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Getting to know Sons-N-Britches: The A to Z interview

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Consisting of lead vocalist and guitarist Daron Meek, guitarist Mike Mullis, multi-instrumentalist Rocky Barnes, the Reverend Stacy Brown on drums, and bassist Steffans “Gunrack” Hardin, its sound comes from its formative years. Rocky, Daron and Mike knew each other since grade school and have been playing music together for more than 3 decades. The trio were in a band called Kennesaw in the 1980’s and 1990’s. In 2008, they decided to reconnect as they were writing songs and wanted to get back out and play. Stacey joined the group in 2010. He and Mike played together backing a church choir.  Chris Grubb was the band’s original bassist on the first two albums.  He later moved across the country, and Mike met Steffans at a neighborhood party who fit right in.

Your correspondent reached out to Sons-N-Britches via email with the A to Z interview to find out more about the band.

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Consisting of lead vocalist and guitarist Daron Meek, guitarist Mike Mullis, multi-instrumentalist Rocky Barnes, the Reverend Stacy Brown on drums, and bassist Steffans “Gunrack” Hardin, its sound comes from its formative years.

Rocky, Daron and Mike knew each other since grade school and have been playing music together for more than 3 decades. The trio were in a band called Kennesaw in the 1980’s and 1990’s.

In 2008, they decided to reconnect as they were writing songs and wanted to get back out and play. Stacey joined the group in 2010. He and Mike played together backing a church choir.  Chris Grubb was the band’s original bassist on the first two albums.  He later moved across the country, and Mike met Steffans at a neighborhood party who fit right in.Your correspondent reached out to Sons-N-Britches via email with the A to Z interview to find out more about the band.

 

Consisting of lead vocalist and guitarist Daron Meek, guitarist Mike Mullis, multi-instrumentalist Rocky Barnes, the Reverend Stacy Brown on drums, and bassist Steffans “Gunrack” Hardin, its sound comes from its formative years. Rocky, Daron and Mike knew each other since grade school and have been playing music together for more than 3 decades. The trio were in a band called Kennesaw in the 1980’s and 1990’s. In 2008, they decided to reconnect as they were writing songs and wanted to get back out and play. Stacey joined the group in 2010. He and Mike played together backing a church choir.  Chris Grubb was the band’s original bassist on the first two albums.  He later moved across the country, and Mike met Steffans at a neighborhood party who fit right in.

Your correspondent reached out to Sons-N-Britches via email with the A to Z interview to find out more about the band

A Song Which Made You Want To Make Music: 

Rocky: Singing with the  Everly Brothers gave me the bug. They were way before my time. I think I was 3 or 4 years old.

Mike: The first song I learned was “Folsom Prison Blues” from then on, I was hooked.

Daron: Singing “Tiger by the Tail” by the late great Buck Owens in church at age 4 when I was supposed to sing “I’ll Fly Away.” I knew then where I was headed.

Best Album Ever Written: 

Rocky: This depends on my mood. Boston (self-titled, debut studio album).

Mike: Wow, that one changes for me over the years.  My favorite now is Jason Isbell’s Southeastern album.

Daron: “Whiskey Bent and Hell Bound” by Hank Jr

.. Craziest Moment You’ve Experienced In The Band: 

Rocky: True story. a ghost at our practice one night. Ask Mike.

Daron: Hanging from scaffolding 50 feet above the crowd while singing at Callaway Gardens.

Deepest Lyrics One Of Your Songs Features: 

Mike: “Stained glass words have torn me to shredsStill sweeping up pieces inside my headIt don’t hurt any more to punish myselfWith Stained glass words in crimson and red”

Daron: “The angel of hope she tells me, you’re all aloneYou just can’t go on without meThe devil of darkness he tells me, you’re just fineLivin’ with your new man by the sea”

Easiest Song You Wrote: “Broken Down Fool.”

Favorite Show You’ve Ever Played: 

Mike: Every time at the Bluebird Café in Nashville and opening the show for Roy Clark.

Daron: On the Beach at Jekyll Island for 25,000 people.

