Shaz: What’s the name of your band and what’s the origin of that name?
The name is Taddy Porter, which is a beer made by Samuel Smith. One night Andy and Doug were in a bar in our hometown and saw the beer. They asked people on myspace if they thought it would be a good name and everyone liked it.. so it stuck.
Andy Brewer- Vocals, Guitar
Doug Jones- Drums
Kevin Jones- Bass, Vocals
Joe Selby- Guitar, Vocals
We consider our music to be classic rock/blues rock, with a touch of modern rock. We all grew up listening to classic rock bands like Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Cream, Free, Deep Purple, Aerosmith, etc.. Some of the more modern bands we like include the Black Keys, the White Stripes, the Racontures, and Jet
It all started at a party. Andy was at a party at Doug’s house and heard someone playing drums. He walked in to Dougs room and picked up a guitar and started jamming with him. They clicked so they decided to start something. Next, Doug asked his little brother Kevin to play bass. That was the band when I(Joe) met Andy. I was teaching guitar lessons at a local music store and Andy came in to take some slide lessons. I was looking for another band at the time and asked Andy if i could come jam with them. We hit it off and thats been the band ever since.
Shaz: Are you a member of any music organizations?
We are members of ASCAP
We play Gibson and Fender Guitars. The amps we use are Rivera, Mesa Boogie, and Ampeg. We like our stuff so I guess we are pretty loyal to it, but we are open to experimentation especially if the gear is vintage.
In our van (Arvan) we have a kids map of the United States. We put a star by each city we play at and last we counted we had almost 50 stars, so we’ve played quite a few places. Some of the coolest places we’ve played include Dallas, Austin, Richmond, Boise, Lawerence, and of course Stillwater, OKC, and Tulsa. We got to play the Viper Room in LA too, that was a fun show. We have a few shows coming up in Tulsa, Ft. Worth, Ashville NC, Jackson MS, and Dallas and we’re also working on some shows in our hometown of Stillwater. In October we’re getting on a tour that should go all over but it’s still in the works.
Most of our songs have been written at practice. One of us will bring in a riff or melody idea and we just jam around till we have something. We all bring something to the table when we start working on a song so its a joint effort.
Shaz: Could you briefly describe the music-making process
It’s the funnest part. We’re on the road a lot so sometimes we’ll use our sound check to jam around on whatever idea someone is working on. Then we usually end up jamming on that idea in the middle of the show. Even if a song isn’t complete people usually dig it, and that feedback gives us more motivation to finish the song.
Shaz: How has your music evolved since you first began playing music together?
Every song we do seems to be totally different from anything we have done before, so i think we are constantly evolving. We went through a peroid of writing really rocking songs and now we’re starting to work on some prettier stuff. But don’t worry we’re still all about the rock.
Shaz: What has been your biggest challenge as a band?
Staying entertained on long drives haha. Actually we have been pretty lucky in that we’ve made steady progress since we started. I’m probably forgetting something but it’s been fun from the beginning, but also a lot of work.
Hopefully, if everything goes to plan, we will be in the studio in September to work on our first major release but it’s still in the works. Then from October to December we will be touring all over the US
We like rock and roll. We like playing it, listening to it, thinking about it, partying to it, writing it…
As far as defining rock and roll, I think I’ll quote John Lennon… “If rock ‘n roll had another name it would be Chuck Berry”
It’s alot like it was for musicians before the internet, except we have the internet. Seriously though I think the internet is great for musicians in that anyone can get their music out to lots of people very easily. We also have fans from places we have never been and thats always cool.
Just like everyone else we are influenced by whats going on around us. We have a lot of songs about girls and situations that have happened to us. We’re also influenced by the bands we have been fortunate enough to play with. Thats one of the coolest parts of the road for me, almost every night we get to watch a different cool band. We also read sometimes..
Our songs are like our children we love all of them the same.. But let us know your favorites.
We have seen some crazy stuff on the road but the one thing that stands out to me right now is when we played a festival in Rockford, IL and Coolio was there. For some reason he really took a liking to Kevin and by the end of the day they were like best friends.
Shaz: Is there anything else you would like to add that we your fans would be keen to know about :o))
Ummm.. we like rum and Big Buck Hunter… and we would like to meet all of you. And we now have a twitter, however that works.
It has been.. Thank You!
You Rock My World ……
You Rock Our World….!
Let’s rock together!
hugs Shaz (on Behalf of The Rock and Roll Report team)
Fist bump from Joe (on Behalf of the Rock and Roll band Taddy Porter)
On behalf of Taddy Porter and The Rock and Roll Report please feel free to download and enjoy the band’s track Whatever Haunts You.