Breaking down the barriers
How did music start for you?
I wanted to play guitar at an early age and didn't have a whole lot of support from my folks. I played sports and was pretty good at a few of them. That's what my parents wanted me to pursue. When I found skateboarding, it lead me down a different path away from sports and music was one of those paths. It was my grandfather who was the spark that ignited all of this when he encouraged me to continue doing what I loved to do no matter what anyone told me.
Who were you listening to when you were growing up?
A strange mix of Cajun, bluegrass, punk rock, skate rock, classic rock, country and folk. I loved CCR, Midnight Oil, Minor Threat, Bad Brains and Bob Dylan. I wasn't really allowed to have records or listen to a lot of that music in my household so friends would make me mix tapes.
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How would you describe your music?
We simply define it as American folk or Americana. Simple songs played from the heart with instruments that have been around a lot longer than we have.
Tell us about your latest album, Covering Ground.
We recorded it with Blind Melon's Christopher Thorn and some great friends were involved, including Frank Turner and Brian Fallon of Gaslight Anthem. It's a collection of songs that were either written on the road or about the road.
What can we expect at your Nottingham gig?
The line-up changes regularly and the set changes regularly so it constantly adds something different to the vast amount of road shows out there. We tend to break down the barriers and hierarchy in a sense to even the playing field and spotlight songwriters and musicians that we all collectively believe in and think should be heard.