Can you give us a brief history of your playing career?
I started doing occasional sessions at Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama when I was a teenager. I was lucky enough to meet and work with some of the most gifted musicians and songwriters around. Over the next few years I was involved with a bunch of bands around the southeast. In late 2006 I joined up with Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit and I’ve been there since.
What inspired you to start playing guitar?
My family. Almost everyone I’m related to plays something or sings. Family reunions always turned into some sort of weird hillbilly gospel revue.
What was your first electric guitar?
An Epiphone SG Custom. Rock machine.
What are your top 5 favorite records?
I can’t seem to whittle it down, so here are five records that I can’t stop listening to: (In no particular order)
Bob Dylan – New Morning
Centro-Matic/South San Gabriel – Dual Hawks
Glossary – The Better Angels of Our Nature
Neutral Milk Hotel – In The Aeroplane Over The Sea
John Lennon – Plastic Ono Band
What was the proudest moment and/or performance of your playing career?
I believe it was the very moment I realized my mother wasn’t worried about my career choice anymore.
How did you hear about Reverend?
Isbell got a Flatroc in 2007, I had mine about six months later.
What Reverend guitar(s) are you using?
I use a great Metallic Gold Gil Parris Signature, which I see is now discontinued.
What do you like about your Reverend guitar?
Tone and reliability. My reverend has been through alot and it sounds better now than it did the day I got it. I also like the body design in regards to a players needs. Everything is very easily accessed and comfortable.
What amps and pedals do you currently use?
For amps I switch between a Marshall JCM 800 running through a Demasi 2×12 and a Sommatone Roaring 40. Im not a big pedal guy. I use a Z VEX Super Hard-on Pedal for clean boost, A Boss Digital Delay and a Boss Digital Tuner. For everything else I rely on the volume knob.
Do you have any unusual hobbies, skills, or pastimes you’d like to share with us?
Most of my free time is absorbed by my intense love of shot put. When I’m not doing that I’m a painter. I’m responsible for our latest album art.
Do you have any advice for up and coming players?
No matter how bad you think you suck, get out of your house and book a show.
Please tell us about any of your current projects, tours, cds, etc. we should know about:
Our latest album Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit is available now from Lightning Rod Records. We’ll be on tour so come out and have some drinks with us.