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INTERVIEW: Captain Ledge

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

We’re excited to hear from you. There’s been a lot of awesome stuff going on since our album won the International Music and Entertainers Association 2018 Bluegrass album of the year.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Bucket Mouth”?

Jeana: I wrote this song about what it’s like to live in a small town. Folks don’t have a lot to do so they talk about other people in town. Unfortunately, because most everyone is born here and never leaves, any mistakes they make in their youth tends to remain current info…..even if it happened 20 years ago. There is always someone who can’t wait to ruin your impression of someone with age old gossip about the mistakes of friends.

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?

Jeana: I made a new friend and really had a lot in common with this person. My thoughts about them were all positive and I felt so blessed to have finally made a friend! Then one day someone said, “well, you know she was on drugs in high school.” (which was at least 30 years prior). I was glad I hadn’t grown up in this small town, otherwise everyone would have known my past and I sure wouldn’t have had any friends.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Cliff: There’s actually a youtube video that we pieced together from video clips from a live show. It turned out pretty good but we’re always looking to improve on things. There’s has been some discussion of going back and doing a video just for the song. Nothing is for sure yet though.

The single comes off your new album Rumors of the White Sunk – what’s the story behind the title?

For 17 years we lived on 750 acres that was owned by the family. Native to the area a white skunks. There are a lot of other strangely marked skunks but ocassionally you’ll see a white one. There’s pictures of one on our first album. The first album “Great White Skunk” got a great reaction from people. They would ask us if there were really white skunks where we lived. Even with the picture inside the cd case we still were ocassionally accused of photoshopping the pic. Since the entire album was recorded on the property and since there were so many non believers it seems like a fun thing to name the album “Rumors of the Great White Skunk”… well that and we wanted to say we recorded the “Rumors” Album….

How was the recording and writing process?

Writing and recording can be a tedious or as fun as you make it. There were times that this album was some of both. We had used almost the same process in recording our first album we just used better technology on the second one plus we had learned a lot about the relm of digital recording from the first one. The album was kind of a work in progress as we started recording as some of the songs weren’t complete when we started and they evolved as we recorded. At one point we even made a game of who could get their tracks down first. We would put two musicians in the room, start the scratch tracks and have both play along to get their tracks in. The winner was the first one to get their track recorded to the point where they were happy with it. It was kind of a track recording battle, part serious and part turning that into a game. I think the winner each time got a beer or a glass of wine.

What role does Oklahoma play in your writing?

There are so many things that can provide inspiration around where we live. It’s also hard to escape the laid back vibe of the area. No one gets in a hurry about much of anything in our part of Oklahoma. Plus, Oklahoma has a long history of great song writers. One of our favorite stores is about the song “Jeremiah Was a Bullfrog” that was recorded by Three Dog Night. Local legend has it that Hoyt Axton heard Three Dog Night play somewhere. He told them they were a good band but that their music was to complicated and not very interesting. He started bragging that he could write them a hit song about almost anything they could think of. In the end he wrote about a bullfrog and his name was Jeremiah. The rest is music history.

What is it about the 80s and 90s you find so fascinating?

In the 80’s you had all these heavy metal bands living this fast paced party life style. There was speed metal and thrash metal and all this explosive, loud, fast paced music. So how did these bands get popular? Ballads and more ballads. Then in the 90’s there was this huge revolt against all the big hair and make up and spandex and they just started calling it “Grundge”….. Really, when you look at it from the perspective of history it was really a natural rock and roll progression. Just at the time everyone thought it was this big revolt against the music of the 80’s.

What aspect of love did you get to explore on this record?

Love comes in many forms. From you love to other people. To your love for a being happy to your love of a simple life style. If you listen to the album in its entirely and in the order that it was intended you’ll find that love story and, we think, you’ll discover a story about the life you love within the songs on the album.

Any plans to hit the road?

Yes, we already travel a lot and we’re looking forward to even more traveling as we move into the future. It’s kind of tricky balancing balancing touring with raising a 10 year old daughter and still maintaining a home.

What else is happening next in Captain Ledge Band’s world?

Well, we just harvest about 15 gallons of honey from our bee hives and that was pretty exciting but the thing we’re most excited about is the next album. It will be produced by someone that has worked with Garth Brooks and Alyson Krauss and will be recorded in a very nice studio. We’ve always felt that if we can get to the point that we record a third album that we’ll be far enough along in the process that it will really push us onto some larger venues and the kind of exposure that will allow us to move into playing and writing music full time. Also, Lonnie Lay joined us shortly after we finished recording “Rumors” and he’s an incredible talent. While on tour we crossed paths with a guitarist named Anthony Gomes. After our set Anthony commentted that Lonnie was a young George Harrsion. Lonnie is also a very talented songwriter and a wonderful artist in some other mediums. We’re really looking forward to working with him and the studio. He’s just a great person and so incredibly talented.

We’also been working with a percussionist. Michael Robertson is one of the local drummers and he’s really showing an interest in what we’re doing. Rehearsels have been going very well and it’s been interesting adding percussion to all these songs that’ we’ve never had drums in before. It’s been an intereting challenge orchestrating the percussion parts. I think everyone will enjoy the vibe and grove that adding Michael to the mix will bring to our live shows. If all goes well we’ll also be taking him into the studio with us for the next album. It will cause our next album to be as different from the second one as our first album his from the second one.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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