INTERVIEW: Big Dave and the 45s
How would you classify your music?
Classic Rock and Roll, 60’s and 70’s style, plus a little Country-Rock thrown in.
Who are some of your top 5 musical influences?
For us (like most in our generation), it all started with The Beatles. Add in Rolling Stones, Eagles, Van Morrison, James Brown.
What do you want fans to take from your music?
Our music is meant to be fun to create, play and listen to. This spirit is why we continue to love good music from our youth and our friendship.
How’s the music scene in your locale?
We live in four different states, so it varies a lot! We get to play in Oklahoma (where we are all from) when we get together.
What is the best concert you have been to? What do you like most about playing live?
Jethro Tull backed up by Yes in the Summer of 1972. Of course, we are partial to our own first gig – The Stillwater High School Prom in 1972. There is a soul thrill playing live that is so satisfying. We have been playing for a long time, and each time out is as much fun as the first. It’s nice to play with bands that have rehearsed a lot and are really tight, but it’s also really Rock and Roll when the music takes you to places where everyone is hanging on for dear life and the wagon is rolling downhill and the wheels are about to fall off. The best is brought out in playing live that entertains in the highest way for those who want to listen.
Is there a song on your latest CD release here that stands out as your personal favorite, and why?
The Honey Dippers has a bit of a different sound for us. Bill came up with a great piano line that really makes that song.
We also like “I Want You” due to the overall sound of the song and the rhythmic changes. “Mac” is also a step out for us, with Ron laying down a great drum track. But it is kind of like asking which of your children is your favourite – we think all of our songs are really good!
How have you evolved as an artist over the last year?
We are improving as song writers. Writing take takes confidence and experience, both of which we are gaining. Ron plays drums in a jazz trio and a few other groups, so he is always experimenting. With drums, it’s often as much about what you don’t play as what you do. Big Dave also plays in a variety of country-style bands, so we are getting more into that.
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?
Neil Young would be great, he can do so many things and has been around even longer than we have! Also, Elvis Costello. In interviews he seems very genial and engaging. Plus I’d love to meet Lou Reed – He certainly had a unique perspective on things.
What’s next for you?
We are hoping to get together this summer and begin recording our second album! We’ve got a fair number of new songs and ideas we want to try out. We also want to play live as often as we can, and keep the dream alive!
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