Chuck Brodsky is joining us on the Blue Plate Special with host Red Hickey on October 26th 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 Chuck Brodsky. He was gracious enough to answer our questions for this regular feature on the WDVX blog.
Take it away Chuck!
- Biggest musical influences? Dylan, Jackson Browne, Lowell George, John Hartford, Steve Forbert.
- What made you decide to pursue music as a career? I pretty much knew my first day at university. Everybody had to declare a major and I realized there was nothing I was as passionate about as I was music. Since they didn’t teach what I needed to learn, I had to educate myself. I did some traveling, worked a few odd jobs, talked to a few odd people, and worked on my craft. I didn’t really start a “career” in music though until I was 32 and I felt ready.
- What advice do you have for young musicians who are trying to hone their craft? Be true to yourself always. If you’re a songwriter, you need to appreciate just how much work is involved in the editing process. Keep raising your personal bar, higher and higher, and be dedicated to the song you’re trying to create. Don’t settle for something mediocre or even pretty good. Keep working until every word is right.
- What’s your favorite thing to do in Knoxville? Visit WDVX and play on The Blue Plate Special, of course!
- If you could work with any musician (living or deceased) who would it be and why? Mark Knopfler. I was a Dire Straits fan, but only discovered his solo work a few years ago. I love his musical sensibilities. His guitar playing might be what he’s best known for, but his songwriting, his singing, his arrangements, and his production…they all really slay me.
- Anything else you would like to share? Favorite WDVX memory, etc? A few years ago the Steel Wheels were listening to WDVX while driving through Knoxville on the way to a gig somewhere, and when they heard I was going to be on the Blue Plate Special that day they stopped and came to hear me.