GREG GARDNER & VOODOO COWBOYBy
GREG GARDNER & VOODOO COWBOY
Greg Gardner-Vocals & Guitar
(Exclusive interview with Rod Liechi)
AFRESH ANNE: What got this band together and started in this business?
The band has been together for only a few months, but before that, I had different personnel and it didn’t quite work out. Now with this line-up in place, we’ve been able to accomplish making the best possible music in just a matter of months. Before this, it used to take forever. The guys I have with me now are hard working, dedicated, and on the same page. We all have the same passion and drive to make the music move forward and at the same time be spontaneous. As far as the business goes, it’s a required evil… Maybe not evil, it’s just that the business side I guess balances out the artistic side. We just love making music.
AFRESH ANNE: Who writes and produces all the material for the band?
I have written or co-written all the songs on the CD. I also produced the album, so I’m really close to it.
AFRESH ANNE: The band played in front of or with any acts our readers would know from the Mainstream?
Pat Green, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Jason Boland, Jack Ingram, David Allan Coe, Dwight Yoakum, Randy Rogers Band, Charlie Robison, Delbert McClinton, Daryl Singletary, Rhett Akins, .38 Special, T. Grahm Brown, Mindy McCready, Marshall/Tucker, Billy Joe Shaver, Wade Bowen, Kevin Fowler, Cory Morrow, Blue Edmondson, Daryl Dodd, Reckless Kelly, Doug Supernaw, Ray Wylie Hubbard and many more. We were also cast as Randy Travis’ Band in the Movie “The White River Kid” which starred Antonio Banderas, Ellen Barkin, Bob Hoskins, Wes Bently, Kim Dickens and of course Randy Travis.
AFRESH ANNE: Where can people access your music on the web?
www.myspace.com/ggvc and Facebook. Our music can be purchased on iTunes and Amazon.com
AFRESH ANNE: Have you ever had any embarrassing moments on stage?
Several through the years with other incarnations of the band. Everything from musical mistakes to fans to recording live
with Doug Supernaw and lets just say he wasn’t in the best of shape when we got it on tape.
AFRESH ANNE: Are there any good stories you want to share with the fans?
I don’t know if this is what you are looking for on this one, but here goes. I saw “Shaver” (Billy Joe Shaver and his son Eddie) on CMT in 1993-94 with their song “The Hottest Thing in Town”, and “Fast Train to Georgia”.
I decided then that I wanted to take my music that direction. I loved the lyrics and the wide open guitar playing Eddie was doing. In 2000, I did my first Show with Shaver. Eddie really dug what we were doing offered to produce us and play on the album. Over the course of the next year I became extremely close with Eddie Shaver, talking on the phone with him everyday, and making trips to Eddie and Billy’s house in Waco, TX to work on pre-production.
The day I booked the studio time is the day I got the call that Eddie passed away. We went on to record there at the studio outside Waco, but of course it just wasn’t the same. That’s not that happy of a story, but it was amazing to me that I went from idolizing both Billy and Eddie on CMT to becoming close enough with them to call everyday and come stay at their house.
AFRESH ANNE: Who are the bands musical influences?
I’m sure the list would be way to long, but some highlights would be Billy Joe Shaver, Steve Earle, Chris Knight, Waylon and Willie, and Mighty Merle Haggard.
AFRESH ANNE: What is your own musical background like?
I started playing guitar live in a rock band at 15, 4 months after learning my first chord. I started singing at 18 when the band I was with couldn’t find a singer. I started sneaking into bars and singing country with some friends of mine’s band that had helped get me going in the first place and I’ve been doing it ever since.
AFRESH ANNE: Any other members in your family that are musicians?
I’m the only one. My grand mother said that some of her great uncles played square dances when she was a kid in the 20′s and 30′s
but I can’t really claim that to be an influence on my playing. LOL!
AFRESH ANNE: What is the main reason why you want to play music?
For the fans. Lord knows it hasn’t been for the money, but there is nothing like playing a song I wrote for people and have
them identify with it and feel what I felt when I wrote it, and what I feel everynight I sing it on stage.
AFRESH ANNE: What do you feel has been your best show ever?
That would be hard to say. I have had several “moments” that stand out on stage. I have played to 10,000 people, played to 100 and had an equally good time at both. Playing on stage with David Holt (Storyville’s guitarist) and Mark Andes (bassist for Whitesnake, Heart, Spirit and Jo Jo Gun) one night was a highlight. The were hero’s of mine from my Rock and Roll days, and there I was on stage, swapping the mic with David Holt on Billy Joe Shaver’s song, “Fast Train to Georgia”. That was cool.