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An Interview With Singer Clayton Morgan

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Clayton Morgan is a singer and songwriter who recently released the album “Taste for Love”; here is a link to his website: 

Q: When did you know you were a musician?

 

A: I knew I wanted to be a singer from early childhood. My earliest memories of performing date back to preschool.
Q: What themes do you like to explore in your music? 

 

A: I like to explore themes of love and happiness in my music. I am a person that loves love and it’s a universal theme that transcends all cultures and backgrounds. Love is a message that creates a common bond between people.

 

Q: Who are some of your influences and how can we hear this in your music?

 

A:  My biggest influences are Michael and Janet Jackson. I especially like the way Janet’s music makes me feel. Most of her music is upbeat and happy. Those are qualities that I like to put in my music. I want the music to be upbeat and happy. I want my music to make people happy when they hear it.

 

Q: What kind of day job (or income source) do you have and how does it influence your music?

 

A: I currently work a 9 to 5 in the Banking industry. Right now, my 9 to 5 pays the bills. It also helps me create the music that I make.

 

Q: What is the most effective thing you have done to promote your music?

 

A: The most effective thing I’ve done to promote the music is work with Michael Stover at MTS Management. Michael has been very instrumental in the success of my career. I can’t thank him enough for all his hard work and dedication!

 

Q: What is the worst advice anyone has ever given you about your musical career?

 

A: Performing live is an important part of connecting with the fans and building a following for what you do as a musician. Every artist is different regarding the types of gigs they choose to perform. I don’t think it’s in my best interest to perform at any gig dropped in my lap. I like to decide what the live performance opportunity will be and what feels right for me.

 

Q: What kind of training have you had?

 

A: I’ve had vocal training. I’m also working on dance training.

 

Q: Your father is Eddie Daniels. What did you learn about the music industry from him?

 

A: My dad’s time in the music industry ended shortly before I was born. I only heard stories about his time in the industry. He told me to watch people around you, meaning management wise. The music group he was part of had shady management. That was one of the main reasons he left the group.

 

Q: What inspired “Taste for Love?”

 

A:  Taste for Love was inspired by the instrumental track. Once I heard the track, the lyrics came to me instantly. It’s a sensual song about wanting to be with that special person.

Q:  What are you working on now?

 

A: My latest single ‘The Beat is Calling Me’ was released on November 12, 2018. I’m in the process of working on the live show set. There will be live performances coming up in early 2019.

 

 

Eliza’s interviews are done by email; all answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects:)

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An Interview with Jordan Casty of Eleven Dollar Bills

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Jordan Casty is the lead singer for the band Eleven Dollar Bills; here is a link to the band’s first album:

All Our People

 

Q: When did you know you wanted to be a musician?

 

A: I’ve been singing and messing around on instruments for as long as I can remember but something strange happened when I was sixteen and I found out just the slightest bit of music theory.  I felt like I was stepping into a different world and speaking the same, mysterious language all my musical heroes were speaking.  I felt like I had joined a new club and I never wanted to leave.

 

 

Q: What is your creative process?

 

A: My creative process starts with drinking a whole bunch of coffee and messing around with my guitar or piano.  I feel around in the dark, humming melodies and fiddling on the guitar until something sounds like the beginning of a real idea.  Some melody that feels sturdy enough to build on or some group of words that sparks a song idea.  It’s just a construction job from there.  That’s how our new single ‘Waves’ came about.  Some mumble sounded like the key to a joyful idea about serious fun.  A couple hours later we’d fashioned up a whole new chapter of our musical lives.

 

Q: What is the overall theme of your album, All Our People?

 

A: The All Our People EP is about bringing people together through celebration of life.  It’s about amplifying experience across the entire spectrum of emotion so that life becomes a deeper and more exciting ride.

 

Q: Did Bob Dylan inspire your name or is there another meaning behind it?

 

A: Bob Dylan has been my favorite songwriter since I started diving deeply into his work during my college years.  I felt like if I named my band after one of his lyrics, I might be able to direct a bit of whatever spirit has been speaking through him to come through me for a while.

 

Q:  How did you and the other band members get together in the first place?

 

A: This incarnation of the band came together in Los Angeles and we all met through playing music in the bars out here.  There are so many places to see killer live music in LA and when I got out here, I just started talking with everybody I thought was great after they got off stage.  We’d jam and play some trial-shows together and then it congealed into the lineup you see today.

 

Q:  What kind of day job do you have and how does it influence your music?

