stories and have a voice.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
Ha! I wish I had a good answer for you, but I'm probably one of the more boring musicians around. I've played several bars where fights have broken out while we were playing... and we just kept on playing. Other than stuff like that, I just try to be easy to work with and keep it between the lines.
What has been the high point of your music path?
I would say I'm currently on the high point of my music path. I'm very fortunate to be able to create and perform music with my friends. I've got stories to tell and I'm doing it with some of the most amazing people I know. It's a beautiful thing.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
In my mind, I have topics or stories I want to write songs about. When music ideas starts coming together, I start feeling what the song will be about. From there, I'll start writing lyrics and adjust the song as needed. I have some lines or phrases written in a book and I have some guitar stuff recorded in my phone. They eventually find each other.
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be?
I think the challenges of getting paid is number one. Venues, apps, radio, TV... seems like everybody is getting their money on the backs of bands and songwriters.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
It would probably be Son Volt... because I'm a fan boy.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
We usually have a focus for each rehearsal. Sometimes we're preparing for a show, where we'll run through the set list. Sometimes it's more focused on writing. And sometimes we want to try something out, like an acoustic guitar or playing a song a different way. We don't run a tight ship but we seem to stay on task... for the most part.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
We have a song coming out on an upcoming recording called, 'Phonecard'. The song has evolved over time, but it was the story and hook that really kept it hanging around. We kept fine-tuning and re-writing certain parts until we reached where we are now. I consider it one of our stronger songs, but it took some TLC.
What's coming up in the future?
We're currently recording our first full length album. We don't have a release date yet, but I expect it'll release sometime in the spring of 2020. The recording was delayed with the addition of a fifth member, our steel guitar player, Jeff Cox. We took some time to allow Jeff to catch up and get comfortable with the songs.
Tell us where fans can access your music?
You can listen to River Barons on Spotify or visit RiverBarons.com. You can also connect with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter (@RiverBarons).
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