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Strung Like A Horse

September 2, 2019


FUNDING FOR GREATER CHATTANOOGA
IS PROVIDED BY EPB FIBER OPTICS
AND THE CHATTANOOGA CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU STRUNG LIKE A HORSE IS
AN AMERICANA BAND, WITH
SOME PUNK ROCK AND A
LITTLE BIT OF BLUEGRASS. YOU REALLY DON’T KNOW WHAT’S
COMING, SO YOU REALLY DON’T
WANT TO LOOK AWAY BECAUSE YOU MIGHT MISS THE NEXT
INTERESTING THING COMING ALONG. I GREW UP IN MISSISSIPPI, SO
OBVIOUSLY I WAS INFLUENCED
BY THE BLUES A LOT. FOLK MUSIC, SORT OF BLUEGRASSY
STUFF CAME REAL QUICK TO ME
BECAUSE I STARTED LEARNING TO PLAY MANDOLIN FIRST. AND I REALLY FELL IN LOVE WITH
THE BLUE GRASSY KIND OF SCENE,
AND KIND OF THE COMMUNAL MUSIC THING. AND THEN I DISCOVERED
JOHN HARTFORD, HE WAS
A STEAMBOAT CAPTAIN, HE
TRAVELED ALL THE RIVERS AND PLAYED BANJO, AND FIDDLE
AND TAP DANCED AND SANG AND
HE WAS, I MEAN, THE BEST SONG WRITER THAT I CAN THINK OF. [MUSIC] AND THAT KIND OF FUSED THE
BLUES, KIND OF THING AND THE
SINGING, DANCING, BLUEGRASSY KIND OF THING AND PUT IT
ALL TOGETHER IN MY MIND AS
LIKE, THE WHOLE PACKAGE. YOU KNOW STRUNG LIKE A HORSE
STARTED OUT AS A BLUEGRASS
BAND, IT WAS A STRING BAND, YOU KNOW, STRUNG LIKE A HORSE. AND THEN WE SLOWLY
EVOLVED INTO HAVING MORE
ROCK AND ROLL ELEMENT. A FRIEND OF MINE ACTUALLY
DESCRIBED THAM AS,
VERY ENERGETIC, JUST
POWERFUL, IT’S LIKE A FORCE, THAT JUST COMES AT YOU. WE WERE DOING STUFF THAT WE
THOUGHT WAS REALLY STRANGE,
AND KIND OF OFF THE WALL CRAZY. I THINK IT WAS GYPSY PUNK
GARAGE GRASS IS WHAT IT WAS. I’M A BIG FAN OF BAND
DISTINGUISHING THEMSELVES. THEY LEARNED EARLY ON TO BE
CREATIVE, CLAY IS VERY CREATIVE. THEY’RE NOT JUST A PERFORMING
BAND, THEY’RE ENTERTAINMENT,
AND THAT’S WHAT SEPARATES THEM OUT FROM OTHERS. AND SONICALLY, THEIR SONGS
ARE REALLY STRONG CHATTANOOGA
DEFINITELY GOT US GOING. AND THEY WERE SUPPORTIVE
RIGHT OFF THE BAT. IT’S REALLY COOL, IT’S A
GREAT PLACE TO BE FROM. CHATTANOOGA IS A UNIQUE THINGS
AND WE’RE IN A UNIQUE TIME
IN THE CITY BECAUSE IT’S GROWING SO FAST AND I FEEL
LIKE THE SCENE HAS BEEN HERE,
I THINK THAT IT’S JUST NOW KIND OF GETTING A LIGHT SHINED
ON IT. AND UH, WE’RE JUST
REALLY LUCKY TO BE A PART OF IT IN THAT TIME. THEY’RE NOT AFRAID TO CREATE
AND TRY TO DO NEW THINGS. RISKING MAYBE LOSING SOME FANS. IT’S KIND OF TAKEN ON A LOT
OF DIFFERENT STYLES OVER THE
TIME AND IT’S KIND OF EVOLVED A LOT INTO A BUNCH
OF DIFFERENT THINGS. SOMETIMES THE CHANGES JUST
KIND OF HAPPEN OVER TIME. I MEAN, WE ALL
GROW, AS MUSICIANS. THERE’S A BUNCH OF DIFFERENT
REASONS WHY PEOPLE GO DIFFERENT
DIRECTIONS, AND I FEEL LIKE IT’S ALL HEALTHY. I FEEL LIKE EVERY TIME WE
ADD SOMEBODY, IT’S LIKE
POW WE CAN DO THIS NOW. DAN PINSON JUST JOINED THE
BAND, HE’S DOING GREAT. AND TYLER MARTELLI HE’S
BEEN PLAYING GUITAR WITH US. TO BRING THOSE TWO GUYS,
INTO WHAT IS ALREADY A REALLY
CREATIVE PROJECT, I’M FASCINATED TO SEE WHERE IT’S GOING TO GO. IT’S GOT SO MUCH ENERGY NOW,
I THINK WE MIGHT HAVE TO
