Let’s face it, music has evolved every decade or so. The metal or heavy mental, for instance, from twenty years ago is not as heavy as the metal today. Twenty-year-old metal is considered pop music today, compared to the new metal standards. Alien Country’s music brings something new to the table. Not low-fi, not syncopation, but a pure, raw sound which some naysayers or self-made experts may simply, for the time being, call out of whack or simply wrong. For now, those could be appropriate descriptors of the Alien Country’s sound, but as bad or wrong or raw the sound may be, as a few have opinionated, it is still, as Billy Joel would probably say, sci-fi edged Country Rock n’ Roll to me.
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You know Ima country boy, but I’ve always been fascinated by the music of Steve Harris, founder and bassist for the major international act Iron Maiden. I’ve played Maiden songs on the guitar and sung them whenever I can, and as often as I could. In 2015 I had an opportunity to audition for a Florida Iron Maiden tribute band. I never thought I would be in one. You see? But this opportunity was right in front of me and I took it. At the time I was mostly a guitarist, but the part I went for was Bruce Dickinson’s […]
I woke up to this beauty this morning. Sat down on the newly water-resistant coated picnic table… and… RELAXED. I did relax for a bit. Actually, did it for just about 30 seconds before one of the offspring hollered,”I wanna go back inside the house! There’s WASPS around the trampoline!” I got up, and walked over to the check the mayhem that had ensued. NOTHING. The little ones had misjudge the flying, awesome looking dragonflies for wasps. That was all. Regardless, the little issue had escalated in their minds beyond any chance of staying on the trampoline or outside for […]
I broke my back doing a bit of garden work years ago. Now, this was way before I acquired the old Ford tractor I now have. Anyway, working in the garden was A LOT of fun until that point. I mean, I tried growing everything except beans and tomatoes. Nothing worked except for two native Florida guava trees I had. When they started fruiting… YEEEhaaa! I can’t tell you how EXCITING of an experience that was. Those little trees grew to be like 10 feet high and gave pounds and pounds of fruit each year. Unfortunately, I had to say […]
When I wrote “No One Is Coming For You Tonight,” I was thinking about nothing but a good country vibe. Then, the Alien Country sound… that hammer-on and pull-off thing you hear in most of my music, came about. Poof. Just like that. I remember sittin’ in my studio thinking, what can I use or put together that no one has done before. I recalled styles many band from the ’80s used… the galloping style and I thought, “Hmm, I can use a simply guitar technique and just over do it a bit” and viola! Check what this music CRITIC […]
An article by Dennis Winge Not too long ago, a student was in my studio looking at the bulletin board in the office portion of the room, where I have my own personal reminder to myself about performing in big, bold letters. “Smile, Soft, Simple, Swing, Space, Shape” is the summary of the reminder. She asked if she could take a picture of it, and I was a bit shy about it, but agreed. Then I realized that there is nothing to be secretive about in regards to this, and that if I share my own personal experience about why and […]