John Slaughter

Saturday, November 22, 2014

By Kate Kinder
Editor in Chief 

John Slaughter of Grangerland, Texas. John currently resides in  Huntsville,Texas. His hobbies include Fishing, Hunting, Front Porch Fiddle playing & songwriting.

Are you currently touring? If so with who?

“We play around 150 shows a year. A good majority of these shows we are on our own but we do get a chance to play shows with our great peers in this genre.”

Who all have you toured with?

Kyle Park, Cody Johnson, Turnpike Troubadours, and Jason Boland.

When and why did you start playing?

“I started playing fiddle when I was nine and that carried over to me learning Mandolin and Guitar. I was in the Orchestra in the 6th grade and I hated it so I traded Motzart in for Bob Wills! The reason I started playing fiddle was my uncle used to play and when i was young i used to see the smiles on people’s faces when he would play an ole swing song.”

Which instruments do you play?

“Guitar, Fiddle, and Mandolin.”

What drives your passion?

“My family and our fans that spend their hard earned to support our music.”

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

“Anywhere and everywhere- I get many song ideas from conversations with people I do feel as the later the night goes on in a bar people tend to loosen up and that's when I really like to listen for song ideas! I really don't have a set way that i write every time. I may start with a hook or the song may spawn off from a melody. I don't believe there is a right or wrong way to get a song written as song as long as you get there.”

What was the first songs you learned?

“You Ain't Just Whistling Dixie from the Bellamy Brothers was the first song I learned how to play and sing on the Guitar and the first tune I learned on the Fiddle was the Cotton Eyed Joe.”

Is your family musical?

“My Uncle plays the Fiddle, my Grandmother played the Piano and my mother can sing like a bird in church!”

Which famous musicians do you admire? Why?

“I am a huge Keith Whitley fan I loved the way he could wrap his heart around every note he sang. I also grew up watching Garth Brooks preform.  Garth's ability to have a sold out stadium right there in the palm of his hands is amazing to me.”

Which famous musicians have you learned from?

“Johnny Gimble, Chris Ledoux, George Strait, Merle Haggard, Garth Brooks, Frank Sinatra,and Bruce Springsteen.”

What are your fondest musical memories?

“Playing the Country Rendezvous Festival in Craponne France, I had the opportunity to play Fiddle in the Johnny Gimble tribute at Music Fest in Steamboat Colorado and I'll also never forget the first time I ever played with a band.”

Were you influenced by old records & tapes?

“Absolutely I think Clint Back's Killin' time record is one of the best Country records ever made and I think Randy Travis's first record is up there too.”

Who are your favorite musicians?

“Tim Crouch, Vince Gill, Ricky Skaggs, Stuart Duncan, and John Carroll.”

What is a typical week like for you?

“Coffee emails and Radio visits/calls in the morning, Songwriting after that, Advancing of shows after lunch, pick up my son Wyatt from daycare, Kiss my Wife and son drive a few hours for a show, load in, sound check, play the show, sell merchandise, tear down, load equipment, count the money, then do it all over again.”

What's your favorite thing about being on the road?

“I love seeing new country but I also love it when we play a show in a new town and they are singing our songs. That's a rewarding feeling and it drives me to work even harder.”

What's the funniest thing that's happened on the road?

“I forgot my guitar strap one time so being that we travel with fishing poles and a tackle box I made a guitar strap out of fishing line and I played the show that way. So if you know how fishing line stretches and if you play guitar you could see how that could be a train wreck.”

Best place to eat while on the road? 

“I don't think our band misses a Buc-ee's or a Whataburger and we all love eating Floores Country Store Tamales!”

What's the best town to play in?

“I can't say that I have one because every town we play is different yet unique. But I can say that Corpus Christi has been pretty darn good to us!”

Since everyone was a startup once, can you give any smaller or local bands looking to get gigs and airplay some tips? 

“Be yourself because everyone has a different story to tell, write honest music that is relatable and put on the best show you can possibly give night after night whether there are 4 or 4000 people there to see you.”

He also had this to add.
We just released our new record "Meet in the Middle" and we are very excited about it. I’ve worked hard my whole life; practiced and practiced but this record is absolutely the best work I’ve ever done as a Singer, Writer and Musician.  I poured my heart and soul into this and I didn’t leave anything on the table, I believe that if you do that in life, win or lose you will be successful.

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Thank you SO MUCH John!!

Untill next time 

xxx West Texas Sweetheart

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