Friday, April 27, 2018

Magnolia Roads American Roots Hoedown III - Part 5 (Taylor Kropp)

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I've had a great time previewing the Magnolia Roads American Roots III which kicks off TONIGHT!

Read the first 4 parts of my preview.

Part 1 -  Ben Sparaco
Part 2 - Don Gallardo
Part 3 - James Scott Bullard
Part 4 - Rich Mahan 

We close things out and get ready for tonight's pre-party at Dee's Country Cocktail Lounge with a feature and preview of Taylor Kropp.  It's all after the jump.

Magnolia Roads presents the third annual American Roots Hoedown. A showcase of the Magnolia Roads family of artists and friends. Twelve bands over two nights at two of Nashville's hippest live music venues. Returning for the third year are Mike Younger, Rich Mahan, and the Jason Daniels Band. New this year are Bonnie Blue, Ben Sparaco & The New Effect, Arkansas Dave, Don Gallardo, Boo Ray, Allen Thompson, Daniel Lawrence Walker, The Traveling One, Taylor Kropp and James Scott Bullard.

What is American Roots? Exactly what the moniker sounds like, music that grew from the roots of America. The Magnolia Roads family of artists epitomize American Roots music through their blend of Blues, Country, Funk, Jazz, and a whole lotta Rock and Roll, flavored with the deep grooves of the South and an occasional West Coast psychedelic twirl. 

American Roots Hoedown III Pre-Party 4/27 Facebook event
5:30 Daniel Lawrence Walker (Nashville, TN)
7:15 The Traveling Ones (band - Nashville, TN)
7:55 Allen Thompson (solo - Nashville, TN)
8:45 James Scott Bullard (solo - Mullins, SC)
9:45 Taylor Kropp (band) Nashville, TN)
10:45 Boo Ray (band - Nashville, TN)
11:45 Don Gallardo (band - Nashville, TN)

American Roots Hoedown III 4/28 Facebook event
6 Arkansas Dave (Austin)
7 Jason Daniels Band (Jackson, MS)
8:05 Rich Mahan (Nashville)
9:20 Mike Younger (Nashville)
10:25 Ben Sparaco and The New Effect (Nashville)
11:40 Bonnie Blue (Jacksonville, FL)
12:45 All-star super jam*


Taylor Kropp (Nashville, TN) Americana/Roots Rock singer/songwriter/guitarist influenced by the melting pot of American music, including The Allman Brothers Band, Dwight Yoakam, and Tom Petty, and the imagery of the old west and desert. He has been touring in support of his debut album “Coming Up For Air,” released last September.

Taylor Kropp and his band play tonight around 9:45pm at Dee's. 

1) What is the most personal song you have? What makes it so personal? - Even If You're Wrong. I was just so frustrated by how people were treating each other in the post 2016 Trump election that I had to put it to paper.

2) Favorite topic to write about? Why? - Heartbreak. You can't ever have too many love songs right?

3) Craziest thing that's ever happened while on stage (issues, crazy fans, losing power, etc.?) - One time while playing in Cheyenne, Wyoming the doors flew open and the club flooded with cops and drug dogs. Turns out there was a Meth dealer selling out of the bathroom stall. He had kidnapped a client who owed him money and the cops were searching for him. When they found the prisoner he alerted the cops to the dealer was selling down at the club we were playing. I remember they found a gun in the trash and they escorted him out in handcuffs.

4) Who are your musical influences? Why? - Allman Brothers Band. Pure musicianship of the highest caliber. And they were so young as well. Dwight Yoakam cause he doesn't take shit. Tom Petty. See answer for Dwight Yoakam. Jackson Browne. A true American Poet. My guitar teacher John Garcia. One of the best men I've known. Pure class and musicianship.

5) First album you ever bought? - Steven Curtis Chapman. Christian artist haha.

6) First live concert you ever attended? ^ See above.

7) Are you a "superfan" of any band? - Allman Brothers. I can hang with any trivia.

8) What is the most valuable lesson you've learned as a musician? Who taught it to you? - Take every gig cause you never know where it will lead. Also take any gig for any amount of money because it's more important to see what you've earned at the end of the month then at the end of the day.

9) If you had to bring two albums with you to listen to for the rest of your life--what would they be? - Layla and other Assorted Love Songs by Derek and the Dominos and Dwight Yoakam's A Long Way Home.

10) What's your dream venue to play? - Fox Theatre in Oakland.

11) What’s your favorite food on the road? (Why?) Chipotle. If you do it right you can get two meals out of one.

12) Why didn’t you become a banker? Or, if you weren’t a musician what would you be? I would open my own coffee shop in the middle of Montana. And play Jazz guitar there in between making coffee.

13) Bonus?! What makes you most excited about playing the Magnolia Roads American Roots III weekend shows? - Jamming and hanging with so many great musicians. And seeing Don Gallardo sing. He's a great artist.

See you this weekend at the Hoedown!

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