Will Boedeker of Quitaque, TX

Friday, October 10, 2014

Will Boedeker of Quitaque, TX. Will’s dad is a rancher and his mom is music teacher. “I was blessed to have grown up in an environment where I learned to work with my hands. So aside from fiddle playing, I like to do leather work, shoe horses and rope.”

When and why did you start playing?

“I started playing when I was 10 years old. My mom taught piano lessons but never pressured me to play piano and I never was very interested. Honestly, I was not very interested in any music at the time. We lived right down the road from Turkey, TX, so I had been introduced to Bob Wills music at an early age. From listening to that music, I thought that the fiddle was about the coolest instrument I had ever heard. Corry Williams had recently started travelling out to our area giving fiddle lessons so when I found out about this I knew then I wanted to learn to play.”

Which instruments do you play?

“Mainly just fiddle. I play the mandolin some.”

What drives your passion?

“Playing by ear...Playing what you feel at the moment and making it up as you go. For me that's what makes music fun. I don't like to be put in a box.”

Where do you usually gather songwriting inspiration? What is your usual songwriting process

“I don't really write songs lol. I do sit down at home sometimes and start arranging a random assortment of sounds that really lacks a lot of structure and order. I get kind of carried away with that...But It's good practice for the ear in my opinion to just sit down and hammer out new licks or feels. The negative side of that is that I've lost a lot of discipline in practicing and staying sharp on a lot of old fiddle tunes.”

What was the first songs you learned?

“You are my Sunshine” and “Faded Love”

Is your family musical?

“My mom has taught music her whole life and my dad plays the guitar some. They have both always appreciated all kinds of good music.”

Which famous musicians do you admire? Why?
“There are too many to count but in Western Swing, Johnny Gimble and Jason Roberts are two I really admire. I really admire the late Randy Howard for his talent in writing great waltzes namely ‘Golden Fiddle Waltz’”

Which famous musicians have you learned from?

“My roots are in Western Swing/Texas dance music. But most of my experience playing on stage has been with modern Texas country music. I would probably say a lot of my style for the Texas Country stuff has come from listening to Brady Black of Randy Rogers Band.”

What are your fondest musical memories?

“Playing back in college for Josh Abbott, Hogg Maulies and a group of buddies I used to play with called the Justin Ford Band.”

Were you influenced by old records & tapes?

“Yes. Any old casset tape or CD with a fiddle in it! Anything and everything with fiddle.”

Who are your favorite musicians?

“I don't really have a favorite. I just appreciate all good music and musicians I hear!”

What is a typical week like for you?

“Right now its pretty busy. I am in the fire academy for the Dallas Fire Department. When I finish up there I would like to start getting out and playing music in the Fort Worth area.”

What's the best town play in?

“I would have to say Lubbock. Mainly because that's where most of my experience comes from. But I've played other places and nothing compares to Lubbock from what I’ve seen. Lubbock has a small town feel and it's a tight nit community. When I played with the Hogg Maulies, we were all West Texas boys and felt at home in Lubbock...And the fans were like family so playing a show in Lubbock was always a blast.”

Since everyone was a start up once, can you give any smaller or local bands looking to get gigs and airplay some tips?
“I'm really in no place to give advice... I only spent 4 years in the music scene but I would say from what I've observed, humility and a good attitude goes a long way. It may not get you to the top overnight but it will get you there respectfully.”

Thank you Will! You seem like a really awesome person!! 

Xxx West Texas Sweetheart

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