Bullet Backstory with Scott Hinds of the Royal Hounds



The Royal Hounds will be performing on the Tennessee Shines Radio Show with host Paige Travis. The show will be held on October 12th at 7 pm. Las Vegas roots-rock band The Royal Hounds celebrate their new CD, Poker All Night Long, on Tennessee Shines! Not only will this be a live broadcast, but it will also be their CD release party! The high-energy trio led by East Tennessee’s own Scott Hinds has been wowing and entertaining audiences across the globe for years with their unique approach to live music. Known for their on-stage antics and humorous approach to music, The Royal Hounds offer a live show unlike anything on the scene.

Tennessee Shines Radio Show is performed for a live audience every Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Boyd’s Jig & Reel musical pub in Knoxville’s historic Old City. The show is broadcast live on WDVX FM and WDVX.com. Tickets are $10 in advance, available at http://jigandreel.ticketleap.com/ or at the door starting at 6 p.m.

Listen online at http://wdvx.com/listen-live/

In the meantime, enjoy this Bullet Backstory from Scott himself. He was gracious enough to answer our questions for this regular feature on the WDVX blog.

Take it away Scott!

  • Biggest musical influences? A long time ago, WDVX had a band called The Dempseys on a show called “Behind the Barn” (it’s on WFIV now), this was around 2001. My boss told me he had seen them one other time before so I recorded them directly from WDVX. Immediately I fell in love with their sound. It was high-octane rockabilly. I think for the next ten years, I didn’t miss a show of theirs. I used to put my tape recorder up on stage and record their entire three hour show, then spend the next five months learning all their songs and basslines that Joe Fick was throwing down. Joe would even stay after the shows and teach me stuff too. Eventually, after a few years, he said “Scott, I don’t know what else I can teach you.”After a few years of copying them, I had a real desire to do my own thing (though I still have to work hard NOT to be a carbon copy of that band), so I started focusing my efforts on songwriting. Now I look at bands like Southern Culture on the Skids, Unknown Hinson, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, etc. as influences. Folks who can seriously rock, but also be light hearted the whole time.
  • What made you decide to pursue music as a career? I started in acting. At first, I acted with people who regularly had day jobs and just acted for fun. We were just a bunch of comedians at heart. Then I took some acting classes in college and grew to hate “actooors” (say that Jon Lovitz style). They took themselves too seriously. So I eventually pursued music because people were more chill. I swore I’d never pursue acting again. Music was my thing. Surprise! I landed a job as an actor in Vegas playing Carl Perkins in Million Dollar Quartet. Just goes to show you, never say never.
  • What advice do you have for young musicians who are trying to hone their craft? Learn…the…business! I know it’s probably not interesting radio talk, but if you can stay focused and learn the business side, the marketing side of music, you’ll have an edge on all the other musicians.
  • What’s your favorite thing to do in Knoxville? Um, attend WDVX events. Duh! (totally not just saying that for the radio. I’m really serious. WDVX has become my favorite thing about Knoxville.)
  • If you could work with any musician (living or deceased) who would it be and why? I’d want Rick Miller of Southern Culture on the Skids or Jimmy Sutton (of JD McPherson) to produce an album of ours. I’m also officially saying, I’d love to work with the B-52’s in some capacity. Not because I’m some huge die-hard fan, but because their level of “quirkiness meets great music” reflects what I want to be doing.
  • Anything else you would like to share? Favorite WDVX memory, etc? Oh heck yeah! You know the first time I truly fell in love with WDVX was working at Tennessee Shines! I got to meet so many of my influences. Chuck Mead (who’d eventually become my boss in MDQ), and Kenny Vaughn and Chris Scruggs (who’d I get to perform for as Carl Perkins in Vegas). But really, ever since then, all I wanted was for The Royal Hounds to play on there. I guess I needed to move across the country to finally get there.

This Bullet Backstory is brought to you by one of our great WDVX-Travaganza sponsors, BB&T!