The Barstool Romeos are joining us on the 6 O’Clock Swerve with host Wayne Bledsoe on October 20th. This event is free to the public and will be held at Barley’s Knoxville. In the meantime, enjoy this Bullet Backstory from Mike Mcgill of The Barstool Romeos. He were gracious enough to answer our questions for this regular feature on the WDVX blog.
- Biggest musical influences? My biggest musical influences would have to be my Dad and my brother. My dad played guitar and sang and my brother sang professional and was co founding member of the gospel group the Kingdom Heirs. My (heroes) or other musical influences were Jimmy Martin, The Osbourne Brothers, and Merle Haggard. I was also influenced greatly and inspired by (Mentor) my high school choir teacher Dr. William Melton. Seeing how I took every class in school and College that had to do with music.
- What made you decide to pursue music as a career? I decided to pursue a career in music when I was 29 years old. I I had became a dad at 25 and had tried every job imaginable and was never happy. I started fronting a Bluegrass band in Gatlinburg and have to say that it has been the best decision I have ever made (not without sacrifices) but the best. I can proudly say I raised my daughter as a single dad/ professional musician. One thing that always stuck with me was no matter how or when I gave my money to the bank teller I was always proud of the fact it came from doing what I loved. It payed for everything. It meant I had become a professional.
- What advice do you have for young musicians who are trying to hone their craft? My advice to young musicians and or singers is to listen and surround yourselves with the best. It doesn’t mean you are or will become the best but it does mean you will learn and become better than you ever dreamed. You want to be around the best players, the best singers, the best people and or persons and live it. Learn it. Pay attention to the history and practice! That’s what will make you better. It also will open doors that you wouldn’t normally get the chance to walk through. I have been fortunate enough to play all over the world and get paid for what I love to do. From The Mediterranean to The Caribbean, to Hawaii and who knows how many other states across the land and I firmly believe it was because of my dedication, listening, and surrounding myself with the best.
- If you could work with any musician (living or deceased) who would it be and why? I’ve been fortunate to work with some greats but I would have loved to work with Merle Haggard. Why, you ask? Because I firmly believe that he is the epitamy of singer/songwriter and the friendly voice of the common man.
You can also catch Mike Mcgill on Wednesday nights at the Sweet P’s Downtown Dive!