If you ever heard the song Hold on and let go by Sam Riggs. Then you have heard the musical styling a of Mr Jerrod Flushe.
Jerrod is a guitarist from Saint Jo,Texas. In the past he played for several bands you have probably heard of such as Shane Smith and the Saints, The Breelan Angel band, Sam Riggs and the Night People, and Reed Turner. He is currently happily touring with the group Dolly Shine! (Currently one of my favorite bands)
When and why did you start playing?
I started playing guitar when I was 12. I was heavily influenced by both of my parent’s music collections and became enthralled with rock and roll.
What was the first tune(s) you learned?
My mother is really into 80’s metal so the first songs I really started playing were early Metallica tracks like, “Master of Puppets”, “One”, Etc., but I was also learning some early pop punk tracks as well. NOFX, Rancid, Green Day, and Blink-182 were fun to listen to and I enjoyed playing their songs.
Is your family musical?
My aunt Norbra was a musical director at the high school I went to and she plays just about every instrument known to man. My grandmother dabbled with the Dulcimer for a bit. My cousins play as well so it’s fun to jam with them when we get the chance.
Describe your family member’s musical interests and abilities.
It’s rumored I was conceived after the ’87 Mötley Crüe “Dr. Feelgood” Tour so it’s apparent hair metal was a big deal to my parents haha. My dad is really into old school country like, Merle Haggard, Gary Stewart, Waylon, And southern rock in general.
Which famous musicians do you admire? Why?
I’m really into artists that push boundaries and challenge the music industry, and the system in general. Waylon Jennings, Sid Vicious, Todd Snider, Gene Simmons, Les Claypool, Tom Morello, Jeff Buckley…Etc. Unique, talented, strong willed, independent artists that weren’t afraid to be different are artists I gravitate to.
Be sure to listen to there song!
I then asked him what’s your favorite thing about being on the road?
“I love meeting new people and seeing new places. As cheesy and stereotypical as that probably sounds haha. I’ve been to France, Belgium, and all over the U.S. And it never gets tiring for me. Traveling is amazing. Both of my grandfathers and my dad were truck drivers so being on the road is pretty much engrained in my DNA.”
Oh and this is one of the funniest road stories I’ve heard. “Recently we went up to Wyoming and played this sweet bar called The Cowboy Saloon in Laramie. We stayed at this creepy place called Xanadu or something and it had all these stoned looking bears painted everywhere. The clerk there was claiming to be some rap producer who claimed to know Timbaland’s wife and such. He never showed us any tunes but I had some to show him haha. My buddy mike plays in this group called I wrestled a bear once and we do some raps occasionally. It was hilarious to see the dudes face when he heard this lil short country dude from Texas throw down on a club banger. Good times.”
And last question I asked was What’s the best town play in?
“The only criteria I have to have to enjoy a town is a crowd of rowdy folks who aren’t afraid to shake their asses and make fools of themselves. We only have one life to live and I like to live mine by the seat of my parachute pants so to speak. :)”
What are your fondest musical memories? In your house? In your neighborhood or town?
My mother took to me to my first concert down in Deep Ellum in Dallas at a club called Deep Ellum Live. This cat I used to learn from name Ted Levin played for a band called Space Cadet and they were opening up for a little band called Great White (pre-pyrotechnics). My cousin Justin was with us and we rocked out all night. He even ended up catching a drum stick and their guitar player gave me a pic. It was a great intro into my current life. I guess I was once bitten but twice eager if you’re into the whole idiom thing.
Were you influenced by old records & tapes?
My parents had a ton of records and tapes lying around the house. Rush, Mötley Crüe, Metallica, classic country, and for some reason my mother was really into 90’s alt-rock like spin doctors and such so I had a pretty wide variety of tunes to listen to.
And to conclude this little Q & A
Who are your favorite musicians?
Honestly anyone who has heart and integrity for their art. If I can relate to the tunes in some way and if it has a really groovy beat I will probably enjoy it somehow.
Be sure to buy Dolly Shine’s ep!
Thank you so much Jerrod!
Xxx West Texas Sweetheart