September 11, 2019 - Patrick Heller
Join in the unique sounds of two brothers reminiscing as Patrick interviews his “Dear Old Brother” Scott, Vocalist and Cigar Box guitarist from Agape Blues Company a Gospel Blues Band in Upstate N.Y. They discuss Scotts’ journey to the badlands of South Dakota where he went yet again to The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally where it was a balmy 68 degrees in August. From there he took off to Las Vegas, just a floor above Hell and a mere 108 degrees. His last stop this side of the Mississippi brought him to the studio right here two floors south of Hell in Beautiful 112 degrees and rising Phoenix, Arizona. His days spent here taught him what hot truly means.
In studio (air-conditioned, much to his delight) the two brothers talked about how his music began. He was in church playing and wanted to minister to those outside the walls with his music. So, he went back to his roots of Blues music, his first Blues band was Deep Blue Shag but quickly renamed to Deep Blue Storm after much debate among the members. At the time one suggestion was Agape Blues Company (which means God’s Love), however it was voted out. When Scott decided to reach outside the church with his music, he reached out to the player in his old band that came up with the name Agape Blues for his blessings to use the name.
When Scott is writing new music, it starts with a snippet of an idea and grows from there. He has even had to pull over on the side of the road while driving to write down an idea for fear of losing it. He belonged to a song writing club for a while and the assignments given were just a few words. The words had to be in the song and that was it. The album “One Way” has several of those songs on it. The song “Blues in Heaven” has the phrase “If morning never comes” that was the assignment. The song used right here in our Podcast is called “One Sinners’ Prayer”, Scott talks about how that is about his Salvation.
When asked what his favorite song to play off the album is, his reply was “My Roots”, this is one where he wrote down on a road trip on the side of the road. It is done in a “Muddy Waters” Style. This is also done on his two-string Cigar-Box that he made and named “The Jesus Freak”. He said it gets its’ own introduction on stage and is very unique to play.
He has many Traditional hymns on the album that are done in a Blues style that are called “Barrel House Hymns”. Continue listening as they go on with their discussion in parts two and three. Links are below.
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The music used in the show is by the Agape Blues Company whose music includes many original songs, Christian hymns and contemporary worship songs played in a blues style, as well as traditional blues music with Christian lyrics. They use both homemade and traditional instruments in creating our unique sound. You can find info about the group here.