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Thinking about putting together a band

Sunday, August 3, 2008

I feel brave or stupid enough to try to put a band together.  I'm torn between two approaches that I've followed in the past:
  1. Ask friends who are musically simpatico to play with you.  This is my preferred approach, and I have some close friends who are really good musicians who are stylistically very compatible with me.  One plays Romanian fiddle and has recorded with me in the past, the other plays accordion and is a wonderful singer to boot.  Unfortunately, they're both stupendously busy with other projects and not likely to take on anything else right now.
  2. Sniff around for other musicians, post ads, etc.  I have done this before with rock bands and am still close to some of the cats I've played with.  This would require me to meet people (I am a classic introvert), though, and engage in quasi-auditions.  I'd rather be shot with tacks. That is a bit of an exaggeration, but just a bit.
I'll likely break down sooner or later and go with option (2), as much as it pains me.  I'm itching to work on more tunes and play them in front of an audience, and it seems like the only way to go.  Sigh. 4 comments


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Playing Since: 2008
Experience Level: Novice

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Gender: Male
Age: 61

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Ome Silver Monarch, Nechville Phantom

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Too many to list here. Sandy Bull got me interested in banjo'in. At this point, I can't listen to another banjo player without hearing things I want to learn, and I hope that never changes. I also love Bert Jansch, John Renbourn, and John Fahey, among many others.

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(Note: This is from my press kit. I don't normally refer to myself in the third person) Trent Hill’s musical life has taken him places he hardly imagined. As a teenager, he picked up the guitar for the first time in the summer of 1977 in Kannapolis, NC, a working class mill town. Since then, he’s played and recorded with a variety of arty and eccentric alt-rock combos, like Blue Chair and Feliz Gomez (in his old stomping ground of Durham, NC) and Seattle’s unsung prog-punk rebels, Stem. Some of the alumni of those groups went on to play in Shark Quest, Spatula, and Some Velvet Sidewalk, while Trent taught college for a spell in Deliverance country, experimenting with Gypsy fiddle before packing it all up to move back to Seattle in 2000. Soon, Trent dropped the fiddle, picked up his old guitar, and started working again on the folky, bluesy, jazz-tinged songs he’d started out playing in coffeehouses and vegetarian greasy spoons back in Durham. That is, when he wasn’t working on cultural theory, writing record reviews for Rolling Stone, or selling guns at Best Products. For inspiration, Trent credits the gospel he grew up listening to on Sunday morning TV in Kannapolis in the ‘60’s; the Piedmont blues of Gary Davis; the sounds of the Near East and Eastern Europe; the classic works of Elvis Costello and Tom Waits; and the psychedelia-tinged folk of John Renbourn, Davy Graham, and Bert Jansch. Trent says, “I want to write songs that sound like they could have been co-written by both Robert Johnsons: the Delta blues guitarist and the Renaissance English lute composer.” You can hear some of the results of Trent’s experiments on Amsterdam, the five-song EP he recorded and self-released in February, 2008 with help from friends. Recorded in his palatial townhouse in the wilds of Lake City, Amsterdam will be available via digital download from iTunes, Amazon, and all the other usual suspects – as well as in a limited-release CD format from CDBaby. You can also find it at Trent’s shows, and find out how Trent works with lyrical songs of love, longing, black humor, and occasional mayhem (mostly of the emotional variety). On the CD, Trent’s accomplished, sophisticated acoustic guitar work is accompanied by Constantin Parvulescu’s shreddin’ fiddle, and the occasional sampled cello. Reflecting the spirit of his favorite artists’ tunes, the virtue within Trent’s sense of musicality is that it’s not afraid to be sophisticated, funny, heartfelt, and crude – sometimes all at once. Check out Trent’s MySpace page at, or just buy, beg, borrow, or download Amsterdam.

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