Guest You’d Most Like To Feature On A Your Record: 

Rocky: I’m gonna say Stevie Ray Vaughan.

Mike: Charlie Starr of Blackberry Smoke.

Daron: Ronnie Van Zant.

Happiest Moment In You’ve Experienced In The Band: 

Rocky: Writers weekends with hot peppers. Never laughed so hard.

Mike: I have to agree with Rocky but also time at The Vault where we recorded the last album

.Daron:  Singing with my dad on stage at Mad Life in Woodstock

Interesting Fact About One Of Your Members: 

Rocky: Daron hates being in crowds.

Mike: Steffans carries a trauma kit with him wherever he goes.

Daron: One of our band members is missing two fingers and plays guitar.

Jokes You Have In The Band: 

Rocky: For Skin.

Mike:  Sons-N-Britches – we’re all about the ‘R’.

Daron: LMB.Kicking Off Your Set Is Best With Which Song: 

Rocky: “Daddy’s Soul.”

Mike:  “Rest When You’re Dead.”

Daron: “Don’t Fence Me In.”

 

Longest Distance You’ve Travelled To Play A Show: 

As a band 6 hours, some of us have toured with other acts for much farther.

Most Inspiring Musician You’ve Ever Experienced:

Rocky: My mom and dad.

Mike: Rocky’s parents Doug & Betty Barnes and Daron’s dad Billy Meek.

Daron: Ditto Mike.

New Band You’d Recommend: 

Rocky: Need to Breathe.

Mike: Mike & The Moonpies (not new, but new to me).

Daron: Whiskey Myers.

Opening For This Band Would Be Ideal: 

Rocky: Hank or any country rock band.

Mike: Blackberry Smoke, The Steel Woods, Whitey Morgan & The 78’s to name a few.

Daron:  We did. The Bellamy Brothers.

Place You’d Most Like To Tour: Rocky: Texas.Mike:

Yep. Texas.

Daron: Ditto.

Quote That You’d Like To Pass On To Readers: 

Rocky:  “Forgive me for my transgressions as I forgive those who transgress against me.”

Mike: “If you think you’re life is boring, you’re not paying attention.”

Daron:  “Life’s too short to dance with an ugly woman.”

Reason For The Title Of Your Recent Release: Mike

I used to drive an old truck that was an automatic, but the gear indicator was broken.  It sort of became a thing that I always repeated “reverse neutral drive”.  I now see it as a metaphor.  You’re either going backwards, staying the same or moving forward, why not go forward in 4WD!

See Us Live At: The Hunt House in Marietta, Georgia.

The Old Days Of Music Were Better Than Those Current, do you agree: 

Rocky: I agree but the 70’s were the best.

Mike:  I wouldn’t say better – I think there are many opportunities now for artists that were not available in eras past.  I love the music of the past – and with streaming, we now have access to more music than any generation.  The downside to that is that you can get overwhelmed with where to start.

Daron: Yes, I agree. Back in the day, they were real

Unusual Merchandise: 

We had an idea to have kid’s clothes and call it Lil’ Britches.  We also thought about women’s clothing – B**ch’s In Britches.  Haven’t done it yet.

Variations You’d Like To Do On Any Of Your Songs:

Mike: It would be great to do some songs with orchestration and others as a mashup with popular classics.

Rocky:  Adding keys to “Bottom of A Glass.

What Bands Have You Seen Live and Regretted: 

Rocky:  KISS on New Year’s Eve and they didn’t say one word about bringing in the new year. The count down that never was scarred me for life.

X-rays or any other treatments needed for band related injuries: 

Been a few fights in our day, but mostly came out okay.

You could have written any song in history, which would you pick: 

Rocky: “Blue Skies” by the Allman Brothers.

Mike:  “The Ballad of Curtis Loew” by Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Daron: “Chiseled in Stone” by Vern Gosdin.

Zoo animal that best describes the personality of your band: 

Rocky:  A bald eagle because it’s powerful and beautiful and majestic all in the same animal I’d like to think that our music is all of those things from one song to the next.

Daron: Warthog. Don’t ask.

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