As a boy growing up in Atlanta, Jordan Jeffares would lie on his bed and listen to music on his headphones for hours. “I don’t know, I was just one of those people,” says Jordan, the musician and songwriter known by his band/moniker Snowden. “It blew me away, and I wanted to figure out how I could do that.”
To truly embrace the music heritage of the South, you have to go a step beyond big-city meccas such as Nashville, Memphis, Austin and New Orleans. These cities have earned their distinctions as must-visit destinations for any true music enthusiast, but the joys of music tourism in the South are the authenticity and history that can also be found in a variety of smaller towns — such as Clarksdale, Mississippi.
There’s something mesmerizing about hearing a well-written song played directly by its creator. In fact, if a finished song is an invitation into the writer’s mind, then a performance of that song is an invitation into an experience. This is what happens on June 1 at the annual Summer Songwriters Night in Columbia, Tennessee.
One of the bands that we caught up with at this year’s SXSW was The Rocketboys. After reflecting on their career and discussing the new album they are currently working on, we thought we’d share some of our conversation with lead singer Brandon Kinder.
In our fast-paced, consumer-centric world, more and more people are looking for reasons to slow down – to actually experience something, instead of indiscriminant consumption. In the realm of music culture, nothing epitomizes that desire more than vinyl – appealing to those who take the time to listen, whether playing a record alone in the still of the evening or letting the turntable warmly exude its sounds over the communal clanking of forks and exuberant laughter.