Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Musician Interview - Will Calhoun

Time for another of drive-by interview. These are intended to be an introduction to an artist, not their whole life story.

Today we get to tap the mind of Will Calhoun, Knoxville area railroad man and musician.

Because some music fans are gearheads...
Q: What guitar/instrument are you playing the most these days? Maker and model preferred
I'm currently playing a 12 string Fender acoustic, the sticker inside says: cd-160/12 blk made in China. I'm not a gear head by any stretch. If it stays in tune for most of a song, I dig it.

Because inquiring minds want to know...
Q: What are you actively listening to? What music is inspiring you? Yes, this is your typical, what's in the CD player, ipod, etc question. But, it isn't a "If you could be a tree, what tree would you be?" question.
I'm not forced but to keep the peace at work, the radio stays on a country music channel all day. I don't dislike country, I just don't particularly care for it. However, 1 or 2 will grab me from time to time.

For the past couple of years though, I've been listening to Audio Slave (singer from Soundgarden, band from Rage against the Machine). But I always fall back on Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, ZZ Top, etc.

Future Plans...
Q: What are you currently working on? Recording/shows/tour/writing/etc.
Currently I am going to be doing a reunion show with the old band. It has been almost 12 years since we've played together. For the past couple of weeks, I've been trying to condition my voice to sing a 4 hour show.

I've always enjoyed writing and recording music. After the reunion show we may try to attempt to record with each other again, maybe play a couple music festivals in the summer time. I want to continue writing and recording even if it's just for fun for as long as I am able.

My connection to Will?  Over the years Will and I have played in our local church's praise bands.  Last year he asked me if I wanted to write some songs with him.  Since I'm not a song writer that never happened.  Every so often we trade CDs to listen to.  He's a good egg.

Will and his old band, Hambone Pie, are having a reunion show later this week.  It is sold out.  Perhaps they'll do another one later in the summer.  If you don't have tickets and want some Hambone Pie, here's a video.