Thursday, February 18

Center Stage - Saints Eleven

Saints Eleven's music is a mixture of Country, Americana, Bluegrass, and Rock. It's just a big melting pot of our favorite styles. We call it Texas Country down here.

Get to know this great band in our latest Center Stage feature!

What inspires you to make music? 
Listening to great music or watching a great band live. Hearing a good tune inspires me to write better music.

What aspect of making music excites you the most right now? 
The reaction we get from fans. We love it, especially when we meet new fans and they are just really appreciative and excited they got a chance to hear us. We are just as excited and appreciative of them. It's a cool feeling knowing that all the hard work we put into making, what we think is good music, pays off.

What are the biggest challenges you face as a musician? 
Not being heard. Not getting any response from people/companies we try to reach out to. I know that there is a lot of great talent out there and these guys get a ton of music everyday, but it gets frustrating when you don't hear back.

What's one of your all-time favorite recordings? 
Stevie Ray Vaughan's "Texas Flood". Blew me away when I first heard it as a kid.

Name three people who have influenced your music, and tell us why- Living or dead. Family has been my biggest influence really. When we were growing up, we would go visit my Grandparents down by Waco Texas. We'd go to the dancehalls down there on the weekends and I would sit by the stage and watch the band play all night. When we went to my mom's side of the family, there would be my mom's uncles sitting around playing bluegrass tunes on guitars and mandolins....so there is the Honky Tonk side of us and the Bluegrass side of us.

Do you have any recent or upcoming projects you'd like to share with us? 
We are currently rehearsing for our third album. We'll be hitting the studio in mid-March with the great Texas Country/Americana artist, Walt Wilkins, down in Austin Texas.

What is your ideal or target audience? 
Anybody who will listen really. We don't really target a specific audience. We just try to put out good music that people will enjoy.

Do you write/compose your own songs? 
Briefly describe your songwriting process.. Yes, I do. Most of the time it's a pretty easy process for me. I'll get inspired by something and sit down and come up with most of the song, then finish it up the next day or two. But then there are those times when I come up with a good first paragraph, then I get stuck and can't seem to finish the song. That's frustrating too, because you think it has great potential in the beginning, the nothing.

What do you like the most about Radio Airplay? 
It helps spread our music to thousands of people across the country. 
People who would never have heard us if it wasn't for Radio Airplay.