Q & A with Grayson Wood; Teton Artist extraordinaire.
How long have you been playing guitar?
I have been playing guitar for over 45 years. My dad showed me 3 chords when I was 8 and I was hooked. Practiced as much as I could and taught myself most of what I know.
How long have you been performing?
I stepped onstage for the first time when I was 8 years old with my dad and the band he played with. The second time was when I was 13 at an annual festival in St. Charles, Mo., called The Festival of Little Hills. My brother and I played three songs. That was the first and only time I received sympathy applause. I knuckled down to make sure I never received another. Practice, practice, practice!
I became really serious about performing when I lived in Oklahoma and had the opportunity to play music with Emmylou Harris at the age of 18. A whole group of people gathered around the lake I lived on, late one night. I grabbed my guitar when I heard the voice of an angel. It was not until later that I found out who I was in the company of.
Who is your favorite artist/band?
Mason Proffit and New Riders of the Purple Sage are the groups I truly enjoy listening to. As far as favorites, that question is so difficult to answer. I love music and tend to lean towards Southern/Classic Rock as the genre that I play and as my writing style.
Who or what inspires you musically?
This is a question I have been asked many times in different ways. It is also a difficult one to answer. It would have to be music itself that inspires. Once in awhile a song comes along that is haunting, gets into every pore of my body and I cannot let it go. I want everyone to hear it and be as moved as I am. So, I share it in any way I can.
Do you prefer playing acoustic or plugged in?
Acoustic is my favorite. To me, no other instrument out there can do what an acoustic guitar can, except maybe a cello, and the two together–well…that’s as close to perfection as music can get.
What’s your favorite Teton model?
The 205 is my favorite Teton. It is the perfect-sounding guitar, whether plugged in or not. I do have other guitars and they do not match the Teton quality in sound when played on stage or off. People ask me all the time, “What the heck are you playing? It sounds beautiful, full and rich.” Most think it is a high dollar, big name guitar. I have enjoyed sharing your guitars with the world.
Do you feel the singer/songwriter genre is on its way out?
The singer/songwriter genre does not always get the attention it should. The music capitals like Nashville and California would not be what they are today without those musicians who go from club to club playing the songs they write. No, I do not believe it is going to go away completely, but it has sure changed in my lifetime. The troubadour will live on. People like Mickey Newbury, Charlie Montana, and Kris Kristofferson–without them, where would music be today?
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Until next time,
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