Our sit down interview with this week’s Featured Artist – Southern Drawl Band
(Nashville Mike Nash)
(TRB) Where are you based these days?
(SDB) We’re based in Knoxville, TN
(TRB) Do you have a Regular Gig where your fans can always find you?
(SDB) We play every weekend somewhere, but not usually the same places. They can always find our schedule on FB.
(TRB) Do you have any current projects in the works?
(SDB) As a matter of fact, we just finished working on our special edition Trop Rock cd to be released in a few weeks (this one’s a suprise though, so keep it hush hush We decided to do a Trop Rock only cd since we’re getting a lot of requests for more island music. We even brought in Tall Paul to co-sing/write on a track and Quincy Yates from Ramajay is playing steel pans. We’re very excited to get it out there special for our Trop Rock fans!
(TRB) What was your major influence for pursuing a career in Trop Rock?
(SDB) Jimmy Buffett of course! Plus I’ve always been inspired by the beach life and love of the water. I guess that’s where a lot of my writing points of view come from…the laid back and silly/not so serious side of life.
(TRB) And the question everyone asks, with such a variance of answers. Who are/were your musical influences now and getting started?
(SDB) My influences are as vast as the Pacific Ocean. I started out playing Heavy Metal in the 80’s (Motley Crue, Metallica, Ozzy). Then progressed to Southern Rock/Classic Rock (Lynyrd Skynyrd, Allman Brothers, Black Crowes) Then I found Jimmy Buffett (I love Mac MacAnally’s style too) Recently (like the rest of the world) I’ve been really into what Zac Brown Band does. Not as much their radio hits, but their “b side” stuff…really great band. Also I’ve always loved Alabama (the band, NOT the football team!)
(TRB) Who, if possible, would you like to perform with?
(SDB) I would love to rock with Zac Brown, Jimmy Buffett or even vocally with Sara McLachlan. I would love to sit in with the Coral Reefers sometime.
(TRB) What is the one place that you have on your Bucket List of Venues to play?
(SDB) All of them! I’ve been fortunate to get to play a lot of amazing places along the way, but there’s no where I could say in particular other than every venue I can play!
(TRB) Tell us about your most memorable performance.
(SDB) So far I’d have to say opening for Eddie Money. He was such a great guy and awesome performer. He completely rocked the stage and the whole time we thought he was going to have a heart attack! We called him “sweaty Eddie” because he was wearing a white shirt (the gig was in FL) and he was completely covered head to toe in sweat…but he still rocked the stage!
A close second would be opening for Uncle Cracker. The guy was a complete arrogant douchebag. Backstage he was ranting about sound issues and that he was “too big for this venue”. I took offense to that because it was one of my regular venues and I happened to like playing there. He had everyone coming up and kissing his ass….just an arrogant prick. Anyway, our band got up and blew the doors off the place. So when we finished and walked off the stage, and as the crowd was screaming for us, I not so politely told him as I walked by him “top that mother****er”. You should have seen the look on that guys face! I’m not conceited and I don’t mean that to sound that way…I just really get a kick out of putting assholes in their place. There’s no place in music for arrogance.
(TRB) What is the best way for your fans to stay in touch?
(SDB) Facebook of course! I don’t really promote myself/solo shows much anymore. I’ve put everything into the band. Just send them to our Facebook: www.facebook.com/southerndrawlband