Q&A: The Jed Rowe Band
Define your genre in five words or less:
Blues country folk rock storytelling.
Bearing the terrible clichéd nature of this question, what do you reckon people will say you sound like?
Ben Harper reading Neil Young a Peter Carey novel.
What’ve you got to sell CD-wise?
Our second album The Ember and The Afterglow, produced by Jeff Lang.
When are you launching your album?
Sunday August 5 at The Toff In Town. We’ve put together a great line-up – Jeff Lang and Liz Stringer are sitting in with us as special guests and Nigel Wearne is supporting. I’d go and watch myself if I wasn’t busy that night!
What makes you happiest about what you’re doing?
I love the creative side – writing, recording and performing. I also love meeting interesting people that I mightn’t otherwise get the opportunity to meet. If you’ve just come off stage people tend to be open and eager to chat so you have some interesting conversations on tour.
And what makes you unhappiest about what you’re doing?
A music industry career can be such a roller coaster ride. You get days when you’re up and everything’s exciting, everything’s possible – then you get days when you’re down and it seems nobody cares about you or your work. The hardest thing I find is just to ride through that and maintain some kind of balance.
How long have you been gigging and writing?
My family are all musical so I’ve been playing guitar since I was in primary school, and have played around with writing songs for as long as I can remember. It wasn’t until my mid 20s that I decided to pursue music as a career – I released a solo EP in 2006 and have been writing, recording and touring since then.
What can a punter expect from your live show?
Our sound is quite diverse, so our live shows cover some varied territory. It can be high energy bluesy rock that features the lap slide guitar, folk-country storytelling where the lyrics and melody come into focus, or world music inspired jamming. It’s still the three of us singing and playing, so it always sounds like us, but what you hopefully won’t hear is ten songs in a row that all sound the same!