Tar & Flowers
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 just got out of my first long term relationship. To avoid the pain of that, I jumped into a relationship with someone else and that fell apart. All I had left were my emotions and my guitar, so I decided to set those to music. It allowed me to work through all those feelings of grief and loss.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
Maybe not the craziest thing but, when I played The Red Dog Saloon in Pioneer Town, a woman came up with some horses and hung out while I played as the sun set. It was the closest I got to playing the old west!
What has been the high point of your music path?
In all honesty the live performance I just did with my killer band. I feel we played a great show and people are starting to catch on to what I'm doing. It was a beautiful memory - we played in the hills and looked over a valley into downtown in LA and everyone had an amazing time. I was also told the Spirit of The West was there.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
Some songs come from images, others from poems, and others still just from ideas. I feel the music comes as a necessity to facilitate those ideas. What results of it is, I think, compositions that have narratives set to them and an expression of a setting through notes.
I see writing songs like giving birth: it either happens when you go in the room to write, or it doesn't. And if it doesn't, that's okay too. It's a communication with something beyond yourself. As long as I'm being honest in that attempt, I think I've done my job.
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?
Well the digital age of music production and distribution has made it so you no longer need a label for either of those things. However, it has made it so that the market is heavily saturated with content so it's difficult to rise above the din. Getting people to tune in to what you're about is difficult, but I think if you're about what you're doing and believe in it, other people will start to believe in it too.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
Whitey Morgan and The 78's - amazing players with great songs.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
Rehearsals are just to get people on the same page as far as song structure. I feel I sort of facilitate this with my guitar, like a conductor, and the other players provide tapestry. Once everyone is comfortable, we're a well oiled machine. There's also beer involved.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
Probably Ten Ton Heart off my first album. It started off as a poem that sat around for many years until it made sense to me to set it to music, which initially started as a ballad and transformed into the danceable honky-tonk number it is today.
Listen to Ten Ton Heart: https://open.spotify.com/album/3uh3w4Cur3ii2EXZ8tgssM
What's coming up in the future?
We have a show booked at The Troubadour in February, other than that, just trying to build the Americana scene here in Los Angeles. I'm surrounded by an amazing group of kind, caring people. As long as I have that, the sky is the limit!
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