SCMG – Who are the members of your band?
Nick Evangelista- vocals, guitar; Laura Jones-Thomas- vocals, keys, guitar; Jesse Thomas- lead guitar; Tim Trammel – drums/percussion.
SCMG – What genre do you consider yourself?
Alternative; Indie Folk-Rock.
SCMG – What was your biggest accomplishment in 2017?
Staying together–seriously, lots of setbacks, but we keep coming back together to create music. We are older, in the “middlescence” years…between taking care of kids & your parents. We also all work full time with our “day jobs”. Yet, we are not letting our music die within us and for some reason, we keep pursuing it.
SCMG – What are your plans for 2018?
We are looking to record and release new music along with playing new venues.
SCMG – Where and when can we find you?
We often play at the Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg, SC for their Sundays Unplugged series. We play in Greer, SC at Stomping Grounds on St. Patty’s Day from 7-10. We are at The Phoenix and the Fox on April 7th in Brevard, NC.
SCMG – Who would you consider your biggest local influence?
(Laura speaking) Personally, Edwin McCain, has been a huge influence. He is an example of staying humble, while extremely talented, and he continues to give back & pay it forward through his good fortune in the music business.
SCMG – What would they say about you?
(Laura speaking) Fortunately, I was able to take a songwriting class at the Peace Center with Edwin McCain. He gave some excellent advice, beginning with the statement that the “craft of songwriting is valid”. He also just stressed becoming the best that you can be where you are. I specifically asked about playing gigs for free, especially when a band is just starting out. He advised against it and said, “Once you play for free, you are always known as the guy/(band) that plays for free.”
SCMG – Who would you like to work with but haven’t yet had the chance?
(Laura speaking) It would be amazing to work with SC heroes Edwin or Shovels & Rope. I was also a huge Jump, Little Children fan back in the day and would be honored to collaborate with them, as they do reunite from time to time. As far as artists not from SC, it would be a dream to work with Patty Griffin. She is by far one of the most talented singer/songwriters to grace the planet! (Nick) The person I’d like to work with: Paul McCartney.
(Tim) This is hard for me. I’d like to be good enough to work with Jack White. Physical Graffiti (Led Zeppelin) but I also love Bobby Darin’s Live! At the Desert Inn, & Lightnin’ Hopkins’ Cadillac Man. I’d like to meet John Paul Jones.
SCMG – What are your favorite albums of all time from any musician?
(Laura) Rumors- Fleetwood Mac; Grace- Jeff Buckley; Living with Ghosts- Patty Griffin
(Nick) McCartney & Wings- “Band On The Run”, The Band- “The Last Waltz”, Van Halen- “Fair Warning”, Beatles- “Sgt Peppers…”, Wings- “London Town”, Kiss- “Alive” and “Destroyer”
(Tim)Physical Graffiti (Led Zeppelin), but I also love Bobby Darin’s Live! At the Desert Inn, & Lightnin’ Hopkins’ Cadillac Man
(Jesse) Born in the USA-Springsteen; Use Your Illusion II – Guns N’Roses
SCMG – If you could meet any of your favorite musicians, who would you choose and why?
(Laura)-If I could time travel, I would love to have met Prince and George Michael–just spend a day in the studio learning all aspects from creating to producing. Last year was rough.
(Nick) Would love to meet Paul McCartney and Jackson Browne.
(Tim) I’d like to meet John Paul Jones.