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What’s the first album you remember loving as a kid?

The first album I remember loving as a kid would have been Nirvana’s Nevermind. I was about 11 or 12 and the first song I heard from them was “Come As You Are”, that opening riff captivated me and I knew I needed to get my hands on more of it. A friend of mine who I grew up with, bought me that album for a gift on my birthday. I sat and listened to it religiously and learned how to play every song from that album.

What as the first album you bought with your own money?

The first album I remember buying with my own money was Jeff Buckley’s Grace, but the deluxe edition. My uncle Jody passed down a VHS tape to me of live performances from Jeff’s “Mystery White Boy Tour” some time around then and I fell in love with his voice, truly remarkable performer. My band Kill Anties played a show in Charleston at 52.5 records and I found “Grace” on the shelf and spent what little money I had as a teenager to buy it. I strongly recommend that album to everyone, a true masterpiece.

What was the first local band you were a fan of?

Goonight Providence. I saw them at the Watershed in Lexington and left that show really inspired and eager to be part of the music scene. They were the first taste of indie/rock I had as a kid, I’ll never forget that show.

What’s the most recent album you bought or have been listening to lately?

I’ve been really enjoying the new Ryan Adams record “Prisoner”. He just knows how to write great songs. I’ve also really enjoyed this years sampler! So many talented SC artists and it’s always exciting to hear new songs from good friends.

You just released released a new song on the Sampler and have these two songs here. Do you have a new album in the works and when do you think that will be out?

I am happy to finally be able to answer this question with a yes! I’ve been working away on a new record for too long now. It’s been roughly 4 years since the last proper release and I’ve landed with a handful of songs that I’m thrilled to share with you all! We worked with Kenny McWilliams at Archer Avenue earlier this year and recorded a full-length album that will be released this summer. Kenny, Paul Brazell and Seth Ely did such a fantastic job in the studio and it was an honor to work with them. The album is titled “Are You Still There?” and the two songs from this session will be on there!