For our final Homegrown Exclusive Interview, we were able to speak with Guy Keltner of garage-rock band Fox and The Law as well as solo artist Carson Henley. Their respective tracks “Feel So Blue” and “Fire” can be found on SMCU’s Homegrown album.
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How did you/your band get started?
Guy: I started the band a little over two years ago when I got the opportunity to do some recording up in Bellingham. It took me a little while to assemble the group as it is now, but now that our current lineup is solidified, our band has never been stronger. We all get along really well and have a real zeal for life.
Carson: Well, I started playing piano at the age of three where music was really at the center of our household growing up. I attended the University of Washington and studied abroad during my junior year of college. Europeans embrace living in the moment, enjoying the moment and doing what they want, whereas I feel like in the U.S. there is a pressure to always try to get on top. So when I got home from my travels, I became somewhat disinterested in the business major but very interested in music. I found myself practicing music and going to live shows instead of studying. At that point, I decided to give music a shot. I figured I could always fall back on my business degree. Even though I had made the decision to pursue music, finishing school and getting my degree was very important to me. The summer after graduating from the UW, I released my first album, “Green Eyed Soul,” and began plugging away at the local scene, playing clubs/shows and building a local fan base. I have worked with great musicians locally as well as sharing the stage with my sister, Tess. My new album, 100 Hours, just released today, June 26th – WOO HOO! I feel truly blessed to be doing what I am doing and sharing my music with people who appreciate it.
What do you listen to when you’re on the road?
Guy: Whatever it takes to keep us awake and in good moods. We listen to everything from Queens of the Stone Age to Miles Davis. I think we probably played Albert King’s Live Wire/Blues Power about 30 times on our tour to SXSW this year.
Carson: I listen to a smorgasbord of music. I typically have a flavor of the week that I get into, and most recently it’s been Mutemath, a French artist named Ben L’Oncle Soul, and Carol King’s Tapestry.
What kind of impact has being from the Pacific Northwest had on your music?
Guy: The Northwest has done a lot to shape this band. Aside from our bass player Patrick, who grew up outside of Detroit, we have all lived here for most of our lives. We’re all hugely influenced by local grunge music and garage rock, including those pioneers the Sonics from Tacoma. And the community out here has provided us with some pretty heavy support since the beginning. We wouldn’t be the band we are now if we didn’t live out here.
Carson: I have been able to do some co-writes with friends of mine from the Pacific Northwest like Allen Stone, and overall the support from fans at live shows has been incredible. There is an emerging soul scene from Seattle and I am excited to be part of it.
What sort of experience do you have with credit unions or co-ops?
Guy: I used to work at a credit union for a short time, actually, and I can say it is far superior to a bank if you are looking for a personal experience and something that really supports the community. I used to be on a first name basis with a number of the customers that came through, and it was always nice to know that no one was profiting in any way from what the credit union was doing.
Carson: To be honest, I haven’t had any experience as of yet with credit unions or co-ops. However, I am looking forward to that experience one day when my bank account is a little more flush!
Other Homegrown band interviews:
Banton Foster of Blvd Park and Ali Marcus
Matt Bishop of Hey Marseilles and Brian Ledford of the Cadillac Desert
Seth Bolin of Oh Osiris
Naomi Smith of Autumn Electric