Koe Wetzel

Friday, December 19, 2014

By Kate Kinder
Editor in chief 

Koe Wetzel originally from east Texas in Pittsburg Tx,and has been living in Stephenville for 3 years. His hobbies include, any kind of hunting or fishing, music and finding a way to make good wine. 

Are you currently touring? If so with who?

"Not really touring, just gigging around the state. Played a bunch of shows with Kolton Moore and the Clever few."

When and why did you start playing?

"I've been singing my life, sang in front of a crowd when I was 6. Picked up the guitar when I was 12 and the rest is history. I was always around music my whole life because my mom traveled and sang so I just fell in love with all of it. Love being on stage."

Which instruments do you play?

"I play the guitar and a half assed piano. And a mean cattle bell."

What drives your passion?

"What drives me first off is that it's something I love and it's something I can do for the rest of my life. Secondly is I don't want to be miserable with a 9-5 job for the rest of my life. Making a living doing what I love is what drives me."

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

"I get songwriting inspiration from things that I see or feel. Whether they be true or not. I learned almost everything from my cousin Chase Richardson. He got me hooked on the Texas scene and the guys a freakin genius. It's really hard for me to write music, sometimes it's there and sometimes it's not. If I think about something or see something I like I'll write it down immediately and then go back and look through my notes and try to remember how I was feeling at that moment or what I saw. I'll go 5 or 6 months without writing a single thing and then out of the blue in the mcdonalds drive thru I'll write a full song before I even get my food. It's weird but that's what keeps bringing me back for more."

What was the first songs you learned?

"The first songs I learned where New Year's Day by Charlie Robinson and blue eyes cryin in the rain by Willie Nelson."

Is your family musical?

"My family on my moms side is musically talented. My mother sang for many years and traveled around old opry houses. She taught me everything I know about singing. I have 2 cousins that write and play music. Chase Richardson, and Trae Hubrel.
All 3 of us really started this Texas music thing together back when Trae was traveling, chase was writing and I was still in high school. Trae now has a new band and chase is still writing. We have recorded several of Chases songs."

Which famous musicians do you admire? Why?

"I really admire all famous musicians, because they did something that most musicians can't. They've put themselves through hell to get where their at and I hope to be up there with them one day. No one gets fame handed too them, (except maybe the Kardashians) you have to work your ass off to get there and that's what we intend on doing."

What are your fondest musical memories?

"My fondest musical memories are when I was in high school I made it to state 2 years in the FFA talent contest and got to perform in front of thousands of people. That memory will be stuck in my head forever."

Who are your favorite musicians?

"My favorite musicians are the older guys like George Jones, Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, and bands like Nirvana, American Aquarium and drive by truckers. I'm a fan of all music though, don't really have a absolute favorite."

What is a typical week like for you?

"A typical week for me is pretty repetitive! I change oil and wash cars  every day besides Sunday from 8 to 5:30. After that I'm either relaxing or acting up with my buddies. The weekends are my favorite, we are either out of town playing shows or I'm in the woods since its hunting season."

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

"My favorite thing about being on the road is just getting away from everything. I love seeing different places I've never been and meeting new people."

Best place to eat while on the road?

"Best place to eat on the road is deffinetly Mary's in Strawn. If there's a chicken fried steak better, somebody's lying. "

What's the best town play in?

"Any town in East Texas gets rowdy, but the Best town I've played music in is Stephenville. It's our hometown crowd and we love playing here. Lubbock is one hell of a time as well."

"Next in line for KWK is just staying ahead. We are due to release our new album after the new year, and we're gunna push the hell out of it till we can't anymore. I'm extremely excited with how everything turned out, and can't wait to start on the next one. We're just gunna keep our heads down and focus on the music. Everything else will fall in place."

I'm currently in love with this song! Everyone go dowload if!

Thank you so much Koe I wish great things for y'all!

Xxx West Texas Sweetheart

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