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THE COUNTRY STARTPAGE: EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH THE BAND STEELE

The Band Steele

Why country music ?
~ Country music is a perfect fit for The Band Steele because country is who we are. Country music fans, and the industry overall, are a close-knit community of family-oriented folks who work hard and play harder. That’s us! We feel like country music listeners can relate to our stories the same way we can relate to their lives.

If everything would be possible (waking the dead included), which two people should sing the ultimate country duet?
~ Bo: Eddie Vedder & Lana Del Rey-they both have a haunting voice. I like musical textures that are out of the norm; pairing the two of them would be one wild experience.
Ben: Alison Krauss & Jason Aldean-Alison has one of the most beautiful, purest voices I’ve ever heard. Paired with Jason’s ability to portray a story, that would be golden!

What song (that you’ve recorded) means the most to you and why?
~ Bo: “Sit Awhile” It’s about my little brother’s father and a man who was a big influence on me. It was very hard to see him hurting and ultimately lose him. This song has helped me and my family cope with the loss, and many fans have reached out to us with their own stories about how the song has helped them during their suffering. That means the world to me.
Ben: “195” It’s a story of love and loss, and life on the road, that many can relate to including myself.

Who would you like to write a song for you?
~ Bo: Benjamin Tod — He’s one of the best storytellers I’ve ever heard.
Ben: Wendell Mobley — Wendell is an incredible songwriter whose lyrics are filled with moving stories and moving parts.

What is the one thing that readers/fans would be surprised to know about you?
~ Bo: I would love to be the next Steve Irwin.
Ben: I used to want to be a Veterinarian.

Give us one country song you never want to hear on radio anymore and tell us why.
~ Bo: Regardless of whether or not I like a song, all songs are worth listening to. We’re artists and we are all working to reach the same goal no matter my own personal opinion. …and it’s because of the varied taste of listeners that the format reaches so many different folks.
Ben: I truly cannot name a specific song, but I do feel that a lot of songs on country radio today lean more toward pop rather than country-which is “okay;” it gives writers, vocalists and musicians more latitude to be creative and to be heard.

What is the question interviewers never seem to ask you and…you wish they would? (Please provide your answer as well.)
~ Bo: What band would you like to jump in to sing lead for? The Answer: Trampled By Turtles.
Ben: Who is your favorite guitarist? The Answer: Mark Tremonti.

How would you like to spend a day with each other when you were not allowed to make music or to talk about music?
~ Bo: Go fishing or hunting; you gotta be quiet.
Ben: Ride a SeaDoo on the ocean. I’ll drive!

Johnny or June ?
~ Bo: Johnny. Because he’s Johnny Cash.
Ben: Johnny. Because he’s Johnny Cash.

Are you still nervous before going on stage and if so, do you use any “rituals” to calm you nerves.
~ Bo: Yes, I will always be nervous before going on stage. We have a pre-show whiskey shot ritual.
Ben: Yes, I am. We have a special whiskey shot before each show.

What was the most memorable day in your musical career and tell us why.
~ Bo: It was a lifetime career experience to meet John Travolta when we filmed the motion picture “Life On The Line.”
Ben: Singing for John Travolta made for a memorable day.

What are your nicknames for one another?
~ Bo: “Little Bengine That Could”
Ben: “Bo-cephus”

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Answers given on April 18, 2018