Innocent Words Presents IW10 with Joel Madison Blount

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.

Hometown:
Birmingham, AL

Members and Instruments:
Joel Madison Blount – vocals, electric guitar
Josh Vigneulle – electric guitar
Will Weir – bass guitar
Alex Hinson – drums

Short Bio (in your own words):
I’ve been making up songs since I was a little kid; now I make up songs to sing with my son. I’m a husband and father and I do my best to care for my family. I hope that my pursuit of being a musician will inspire my kids to pursue things in life they’re most passionate about – even if it seems a little crazy.

What was the first live concert you ever went to?
Lynyrd Skynyrd and Ted Nugent at the Biloxi Coliseum. I was in the ninth grade at Murphy High School in Mobile, AL, and I’d managed to make a few friends in the Junior and Senior class who offered to let me tag along with them to the show. I don’t know how I convinced my parents to let me go. For me, the highlight of the show was Ted Nugent shooting a flaming arrow across the stage into a guitar suspended high up in the air – epic rock & roll showmanship!

What is your funniest show experience?
I remember seeing Better than Ezra perform once when I was in high school and Kevin Griffin had this kick move to highlight certain musical breaks. Not long after, my band at the time (Freewater Frequency) was playing a show, and I thought I’d be cool and use the kick move, too. But, I wasn’t familiar with the wisdom of “less is more” and my girlfriend (now wife) still makes fun of my flailing Karate Kid show. Luckily, no one had their teeth kicked in that night.

What THREE things are a must have when you go on tour or play a show?
Throat Coat tea, Hall’s honey-lemon menthol cough drops, and my own vocal microphone (I’m a germaphobe).

What was the first record you ever purchased?
I bought a copy of M.C. Hammer’s ‘Please Hammer, Don’t Hurt ‘Em’ and Aerosmith’s ‘Pump’ when I was in the sixth grade. I think my parents made me return the Aerosmith album, but man, I still love a couple of those songs.

If you had to record an EP of covers, which FIVE songs/artist would make the cut?
I’ve been planning a country-gospel album as a side project and would like to do a few songs like “Wayfaring Stranger,” “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms,” “Take My Hand Precious Lord,” “In the Garden,” and “Softly and Tenderly.” I love many versions of these songs that Johnny Cash, The Stanley Brothers, Jim Reeves, Elvis Presley, and Willie Nelson have recorded in the past.

What’s your preferred music format – vinyl, CD, digital, cassette – and why?
I grew up with vinyl records and cassette tapes, then moved to CDs when they became popular (I still have hundreds of them), then digital files took over, and I lugged around hard drives full of music. Now, we’re back to vinyl records again and I’m happy.

I think vinyl records are great – I love that you have to commit to focusing on an album from beginning to end. I also love the physical aspect of placing the record on the platter and setting the needle, the larger format cover art, and I always read the credits. I want to know who produced, engineered, mixed, and mastered the album, where it was recorded, mixed and mastered, who played what, who wrote the songs – the more details, the better.

What is your website and do you have a music video to share?
Pre-Order my new album Our New Moon here: http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/joelmadisonblount
Artist website: www.joelmadisonblount.com