Interview with Artist Mr. Blue Roads
How did you come by your stage name?
I was sitting in my bus smoking, thinking about my travels when I toured with George Jones all those years, the long hours on the road, watching the smoke swirl above my head. Staying on the roads so long day and night, I came up with the name “Blue Roads.” “Mr. Blue Roads” followed. I’ m the founding member, so it just worked out, especially when I’m solo at music venues.
When did you discover your love for your craft and what made you realize you wanted to pursue a career in it?
When I heard Johnny Winter play “Johnny B Goode” I knew I wanted to do that.it’s a hell of a way to make a living, but I’ll do it before I’ll work.
To what or whom do you accredit your sense of style?
My sense of style hmmm, too many to list. I’d accredit Country, Rock, Blues and some Jazz to my style. Lead playing would be Chuck Berry, but Jimmy Page is my main influence on guitar, and songwriting. I got to say, Allen Collins is in the mix as well.
On your upcoming project, how did you come up with the concept?
I’ve been listening to Johnny Winter again. I get fresh ideas rolling in Blues & Rock. I’m up all hours playing guitar and writing lyrics till the sun comes up. My latest is “Satanic Woman.”.Hard Core Blue CD I’m working on. My Manager is the inspiration, TY Bella.
What are some of your greatest challenges, and what is your greatest attribute when it comes to your work ethic?
Time is a challenge. Finding it, using it wisely, and especially enjoying it, like when your music is flowing strong, and your band is locked in for the ride. Its a great sensation, creativity pours. To do this job you have to have “The want too.” It’s all that makes it happen. Diving in head first is what it takes. Don’t except no. Keep passion.
Are you the best at what you do in your opinion?
Yeah, I feel I am. I work at being the best I can be daily. “The best music comes from the bottom up” my quote. Hardcore living and sacrifice made so many of the greats in music. Living life on the road, writing from your own experiences keeps you connected.
What are your plans for the near future?
My plans are to keep improving musically and keep on rolling. Music feeds me daily. I could not live without it noway. I can’t imagine being happy if I haven’t played a gig, wrote a song, produced a CD. Ask any hardcore musician if he can stop. He’ll say hell no.
Is there anyone you’d like to thank, any shout outs?
I thank my Father for working so hard that I could have a guitar and lessons. He busted his ass for me to be able to have the opportunity, and my Mom for her confidence in me, and renting me a guitar to start lessons. She bought my first guitar, a beautiful black Les Paul. I thank God for giving me the talent. I spent my days and nights playing Led Zeppelin while everyone else I knew was out having a good time. I’m glad I did.
How can fans find you?
Looking for Blue Roads? You have to go to the man at www.mrblueroads.com All are welcome. Blue Roads music is at iTunes and most all internet stores that sell music. Blue Roads and Mr. Blue Roads are also on Social Internet, such as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and so on. Blue Roads is played on many internet radio stations and FM stations across the USA, Europe, and Australia.
What suggestions do you have for other artists like yourself?
You have to eat, drink, and live it, if you want to be it.
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