Exclusive interviews with musicians of Louisiana, covering their music scene and getting to know the people behind the music.
Freshly signed to Pugnacious Records, singer/ songwriter and guitarist Sean Riley originally hails from Saratoga Springs, New York. He grew up listening to Roy Orbison, Beach Boys, Paul Simon, and Waylon Jennings. Though no one in his family played, he just loved the look of an SG hanging on the music shop wall and took it upon himself to learn. He was a bit of a shy kid but playing helped him out of his shell, finding support and making friends along the way. He gravitated toward his current expressions of blues, roots, and Americana and formed Sean Riley and the Water. While Manhattan venues started disappearing, he joined the migration to the underground venues and house shows playing funky rock, indie, and blues in clubs in Brooklyn. He enjoys the feeling he gets from performing live and has chosen to capture his recordings in that manner. His new album, Stone Cold Hands, is coming out March 8th.
Bassist Dean Zucchero has a resume a mile long that starts in Manhattan and ends up in New Orleans, including a nine-year stint in Europe. He has played along-side such respected musicians as Popa Chubby, Ghalia Volt, Sweet Georgia Brown, Little Freddie King, and Johnny Sansone, to name a few. His projects have charted on Billboard while his acumen has landed him the position of program director at Bratz Y'all, a German Bistro in the Bywater area of New Orleans. Hear about his travels, his studio sessions, his new label, and his six year stint playing with Cyril Neville (The Meters, The Neville Brothers).
Born in Bunkie, Louisiana, Adam chose an instrument over a high school class ring and scored his first guitar from the famed Cajun Pawn Stars. A taste for the classics made him choose Led Zeppelin and Temple of the Dog when auditioning for national TV show The Voice. Making the cut landed him in Hollywood! Natural talent and hard work has kept his bookings plentiful. Experience the life of a musician through the eyes of a gifted, dedicated guitarist and singer, Adam Pearce.
Kirk Windstein Pt. 2
"Leave your ego at the door", is Kirk's opening discussion in part two. It's what empowers the creative process for his bands like Crowbar, Down, and EyeAm. He talks about how juggling multiple projects is a comfort zone of sorts for him. His solo project (2nd album complete now) is even a separate voice from the others. Creating is more meaningful to him than social engagements. Listen in as we dive deeper into his world.
Kirk Windstein Pt. 1
Born in Middlesex, England, Kirk Windstein came to settle in River Ridge, Louisiana as a young child. He has since come to establish himself as a keystone in the southern metal genres, signifying an unstoppable force in bands like Crowbar, Down, EyeAm, and Kingdom of Sorrow. We sit and talk about his experiences as a child that led him to music, his initial exploration in thrash playing with Mike Hatch, Jimmy Bauer, and Mike Savoy in Shell Shock, and a few choice words of advice from his father that he holds dear. There's so much packed into this one. I do hope you enjoy!
Taylor Nauta of Baton Rouge, Louisiana is primarily a country Americana musician. Taking with him the knowledge of scale patterns, chord building, and basic theory, he cut his teeth in Nashville, chasing the dream like so many. He managed to pay the bills teaching karate and building guitars at Gibson Guitars. There were many moments of impact there. He married and divorced the daughter of a country music mogul. Meeting stablished musicians like James Marsden and Walt Aldridge really help to shape the artist he is today. Nowadays, he and his band, Taylor Nauta Music, tour the United States and Canada performing in the vein of his original influences like Rodger Miller, Hank Thompson, Meryl Travis, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson.