Kristyn: Hi, Rogers! This is Kristyn.
Rogers: Hi, how are ya?
Kristyn: I'm fine, how are you doing?
Rogers: I'm alright, alright.
Kristyn: That's good! Where are you guys located right now?
Rogers: We are in? Toledo, Ohio.
Kristyn: Oh, okay, how's the weather there?
Rogers: Eh, partly cloudy, breezy, 68 degrees.
Kristyn: Well, that's a good weather report! (laughs)
Rogers: Yea, I'm standing by a dumpster with my name on it right
now though, it's kind of weird.
Kristyn: Yea, that is kind of strange! So, your new album
just came out, what has the feedback been so far?
Rogers: (jokes) It has been overwhelmingly negative. No, it
seems to be going pretty well. We're doing this on a much
smaller scale than if we were do be doing it on a major
label this time. I think it's going to take time to permeate
and let people know we're out there. Our fans like it! They've
been showing up and singing all the words so that's good!
Kristyn: What are some ways you've been promoting the CD?
Rogers: Just touring, pretty much, you know? We did a six week
run and had a week off and now are out here on a seven week
run. So we'll be back out again after that too, it's how
Kristyn: How do you guys feel about MySpace as a way to connect
with fans and get feedback in that sense?
Rogers: It's been really good, we're not in any way, on the
cutting edge of technology! The MySpace thing was way popular
before we started doing it but it's been good for us. It's
allowed people to find us and it's a central place for people
to go and see what we're doing. It works for us!
Kristyn: Do you maintain your own page?
Rogers: Yeah, we do actually! We have someone that helps us
every now and then with the way it looks because, I mean,
we're not too good with code! We do answer letters and stuff
like that, which has been interesting, it's such a different
experience from what we did 15 years ago, just touring and
making records. It's great because it's an open conduit.
You can just talk to people straight-up.
Kristyn: It's an open communication forum!
Rogers: Yes and that's really preferable for us.
How would you say your sound has differed from the first
to latest album? Has it matured?
Rogers: I do, because when we made the first record, a lot of
us had only been playing for a little while. Everybody just
naturally got better as musicians over time. In that element,
we can do things and pull them off better than before. As
far as the songs themselves, it seems to me like the arrangements
have gotten tighter. We used to be all over the map and
take bizarre left turns in the middle of our songs. That's
one of the things people liked about us, but others didn't.
I think we managed to keep it like that but hone it down
to make them flow more evenly.
Kristyn: Who would you credit as being your influences?
Rogers: I started out listening to hard rock bands. I grew up
in Mississippi and grew up hearing a lot of country music
so some people thought we were crazy. A lot of roots and
blues music and stuff. When I was 13 or 14, I started listening
to a lot of Van Halen, ACDC and did that when I started
playing guitar. Got into R.E.M and the Rolling Stones, too.
I really don't listen to any of them now. I listen to old
jazz records now. I like to listen to things now way different
from what we do. I would say that back when we were forming
the sound of the band we were listening to Cream, Zepplin.
Kristyn: Are there any bands you're a fan of these days?
Rogers: I hear things that I like. I love music that has any
attachment to its roots and where it came from. I love the
White Stripes. It's a throw back to another era. I'm not
one of those guys that scour record stores for new things
people have never heard of. I'm not going to be given out
any hot tips really. I like Tool and Muse a lot too. The
Shins, too. Every now and then, I'll hear something and
be like, this sounds cool!
Kristyn: How does performing live compare with recording?
Which do you prefer?
Rogers: They both have their benefits and each have their drawbacks.
I can't say one or the other, right now, I'd say I want
to go into the studio and record some new songs because
we've been playing every night. Definitely the live stuff
is good when you keep it interesting and change things around.
Kristyn: Do I have a favorite live performance?
Rogers: A favorite show that we've ever done?
Rogers: Gosh, I don't know. They all blur together at this point!
One this tour, Detriot and L.A. were real good. Washington
D.C. was good, so there have been some memorable shows.
They all run together sometimes.
Kristyn: Do you have any fun road stories?
Rogers: Wow, uh.. if they are fun and interesting to me, they
are probably best not told. (laughs) It's kind of
a grind, to be honest and we're traveling everyday. There's
funny stuff that happens and things that are unfortunately
comic. I would call too many people out if I told.
Kristyn: Okay, understandable. I read that Blind Melon officially
took a break from 99'-06', were you in contact with each
other during that time?
Rogers: Well, we sort of were done and never really intended
to do this again. We are all friends and I played on Brad's
solo record and would get calls to play on things they were
producing in L.A. So we all stayed in touch. We're like
brothers really and inseparable at this point.
Kristyn: How did you come about to find Travis as the new lead singer? What events contributed to the band getting
Rogers: Well, that happened in late 2006. Brad and Christopher
have a studio in Los Angeles and were producing records
and some guy from Atlantic Records brought Travis by to
see if they'd work on his demos and get him a deal. They
flowed from that. The idea popped into their minds and I
got a call. We never really considered doing it. Everyone
was so far down different paths in their lives. It grew
naturally out of that. Once we all played in the same room,
we just knew. When I first started working with Travis,
I felt weird about it in the beginning but there's something
about the way he plays and handles it, he's so sincerely
passionate. My thinking went away. I remember the past and
look forward at the same time.
Kristyn: Where do you see the future of music heading and where
do you see Blind Melon in that picture?
Rogers: I think we'll carve out our own niche. Who knows! I
think that people are relying much more on live performances
and hopefully we'll come off as good. It's hard to sell
a record these days and we can use our live talents to keep
our fans. I love where music is going though.
Kristyn: What do you enjoying in your free time?
Rogers: I play a lot of guitar to be honest. Painting. I have
a two-year-old and seeing her. That's the big difference
with what we're doing now, we are dealing with our kids.
The two lifestyles are tough making it work!
Kristyn: Any crazy fan experiences over the years?
Rogers: Yea, they are passionate about the band. I think sometimes
they fail to realize we are just like them. We're just people,
I suppose. It's weird, but normally people are really cool.
You get some weirdo's here and there.
Kristyn: Can you share with us one interesting fact about
yourself or the band that our site readers may not already
Rogers: I wish I could email you something later because I could
probably think of something good, I'm on the spot! I'll
have to get back to you!
Kristyn: I'll be waiting for an answer. My final question
is really, what is on the horizon for Blind Melon?
Rogers: We'll be out on the road for a year on this record and
then go home and start writing again. We have some follow-up
material waiting. There is not a shortage of songs! Editing
will be brutal though. Stuff is always cooking. We'll wait
till the tour is done though!
Kristyn: Thanks so much for speaking with us today! Hopefully
I'll catch a show in the Philly area sometime!