 

A: I drive a bit of Uber when the music money is slow.  I like to talk with my passengers if it feels like they’re open to it.  I feel like it helps in my songwriting to get so many different people’s stories.  The more varied your perspective, the more powerfully you can write.

 

Q: Your recording is very professional sounding! How did you get the album financed?

 

A: Thank you for the kind words!  Our producer Jim Huff is indeed a master craftsman.  And a master with the budget!  He called in a lot of favors to get this record made and we had a bit of family funding for whatever we weren’t able to cover ourselves.

 

 

Q: What would you change about the music industry?

 

A: If I could change one thing about the music industry, it’d be updating the royalty rates for songwriters.  Songwriters are really getting shafted lately and it’d be nice to see the money split up more fairly.

 

Q: What is your weirdest LA story?

 

A: One of my weirdest LA stories came while driving Uber.  I picked up this guy who told me to “just drive”.  I said okay and when I looked over, he was ‘making it rain’ on Tinder.  That’s when you rapidly and indiscriminately swipe right to rack up a swath of matches.  He kept it up and I kept driving through Los Angeles until he’d found a match that met his criteria.  He must’ve been a pro sweet talker because he had her address in minutes and we headed that way.  I pulled up and he went in.  But not before asking if I’d like to join.  I told him I’d have to take a rain check.

 

Q: At which club do you most look forward to having a concert?

 

A: Since I grew up in Chicago, playing the main stage at Lollapalooza will be a pretty serious thrill.  But the Hollywood Bowl might be even more fun.

Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects.

An Interview With Country Singer Richard Lynch

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Richard Lynch is a country singer who just released the single, We’re America Proud; here is a link to his YouTube page:

 

 

 

 

Q: What inspired you to write “We’re America Proud?”

 

A: It started from the need to have a jingle for a radio show I am doing on Renegade Radio Nashville, so the jingle was wrote and I aimed it towards true all Americans such as truck drivers, farmers and soldiers.   I was inspired to mention God and then the jingle was born.  My wife thought the jingle should be made into a full song.   So I wrote the country song We’re American Proud
Q:  What separates it from other country songs?

 

A: I have a true love and appreciation for what our country is all about and that is what inspired the song and sets it apart from other songs

 

Q:  Who are some of your musical influences and how can we hear it in your music?

 

A: My influences have been my Dad Woody Lynch who was a great country singer as well as the greats such as Keith Whitley, Conway Twitty and Mel Street

 

Q: How did your band get together?

 

A: I have been friends with and known my bass player for almost 35 years, he played with me the first time when he was just 15.  My drummer and steel guitar player have been with me over 20 years, I have a new guitar player and the keyboard player we used had been a member of Yankee Gray.   All of us are from the southwest Ohio area which has a huge country music influence from all of the people who migrated here from Kentucky and the Appalachians

 

Q: You work as a barn designer. How did you get into that profession?

 

A: I grew up on farm and my Dad taught me how to maintain the buildings that required a lot of upkeep and I have made a living for more than 35 years building and designing barns

 

Q: How does t effect your ability to perform music?

 

A: I am not building as many barns as I had in the past because of how busy we have become with our music.

 

Q: What are some common misconceptions about country music?

 

A: The biggest misconception is that the new music being played on mainstream radio is not country music.  Country music has more character than drum loop, generic lyrics you cant understand that has downgraded the music that it has no country soul to it

 

Q: What is “A Better Place” about?

 

A: A story about lost love that ends in tragedy and yet the love continues in the fellow’s passing away

Q:  What has been your greatest professional accomplishment?

A: Hearing my music being played on internet shows, radio, TV and to see people in the audience sing songs I have wrote.

Q: If you could write a song for anyone who would it be?

 

A: I have wrote songs for and about my Dad and he continues to influence my music every day

 

 

Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects.

 

 

An Interview With Swedish Country Singer TJ Leonard

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TJ Leonard is a Swedish country singer; here is a link to his Facebook Page:

https://www.facebook.com/tjleonardchestnut/

 

Q: What made you interested in country music?

 

A: For many years I had written and produced pop, r&b and other genres and all were computer programmed. I longed for a more organic sound with acoustic instruments. Then Keith Urban released ”Somebody like you” and that banjo intro really cought me. I thought -I could do this, so I shut out all the other genres and started to listen to country music both old and new as an experiment to see if and how my musical language would change. It did change and since then I only listen to counry.

 

Q: What attracts Swedish people to country music?

