Knoxville native and Nashville-based singer-songwriter Robby Hecht has distinguished himself as the second coming of James Taylor, a gentler Damien Jurado. Whatever the comparison, it’s hard to miss that his songwriting is distinct and individual (hence the numerous awards he’s received at Telluride, Kerrsville and the like). Robby brings along his pal and frequent collaborator Caroline Spence, whose CD “Sometime” has been a favorite on WDVX.
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In the meantime, enjoy this Bullet Backstory from Robby himself. He was gracious enough to answer our questions for this regular feature on the WDVX blog.
Take it away Robby!
- Biggest musical influences?There are so many songs that made/make me want to be a songwriter. It’s difficult to try to categorize them by writer, but I’d say my early influences were primarily classic folk writer/singers like Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell. Nowadays if I need to get inspired I have some go-to folks I can turn to like Anais Mitchell, Josh Ritter, Sarah Siskind…spin some of their records and there are songs coming out of me in no time.
- What made you decide to pursue music as a career? It’s weird but really it’s the only thing I’ve ever seriously wanted to do. Fortunately it’s been working out so far.
- What advice do you have for young musicians who are trying to hone their craft?Just keep listening to good songs and songwriters and take your time when you’re writing to make sure you’re not being lazy.
- What’s your favorite thing to do in Knoxville? Hang out around my parents’ kitchen table talking and eating.
- If you could work with any musician (living or deceased) who would it be and why? Hmmm…I’d love to get together with Lee Ann Womack and Billy Currington and have all three of us write the saddest country duet in the world for the two of them to sing together.
- Anything else you would like to share? Favorite WDVX memory, etc? I was driving around Knoxville in the early 2000s and Greg Trooper’s song “Muhammed Ali” came on the radio. It was such a better written song lyrically than anything on mainstream radio, I was hooked on Trooper and WDVX. It quickly became a goal/dream to have a song played on WDVX.