JJ Woolbright and the Whiskey Road

Tell us your real names, country of birth, date of birth and childhood experience.

(JJ Woolbright) John Earle Woolbright III, Born in Upstate SC, 09-27-197.
Somewhere around the age of 6 my mother set me in front of a stereo that had blinking lights. She knew I was entertained by things that blink and the sounds of music coming from them. The first memory I first time I remember feeling the power of music was in front of that stereo to the song The Chain by Fleetwood Mac.
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Tell us about your music career, your band name, musical background, experience and skills.

The name of the band is JJ Woolbright and the Whiskey Road. For the past 20 years I have been a guitar player for many various groups, some larger than others, that led me to where I am today in my music career. If you imagine a good southern rock sound with a twist of blues from the music of the delta you will have the music that is today JJ Woolbright in the Whiskey Road.
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Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song.

Our music is Americana rock and roll. It is music that is not only telling a story but is also able to make people get up and dance. The idea behind this song is that sometimes we all have troubles in life that weigh on the heart and the soul and this song in particular is trying to give that idea a voice.

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Tell us everything that we need to know about you as a musician and the ups and downs you have faced in the music business.

As far as ups and downs in the music business that’s just part of it. If you can’t handle the roller coaster ride that is the music industry then you belong in another business. Me personally I enjoy the ride.

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Tell us about other members of your band, music producer, crew or music video director, how the song was recorded and how the music video was shot.

The other members of the band are Cliff Witherspoon on bass guitar, Adam Plott on drums, Robert Dirr on rhythm guitar and Tim Collins on keys.

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Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal.

I’ve spent over 20 years in the music business and it seems like each day I learn something new.

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Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.

There’s a lot that inspires me to write songs but nothing more than God and family.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

A hit song to me is something that has key elements that everybody can identify with. It also has that beat or rhythm that when combined with the melody you can’t seem to get it out of your head.

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Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there.

Aim to inspire someone every day. The world is an adventure and it’s full of stories.

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Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist.

The best advice I can give the upcoming artist is to just get out there a live, love and learn.

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Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained.

Over the past 20 years I have played with over a dozen bands both as a full-fledged member and being a Hired Gun. I’ve been a part of making over 10 albums and have toured with many bands such as Lorenzo, left on Green, spout, Black River Rebels Etc.

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio.

I really compose the lyrics and music of my songs together. It just comes to me as a whole, almost like I’m just the messenger. Once I get the song down we take it to the studio and that is where it really becomes a story put to music.

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Name five biggest artists that you like.

The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Eric Clapton Stevie Ray Vaughan and Lynyrd Skynyrd
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Name the artists you have collaborated with before in your songs or artists you are willing to collaborate with in the future if you have the chance to do so.

In the past I’ve collaborated artists such as Chris Worley of Jackyl, Pete evick of the Bret Michaels band, Stacie Hogan of spout. I would love to collaborate with Butch Walker for sure or David Gilmour of Pink Floyd. That list could go on forever.

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

The happiest day of my life was the day I got married to my wife and the saddest day of my life is today my mother passed away.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

I would spend a million dollars in the process of trying to make many millions.

 

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