Hangin With Stogie is a country-pop band from Fredericksburg, Virginia and is our latest feature artist winner from Sonicbids. The band consists of Casey, Christina and Abbie and we were delighted when they agreed to complete a full feature interview for Song Revelation. Read on to find out about which modern day artists they are inspired by, what they’re currently working on and how they’ve become involved in the Music Matters program.
Q: Who are you called?
Hangin With Stogie (Stogie is our band dog, he was adopted from a local animal shelter).
Q: If you could classify your music in a genre or a number of genres what would it be?
Q: If you could use a tagline of less than 20 words to describe your music and who you are what would it be?
Hangin’ with Stogie is an all-girl, country-pop band who use their innocent, soulful original music to capture the attention and mesmerize audiences of all ages.
Q: What is your musical background?
Casey Hargrove: Casey is a self-taught acoustic guitarist with a mature vocal quality, amazing talent, and has been winning talent shows as early as 5 years of age. Casey started writing her own songs in 2009 and currently takes guitar lessons from Rik Lawhorne and Toby Fairchild of Roberson’s Music.
Christina Reese: Christina is a mulit-talented musician who started reading music and studying theory on piano at age 3. She continues to take lessons from her grandmother, Edith Dyal, a doctorate in piano education. At the age of 7 Christina was noticed to have an uncanny ability to create and maintain rhythm, and started on the drums with Toby Fairchild of Roberson’s Music. It soon became apparent she needed to play with other musicians and her involvement in rock music was a natural progression. Christina also plays cello, continues to write original music for piano, is active in sports, and writes poetry. At age 11 she began writing melodies for Hangin’ with Stogie.
Abbie Snellings: Abbie’s musical experience began in 6th grade when she took up cello. Abbie learned to play bass with the Richland Baptist Church youth rock group. Her favorite musicians an influences include Miranda Lambert, Brad Paisley, Johnny Cash, and Elvis Presley. She currently takes bass lessons with Rik Lawhorne and Toby Fairchild of Roberson’s Music.
Q: How was 2010 for you?
2010 was a whirlwind for Hangin With Stogie. The band formed in March and within 2 months they were playing all the local festivals, recording our original music and touring local elementary schools sharing their love of music through the “Love of Music Tour.”
Q: Who inspires you musically?
Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, The Judds and of course Miranda Lambert.
Q: Which modern day artists do you look up to?
Taylor Swift comes to mind first, we love her classy personality, innocent music and love for her family and fans. The way she handles herself is admirable.
Q: Is there anyone you would like to collaborate or gig with?
It would be our dream to one day take the stage with the Dixie Chicks! We’re often told we remind people of them. What an honor!
Q: What songs are on your ipod at the moment?
Well there’s over 1,000 but our favorites at the moment range from Dirt Road Anthem by Jason Aldean to The Cave by Mumford and Sons.
Q: What is your creative process for creating a track?
First we are usually inspired or motivated to write by an event in our lives. It can be something huge and substantial like the 9-11 attacks or something small and irrelevant to others in the big scheme of things such as relationship that has fallen of track. Then we just sit around together in our bedrooms wearing comfy clothes, kicking out ideas, plucking out a tune, and jotting down lyrics as they come to us. There is one thing we must have to write a good song … Crasins! Love um!
Q: What’s more important, melody or lyrics?
They are equally as important! I can’t stand a song with a great tune and words that make no sense. What I hate more, is when I find myself singing it!!
Q: Where are you based?
The historic town of Fredericksburg, VA
Q: What’s it like being where you’re from?
It’s country, homey, we love it, but we can’t wait to see the world together! Hopefully on a tour bus!
Q: What are you currently working on?
Mastering our 3 part harmonies and a 20 song set list. We’re only 15, 15 and 12 this gig thing is new to us. It takes a lot of dedication and commitments, but we’re catching on real quick.
Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date? Playing the Friars Club in NY was the biggest most famous place we’ve ever played. But honestly the most fun and rewarding gigs have been playing at the local elementary schools. It feels so cool to walk into a room of over 900 kids screaming and wanting your autograph. It makes us feel good when they come up to us at the end and tell us they are going to start playing music too!
Q: What are you hoping to achieve in 2011?
Well we know this is pretty big, but it’s our dream to get “signed” to a major record label.
Q: Do you have any gigs or shows that you’d like to tell us about?
Our last big gig was at Real Rock Radio 103.9 in Ronkonkoma, NY on August 22 http://www.wrcn.com/
Q: What do you do to relax?
Sleep, eat junk food and watch TV, like all other teenagers of course!
Q: Is there anything else you’d like to let our readers know about?
Hangin with Stogie supports several causes including positive family based music events, animal rescue, and bringing the love of music to children with the desire to take up an instrument as a positive force in their lives. We are honored to be an official national artist representative to Empty Vessel Music and The Music Matters Program. The Music Matters Project is a community based program for underserved youth ages 4-18, in urban areas. The program is focused on providing 3 things music education, music appreciation, and intervention for “at risk” children. Please take a moment and visit their site. Also please consider donating an instrument, money, time, or other music related support. Music has been a powerful force in our lives and we believe it is the answer to many problems.
Editor’s Note: Hanging With Stogie write and perform appealing material with a mature sound far beyond their years. At Song Revelation we can see their popularity continue to rise over the coming months and years.
If you’d like to learn more about or contact Hangin With Stogie just follow the links below:
twitter link: http://twitter.com/#!/HanginwithStogi
myspace link: http://www.myspace.com/hanginwithstogie
web page link: http://www.hanginwithstogie.com/fr_home.cfm
reverbnation link: http://www.reverbnation.com/hanginwithstogie
Youtube embeds: http://www.youtube.com/user/hanginwithstogie