Q & A getting to know Mr Keegan McInroe
Funny story! Keegan’s amazing mother Roaxanne is my National Sale director! She is a wonderful woman and I really look up to her!
Here are some facts about Keegan:
I grew up in Lubbock, TX, but Fort Worth is more my musical hometown. It’s where I started playing live while attending TCU.
My hobbies include reading, horseback riding, traveling, and playing poker.
When and why did you start playing?
I got a guitar for my 17th birthday. The Grateful Dead’s American Beauty album was the impetus for me wanting to learn how to play.
Which instruments do you play?
I play guitar and sing.
What was the first songs you learned?
The first song I learned how to play was Ben Harper’s Burn One Down. I don’t remember the second one.
Is your family musical?
Yes, on my father’s side, in particular. My uncle Woodrow English recently retired after serving many years as the U.S. Army’s head bugler and trumpeter. He’s probably the biggest musical deal in the family. Also, my granddad on my mother’s side would make up funny songs and poems at random. I miss those.
Which famous musicians do you admire? Why?
I just read a really great magazine which did a special covering the career of Tom Waits. He is someone I really admire. He has done things his own way and fearlessly pursued whatever music has moved him at any given time, which has often been quite removed from any sort of mainstream appeal. He’s so creative, so interesting. The best show I have ever seen to date was his performance in Dallas during his Glitter and Doom tour.
The other musician I admire the most is Willie Nelson. Impossible to say enough about Willie.
Which famous musicians have you learned from?
I learned a lot vocally from John Bell of Widespread Panic and from Jerry Garcia and Willie Nelson and even Bob Dylan. I probably learned more about finger-style guitar playing from watching Mississippi John Hurt than from anyone else or any lesson I’ve taken.
What are your fondest musical memories?
That’s really tough. So many to choose from. Probably my fondest is sitting and playing for my grandfather in his home after I moved in with him. My grandmother had just passed away, and I had written a song about their life together. He’d ask me to play it for him again and again. It was nice to be able to be there for him in that way.
Of course, there’s been a lot of really great and light-hearted memories as well. I’ve got to travel all over the States and Europe, and I love to travel about as much as I love music, so there are hundreds of wonderful memories I could pull from any of those adventures.
Were you influenced by old records & tapes?
My grandmother had an old Marty Robbins album and a Roger Miller album and a really cool old record player. I’m sure those influences got in there from all the spinning my cousin and I did of those records.
Who are your favorite musicians?
Tom Waits, Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, Levon Helm, Jerry Garcia, Johnny Cash, Robert Johnson, Mississippi John Hurt.
What is a typical week like for you?
There’s no such thing as a typical week for me, really. Right now I’m at my mom’s beautiful old Victorian home in Dublin, TX, and I’ve spent the day helping babysit my niece. Two weeks ago I was taking trains every day around Germany with a harmonica player friend of mine playing shows. Next week I’ll be in the studio in Fort Worth, TX working on a new album. My weeks always vary drastically, which I prefer. I don’t like routine.
What’s your favorite thing about being on the road?
Probably my favorite thing about being on the road is just the open possibility and variety of what each day and night holds. And as I mentioned, I love to travel, so getting to see new places, meet new people, experience new things is for me one of the best possible ways to spend a given day.
What’s the funniest thing that’s happened on the road?
Hmmm…so many stories…probably the funniest story (though it wasn’t so funny at the time) was when I had my cell phone stolen from me by a transvestite prostitute in Barcelona and her fellow prostitute-in-crime. Those were nice, funny girls.
Best place to eat while on the road?
It depends on where I am. In general, I eat a lot of street food, though.
What’s the best town play in?
I don’t really have a favorite. I love variety, so picking one would be impossible. I’ve spent about half of my time touring in Europe the last two years, and there are some really great places to play there. Of course, many great places in the States, as well. Really, I couldn’t pick one.
Thank you so much Keegan! Can’t wait to here more music from you!
Xxx West Texas Sweetheart