The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #45987   Message #680951
Posted By: Jerry Rasmussen
01-Apr-02 - 04:32 PM
Thread Name: Your Musical Influences
Subject: RE: Your Musical Influences
When I first heard Bobert, I thought... he could do a mean Buddy Holly. Sometimes influences show real clearly. I haven't heard most Mudcatters, so it's not so easy for me to say, "Ah, that's where he, or she got that sound from." It's not surprising that early rock and roll has formed a lot of us. I was a great fan of Carl Perkins and ended up writing a rockabilly song that pretty much fades out like one of his songs. I take a gospel song out with a near copy of the ending of In The Still of the Night by the Five Satins.

I think Mary got it just right when she said, "I think that we are all comprised of bits of everyone we've heard." And, there are two questions, here. One is, what have you listened to? and the one that I asked was Who has influenced you? Very different questions. I listen to jazz more than anything, but I can't say that it has had any influence on my music. Same with classical music. I notice that very few of us grew up picking banjo on the front porch like a scene out of Deliverance. I grew up in Wisconsin and heard a lot of early country music (which I mostly didn't like.) But, sometimes things seep into your head that come out years later, much to your surprise. And sometimes, you embarassment.

Probably my two major influences have been the Carter Family and the Anthology Of American Folk Music. Haven't seen either mentioned, yet...