Tuesday, 26 February, 2008 0:21 AM
CMA New Artist Spotlight: Whiskey
by Michael Maples
recording artists Whiskey Falls.
2008 CMA Close Up News Service
Whiskey Falls commands
the essential ingredients for rock-inflected Country and adds their
own distinctive attributes, the most evident being four-part harmonies
that pound through "The Champ," soar like Eagles on "Last
Train Running," nail some tricky intervals on "Let the
Whiskey Fall," caress with a gentle yet muscular touch on "I
Can't Stop Loving You" and sprinkle some Dixie dust on a Grateful
Dead feel during the verses to "Days of Birmingham."
Their roots are in L.A.,
where Seven Williams, Wally Brandt and Wally's twin brother Bill
ran We 3 Kings, a music production company that catered to film
and television clients. Rather than hit the beach on weekends, though,
Wally and Williams spent time in Nashville, honing their writing
chops and making connections that led them eventually to Alabama-born
multi-instrumentalist Buck Johnson and his friend and unrelated
namesake, lead guitarist Damon Johnson.
Once the pieces had come
together, the four-member group Whiskey Falls took shape, with a
rough and rowdy veneer that somehow dovetails with the sophistication
of their writing and instrumental finesse. Word spread quickly and
virally, as 40,000 fans logged on to vote Whiskey Falls "Best
New Duo/Group" on countrymusic.about.com while their self-titled
album was the top-clicked debut on Napster's home, Country and subscriber
pages. Produced by Cliff Downs, Bill Brandt and the band, Whiskey
Falls on Midas Records Nashville is already flowing strong.
IN THEIR OWN WORDS
Who is your musical
BUCK: "Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, my parents-Dora Lee and Burleigh
DAMON: "Neil Young."
SEVEN: "So many to mention but if I had to pick a few Freddy
Mercury, Garth Brooks, Sting or Paul Simon."
Which song would you
secretly love to cover?
BUCK: "'Wichita Lineman" by Jimmy Webb, 'Something' by
George Harrison and 'Brick House' by the Commodores."
DAMON: "'Whenever You Come Around' by Vince Gill."
SEVEN: "Angel eyes by Jeff Healy, 50 ways to leave your lover
by Paul Simon."
What CD is on your
BUCK: "CDs by Marc Cohen, The Travelin' Wilburys and Little
DAMON: "Honky Tonk Heroes by Waylon Jennings."
SEVEN: "Little Big Town, Dixie Chicks, Keith Urban and The
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band."
Who is your dream
BUCK: "Bonnie Raitt, Dolly Parton and LeAnn Rimes."
DAMON: "Tom Petty."
SEVEN: "Ronnie Dunn of Brooks & Dunn or Norah Jones but
only if Sanjaya is not available."
What book is on your
BUCK: "A Thousand Splendid Suns, by Khaled Hosseini."
DAMON: "Across the Great Divide: The Band and America, by Barney
SEVEN: "I haven't seen my bedroom in so long, I can't remember
what I left there."
What song do you sing
in the shower?
BUCK: "Usually some melody that I may be writing."
DAMON: "The theme to whatever Disney DVD my son is watching."
SEVEN: "I make up funny lyrics to classic songs. It makes me
start my day by laughing at myself."
What's your pet peeve?
BUCK: "Being put on hold during a phone conversation."
DAMON: "Separating great music into categories."
SEVEN: "Being late."
What song do you wish
you had written?
BUCK: "'Tiny Dancer,' 'Crazy' or 'Yesterday.'"
DAMON: "'Wichita Lineman' or 'Everyday People.'"
SEVEN: "'Hotel California,' 'Let It Be' or 'The Itsy Bitsy
What word or phrase
do you find yourself saying over and over again?
DAMON: "It's all good."
BUCK: "You'll have to ask my wife about that one. She'll probably
will say 'give me just a minute.'"
SEVEN: "'We can do it.'"
What mode of transportation
do you prefer?
BUCK: "A Harley."
DAMON: "Bus, bus, bus, bus."
SEVEN: "Roller blades."
would portray you in a biopic about your life?
DAMON: "Gary Oldman."
SEVEN: "Jamie Foxx, he did such a good job in 'Ray' that I'm
sure he could really bring a lot to my character."
What moment in your
life would you relive if you could?
BUCK: "The first time I saw my wife."
DAMON: "Meeting Stevie Ray Vaughn."
Do you have a lucky
BUCK: "My wife, of course."
DAMON: "My skull ring."
SEVEN: "My faith."
If you wrote an autobiography,
what would the title be?
BUCK: "The Cat In the Hat."
DAMON: "All The Way from Macon."
SEVEN: "Breaking the Rules."
When they look back
on your life in 50 years, what do you hope people say about you?
BUCK: "That I was a good friend."
DAMON: "Damn, he smelled good."
SEVEN: "Wow, I can't believe that guy is still alive, married
to the same woman and still making music."
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