Colin McDonald, Andy Ellis, Sean McNulty and Dustin Edwards make up The Big Ol Band. They are a country band from Austin, Texas. Here Is a link to the blog:
Q: How did you all get together in the first place?
A: Colin McDonald was getting studio time at his friend Andy Ellis’ place, who happened to be in need of a band for his weekly show at Trophy’s. He had a bassist (Sean McNulty), a drummer (Dustin Edwards) and a saxophonist. Colin played guitar, Breanna Fye played the keys and Quinn Walton filmed. The show felt so good that we did it again every Wednesday for the next month and within one year we had played over 200 shows in some combination of the core members.
Q: Who are some of your musical influences?
A: Literally everything from the earliest Mountain Music recordings to Texas Swing, Bebop Jazz, Hippies, Motown, Nashville. We skipped the 80s and it’s too hot for flannel in Texas but we’re optimistic about the future.
Q: What do you like about the music scene in Austin?
A: Everything, it’s provided us a living, a shelter, inspiration and support over the last year and a half. 6th street is coming back, there’s a lot of really good music down here and all kinds of really good people.
Q: What don’t you like about it?
A: Parking. Sometimes you get lucky, sometimes you don’t.
Q: . What do you hope to express through your music?
A: Love. That’s about it, everything comes from love, it’s all you need, we love what we do and it’s all we can hope to give.
Q: What is the most common misconception about country music?
A: Everybody thinks country music is all kinds of things, but really it’s just the story.
Q: What is your wildest backstage story?
A: We’re definitely not the craziest bunch, that’s for sure. Maybe, saving a damsel in distress.
Q: You have a steady gig at Darwin’s. How did you go about getting the deal?
A: Darwin’s is a funny story. We played a lot on sixth street before we played there. It wasn’t until the 2nd time that Cj (the owner) mentioned he needed a happy hour band. Persistence paid off, we wouldn’t leave him alone about it. Five months later we have played over 100 shows there. It really feels like home.
Q: What classic country song sums up your professional life?
A: Tiger By the Tail – Buck Owens: Its been a wild ride so far, just trying to hold on. We do what we love and we love what we do.
Q: What kinds of day jobs have you all had and how does it influence your music?
A: Quinn works in the film industry and has provided us with the know how to film and edit our live shows, we have over 200 so far. He also repairs most problems with our instruments. Colin worked as a recording engineer for ten years, and has recorded all of the shows we have filmed. He is currently working on our first record. Right now our job is playing music, we appreciate it greatly and are actively trying to keep it that way.
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