Bill Mallonee Quotes
Well, I'd say it's a pretty visceral, organic kind of passionate roots-rock, which tends to deal with themes which are not typically country and western, like getting pissed in the bar and going home with somebody else's wife, it tends to be a little bigger in terms of its subject matter. Some of these themes are spiritual, some of which are seeking, some are kind of yearning things, but I hear similar kind of stuff when I listen to people like Steve Earle, Hank Williams and even older kind of artists. What turned me onto music to begin with were those bigger themes and that's kind of where the Vigilantes are at. I know everybody needs a name tag, but I think it's a misnomer to say its country-alt because to me there's nothing really country about it. The stuff I associate with country is people who really did grow up picking cotton, riding the rail or doing time. People like Johnny Cash are authentic, whereas I think the rest of us are just poseurs, and I don't mean it in a bad way, I just think we live vicariously off those experiences.
I tend to prefer the band thing. I think playing solo is good for about 45 minutes. I remember when I was on my solo tour that I got a chance to play with Martin Stephenson of the Daintees. He's now refashioned himself as almost a delta blues guitar player and he's got all the technique, all the persona and the charisma on stage. I think I do too, but I'm more of a first position strummer guy with a little bit of filigree work. I could listen to him for hours; I could listen to myself playing solo for about half an hour!
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