|John "JD" Sutphin|
But then even the winners don't often stick around for long. Why? Why do some people make it and some not?
Before American Idol and the other shows that have attempted to capitalize on the concept, people had to make it the the old fashioned way.
They had to earn their way to the top. I thought it would be interesting to look at two local bands who have created a following to see what it takes.
|Guitars stashed near the Tide.|
It wasn't very large
There was just enough room to cram the drums
In the corner over by the Dodge
It was a fifty-four
With a mashed up door
And à cheesy little amp
With a sign on the front said
And a second-hand guitar
It was a Stratocaster with a whammy bar
Local rockers Madrone, made up of JD Sutphin, Joey Coleman, Blaine Davis and Tanner Dogan seemed the perfect people to ask. They have had a top 50 hit on the rock charts. (Daybreak) They play 150 gigs a year and they have opened for some bands that have already made it to the next tier.
They don't play in Joe's garage. They play in JD's basement. They have cool stuff all around their half of the cellar. The other half has washing machines and lawnmowers. They are living the dream.
His mama was screamin'
His dad was mad
We was playin' the same old song
In the afternoon 'n' sometimes we would
Play it all night long
It was all we knew, 'n' easy too
So we wouldn't get it wrong
Madrone let me sit in on a practice session, and they answered my questions with enthusiasm. They are as anxious to tell their story as they are for their next gig. They love what they are doing. Each band member said plainly that he would rather play music than do anything else.
|Joey on drums|
For now -- they are all willing to do whatever it takes. I expected that. What I didn't expect was the definition of "making it."
And they are working hard, in JD's basement to do just that. "We'll never be Metallica" I heard during the interviews.
Well, maybe not. I'm not qualified to say who has what talent. But I think it's an interesting question, and in the meantime Madrone is on a roll to who knows where.
Here's a link to Madrone on Reverbnation: http://www.reverbnation.com/madrone
The My Space Page: http://www.myspace.com/madrone