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Born: 1959-04-10
Profession: Musician
Nation: American
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It's not about how loud you turn the amp up. That's not what makes it sound big. What makes it sound big is fooling around with different delays and reverb settings.

Tags: Big, Makes, Turn

Mark Winchester has left the band. He's decided that he's tired of the road and just wants to concentrate on his career in Nashville. I don't blame him at all. He'll certainly be missed.

Tags: Blame, Career, Tired

Normally, you go into the recording studio, make a record and then take it on the road and you think... wow... I could have done THIS to it, or something.

Tags: Done, Road, Studio

Since the big band started I'm just always swamped with movies and things. It certainly pays the bills and it's very satisfying, because I get to write all these big charts and all this crazy music.

Tags: Crazy, Movies, Music

The jazz chord substitutions in a country song... that was another thing that bent people's ears. I guess that my favorites are the unique ones. It's not how fast you play. It's that unique blending of different stuff I'm most proud of.

Tags: Another, Country, Proud

We weren't afraid to mix some crazy styles into the standard rockabilly look. We also took a lot of different musical influences that were part of that era.

Tags: Afraid, Crazy, Took

With the Stray Cats at least, we really took the music somewhere else. First, we wrote our own songs. That's a real weak point in modern classics if you do rockabilly or blues.

Tags: Else, Music, Real

Elvis is not so difficult as Johnny Cash because his voice is so distinctive. If you try to copy Johnny Cash, it's just going to sound dumb.

Tags: Difficult, Try, Voice

Don't be afraid to take liberties with this music. Try and put some of yourself into it.

Tags: Music, Try, Yourself

For every rockabilly festival staged here, there are 10 held overseas.

Tags: Festival, Here, Rockabilly

I like a good pompadour.

Tags: Good

I love Glen Campbell. He never gets a mention.

Tags: Campbell, Love, Mention

I put a metronome up to all the songs, and I tried to really keep it true to the original tempos.

Tags: Keep, Put, True

I started a big band when grunge was popular. I mean, that didn't make much sense.

Tags: Big, Mean, Sense

I'm not God's gift to rockabilly. There's great players out there, and some of them deserve a lot more than they've gotten.

Tags: Gift, God, Great

Just because you put super great musicians together, it doesn't mean you're going to have that chemistry as a band.

Tags: Great, Mean, Together

People out there maybe know who Junior Parker is and some of those Sun Records blues guys.

Tags: Guys, Maybe, Sun

Robert Plant is one of the nicest people you'll ever meet, never mind rock star. He's so down to earth.

Tags: Earth, Mind, Rock

Rock and roll and swing never quite mixed. Rock and roll came in and just blew everything out of the water. Big bands were dead.

Tags: Big, Dead, Rock

The biggest challenge for me was Get Rhythm. I don't know why.

Tags: Biggest, Challenge, Why

The songwriting has never really stepped forward from the '50's.

Tags: Forward, Stepped

To keep creating something with this type of music, you have to take it out of the box.

Tags: Creating, Keep, Music

To me, rockabilly music paralleled punk's energy and feeling, but the players were much better.

Tags: Energy, Feeling, Music

Veteran performers are dying off, and new acts simply aren't emerging on the national scene.

Tags: Dying, Off, Simply

A lot of people put all that stuff on a pedestal, and they won't touch it. But I don't think that's the reason they did that. I think they played that stuff out of pure joy.

Tags: Joy, Put, Reason

I always thought when I hit 50 years old that'd be it for the travel. I don't have to tell you - you wait at an airport, your flight's delayed, get on a 14-hour flight, get off, get stuck in traffic, you get to the hotel and the room service is closed.

Tags: Old, Thought, Travel
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I basically sat down for a month, with all the Sun stuff I could find and just picked out my favorites. I didn't think that they were indicative of '54 to '57, although I tried to stay within that period.

Tags: Stuff, Sun, Within

I can't tell you how many people have asked me to show them Stray Cat Strut and that little diminished run on the C. I guess my brain is wired backwards. I don't know what possessed me to do that, but I did.

Tags: Brain, Show, Tell

I didn't want to take the guitar solos down note-for-note, but more or less use them as a map, and keep all the hooks from the guitar playing, and let myself come through.

Tags: Guitar, Keep, Less

I wanted to go back to Sun. Unfortunately, most of the gear is gone from Sun. The way I take it now, it's almost like a tourist destination. So, it would have been pretty difficult to have brought all the gear into Sun to make it like it was in the '50's.

Tags: Difficult, Pretty, Sun

If you listen to everybody's opinions, I mean, I always say I'd be digging a ditch on the side of the road now if I had listened to what everybody told me what to do. You know, you have to follow your heart, you have to.

Tags: Heart, Mean, Road

It is hard to play Blue Suede Shoes. I know everyone has heard it 10 million times, and that makes it even harder to play it, but there's a very laid back tempo on that. I was surprised at how slow it really was.

Tags: Everyone, Hard, Makes

Idleness is the stupidity of the body, and stupidity is the idleness of the mind.

Tags: Body, Mind, Stupidity

Nothing is more common on earth than to deceive and be deceived.

Tags: Common, Deceive, Earth

Music is the key to the female heart.

Tags: Heart, Key, Music

People should always have something which they prefer to life.

Tags: Life, Prefer

Tear man out of his outward circumstances; and what he then is; that only is he.

Tags: Outward, Tear
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