‘Taddy Porter is a Breath of Fresh Air – Interview”

One of my new favorite bands is Taddy Porter. Their fresh take on old school rock n roll is desperately needed in the rock/metal world. They just released their third video “Long Slow Drag” featuring Steven Tyler’s daughter Chelsea Tyler. I got a chance to chat with Joe Selby or Taddy Porter. We talked about Taddy Porter’s sound, new music and Kid Rock hand selecting Taddy Porter to play his Jim Beam Emerging Artist Showcase.

Zoiks! I recently reviewed the Foo Fighters new album and stated that what's missing in today's music are straight forward rock bands like The Foo Fighters. I was given your album over the weekend, I've listened through it four times now and I love it. It's band like you that give me hope for the future of rock n roll...not that the bands today suck, but you guys bring something fresh to the scene that's been missing for awhile. Where does that sound come from?

Joe Selby: From listening to bands like the Foo Fighters. We are all classic rock junkies and we also like all the modern straight ahead rock bands like Jet and The White Stripes.

Z!: I hate when I do research on Wikipedia, but is it true that you got your name from a beer?

JS: That is correct. Andy and Doug saw the name on a beer list at a bar and it was the most expensive one. It reminded them of a persons name like Lynyrd Skynyrd or Molly Hatchet.

Z!: I first heard of you a couple years ago, I think late 2009 when you went out with Saving Abel and your name keeps popping up. The last two years your band has really gained some momentum how is your band dealing with the momentum?

JS: The last couple of years have been really exciting. We've become a national act and last year we toured coast to coast twice. We're happy with the progress we've made since our first album was released last June, and now we're looking forward to recording our next album. We're starting to see more people come out to our shows on a national scale and we want to keep that momentum going.

Z!: You just released a video for "Long Slow Drag," an amazing song and video featuring one of Steven Tyler's daughters. What is your take on the music video process and do you think your video is going to catapult yet another Tyler to fame?

JS: "Long Slow Drag" is the third song we've done a video for and the whole process ran very smoothly. Casey Tebo directed it and came up with the concept. Everyone in the band liked it from the beginning so we just trusted him and it came out great. Chelsea was very cool and great to work with as well. My favorite part of the video is that it's one long camera shot. That was also Casey's idea and he came up with it during the shoot. It gives the video a more artistic feel.

Z!: You're still riding off the success of your debut album. You just released "Long Slow Drag" as your latest single. I think you probably have another couple of singles on the album as well. When can Taddy Porter fans expect new music?

JS: We've been writing on the road for awhile now and our label has just asked us for some new demos. Hopefully we'll be in the studio in the fall with a new album release at the top of next year or next spring. We've also been thinking about releasing an EP between now and then.

Z!: Kid Rock hand picked you guys to play the Jim Beam Emerging Artists Showcase at SXSW. How did that come about and what was that experience like?

JS: Kid Rock is a good friend of Kevin Zink who owns a venue called The Machine Shop in Flint, Michigan. I think we have played there more then any other venue. Bob asked Kevin if he knew any good new rock bands and he suggested us. The showcase was a lot of fun. We got to meet Kid Rock and he introduced us.

Z!: Who are some of your main influences?

JS: We all grew up listening to classic rock music, bands like Led Zeppelin and Free. My favorite guitar player is Jimmy Page and Andy's favorite singer is Paul Rodgers. We are also big blues fans. We listen to a lot of Clapton and Freddie King on the road.

Z!: Can you take us through how a Taddy Porter song comes together?

JS: Each song is different but there is a lot of jamming involved with most of them. Usually it starts with a groove or a riff and we just jam on it and Andy comes up with a vocal melody. We have also written songs in the studio but our favorite ones came out of just jamming.

Z!: What can fans expect from a live Taddy Porter show?

JS: High energy. We're a loud band and even our prettier songs end up rocking live.

Z!: Thanks a ton for taking the time to do this. Your band is a breath of fresh air, I'm a big fan. Is there anything else you'd like to add?

JS: Just that people should go out to concerts and support live music. The industry has changed a lot over the years and it's getting harder for new bands to stay on the road. You'll have a good time I promise.

Bob Zerull is the Managing Editor of Zoiks! Online. He writes pop culture commentary, does interviews with bands, and reviews music and stand-up concerts. He also administers Zoiks! Online's Facebook page. Follow Bob on twitter at bzerull. Email Bob at bob@zoiksonline.com.

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