TONE IT DOWN A LITTLE BIT. I’VE WORRIED ABOUT THE
DIRECTION CHANGING AND THE
FANS BEING TURNED OFF BY IT. BUT HONESTLY, I THINK
THAT WHAT THE FANS ARE
AFTER IS THE ENERGY, NOT
THE SPECIFIC CHARACTERS. THE COMPLIMENT TO THEM IS,
THEY HAVEN’T LOST ANY FANS,
THE PEOPLE ARE INTERESTED IN THE CREATIVE PROCESS
THAT THEY’RE DOING. IT’S MORE OF THE FEELING OF
THE SONGS AND THE FEELING THEY
GET AT THE LIVE SHOWS, AND THAT’S NOT GOING AWAY. THIS SHOW AT THE SIGNAL IS
A CELEBRATION OF THE LOCAL
MUSIC SCENE IN CHATTANOOGA. I KNOW I’M GONNA BE GIVING
THE ENERGY OFF, SO I’M HOPING
IF I CAN PUT OFF AN ENERGY, THE WHOLE CROWD WILL, YOU
KNOW, GET INTO IT JUST AS MUCH. IT’S SUPER HIGH-ENERGY, A
LOT OF FUN, UM, WE HEADBANG
TOGETHER, WE JUMP UP AND DOWN TOGETHER, WE GET THE
CROWD SINGING, IT’S
REALLY INTERACTIVE. IT’S LIKE A BIG BALL
OF ENERGY IN THE WHOLE
ROOM, THAT’S REALLY COOL. THE RECORD LABEL RANDOMLY
SHOWED UP AT ONE OF OUR SHOWS
IN SOUTH FLORIDA AND APPROACHED US, A FEW MONTHS LATER I
SENT HIM ALL THESE NEW DEMOS. HE GOT BACK TO ME REAL QUICK
AFTER I SENT THE DEMOS OFF
AND HE SAID, YEAH, LET’S WORK THIS THING OUT. IT’S LIKE MY WHOLE LIFE,
I’VE JUST WORKED IN BARS
AND PLAYED BEHIND PEOPLE. I JUST GAVE UP THE
IDEA THAT MAYBE GETTING
SIGNED WOULD HAPPEN. AND THEN OUT OF NOWHERE,
JUST OUT OF NOWHERE,
IT JUST HAPPENED, IT
JUST KIND OF BLEW MY MIND. THIS DEAL IS GOING TO OPEN UP SO
MANY OPPORTUNITIES FOR US TO GET
OUR MUSIC HEARD BY SO MANY NEW PEOPLE THAT DON’T KNOW WHO
STRUNG LIKE A HORSE IS. AND,
IT’S GOING TO GIVE US THE ABILITY TO DO EXACTLY
WHAT WE WANT ON THE ALBUM. WHICH WE’VE NEVER
HAD THAT BEFORE. [MUSIC] GOING UP TO NASHVILLE
AND RECORDING AT YOU KNOW, A SUPER ICONIC STUDIO IS
JUST LIKE, MAN, IT’S AWESOME. IT’LL BLOW YOUR MIND. UM, THE SOUND EMPORIUM’S BEEN
AROUND SINCE THE SIXTIES.I
MEAN, THEY’VE RECORDED SO MANY PEOPLE THAT YOU KNOW,
INCLUDING JOHN HARTFORD. WHICH, THAT KIND OF
BLOWS MY MIND THE MOST. BECAUSE HE’S BEEN IN
THAT STUDIO, RECORDING
SOME OF THE SONGS THAT
I, THAT BASICALLY MADE ME WANT TO PLAY MUSIC. I SEE US DEFINITELY GAINING
MORE FANS WITH THIS ALBUM,
BECAUSE IT JUST IS MORE ECLECTIC WHEN IT COMES TO THE
DIFFERENT STYLING. THIS ALBUM IS THE MOST
IMPORTANT THING RIGHT NOW. WE’RE GOING TO PUT
EVERYTHING INTO IT. CERTAINLY THEY’RE ALREADY A
REGIONAL BAND, BUT THE QUESTION
IS, CAN THEY GO NATIONAL? I THINK THEY HAVE THE
POTENTIAL TO DO THAT. CAN’T REALLY WAIT TO SEE. I’D LOVE TO SEE THEM
ON A BIG BIG STAGE. [MUSIC] MAYBE ONE DAY WE’LL HAVE
OTHER PEOPLE OPEN UP FOR US,
MAYBE WE WILL GET THAT BIG. I’M NOT GONNA
DOUBT IT, YOU KNOW. I FEEL LIKE US BEING SUCCESSFUL
IS GONNA HELP, IS GONNA SHOW
OTHER PEOPLE THAT CHATTANOOGA’S A GREAT SCENE TO COME OUT OF. I’LL PROBABLY NEVER STOP
HUSTLING, BUT IT MAKES ME FEEL
LIKE, WE CAN BE A PART OF THAT, YOU KNOW? SO YEAH, I THINK YEAH
IT MAKES YOU FEEL LIKE,
YEAH, LIKE WE’VE MADE IT. LIKE WE’RE RIGHT THERE,
IT’S RIGHT THERE, LIKE IT’S
HAPPENING RIGHT NOW FOR US. AND THAT’S A REALLY
COOL FEELING.

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