Grey Fox conducted this interview from Versailles, Ohio
GF: What got you started as being an artist, and what role do you currently play in your band?
PL: What got us (Shelby County Line) or me started as being an artist is a mutual teacher that put the three of us together at 15. We have played music together ever since then. I am the lead singer and rhythm acoustic guitar of Shelby County Line. Each one of us (Ben Tuttle as Lead Guitarist and harmonies, Mike Molaskey as Bass and rap vocals, and road drummer Will Ash on drums and harmonies) plays a part in the band's success.
GF: What are some of the difficulties that come with managing a band?
PL: Schedules and commitment are some of the main difficulties in managing a band especially when that artist/ band members/ hired musicians are located in different states and/or colleges. When on the road, our current manager is in charge of making sure everything runs as smooth as possible. There are always lots of opportunities for producers, record labels, and events to take advantage of you if you let them or don't know the wiser.
GF: Have you or do you plan to record any of your music? And if so where does that take place? If not where would be the best choice to do so?
PL: We as artist are always trying to find ways to record demos to supply our next EP or album. Our first record was recorded in Nashville, Tennessee at the Java Jive Studios. Our record label at the time hired studio A Nashville musicians to help us in the week long recording process. Most of the music you hear is not recorded by the artist or the artist's band, it is all recorded by studio musicians. At this point if or when we decide to record a public released EP or LP it will most likely be recorded Nashville. This is not because Nashville has the best studios it is because it has the resources and people needed to record a potentially great selling record.
GF: For the middletownmusic.org what should we tell our followers about the music and entertainment scene in your city?
PL: Over the years, we have played several shows across the country including playing at the Fan Fest for the Buckeye Country Superfest in Columbus, The Ohio State Fair, Tequila Cowboy in Columbus, Ohio, Cowboy Up in Michigan, Firewater Saloon in Chicago, Destination Daytona Festival in Florida, and opened for Rodney Atkins, CM Award winning artist Confederate Railroad, and Grammy Award winning country artist Travis Tritt to name only a few. Through these shows we gained many loving and dedicated fans. However, if it was not for the great music influences in our area growing up we wouldn’t be where we are today. They helped us in more ways than they may ever know; starting from getting us on stage to giving us pointers. I guess we’re just lucky to grow up in a community with a large amount of great musicians.
GF: What is the best thing about making music?
PL: The best part of about music is the impact it can have on people's lives. When a person has cancer and the only thing that is holding them together is a song, that to me is pretty powerful. Even when we are performing live and our fans sing back songs to us it just lifts me up to a better place. Nothing is better than that happy buzzed feeling I get from music. Nothing.