 

A: We have a country audience here that for the most part listens to older country but what is exciting to see is that people now discover the contemporary country and doesn’t even now that it is country influenced. I think that ”pop country” is easier for us to take in because of the pop culture here in Sweden. However, this can lead to an interest for more true country. Just look at me!

 

Q: What inspired you to write, “The River?”

 

A: I wanted to write a song about my youth and I sat down and  thought about how it was back then. Me and my friends spent most of our time by the Mörrum River fishing and having all sorts of fun and the thought of writing a ”big thanks” to my old friends popped up. In the video you can see a couple of us in the old pictures. It was quite hard to get a hold of those photos. Back then we only had cameras and no mobiles and it was expensive to develop photos.

 

Q: What themes do you like to write about it?

 

A: I like to write about things that happens in my life or events that happens around me. I like to have a conection to the subject. Sometimes you have to add a little spice to it to make it more interesting though. I try to write lyrics that people can conect to. Every day things. I try to keep it simple.

 

Q: What kind of day job or income source do you have?

 

A: I work at a place called Anticimex as a house inspector. When you buy or sell a house I’ll go there and check out the condition of the house so that the buyer knows what he or she is buying and if there is something that has to be done with it. The inspection is a foundation for an insurance. I love the job. I get to meet a lot of exciting people that inspires me musically. In almost every house there’s a guitar or a piano so we often have a music talk during the inspection.

 

Q: Who are some of your musical influences?

 

A: I’ve played so many genres so I have a lot of heroes. Stevie Wonder, Frank Sintra, TOTO and all the other west coast bands. On the country side, Randy Travis, Travis Tritt, George Strait, Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers, Brad Paisley, Toby Keith and Tim McGraw among others.

 

Q: What do Americans not understand about Sweden?

 

A: Well, that’s a tricky question but let us once and for all get this sorted out: We don’t have polar bears walking around in the streets LOL!! And we’re not Switzerland 🙂

 

Q: What makes your music worth listening to?

 

A: As I said before I try to write lyrics that people can relate to. Things in our daliy life. Me not being from the US can maby add a little twist to the music that sticks out a little bit.

 

Q: What classic country song sums up your life?

 

A: It’s hard only to chose one. But here are a couple of songs that means a lot to me.

Three wooden crosses with Randy Travis that I think describes how great God is.

Live like you were dying with Tim McGraw that tells us that live a full life here and now. You never know what will happen tomorrow.

Kiss my country ass with Rhett Atkins, you must have a little attitude in your life LOL!

I owe it all to you with Michael Peterson. That song IS about me and my whife for shure.

Proud of the house we built with Brooks & Dunn because of the both hard and  wonderful.

Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects.

 

 

 

Am Interview With Country Singer Eddy Mann

 

 

em.jpgEddy Mann is a Christian Country artist who has recently released the album Dig Love; here is a link to his website:

 

http://eddymann.com/

 

Q: When did you know you wanted a career in music?

 

A:  Well I was an athlete when I entered high school and a musician by the time I left. Somewhere along the way someone put a guitar in my hands and it was decided. Over the course of a year or so I turned from a shy and quiet kid, into a confident, outgoing creative.

 

Q: What is the overall theme of Dig Love?

 

A:  A little over a year ago I found myself in a season where I was writing a lot of material as a result of what I was watching and hearing in the news. So when it came time to pick the songs for the album I found that the songs had an idyllic, peaceful, compassionate theme running through it. Musically it had a more roots kind of Americana feel to it and that lent itself to the overall vibe.

 

Q: What kind of day jobs have you had and how do they influence your work?

 

A: As a young man I worked full time as a musician, but when I met my wife I wanted my children to know who I was and what I looked like so I went back to school to become an educator. A season later I received a call from an assistant pastor to create a new service at his church. That ended up being another wonderfully blessed season. Each experience we have becomes a part of the fabric of who we are. So I’m the musician, songwriter, and creative that I am now because of the people and situations I’ve encountered.

 

Q: What is your most unusual performance story?

 

A: Unusual doesn’t jump out at me, but unique does. In fact just last night at a meet and greet after a concert a woman came up who had just lost her husband to cancer. She really wanted to get out of the house and saw an ad that I was playing, checked out my website, and something drew her to the event. Afterwards while we were talking she shared how there were multiple moments during my performance that really touched her and gave her some comfort. They’re the kind of moments that can inspire and never get old.

 

Q: Who are some of your musical influences?

