Our sit down interview with this week’s Featured Artist – Howard Livingston
(TRB)Where are you based these days?
(HL) We live in the fabulous Florida Keys
(TRB)Do you have a Regular Gig where your fans can always find you?
(HL) We play many festivals and have concerts at several venues in the Keys and across the country.
(TRB)Do you have any current projects in the works?
(HL) Yes, we are just finishing our new CD project “Six Pack And A Tan” which will be released October 13th.
(TRB)What was your major influence for pursuing a career in Trop Rock?
(HL) I all started when I started visiting the Keys and the Caribbean, I realized that I wanted to live in the tropics. It took a while but I left the corporate world and picked up my guitar. Best choice I ever made.
(TRB)And the question everyone asks, with such a variance of answers. Who are/were your musical influences now and getting started?
(HL) I have a ton of folks that have influenced me. Hank Williams, Elvis, The Beatles, Jimmy Buffett, Bob Marley, Lyle Lovett, and the list goes on and on. I love all types of music and appreciate great songwriters.
(TRB)Who, if possible, would you like to perform with?
(HL) I have been so very blessed to play with so many wonderful performers that it is difficult to say who would top the list of folks I have not played with. I would loved to have played with Bob Marley. I think he was probably a pretty cool dude.
(TRB)What is the one place that you have on your Bucket List of Venues to play?
(HL) I want to perform at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, so much history there.
(TRB)Tell us about your most memorable performance.
(HL) That is a tough one because we have played at so many wonderful venues. If I had to decide on a couple it would be The Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa. This was the last show that Buddy Holly did and his signature is in the dressing room along with everyone you can imagine. Yes, I had to put my John Henry there too. Quite an honor. The second place would have to be a concert we did on an island in the Keys. We were on a house boat and a couple thousand of our friends brought their boats out and joined us. Impromptu moments are the best.