there's this place that's like five minutes from my house called dosey doe music cafe. (that's not it in that there photograph... the doe's a heck of a lot cozier.) they have some some pretty good food, yall. but more, they provide a pretty nifty atmosphere for listening to live music.
earlier this week, i wrote an article about the labor day festivities the woodlands had planned; one band scheduled to perform that weekend is prophets and outlaws out of dallas. i had a look at their website and thought they might be worth checking out, but i hate big crowds and most likely will be steering clear of the waterway that weekend. and then i noticed that they had a gig at dosey doe, and tickets were only twelve bucks. i figured, what the hell? why not?
the lead singer, matt boggs, looks like he's in his mid-twenties. he's thirty. for as young and preppy (because i can't find the word i want) as he looks, his voice has got a surprising amount of soul.
i love how the band blends rock, blues and country for its sound. they call it texas soul, and the term fits. the only criticism i can offer is that their lyrics sometimes could be stronger. but then, that's probably just the writer in me.
they've recorded four ep's: wolf howl, wanted, prophets and outlaws and texas home. i bought the latter two and am happy with my purchase. i feel like the self-titled recording is the stronger one, but that's not to say the most recent release isn't noteworthy. i like the folksy feel of texas home. i like the beat of goodbye kiss. and i love the groove of me and my guitar. i drove around for an hour or so after the show was over, just so i could listen some more. and when the last song stopped playing, i was bummed. just like when the band stopped playing their ninety-minute set, i'd wished they'd kept going.
the guys were kind enough to answer some questions for me. i get to post them here! YEE!
matt boggs: vocals, guitar
steven guckenheimer: lead guitar, vocals
james guckenheimer: drums, vocals
jamie "jelly" ringholm: keys, organ, vocals
cj thompson: bass, vocals
how'd yall meet?
mb: i met brothers steven and james at jesuit college prep in dallas. steven first played guitar with me at my senior concert on the jesuit baseball field.
what bands/artists provide the greatest influence?
mb: we love a lot of the music in our scene: william clark green, adam hood, walt wilkins, midnight river choir, etc. but we also love r&b and jazz. dallas band snarky puppy is one of our favorites!
sg: the allman brothers, the eagles and the band had a big influence on the way we play and write.
where was your first gig? how'd it go?
mb: our first gig as pao as it is presently constructed was at the blue light in lubbock. it was cj's first show with us. we had been a band long before that.
sg: one of our first gigs as prophets and outlaws, and THE first gig for jamie was big d nye. there were over thirty thousand people. let's just say jamie was in after that!
where was your best gig, and what made it so?
mb: our best gig was headlining larry joe taylor's music fest in april. we played the big stage, and the energy was amazing. can't wait to do it again.
sg: playing on the main stage at larry joe taylor this year was great. we got to share the bill with william clark green, stoney larue and josh abbott!
what's been the craziest gig?
mb: craziest gig?? right before our set at larry joe taylor's, extreme weather set in and we had to wait out tornado conditions with everyone in the vip tent. it was scary/memorable.
i've seen a lot of websites push their idea of the ultimate roadtrip playlist, with the typical on the road again, fast car, mustang sally, hit the road jack... i'm not impressed, to be honest. make me a playlist.
mb: if we are on a long road trip, we might listen to some future-sounding jazz: qwuasimoto, madvillian, tribe called quest or maybe some smoother stuff like bonobo, teddy pendergrass, lauryn hill.
sg: we range from old soul songs to nineties country and everything in between. we spend a lot of hours on the road, so you will hear southern rock, blues, r&b, rap, jazz, etc.
what's been the biggest challenge about being in this band?
mb: the biggest challenge is dealing with our car and trailer. it's a full time job on its own, and none of us are "car" guys. we have gotten a ton of help from jamie "jelly" ringholm's father. he's a mechanic at sewell in dallas. life saver!
what's been the greatest reward?mb: this might sound like a typical answer, but we love hearing fans sing our songs back to us. even the deep cuts.
how do yall handle conflict amongst each other?
mb: we fight like brothers. we'll blow up at each other in the moment and smooth things over later. it helps because issues don't build up too bad that way.
what's a typical day like?
mb: day of a show, we meet at our rehearsal space and load our trailer with gear. we then try to stop for food--and not fast food. we love allowing more time and eating a little better. we'll try cafes, barbecue and anything we might find through diners, drive-ins and dives. after load-in, we typically do a harmony practice and warm up our vocals. by the time the show is over, there's only time to tear down and get home.
one of things i like about your music is that it meshes rock, blues and country so well. if you could NOT combine those three genres to make your texas soul... if you could only choose one, which one would you choose?
where's your favorite place to play?
mb: we love panther island pavilion, the kessler, dosey doe.
what's the furthest you've ever gone for a gig?
mb: we've played gigs in denver; mobile, alabama; kansas and new mexico.
you've recorded four cds; which one is your favorite and why?
mb: it's hard to choose your favorite child, but i think we would all agree that texas home is our favorite. not only is it the newest, but it will have three radio singles come off it when it's all said and done.
which song is your favorite?
mb: texas home.
sg: soul shop. it was our first single, and it truly represents the type of music we are trying to create.