Bo Hennessy

Saturday, January 3, 2015

By Kate Kinder
Editor in Chief

Bo Hennessy is originally from Mt Pleasant Texas and he recently moved to Fort Worth! His hobbies include: are pretty much anything outdoors, He also love to just get out and find new bands he has never heard of. He is always on the look out for the unheard and underrated.

Are you currently touring? If so with who?

"I go back on tour in January. I'm not really touring with anybody right now but a lot of my buddy's back home join me when they can. I recently left my hometown to rebuild my band in Ft worth. So Booking has taken a backseat while I found my new band. But luckily the good lord sent the right musicians. But we start back in January with a full schedule. I'm ready to get back on the road for sure."

When and why did you start playing?

"I started playing when I turned 18. I was a senior in high school living in Virginia and my best friend was in a punk rock band, I got tired of sitting around during their practices and not knowing what the hell was going on so I talked my mom into buying me a guitar and I bugged the hell out of the family for months lol."

Which instruments do you play?

"I play guitar, I've always wanted to play the fiddle but it always seems like I never have the time lol."

What drives your passion?

"Honestly I've worked the 'typical job' and it wasn't for me. I was successful I suppose I mean I quit a very high paying job to play music full time. I just got tired of going to a steel mill for 16 hours and writing songs on little piece of paper and never doing anything with it. But I can't say I regret the place. I wrote so many songs at US Steel at 3 and 4am so I'm grateful. I just want to be heard."

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

"It's weird because I really can't sit down and write about what I want. It's always something that randomly hits me. I've always enjoyed writing about others though. I'm addicted to people's story's, I'm always asking questions. Chances are if I'm asking you tons of questions it's because I want to write about you haha."

What was the first songs you learned?

"Wagon Wheel by Old Crow Medicine Show. Haha and my mom used to like that song until she heard me playing It 1000 times trying to learn it. Lol sorry momma."

Is your family musical?

"Yes for sure, my step dad has played all his life, and my sister sings and plays as well.
It has definitely been a blessing have them around."

Which famous musicians do you admire? Why?
"Probably Tom Petty, my mom grew up on his music and I followed suit. I've always admired him for always being proud of him home. He always claims Florida. That's cool.  He hasn't forgotten."

Which famous musicians have you learned from?
"I'm always listening to different genres and honestly my favorite musician is Tom Gable of Against Me. They're a punk rock band, I've just always wanted his energy he had on stage. If you ever have time look them up. You'll understand."

What are your fondest musical memories?

"Probably when I started my first band. You just can't beat those memories of learning and growing together. It's something I look back and smile about often."

Were you influenced by old records & tapes?

"I'm a big Ray Price fan, I've always loved his stuff. He was the kinda singer that what you see is what you get. I liked that."

Who are your favorite musicians?

"Drew Kennedy is the man, nobody writes like him anymore. He's probably the one songwriter I'd kill to co write with.
Kolton Moore
Cody Riley Band"

What is a typical week like for you?

"I'm always on the look out for the next gig to book. I spend all my time looking for a new venue. Other than that I'm either rehearsing or on the road."

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

"Defiantly cruising in my 1985 GMC Van.  Its the biggest ugliest thing you have ever seen but I love it haha. It's so cozy!"

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

"When we were playing a show in Cstat and the whole band hand a little too much to drink, we woke up the next day and had to spend a few hours finding eachother. Non of us were in the same spot. Lol."

Best place to eat while on the road?

"Duh. We're in Texas, WHATABURGER
But if I'm home it's Mardi Gra Seafood."

What's the best town play in?

"College Station, hands down."

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

"As far as booking gigs don't be afraid to knock on some doors. I've always told myself you set your own worth and value. Believe in what you're doing. Have faith in it. If you don't believe in it neither will anybody else. Put yourself out there. And air time, well don't release anything you're not absolutely happy with"."

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Xxx West Texas Sweetheart

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