Georgia-Country.com Artist of the Month
On a monthly basis, Georgia-Country.com spotlights a Georgia artist that we feel is furthering their career in country music. Below is our current artist of the month. We hope you enjoy reading their interview and getting to know this artist more. Be sure to check out their music, videos and schedule for the month. If you are a Georgia-based artist, 18 and over, and would like to be considered for Artist of the Month, please contact us with your name and a website to review.
Our April 2014 Artist of the Month, is the band Across The Wide.
GC: Jody, take us around the band. Tell us who plays what and their musical history?
ATW: 1) Jody Abernathy, rhythm guitar, lead vocals. 2) Brad Williams, bass guitar lead and harmony vocals. 3) Mark Mundy, lead guitar and harmony vocals 4) Jimmy Mouton, drums and we occasionally use a fifth member, Wendell Cox, 2nd lead guitar.
GC: Where did the name "Across The Wide" come from?
ATW: We have had several band names through the years and we usually come up with them through a series of emails, phone calls, and text messages. This time was no different. We compiled a list of over 100 possible names and with the help of family, friends and fans narrowing it down, we landed on "Across The Wide". We felt it embodied our outlook on music having no borders or boundaries.
GC: How would you describe the bands style of music?
ATW: Americana. We have historically been a "country" band but Our style has ended up being a little more edgy and less polished than our predecessors. We love many styles of music and try to incorporate as much as we can into our own brand of country.
GC: What past or current act in country music would you be most similar to?
ATW: Thats a tough one. Waylon, Flying Burrito Brothers, to the Stones and Skynyrd etc. I dont know. Y'all tell me.
GC: You have been in the local music scene for many years. Have you seen changes and if so, what kind?
ATW: Some. I think, at its core, it stays the same. A lot of competition for a chance at the prize. The trick is to do what you love and we love to make music.
GC: What is the bands favorite place to play currently and why?
ATW: Good question. It's kind of tricky though. Our favorite place Good ol Days in Cumming, GA is currently closed due to a fire. They will open back up and we can't wait. Until then, our favorite place is the next place we are playing. This unit of guys is such a pleasure to play with, anywhere is fine.
GC: How would you describe an "Across The Wide" show to someone that hasnt seen the band live?
ATW: Very Live. We are there to make great music and play songs that we love to play. We are very musical and aren't afraid to jam a little. We sprinkle every live show with songs by our heroes and try to cater to the crowd while playing our original tunes.
GC: Any current projects the band working on?
ATW" We are currently finishing up a 3 song effort with plans to do more in Nashville. We were lucky enough to spark an interest in Johnny Garcia (Trisha Yearwood, Garth Brooks) to record and produce our CD.
GC: If you could go on tour with any one act today, who would that be and why?
ATW: Honestly, anyone. We are so proud of the sound we are creating and it is awesome to get it in front of new faces. But since you asked.. Zac Brown, Jamie Johnson, Dwight Yoakum, and the list goes on. (Oops! More than one.
GC: What does the band have in store for the rest of the year?
ATW: A lot going on. We are in the process of booking our month to month dates as well as picking up new joints in the southeast. The calendar looks pretty good. In October we will be playing a couple of shows with Gene Watson in Hiawasee, Ga. There are a few other unconfirmed bookings in the works but we'll surely let you know.
For more information on Across The Wide, go to www.reverbnation.com/acrossthewide and www.facebook.com/acrossthewide