By Kate Kinder
Editor in Chief
Editor in Chief
Mr Trent Langford of Lubbock, TX currently Lead singer of No Dry County.
Trent’s hobbies include: Golf, Texas Tech athletics, and bartering at thrift stores.
When and why did you start playing?
“My dad gave me his guitar at age 12 a taught me to play. It was never my intention to join a band and hit the road. I played in various ‘garage bands’ through high school and was eventually invited to join No Dry County in 2008.”
Which instruments do you play?
“I play guitar and piano. I did try the fiddle once but it didn’t exactly take.”
What were the first songs you learned?
“I grew up in the church so the first music I learned was gospel. The first music I learned to play and sing was probably something from “Now That’s What I Call Music” 2 or 3″
Is your family musical?
“People think I’m kidding when I tell them I’m by far the least musical member of my family but it’s based purely in fact. My dad played and sang for years, mother is a piano teacher and both my sisters (Devon and Abbey) are incredible vocal performers and instrumentalists.” Wow that’s incredible! What I would do to have family with that amazing talent!
Which famous musicians do you admire? Why?
“I grew up a big fan of Randy Travis but he kind of fell off the wagon recently. I’ve been reading about Bono recently and his whole story is very intriguing. Also Dave Grohl cause I like the way he rolls.”
Which famous musicians have you learned from?
My first writing influence was Robert “Earl Keen in high school. Later I began listening to Kings of Leon, Ryan Adams and Jason Isbell to name just a few who all had an impact on our music today.”
What are your fondest musical memories?
“Growing up in the church singing acapella with a ton of talented singers was a great experience. A lot of those people have gone on to do some big things. As an adult our first CD release show at The Blue Light in Lubbock was a memorable moment for us. Recently we played a festival with Robert Earl Keen and Leon Russell where I got to “fan boy” out for an evening. ”
Were you influenced by old records & tapes?
“Dad gave me a bunch of Simon and Garfunkel records when I was in junior high. That was the first time I dove into an album and really unpacked it. All the tapes I had were either 90’s country stuff I found, mix tapes I made myself off the radio or Jock Jams. “
Who are your favorite musicians?
“We’ve had the opportunity to play with some great musicians in the Texas scene and some of our favorites are the people who helped us get our start in Lubbock. People like Brandon Adams, William Clark Green, Thriftstore Cowboys, Red Shahan and the Hogg Maulies all played a big role in our development and have become good friends.”
What is a typical week like for you?
“I am the only member of the band no longer living in Lubbock so the first part of my week is usually spent in Midland playing acoustic shows and prepping for the weekend before meeting up with the guys typically on Wednesday to rehearse for that week’s shows.”
What’s your favorite thing about being on the road?
“Aside from our live show I always look forward to down time with the band especially in newer cities hitting the local foodie joints, checking out record stores or exploring different campuses in the college towns we play.”
What’s the funniest thing that’s happened on the road?
“The best stories are probably off limits for fear of being shunned by the guys. One of our favorites was a night in Cedar Rapids where the show promoter offered us a place to stay. She was a sweet lady who took us in and made us cookies but failed to mention her husband was president of the MC. We drifted off to sleep only to be wakened by a crew of bikers coming home at 4am from their nightly activities. We befriended them purely out of fear and were entertained by the following events but the initial expression on the guys faces when we realized what was happening was priceless. There’s a longer version but I’ll let your imagination fill in the gaps. “
Best place to eat while on the road?
“Sweetie Pie’s in St. Louis or when in doubt, find a Pluckers.”
What’s the best town play in?We’ve become very fond of Denver over the last few years. There’s a very unique music community there that’s open to different genres similar to what we have in Texas along with some great alternative bands. “
They have a new full length album coming out in 2015 titled “The Night Before” with producer Jay Saldana (drummer for Wade Bowen)
You can pre order the record by going to: www.pledgemusic.com/projects/NDC
Thank you so much Trent!
Xxx West Texas Sweetheart