Local Band Q&A: Brent Blount Blues Band
Oklahoman Published: January 16, 2009
Q: What are your musical roots?
A: They’re an odd mixture. I started playing saxophone at age 8, when I lived for four years in Wichita, and the first song I learned was "Mary Had a Little Lamb.” The director said I jazzed it up too much and needed to slow down. The first song I learned on guitar was "Crazy Train” by Ozzy. Randy (Rhoads) died a few months before I got my first guitar at Christmas at 12. He was a musician on the road dedicated to the music and not dedicated to the vices of the road. I started taking jazz lessons at 13. My teacher Paul Brewer got me into Trane (John Coltrane) and Dexter (Gordon). Then I started playing in the blues jam sessions there at 16. The Bronston Blues Band used to hide me in the kitchen when they came around. I played in Terry McCann’s band years later for about 7 years. Before that, I was Doc Blue’s first guitarist and saxophonist. I have several "musical stepfathers.” More specifically, they are Danny White, Gene Bell, as well as Terry.
Q: How do you make every show better than the last?
A: Making the next show better is easy — practice more.
Q: What is the highest honor a band can get?
A: Seeing George Jones cry when Alan Jackson played "He Stopped Loving Her Today” at the last Kennedy Awards is the highest "award” you can get.
Q: What causes bands to fizzle out?
A: When band members put their egos ahead of the music. It also could be personality conflicts, drug use, or they record while performing much less. It all seems to come down to money. On the other hand, it could just be that it’s time to move on. Too many instances come to mind and nobody knows all of it but them.
Q: What would you change about the local music scene to help make bands more famous?
A: What I would change is, just hoping the economy comes back. But, for bands to become more famous they have to do what I’m not willing to do: have a show that even a deaf person would love, in the words of Derek Silver (I think he said that anyway). However, nobody should take my advice on becoming famous. I’m too into the concept of art for art’s sake, and I don’t use words — I’m an instrumentalist.
— Chris Colberg
Debra - The Round Table
Debra Shiveley Welch, who interviewed me, is an award winning author . She used Wakan Tanka (Part 1) in the video below to promote her book, Cedar Woman.