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Live & Local with Magnolia Moon

Catch Magnolia Moon December 16 @ 9pm @ The Hummingbird Stage & Taproom

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Dwayne Boswell (keys), and brothers John Crowell (bass) and Chris Crowell (guitar) make up Magnolia Moon. I spoke with Zack about Mississippi, how he began playing guitar, and the magic of songwriting.

How did the band start?
We got together playing music for a church band. My brother Jesse Horton had been working at the church for a while, along with Dwayne. Eventually Dwayne recruited John, Chris, and myself. We started hanging out and playing music at each others houses. It was a good fit musically and we had fun so we figured we might as well write some music of our own.

In your bio you talk about a couple of band members having roots in Mississippi. How does it translate to your music? My brother and I grew up in Mississippi and lived there until about 10 years ago. That definitely plays a large part when it comes to the more Southern and soulful parts of our music. It’s just in our blood.

The band has a strong influence from 60s/70s rock. Who are your biggest influences?
I’m a big fan of bands like Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, The Allman Brothers, etc. The 60s/70s seemed to be a golden era for creativity in rock n roll. There was a lot of good music that came out of those decades.

Do you take inspiration from any other genres of music?
I try to find inspiration in all types of music. From James Brown to Johnny Cash, I love it all and it’s all inspiring in one way or another. Music with soul, no matter the genre, is what I love and find inspiration in.

Does your band name have any specific significance?
It’s kind of a nod to where my brother and I grew up. The magnolia being the state flower of Mississippi.

Why do you think you guys work so well together?
We all love each other like family and enjoy one another’s company. That can sometimes make or break a band. I guess we just lucked out.

Tell me about your background in music.
I grew up around music in a large extended family full of musicians. My cousin gave me a guitar when I was about nine years old and it sat in my closet collecting dust until I was 12. That’s when I started trying to learn how to play. I would pop in a CD or turn on the radio and try to play what I heard. I’ve played just about every day since then.

Tell me about writing one of your songs.
Writing a song, in my experience, never happens the same way twice. Sometimes it takes bits and pieces of lyrics and riffs that have accumulated over the course of months, even years. Other times we will all get together for practice and write a song in an evening. That’s the beauty of it though. It’s like magic. I can’t figure it out completely, but I don’t think I’m supposed to.

What do you think is the most rad part about your live performance?
The spontaneous moments in our set. The things that were not rehearsed that happen in a moment because the atmosphere made it happen. We try to leave space in our music for things like that. It keeps things fun and new for us and I think it’s great for the people listening. You’ll never get the same set twice.



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