This interview has a back story to it.
One day, about two months ago, I get an email from a guy who introduces himself as a member of a band called Leaving, TX. He says he had seen some of my band reviews and interviews and would like to meet me when he plays a show in my hometown soon. Well, I had two reactions: 1) I'd never received an email from a singer inviting me personally to a show (although it turned out the show was at a local bar) and 2) If this band was going to go all the way from Texas to Hagerstown, Md. (en route to a show in Pittsburgh, PA) the least I could do is drive 10 minutes to check them out and meet the guy.
So I went and realized a few things at once: I was one of only maybe five people there (not including employees) who seemed to know the band was even coming. But the place rocked, and soon everyone was having a great time. I also realized these guys were not from Texas at all. A relationship begun with a lie! Oy! Turns out they are from the Washington D.C. area.
But they did a great show and the singer is a gentleman. Their two albums - 100 Miles To Sunday and Anywhere On Good Roads - are both great.
I will let this interview tell the rest of the story.
How would you describe your style of music?
I've called it Alt Country and Americana to different people. What we really are is a country band with a twang-rock problem. We've actually begun to use this on our website and just plastered it on our trailer. In reality I've shaped our songs from what I hear coming out of Austin, Texas. I've always been a fan of songwriters and bands like Joe Ely, Jon Dee Graham, and Reckless Kelly and have molded my writing around what I listen to. Our music takes on a bit of a non-traditional approach mainly due to the background of the band members.
Chris Patterson, Songwriter/Vocals/Rhythm Guitar: My musical passion comes from Austin, Texas. I've been blown away on more times than I can count watching bands at The Continental Club, Saxon Pub, and Antones. Their always seems to be an honesty in the music that is getting played that seems to get missed on Top 40 Country Radio.