Interview via e-mail with Bassist,
a member of the jaw-cracking Southern Rock Band
made you want to play in a band originally?
just love music. It's a great feeling to create new music that hopefully other
people will like also.
are/were your main influences and why?
not a fan of any particular genre of music, I just like good music. I like Rock,
Southern Rock, Blues, Country, Metal, anything that's good song writing, like
John Fogerty, just look at all the great songs that guy has written. I love Skynyrd,
Steve Earle, anything Warren Haynes is involved in.
were you up to prior to Alligator Stew?
in a cover band for years in Indiana before moving to L.A. Once I got to L.A.
I played in a Queen tribute band (which is featured in a documentary movie called
"Tribute: The Movie" and is currently on Showtime) and a Deep Purple
Tribute band. then I started getting into original bands and a straight ahead
blues band, then The Stew.
did you come to change in style - was it a case of where you are now at musically,
lyrically or where the heart or are their other reasons?
never written a song before being in Alligator Stew, and when I do write a song
I don't sit down and try to write in a particular style - What comes out, comes
out. So for my style of writing, Alligator Stew is the perfect band, Gary seems
to know exactly what I was shooting for when he sings my stuff.
did Alligator Stew get together and how did the name come to be and the
(Gator with the Cigar!!)?
we first started in L.A. there weren't too many people that gave a shit
this style of music, so it was difficult to find the right guys. Gary got lucky
and found John thru a friend. TC had an ad in a local magazine that was the only
ad that said "influenced by Southern Rock and Country" we called and
luckily he was a great drummer. Chris was in a band called "The Regulators"
and they had taken some time off, so he started jamming with us.
Andrew and TC Markle
gator logo came about, if I remember correctly, when everybody was goofing around
at rehearsal, "he needs a big 'ol cigar and Gary's Elvis glasses" so
I went home a painted it up. So there's the gator logo.
influenced 'Blood Money'; 'The Heist' and 'Four Winds'?
I wrote the lyrics to those songs, I mainly just used my over-active imagination.
I'll get a whole concept of a story in my head and hurry up and get it down on
paper, that's how all of those songs came about. They aren't depictions of anything
from real life. The OJ Simpson trial had gone down before I wrote "Blood
Money" so I guess some of that feeling of injustice crept into that song.
bands have you been likened to and why? How does that make you feel?
get a lot of Skynyrd and CCR, which is great!! They are two of my favorite bands!!
do the pictures come from on the live album, 'Welcome to Monticello ...Live!!!
gigs, some from the night in Monticello, some from opening for Skynyrd. The inside
photo of us on the porch of the shack came from our video shoot, when we shot
the video for "Blood Money" that shack was on the location.
made you decide to feature 4 studio tracks on it as opposed to a full live cd?
were only gonna do all LIVE tracks but when we all got into the studio to mix
the LIVE stuff, we got the studio itch and decided to set up our gear while we
there and cut some new stuff we had laying around.
have you toured with and how did it go? and Who would you like to tour
in the future and why?
played with Skynyrd, Canned Heat, played some kick ass Hell's Angels
It really doesn't matter where we play or who we play with we always put our all
into it. It would be fun to play with some of the new country guys like Toby Keith.
good road stories worth telling?
happens on the road stays on the road!!
would you say have been the most interesting characters you've met and why?
keyboard player, Chris Turbis. When he's full of Jack Daniels, anything goes.
we expect of the next studio album - a similar great southern style?
hard to say what style, we just get together play the new songs and they end up
sounding the way they would sound when we play them. Could be Rock, could be Country,
it depends on how we feel the songs.
do you guys get up to when not working as a band?
can find me on my Harley, riding up the coast or out in the desert. I love my
you ever see yourselves signing up to a big major label - yes or no and reason
the deal was right and it allowed our music to reach a bigger audience, that would
Doug and Gary
you planning to play the UK and other parts Europe and if so, with which artists?
would love to play Europe!! It would be great to meet the people across the pond.
If we can figure out a way to come over there and not go broke by doing so, we'd
have you been most proud of in your career so far?
out great music. I'm very proud of the music that this band has created!
you have it - A mighty fine stewing interview from a Gator's mouth - Thanks Doug
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