TEN: Starting in 2013, each Friday, Innocent Words started shining the spotlight directly on up and coming artists/bands with 10 questions we like to call IW10.
I am originally from Tahlequah, OK, but I have been an Oklahoma City resident for 10-plus years.
Members and Instruments:
The core group that I worked with on recording ‘Back to Square One’ is Kyle Reid (producer, lead guitar, bass); Carter Sampson (vocals); John Calvin Abney (piano, organ, Wurlitzer); and Myself (rhythm guitar, vocals, arrangements).
Short Bio (in your own words):
Well versed in blues and traditional folk, I try and use creative melody lines to help convey a story. Simplicity and space was the goal for this record. Let the lyrics and vocals carry the song. There’s no reason to jumble everything up with solos or excessive instrumentation. I try and hold to that as much as I can in my music. Be interesting with composition and allow everything else to fall into place.
What was the first live concert you ever went to?
I remember being 12 years old on a family vacation on Beale Street and going to BB Kings place. Kids my age were not allowed after 9pm, but my old man convinced them to let me sit with him and watch Little Jimmy King just wail on that guitar. It was amazing.
What is your funniest or worst tour experience?
Got my Element all packed up and heading to a festival a couple hour away with a three-piece band including an upright bass in the car. A very old musician friend I hadn’t seen in years, who I believe lived in California at the time, calls and is walking down I40 wondering if I could help. We picked him up, he had to sit cross-legged in the back facing out the window but we got him to Tulsa safe and sound for his flight.
What was the first record you ever purchased?
Weezer ‘Blue Album.;
If you had to record an EP of covers, which FIVE songs/artist would make the cut?
1. John Hartford “Joseph’s Dream” – It’s the sweetest little love song. Its makes people happy every time they hear it.
2. Tom Waits “Fumblin’ With the Blues” – I love the story and singing over the groove.
3. Ryan Adams “Oh My God Whatever etc.” – The composition and melody line are fantastic. It’s beautiful.
4. Bob Dylan “Things Have Changed” – A brilliant Dylan song with so many one-liners.
5. Dolly Parton & Chet Akins “Do I Ever Cross Your Mind” – I love duets. This has ben a long-time favorite.
What’s your preferred music format – vinyl, CD, digital, cassette – and why?
I like vinyl a lot but not much is better than listening on some nice headphones and going for a walk.