Judson Cole Band

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Quick q & a with the Judson Cole Band

When and why did you start playing?
"I started playing when I was about 12 years old. Much of my family is musically inclined. My Dad and all of my uncles play guitar, a few cousins, and my sister can pick a little too. So I grew up around the music, didn't really have a choice on the matter. Haha" said Judson Cole.

Which instruments do you play?
"I play acoustic and electric guitar, harmonica, sometimes bass, and for our latest single "call me back home" I even got to play a little banjo." Said Judson.
Rylee Ramos handles drums and percussion and keeping us out of trouble..
Bobby Schuyler is our lead guitar player and harmony vocalist, he also plays some bass and keys on the record.
Kory Rogers plays Keys and sing harmonies
and Adrian Guillen is our current bass player"

What drives your passion?
"There is a lot that drives me to keep playing. It might be a little cliche to talk about how it feels when you're on stage and playing for a crowd, but that is all too true. There isn't really another feeling like that. Also, being able to play in the red dirt/ TX country industry is awesome. It is a really tight-knit community between the fans and other bands and musicians. Its great to meet so many of them and become friends and continue to grow together. " said Judson.

Where do you usually gather songwriting inspiration? What is your usual songwriting process?
"It took me a while to get comfortable with my song writing, but I have definitely come out of my shell a little over the course of working on this record. Most of it comes from life experiences, whether its a breakup, or my first trip to Nashville, I think about a lot of these personal things i have been through when i sit down to write. I want to keep the songs personal, but at the same time i try to put the listener in my shoes and make them feel like "this song might be about me""

What was the first songs you learned?
"The first song I learned was "the Chair" by George Straight. My step mom sat down and showed me the chords and I kind of took off with it over the next few years trying to learn as much as i could."

Which famous musicians do you admire? Why? Which famous musicians have you learned from?
"These are tough questions to answer because there is so much music out there, and almost all of it has brought me to where I am now.
I grew up listening to the music my dad liked, a lot of classic country and outlaw country. Waylon and Willie have played a huge role. Along with Merle Haggard and Johnny Cash, they are some of the first music I can remember. 
Pat Green's album "3 Days" got me into TX country. I think to this day that album has yet to be matched by any one in or as important to this scene. It was a big game changer.
Now days I spend most of my time listening to Ryan Adams, he is one of the best song writers today in my opinion. Also, a lot of classic rock. Zeppelin and Queen. 
Other than that I have learned so much from other artists that I have had the chance to play with and now call a few of them "friends"
William Clark Green and Mark McKinney have both taken time to give me tips and advice about the industry. Bob Simpson and Brian Keane both have some serious writing chops. Sean McConnell is most definitely one of my favorites. His vocal ability and song writing are beyond good. My band mates, Rylee Ramos and Bobby Schuyler, they are two of the best musicians i have ever played with and I learn something almost every time I get on stage with them. In fact I am going to turn this interview over to them."

What's the best town play in?
Best place to eat while on the road?
"Rylee: "My favorite place to play is my hometown, Ozona. It is an awesome feeling to get to play for your friends and family and share your music with them. It might be a small town, but they make us feel like rockstars and its always a good turn out. Best place to eat? Hands down Hard 8 BBQ in Stephenville. Some of the best ribs and sweet tea, and free beans! can't beat that.""

What's the funniest thing that's happened on the road?
"Bobby: "Well we are currently in a prank war with the Chris Brazeal Band. It started this summer when we played a show with them. they left their trailer unattended and we put two lawn mowers and a beat up old couch inside. They got us back this last weekend at a festival we played together by hiding our vehicle while we were passed out. It took us about an hour to find it, which is no fun when its hot outside and you're battling a hangover.""

Who are your favorite musicians? .
Rylee: "Buddy Rich, Tony Royster Jr., Joey Jiminez. Joe Cortez IV is a great drummer and I am lucky to call him a friend." 

Bobby: "Sean McConnell is amazing at what he does, Stoney LaRue is a great singer and killer guitar player. I come from a rock background, so of course bands like Breaking Benjamin, Story of the Year, John Mayer has been a huge influence."

Thank y'all so much! Had so much fun with all of your answers!!

Xxx West Texas Sweetheadf 

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