Published: February 29, 2008 2:21 PM EST
By: Isaac Joseph Davis Junior (Juniorscave.com)
Country / Americana
A mixture of Country and Americana, Nashville’s Toluenes are hot on the music scene currently. Vocalist & songwriter Jamon Scott: and Guitarist Dan Crawley makes the perfect combination for the band as their diverse musical background fits perfectly. Now the duo is taking the time from their busy schedule to answer some questions for Junior’s Cave. You can find them just about anywhere on the Internet but if you want a taste of the band then make sure to view their EPK (Electronic Press Kit) on Sonicbids.com (Music Resource Submission Giant).
Isaac-Joseph: How is everyone doing today?
Jamon: A little lethargic, actually.
Dan: Actually, I'm a little drunk Isaac!
Isaac-Joseph: Your music has a nice acoustical feel to it. What I really like about the music is that when I am listening to it I feel I am listening to a story being told. How do you approach your music?
Jamon: Well, Isaac, I like to think that we don't really write songs; we just write them down.
Dan: Oh yeah, we pretty much just jot this shit down as it happens to us. They're all true stories.
Jamon: At least as far as you know.
Isaac-Joseph: What aspect of making music excites you the most right now as an entertainer?
Jamon: The prospect of dating a supermodel ranks pretty close to the top.
Dan: Chicks do dig musicians.
Jamon: Seriously, though, I think one of the most exciting things about being an artist in the 21st century is the fact that it's so easy to get your music in the hands of people who want to hear it. Hell, 10 or 15 years ago 99% of all the bands out there had no chance of ever being anything other than a local band, but with Internet radio and sites like Myspace, Garageband & YouTube and online stores like Amazon.com, a band can literally go from complete obscurity to having a respectable global presence overnight.
Dan: And I'd be willing to bet that most supermodels have the Internet, too.
Isaac-Joseph: What aspect of making music discourages you the most?
Dan: Labels! Everyone wants to put a label on what you do. They think you have to fit some category. Good music is good music and bad music is bad music.
Jamon: 'Nuff said.
Isaac-Joseph: You have a new release. Expound on your new project and what we can expect from it.
Jamon: The new disc is called Four Chords & A Pack of Lies.
Dan: And you can expect to hear it everywhere!
Isaac-Joseph: What's the most unusual place you've ever played a show or made a recording?
Jamon: We played a show at the Luther Luckett Correctional Facility in LaGrange, KY a few months back. That was interesting.
Dan: And when he says "interesting" he means "scary".
Isaac-Joseph: How did the qualities of that place affect the show?
Jamon: Well, there's something to be said for playing to a "captive audience".
Dan: All I know is that I didn't go to the bathroom while we were there.
Jamon: I was thinking the whole time it was a set up to have an old warrant served on me.
Isaac-Joseph: In what ways does the place where you live (or places where you have lived) affect the music you create or your taste in music?
Jamon: To be honest with you, I really don't think geography has as much influence on an artist as it used to. I mean, when you think about it, if you have cable or satellite TV and the Internet, then the whole world is pretty much being piped right into your house. I think that kinda makes everywhere feel a whole lot like everywhere else.
Dan: I just use the Internet to watch porn.
Isaac-Joseph: When was the last time you wrote a song? What can you tell us about it?
Jamon: I wrote a song about Mexico the other day.
Dan: When was the last time either one of us wrote a song that wasn't about Mexico?
Isaac-Joseph: As you create more music, do you find yourself getting more or less interested in seeking out and listening to new music made by other people...and why do you think that is?
Jamon: I don't know if I'd say I'm either more or less interested in music by other artists, but I definitely have to put out a little more effort to find music I like these days.
Dan: Some of the best music out there right now is definitely not on the radio.
Isaac-Joseph: Lately, what musical periods or styles do you find yourself most drawn to as a listener?
Jamon: I've been listening to a lot of Dylan lately. At the same time, I've kinda been on an '80's kick for some reason, too. But when I'm really feeling wacky, I listen to Dylan from the '80's. Now, that's some bizarre shit.
Dan: I have Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers in my CD. player right now. You damn sure won't hear anything that good on the radio.
Isaac-Joseph: Are there still CD players around (smiles)?
Isaac-Joseph: Name a band or musician, past or present, who you flat-out LOVE and think more people should be listening to. What's one of your all-time favorite recordings by this band/musician?
Jamon: Well, I know when I was a kid it was all about Elvis for me. In fact, there was a time when I couldn't even understand why a radio station would play anything besides Elvis...and I would literally get pissed off at the artists they played who weren't Elvis. I was like, "Why are you wasting my time when I could be listening to Elvis? You're not Elvis. Get the hell off my radio."
Dan: I felt the exact same way but about Prince.
Jamon: So, let me get this straight: If we emulated our heroes on stage, I'd be wearing a white jumpsuit & cape and you'd be wearing a raincoat & panties?
Dan: I think we've just found our look.
Isaac-Joseph: What is your favorite song of yours that you enjoy performing on stage?
Jamon: Definitely Adios New Mexico. I guess I just feel like more people should have the mental image of me running down the street naked.
Dan: Well, since you put it that way I know what my least favorite one is now! Seriously though, I enjoy playing any of the songs that Jamon has written. A lot of the time I find myself caught up in the story or mental images. It takes me a minute or two to come back to reality because I’m just on stage enjoying the songs.
Isaac-Joseph: This is what we call our Shout Out time. Elaborate on any and everyone that matters the most to you: