Mississippi based, Southern Blues / Rock Band MAGNOLIA BAYOU has released their newest single, "Sweet Magnolia." Delicate and uplifting, "Sweet Magnolia" features background vocals by MAGGIE BROWN along with Gus Barnett GUS BARNETT (harp) and WALTON JONES (organ and piano), and was recorded at NATCHEZ SOUND STUDIO. Available to download / stream online, "Sweet Magnolia" is off of the band's upcoming album, STRANGE PLACE, which is available to pre-order HERE.
Interview done by Cedric ‘Brocephus’ Feazell (Drummer of Magnolia Bayou 8/29/20)
1. Tell us a little bit about the band and how long you have been together for some of our readers that may not know about the band?
The band was initially started by Dylan (lead guitar) in high school with Josh (bass player). Over time, the band went through several lineup changes eventually leading to where we are now. Our manager Kevin and singer Drew reached out to me in September of 2018 through word of mouth from musicians I’ve played with over the years on Mississippi Gulf Coast that recommended me to which I was highly flattered. From then it was pretty much history as they say.
2. What is new with the band?.. New album out? New videos?
The new thing is as of this writing, we have a new album coming out called ‘Strange Place’. We’ve released several singles on all streaming platforms that you all can check out. We also have a lyric video for our song ‘Tupelo’ and a music video for our rendition of Alice In Chains song ‘Nutshell’. All of which can be seen on YouTube, Facebook, and our website www.magnoliabayou.com
3. With all this madness going on with the virus…What do you think the music scene will be like in the future…and how are you prepared to make your music heard if there will not be any concerts or festivals for the year of 2020?
The virus, like many, has dramatically affected us on a deep scale. Not sure how it impacts the music scene in the long run. We just hope that in the end, everything will slowly adjust back to normal and all bands and entertainers can go back to giving those out there a piece of escapism in what has been a tumultuous year! Since shows are pretty much on halt in 2020, we will be releasing our new album to give our supporters some new tunes to dig into. We will also be doing a live stream release party for it as well. We are floating around several ideas on how to bring some interesting content in lieu of no actual live shows in the immediate future.
4. What got you into music and what is your earliest memory of when you told yourself…”THIS IS WHAT I WANT”?
Like many musicians out there, my personal interest in music came from church. While I’ve never played in church, I remember always sitting by the drums and being fascinated with the instrument! The moment I realized I wanted to do this was when I got into Korn and really dug into their music. I wanted to play in a band because of them! They’re a huge inspiration to what I am!
5. Who was your first concert and what is your best memory?
My first concert was an annual festival that is held in Biloxi, MS called CPR Fest. The year was 2005 and Seether and Breaking Benjamin were head lining the festival. I remember those two bands putting on a spectacular show that left nothing on the table.
6. If you didn’t become a musician, what would you be doing right now?
If I wasn’t in music, I’d probably be serving more time in the Army doing a full tour of duty.
7. On a scale of 1 to 2593, How good is your newest single compared to your last single? (my attempt at humor, but please still answer)
Our newest single is at 3000! Hahaha!!
8. What do you feel is the best song you have released to date and why?
It’s hard to say what I feel our best song is because I truly love them all!
9. Do you think you can get any better as a musician/singer? And if so, How would you achieve that?
I always think I can be better! I’ll never be satisfied as player. As an artist in general, I believe the path to being better is a constant journey as opposed to rushing to an end. I achieve getting better by practicing and writing songs with the band. Always playing in some capacity pretty much.
10. If you could give your fans one random fact about you that you think they should (or should “not” know) about you what would that be?
I don’t know ha-ha! I guess they’ll have to ask me if they want to know something in particular.
11. You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?
Blue, simply because it’s my favorite color. I guess this could also be the answer to the previous question as well ha-ha!
12. Who are you inspired by?
I’m inspired by so many! Neil Peart (RUSH), Steve Smith (Journey), Jose Pasillas (Incubus), Thomas Pridgen (The Mars Volta), Jason McGerr (Death Cab For Cutie), David Silveria & Ray Luzier (Korn) just to name a few.
13. What’s an average day like one tour? and what about these days?
An average day on tour is getting up, having breakfast or lunch (depending on when we wake up). Maybe doing some sightseeing if we’re not having to travel to the next town that day. Pretty much chill till showtime.
14. Please discuss how you interact with and respond to fans?
I talk with them all the time. A lot of my interaction is on Facebook with them. I highly appreciate them to the fullest! We talk about life, their kids, grandkids, what’s going on in the world, etc. They’re simply the best!
15. Have you ever dealt with performance anxiety?
From time to time. It’s one of those natural feelings we as performers get when getting ready to hit the stage. I channel it and use it as fuel to elevate my performance.
16. Tell me about your favorite performance venues?
Two of my favorites that come to mind are Tipitinas in New Orleans LA. A local legendary venue that we’ve had the privilege of playing twice. There’s so much history and magic in that place! The other venue we’ve had the opportunity to play at is The Big House in Macon, GA. The house that The Allman Brothers built! Before we played our show that night, we took a tour of the house. It’s now a museum which has countless memorabilia from the band’s history. It’s really cool and informative! There’re so many more great venues that we’ve played and look forward to playing many more but these two have been a big highlight!
17. What advice would you have for someone wanting to follow in your footsteps?
I would tell them to go for it %100! Know that it’s what you really want to do and have total passion for it. It’s not easy but anything worth having isn’t a cakewalk. Believe and you can achieve!