Q: Tell us about your musical background, influences, and how your band came together.
I grew up teaching myself to play guitar and write songs starting around age 10. I didn't take it all that seriously until I was a teenager and then it became all consuming for several years.
I'm influenced by Neil Young, David Byrne, old reggae and just about everything else in between.
The band came together by way of everyone being friends in the Fort Worth, TX area.
Q: Has Telegraph Canyon always been comprised of six members? What changes have you undergone through your time together.
It's mostly always been the same core 6 member group with an aux guy or gal 7th member being added or subtracted through the years. The same core exist now except our long time organ player has left the band to play bass for Leon bridges. He was replaced with Bobby Z almost 2 years ago. We couldn't be more thrilled for him or for the way it's worked out on our end. It's a tough thing to part ways sometimes but this proved to work out for everyone evolved.
Q: What does your new LP bring that may be different than your past projects?
I think the pallet is more wide open. We tried, and in my opinion succeeded in making a record with several very different kinds of songs that still have a common thread between them.
Q: Who or what have been some of your inspirations for the album?
Paul Simon was a big influence in approach. I don't think the record sounds like his work but the way uses humor smashed up against gut wrenching honesty on records like Graceland influenced us in a big way through out the decisions on You From Before.
New Stuff: dr dog, war on drugs, my morning jacket
Q: How would you describe your writing process?
Ever changing! I try to write songs on several different instruments to keep things exciting. Likewise I write songs from several different approaches. Lyrics first sometimes. Music others.
Q: What is your favorite song on the album & why?
Probably Flood. I like it because it started as this raw country kind of song I wrote for myself and was never intended for the record. Then it morphed into this song full of tension and release. The band smashed it in the studio and it was a blast to be apart of the making of it with them.
Q: What are some of your favorite parts of touring? What are the biggest challenges?
I love meeting people and waking up with my buddies all around me everyday. Challenges: tires!! Those things are never going to play nice.
We want to get back to Europe and do more extensive touring there. Also, I want to play on late night TV! If anyone is reading this and can get us on....drop us a line!!
August 8th, 2015
1747 S Boston Ave