Jerrod Medulla

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

By Kate Kinder
Editor in Chief

Mr. Jerrod Medulla of Dallas, Texas. Jerrod enjoys watching and playing Rugby and Cooking

When and why did you start playing?
I started messing around with the guitar when I was 19 and started playing in venues at the age of 20.

Which instruments do you play?
“I started playing drums when I was in the 5th grade and played my first "show" in the 9th grade. It was a talent show, so we got best dressed :-) To this day, I still record all of the percussion on my work tapes when I write new material. I also mess around with the mandolin and harmonica a little bit. I would love to settle down with lead guitar and mandolin someday and get stellar at the two.”

What was the first tune(s) you learned?
“It's been a while, but I believe it was "Angel Flying Too Close" from Willie Nelson. Every chord and every part about that song made me want to learn how to play.”

Is your family musical?
“Yes, we grew up with papaw picking mandolin and guitar along with his brothers playing banjo and harmonica as well. My older brother started playing guitar in the 5th or 6th grade.”

Which famous musicians do you admire? Why?
“Everyone that kept moving through "the struggles" and never gave up, so that we could enjoy their music.”

Which famous musicians have you learned from?
“There's so many, this has always been the hardest question for me to answer. As a songwriter I am constantly trying to grow and gather inspiration. Right now, at this moment in my life I am being influenced by David Gray, Amos Lee, Ryan Adams and Guy Clark.”

What are your fondest musical memories?
“Most of my fondest musical memories started in college at San Angelo State University. Playing for my brothers in the rugby house, waking up every morning I couldn't wait to skip class and write all day.  It definitely wasn't my smartest memories”.

Were you influenced by old records & tapes?
“I remember the first time my brother brought home rap on a cassette tape. My dad loaded my brother and me in his truck and drove around the neighborhood and said," There are two types of music allowed in this house". The first tape he played was Alice Cooper and the second was Jerry Jeff Walker. Later on my brother made up a dance to "Buttermilk Biscuits" by Sir Mix Alot and had my dad laughing so hard that Sir Mix Alot was allowed on special occasions.”

Who are your favorite musicians?
“This is another one of those hard questions. I have so many favorites, and have been to so many concerts from Weezer and Rob Zombie to Gary Stewart, David Gray and Tony Bennett and this list could goes on and on!”

What's your favorite thing about being on the road?
“New familiar faces we get to meet.”

What's the funniest thing that's happened on the road?
“Most of the funniest things that have happened on the road are the stories that I can't properly talk about.”

Best place to eat while on the road?
“Home, the best meal for me is always on the last stretch.”

What's the best town play in?

“The best towns to play in are the towns that I get see family, friends and fans that I have not seen in a while.”

Thank you so much Jerrod you were awesome!!

xxx West Texas Sweetheart

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