by Jake on April 15, 2013

Good Evening Friends & StrangersA while back, I posted my review of Scratch River Telegraph Company (or SRTC), a local (for now) band with a great sound that’s been generating a lot of attention in the Tri-Cities and SW Virginia – and all over! Recently, I had a chance to talk a bit with T-Bone and Lloyd, two members of the band.

And then I got lazy.

That is, this interview should have been posted a WHILE ago. But then I was hoping to interview more band members, but the scheduling just didn’t work out, then I procrastinated, plus I had some computer issues AND there were some other articles I was working on…

(And then QRE went on a little hiatus, which made this article even later than it was originally…)

Anyhoo, here’s the interview!

ME: Introduce yourselves and tell the people what you play.

TBONE: T-Bone. I play guitar and a little harmonica and banjo.

LLOYD: Lloyd Tomlinson, bass, guitar, vocals, youngest member of the band.

ME: What would you say are the musical influences you personally bring to SRTC?

LLOYD: I come from a classic rock background, and that tends to seep into my playing a lot. My main influences are Paul McCartney from the Beatles, John Paul Jones from Led Zeppelin, Geezer Butler from Black Sabbath, and John Entwistle from the Who.

TBONE: Honestly, every one of us likes a lot of different stuff. I got everything from the Melvins to Sam Cooke on my iPod. As long as it doesn’t suck, I dig it!

ME: If you can, describe SRTC’s sound in one sentence.

TBONE: One way or another, we mean it.

LLOYD: We’re a rock band with banjos, pure and simple.

ME: You’ve been working on a new album. Anything you want to share about that?

TBONE: Been recording at Fat Baby Studios in Whitesburgh, KY.

LLOYD: Our friend Kenny Miles from the band Wayne Graham has been recording our new album. We’ve been able to do a lot of experimenting with different sounds and arrangements that we didn’t really have the time or the means to do on the last record.

TBONE: A working title of “Good Evening Friends & Strangers” – it sounds nothing like “40 Days” but still sounds like us.

LLOYD: It’s going to sound different, and different is definitely good in this case. We’ve also gone through a pretty major lineup change, so it’s good to be able to get the new songs recorded and have Jeremy and Joel put their stamp on the band.

TBONE: One thing: we actually recorded this as playing full sessions, rather than just laying one track at a time. So it really sounds like us, which I like. We also put in some new instruments, horns and stuff, which sounds great.

ME: What’s next for SRTC?

LLOYD: We’re going to book and play more shows. We’ve got gigs coming up in Asheville, NC, and Knoxville, TN, so we’re going to be breaking new ground for the band as far as that goes. We’re also planning on a concept album.

TBONE: We have an idea for a record mid next year about murder, bootlegging and adultery.

ME: Sounds pretty cool! Ideally, where do you see SRTC in the next few years?

TBONE: Older…

LLOYD: Ideally, I’d like to see us with a good record deal and at least some regional credentials. I want to play in some larger cities like Lexington, Richmond, and the DC area, at least. It would also be awesome to get on a few festivals like Bristol Rhythm & Roots or, and this is setting the bar high, maybe even Bonnaroo or South by Southwest.

ME: Sounds like you have some serious ambition.

LLOYD: Hey, if you’re going to dream, dream big.

Be sure to check out Scratch River Telegraph Company on Facebook! They’re posting some of their new songs. You can also check them out on YouTube.

(Ed. note – Since this interview, SRTC has announced they’ll also be playing at Bristol Rhythm & Roots!)


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