Country artist Jesse Brand — "the last of the hardcore troubadors," as his Web site labels him — twice has been nominated for songwriter of the year in his native Texas. Brand answered some questions about the history of his music and the inspiration for it: life.
Jesse Brand — guitar, vocals
Mark Eisenhour — guitar
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Question:Where is your band from?
Answer:Fort Worth, Texas.
Q:What brought the band together and when?
A:Jesse has been playing music since he was a child and writing music since he was a teenager.
Q:What genre of music do you classify your band as?
A: Americana/Texas country.
Q: What inspires your music?
Q: What are the highs and lows in your band’s history?
A: Playing for 80,000 people to playing for 80 people. Drug and alcohol addiction to sobering up. Mediocre music to great music.
Q: Who influences your band’s sound?
A: Steve Earle, Chris Knight, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Townes Van Zandt.
Q: Where have you toured?
A: The entire United States.
Q: What albums have you released?
A: "Tuggin On The Devil's Sleeve," "3 Steps To The Wishing Well," "The Suicide Tapes," "The Unreleased Bull Sessions," "Pills Booze and Grass," "Live at the White Elephant."
Q: Where do you see your band going in the future?
A: Exactly where it is.