In tune with musicians |

In tune with musicians

Submitted Photo Bill Cole plays at White House Pizza in Carbondale Wednesday.

City/hometown: Born in New York City; lived in New Hampshire until late 2005. I moved to Carbondale last fall.Type of music played: I’ve been singing and writing original songs from folk to rock since I was a teen. I play acoustic guitar and sing what one might call southern rock and ballads with some polyrhythmic influences.Musical background/education: My formal musical education stopped after freshman year in college but I played for years in the Boston area and the clubs of Portsmouth, N.H. I played and sang with a band until ’96 but have been working alone since that time. I like playing both acoustic and electric guitar and, of course, know a wide range of cover tunes I can use at gigs that require that. I love classical music and jazz as an appreciator. I love writing songs that have a message or a point in the lyrics. As well as performing, I have worked in recording studios on a number of occasions and enjoy the process of producing good sounding recordings.Family information: I have two older brothers whose band played at the original Woodstock in upstate New York. My dad was a radio announcer and singer when he was a young man in New York City. I come from a large family and grew up in a small town in northern Massachusetts. Family is now spread all over the world.

Places you’ve played: Recently I went to Austin, Texas, and played a showcase for South by Southwest at the Museum of Popular Culture and at a local club there called Ruta Maya. I played at White House Pizza in Carbondale in March, and will play there again Wednesday.Best part about being a musician: I really enjoy writing songs, of course, but the most pleasurable part is applause. It is a lot of work, crafting a song over a long period of time, and the reward is having audience members let you know they like it. To me it’s all about the people who appreciate listening and hearing something they can get out of my songs.What do you do with your free time? I like to hike, watch movies and write poems – but rehearsing and working in my home studio still seems to take up most of my focus.

Favorite instrument: My 20-year-old Martin guitar, which is much more like a friend than an instrument, but I love to play lead electric guitar when I’m jamming with other musicians.Favorite musician: Roy Buchanan who gave me a lesson once backstage at a concert in Boston when I was 20 years old. Love the Beatles, The Dead, James Taylor. The list goes on.Biggest Influence: I’d say my biggest influence is John Lennon because he was so eclectic in his range of genres. Also so many other artists such as the great bluesmen, like Buddy Guy and B.B. King, have definitely lent a bluesy air to a lot of my stuff.What’s your favorite song? Probably one of my favorite songs other than my own is “Blackbird” by the Beatles because the words and music are so perfectly suited for each other.

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