 

A: They’re really diversified. My father had a bebop quintet so there was always music in the house growing up. I’ve always enjoyed listening to a variety of styles. I really like the new Vince Gill album, Steve Gadd’s new one 70, Foy Vance has new one, Ed Roman, they’re all quite a bit different but they’ve all moved me.

 

Q: There is a lot of debauchery in the music industry, as a Christian do you ever feel conflicted with people you meet in the industry and the lifestyles they lead?

 

A: No, not at all. I live a compassionate, peaceful existence because it’s what inspires me, energizes me, and gives me purpose. I choose to live it as an alternative. So for me, I live my faith as an example of another path to follow and sometimes that intrigues others, and sometimes it doesn’t.

 

Q: What has been your biggest professional triumph?

 

A:  That’s easy, that I get to live out my passion, the fact that I’m still making a comfortable living, providing a comfortable lifestyle for my family, and living a debt free life. Imagine that!

 

Q: What trends in music annoy you?

 

A: I’m a little disappointed in the lack of live outlets for younger musicians. I came up in an environment where I could play out every weekend. In high school I was performing regularly and was honing my craft. Those nights were invaluable to my maturing as a musician and writer.

 

Q: What sets you apart from other Christian country stars?

 

A: What sets us all apart is our personal journey; the people that we’ve met, the places that we’ve been, the joys, the sorrows, how we’ve gotten to this point in time.

 

Q: What is your theme song?

 

A: I’m A Blessed Mann

Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects.

An Interview With Western Avenue Guitarist Matt Williams

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Matt Williams is the guitarist for the country trio Western Avenue who’s single, “Wherever You Are” was released today; here is a link to their website:

www.westernavenue.ca

 

 

Q: How did Western Avenue get together?

A: Western Avenue started coming together in the fall of 2006 when Keith & I were introduced to Nikki by our friend Tara Lyn Hart.  Nikki was teaching vocal lessons at Tara’s school & needed a couple of guitar players for a show she was doing.  She called Keith, Keith called me & the rest is history!  Haha.  Funny enough the show actually got cancelled a couple of weeks before we were to play due to the club closing down.  By that time we could already tell we were onto something special.

Q: What is the main difference between Canadian country music and American country music?

A: Some of the new country artists coming out of the States I find have more of that classic rock edge to there live shows (Jake Owen, Lady A, etc.). Where as a lot of Canadian artists live shows are more of the traditional kind.  Both are amazing!

 

Q: What is “Wherever You Are” about?

A: Wherever You Are is the classic ballad story of wanting to spend as much time & experiences with the ones you love.  People have really related to this song.  We’ve heard from fans how this song has been played as the 1st dance at several weddings this year.  As a musician that is one of the ultimate compliments & we’re truly grateful!

Q: What is the most inventive thing you have done to promote yourselves as a band?

A: Honestly…just playing as much as possible.  We believe that the more we play, the more people will hear us.  It’s not uncommon for us to do numerous Charity shows & even showing up at the Beach to rock out…haha.

Q: What is your strangest concert story?

A: Man…we could probably write a book one day on the journey we’ve been through (actually….I Probably WILL write a book…haha).  I’m sure a lot of stuff will come out over the next few years anyways.

 

One of my strangest concert moments came when we were doing a show.  We had a tone of family & friends in the audience, & this one woman made a point of coming up on stage & licking me from my shoes right up my leg.  The funniest thing was seeing my parent’s expression in the front row.  Was probably the most awkward moment on stage in my life…hahaha

Q: What sets you apart from other country trio’s?

 

A: Got to say the one thing that sets us apart is that 2 of us are married….haha.  It really makes for some awkward conversations sometimes…haha.  No, we believe we have a unique sound that combines all of our influences into well-crafted songs with sing-along choruses.  Plus our shows are more like listening to a rock concert 😉

Q:  Who are some of your musical influences?

A: All of our musical influences vary soo much!  Collectively we all love bands like Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, Taylor Swift, Fleetwood Mac, Keith Urban, Sugarland.  Anything with sing-along verses & arena-rock choruses!!  Nikki’s influences stretch all the way back to watching Disney movies, Keith’s = all old country tunes, Matt = Celtic music & singing Take Me Out To The Ball Game a million times with my Mom when I was 3 years old (ha!).

Q: If Canada were a country song which one would it be and why?

A: “Here For The Party” by Gretchen Wilson!  Great tune & us Canadians sure like to drink! 😉

Q:  What is the most common theme in contemporary country music?

A: One thing I’ve noticed over the past few years is the whole sex, partying & rock & roll theme being embraced by country music!  It’s pretty awesome because I came from a rock past & grew up listening to songs like that.  Pretty amazing that almost anything goes in Country music now!

