Although they were missing their drummer Gary Creelman and guitar/bassist Alex Burris during their performance at Keggers Alehouse on January 5, 2012, vocalist/guitarist/bassist Ben Edwards and vocalist/guitarist/bassist Dave Wright put on a rocking show themselves. With their modern rock sound that contains a solid mix of classic rock, blues and even hints of country, Black Rock Road is always a hit with music fans of multiple genres. Emerging Music’s editor Danielle Crowe was able to talk to the musicians after the show to ask them a few questions.
EM – What do you like most about your music profession?
BRR – Being able to do it for a living; being able to play in front of a live audience.
EM – What do you like least?
BRR – Unresponsive crowds. We prefer more interactive crowds when we’re playing shows.
EM – How long have you been playing music?
Ben Edwards/Dave Wright – 15 years
EM – Did your family, spouse, friends, etc. have a positive reaction to your music path?
BRR – Our family has always been very supportive of our musical decisions.
EM – Who are your music inspirations?
Ben Edwards – All music. I tend to take a bit from everything I hear.
Dave Wright - Anything from within Nova Scotia, like Matt Mayes and The Trews. East Coast bands have a big influence on me.
EM – How has your music changed since you first began playing?
Ben Edwards – I’m more in-tune with it; more serious and focused. We’ve moved further from cover songs and have become better songwriters.
EM – What influenced you to begin playing music?
BRR – Girls (Laughs). It was there all along after learning our first songs.
EM – How do you balance your music with your other obligations (career, family)?
BRR – There’s always time for music. We love it so we just fit it in.
EM – How do you handle mistakes during performances?
BRR – Make weird faces, laugh and just keep playing. Generally the audience doesn’t notice so as long as you don’t draw attention you can flow through it.
EM – What advice do you give beginning musicians?
BRR – Just keep going and don’t get frustrated. It can be testing and as long as you just keep doing it you can succeed.
Check out Black Rock Road’s Facebook page and also their web page www.reverbnation.com/blackrockroad for songs, videos, and more information on the band.