How would you classify your music?
We write and record new songs that are influenced by 70’s and 80’s rock. Sorta like classic rock that is brand new. We want catchy melodies with Hammond organ or Wurlitzer electric piano.
Who are some of your top 5 musical influences?
Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, REM, The Beatles, The Who.
What do you want fans to take from your music?
Hopefully, they will be entertained and can relate to it. This album was influenced by the world we all live in today and all the social issues around us, from alienation and acceptance to selfishness and kindness. Sometimes we wonder if this generation cares about what they are leaving behind for future generations, or if they only care about themselves right now.
How’s the music scene in your locale?
West Virginia has mostly cover bands. So, we are in the minority here. But there are some cool places that show great bands. And people appreciate high quality music everywhere. We have a great West Virginia Jazz Society that brings showcases major talent.
What is the best concert you have been to? What do you like most about playing live?
I’m sure every band member has a different “best” show that they have been to. Bob Workman’s best is Steely Dan in 2013.
Is there a song on your latest CD release here that stands out as your personal favorite, and why?
No favorite. Every song is like your kid and you love them all the same. Lol. Certainly, I think The Underdog is special for Brian Cottrill and Can You Feel The Rain is special for John Farmer.
How have you evolved as an artist over the last year?
We lost our lead guitarist and couldn’t find a replacement. After a long time, we thought it might be the end of the band. But then Phil Wyatt came along and we added a sax player instead. Phil’s sax and awesome vocals have given us a new sound and direction. Also, Davin Seamon is a genius and a world class musician on keys and he makes every song so much better when he plays on it. Davin’s played more parts on more songs on this record.
If you could meet, play a gig, co-write a song, have dinner, have a drink with any band or artist (dead or alive) who would it be?
Probably The Beatles for most of us, or for Davin Seamon it would be Tom Petty.
What’s next for you?
We have a CD Release Party coming up May 26 and are starting to book shows again. There will be many more shows added soon.
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