In this week’s music news, “Black Hills Soul” Smashes the Rock Charts with their debut “Where It All Begins.” We caught up with Scott (Guitar) and Bill (Drums) for some early questions.
Guys welcome to Muzique Magazine. How did you come by your band name?
Scott: Todd came up with the name. It really fits. We’re all Black Hills boys and want to share our Soul with the world.
When did you discover your love for your craft and what made you realize you wanted to pursue a career in it?
Scott: When I was about 5, I told my mom that there was a Radio in my head that wouldn’t stop. I have always heard music. I was fascinated with jingles. I would make up my own, thinking I could make a living at this. No one but my mom liked them, and I was washed up as a jingle writer by age 7. Making money at something you love is Heaven on Earth, right? …but with taxes.
Bill: As kids, love of music was encouraged by my parents. I started playing in school and just can’t stop. Choosing a career in music has meant learning many other skills to keep it all going.
How does it feel to be a Billboard-charting band? It must have taken a long time to get here.
Scott: Well, “It’s about damn time!!!”
Bill: Feels great, and yes pretty much a lifetime.
To what or to whom do you all accredit your sense of music to?
Scott: Well certainly not my family. None of them could play and my dad did not like my music. My mom, though, she would always listen without criticizing…other than the volume thing…so I owe it all to mom. Thanks, mom!
Bill: Mom, and there are others, but start there.
Tell us about your album – how did you come up with the concept?
Scott: The title track “Where it all begins” says it all. The concept was to write songs and record. For this band, it starts here. Though the song itself is kind of a semi-fictitious story about my wife’s gambling ventures in Deadwood. “Honey, you really can’t count cards.”
Bill: James had the idea and drive to get it all started. The record itself really fell right into place, I think.
What are your plans for the near future?
Scott: When we started, there was no talk of playing live. Part way into the project we realized that we had really good songs…and now we are doing some showcases. The response has been awesome. Live music is not dead! Take that Covid!!! We have much new music and looking forward to the next album.
What suggestions do you have for other bands like yourself?
Scott: Practice, Practice, Practice. Believe in yourself and…Practice, Practice, Practice.
Bill: Just do it. Believe in what you’re doing. Attitude can mean a lot.