 

Q:  Could a veggie munching, liberal, Jew like me be accepted in the world of country music?

A: You bet you would!  Like I said above….anything goes in Country Music now.  Believe Shania helped break down some of those traditional barriers that were in place years ago.  Country music now has soo many different avenues, it really is remarkable!

Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects:)

An Interview With Country Music Artist Jiggley Jones

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Jiggley Jones is a country music singer whose album 
"No Spring Chicken"
is climbing the country charts; here is a link to his website:

 

www.jiggleyjones.com.

 

 

 

Q: What made you want to become a musician?

A:   I think it was just a natural progression that came to the forefront when I was in my late teens. I would sing in the church choir and play the clarinet in school when I was a kid but those teenage years, and having popular music as a priority within those social circles, sort of pushed me in that direction. I think that it’s one of those things that you either want to do or you don’t. It’s part of who you are.

 

Q:  What is the theme of “No Spring Chicken?”

 

A:  Musically there really is no theme other then touching on life itself and how we look at it and live with it. The name of the CD, “No Spring Chicken”, is sort of a humorous look into the music business and how they seem to be leaning more and more towards the younger artist. I’m just simply saying, “I’m not a teenager anymore but here ya go, how bout some good solid music from an old guy”, lol. Imagine that.

Q: Who are some of your musical influences?

A:   I’ve always said that you are influenced by every musical movement that you’ve ever heard. My influences are many but to streamline the list I would go back to my roots growing up in a household where Classic Rock was the main theme. Neil Young, The Allman Brothers, The Doobie Brothers, The Eagles, etc…

 

Q: What is the most common misconception about country music?

 

A:   Well currently, if you haven’t paid any attention to Country music, the misconception might be that one still thinks that it’s the same as it was 30 years ago. You always hear non-Country fans bringing up the old theme, “my dog died and my women left me and I’m down on my luck”, but nothing could be further from the truth. Country music is, and always has been a lyrical masterpiece, from a good old American perspective.

Q: What is your weirdest concert story?

 

A:   The one that comes to my mind today, and I’m sure if I thought about it I could come up with a few more, is when I was performing a live show in a band and a fight broke out in front of the stage. Upon pinpointing the people involved, while we continued performing our song, I noticed that I recognized the one participant as our lead guitar player’s older sister. Immediately I looked over at my friend Mike on guitar as he wailed away on his lead, playing it as good as usual. As soon as he finished his last note he put his guitar down and darted into the raucous, coming out with his sister bleeding from the lip. This all took place while the rest of the band continued playing the song we were doing. Needless to say the applause at the end of this one was twice as loud as the rest of the show, lol.

 

Q: What is unique  about country music fans?

A:   I’m not sure I would characterize it as unique but I know that Country music fans are the most loyal, dedicated, and diehard fans there is. All you need to do is take a trip to the CMA festival to get a taste of that. It’s a lifestyle, not just musically but attitude wise. A Country music fan will vehemently protect the name of Country music until the day they die.

Q: If your life was a country song, which one would it be?

A:   Wow there’s so many to pick from. How about Johnny Cash’s “Next In Line.” I always seem to feel like I end up “next in line”, lol. Always the bridesmaid, never the bride. I’m sure hoping that changes this time around !!!

Q: What kind of feedback helps you the most as an artist?

 

A:   Positive feedback for sure. There’s nothing like the boost you get after reading a good review, hearing someone rave about you music, or getting a warm reception to a live performance you’ve just finished. I have a tendency to feed off of these moments and turn and give it back.

Q: If you could change one thing about the music industry what would it be?

A:   I think the industry needs to get back to putting the music first. What I mean is that a great demo should be the reason a record company is interested in an artist. Today you have to have an extensive list of non-musical credits to get their attention. Social media “likes” and “views” and “fans” should be irrelevant. Whether you are already touring or not shouldn’t be a concern nor should the amount of local fans you have. It should always boil down to how good and different the music is that you create. The industry has a job of selling music. The artist has a job of creating and performing the music. More and more the artist has to take the lead and do both. If I couldn’t write music then I wouldn’t be here so why are “you” here if “you” can’t sell good music. The next Led Zeppelin will never arrive unless the music takes over as the absolute priority. I could go on and on about this one.

 

Q: If you could no longer be a musician what other kind of work would you like to try?

A:   I’d like to play short-stop for the Atlanta Braves, lol.

Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects:)