Bill Mize is joining us on the Blue Plate Special with host Red Hickey on October 19th at noon. This event is free to the public and will be held at the Knoxville Visitor Center. In the meantime, enjoy this Bullet Backstory from Bill Mize. He was gracious enough to answer our questions for this regular feature on the WDVX blog.
Take it away Bill!
- Biggest musical influences? There are so very many. Amadeus to Zevon
- What made you decide to pursue music as a career? It was the mid-1950s when I first saw Elvis on TV. Although I was only three or four years old, I realized I had just witnessed something incredibly powerful, and for me music was what it was going to be all about.
- What advice do you have for young musicians who are trying to hone their craft? For me it was gleaming from the greats and spending countless hours behind a guitar.
- What’s your favorite thing to do in Knoxville? Things usually associated with WDVX. and eating at King Tut’s, Savelli’s or the Holy Land.
- If you could work with any musician (living or deceased) who would it be and why? Homer and Jethro. I would be their driver. (can you imagine what a hoot that would be)
- Anything else you would like to share? Favorite WDVX memory, etc? They are so many but one time Hector Quirko accompanied me on a tune which was a thrill.