Fire in the Water, Earth in the Air: Legends
of West Texas Music
"Indeed, Oglesby's introduction of more
than two dozen musicians who called Lubbock home should be required
reading not only for music fans, but for Lubbock residents and
anyone thinking about moving here. On these pages, music becomes
a part of Lubbock's living history."
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Chris: What would you be doing if you werent doing this?
Wade: Id probably be teaching.
Chris: How are you making a living right now?
Wade: Im trying to book as much of this as I can.
Chris: So youre living off your playing right now? Thats good.
Wade: Im trying to. Im able to. But thats luck
Chris: Well, obviously youre putting time and effort into it.
Wade: Yea, but I could put a lot more effort into it. But weve started to get enough response, at least, to be encouraging.
Wade: Thats what "they" always say
Chris: Well, its a great way to get together. Another aspect of being out here is Like were literally sitting out here right in the middle of a cotton field [Wade's house actually is in the middle of a coton field. - c.o.]; If you dont interact with other people you can really go crazy from the loneliness.
Wade: Its easy to become isolated in an environment like this. Maybe that has something to do with how social the music is.
Chris: Exactly. I mean, last night at the Darren Welch show, there were absolutely
chicks up just dancing like mad. And Im sorry, but people
just dont really do that in Austin - get up and go nuts
dancing in the middle of the bar. In Austin, theyre more
"watching the band." But there last night at The Spoon, people were PARTYING,
having a good time! Big Time!
Wade: Somebody will throw a good party, and therell be music there. Thats what we found out about his place. Theres like a million bands here.
Chris: Is that unique to Lubbock? It seems to be.
Wade: I think so. They say theres more musicians per capita in Lubbock than anywhere else.
Chris: Is that right?
Wade: [Laughs] I dont know. That may be just if you go to the music stores and ask. But theres more people advertising for bands Like youd think you were in Houston or some place. Like "looking for a bass player" "looking for a guitar player" A lot of that is different kinds of music, of course
Chris: Where do you think those people are coming from? Are some of them coming from South Plains [College]?
Wade: I dont know. Thats how I got my band together. [Laughs]
Chris: A guy was telling me last night at the bar that he has a Heavy Metal-fusion bgroup bu they really just play at the house together. He said, "Its real dark. You probably wouldnt like it." But a lot of it is just to get together and play.
Wade: Were not necessarily making any political statements, thats for sure.
Chris: Its "glass raising music;" Which is a good thing.
So do you have any other "deeper thoughts?" Is there anything to all this? Is there something "magical" here in Lubbock? Do you have any personal feelings about Lubbock? How do you feel here, as opposed to Houston?
Wade: Well, Im much more comfortable here in Lubbock than in Houston. It took me awhile to feel that way. But I would say Once I kinda realized that I could grow up enough to get a college degree And then to find something like tuning your guitar and plugging in and playing on stage, and then the guy says, "Thanks for coming," and then he pays you You think, "Wow. Thats fun." [Laughs] "That sounds like a pretty good idea!" But Im more comfortable here, especially here in the last three or four years. A lot of that might have to do with the music.
Chris: Do you think its easier for you to get up there and get paid for it here in Lubbock than it would be in Houston? Or is that a struggle for you? I mean, theres all those other bands out there, like you said; Are they all getting out there and getting paid for their playing, or are they just playing in their garage or at parties?
Wade: As of right now, Im not too terribly busy with bookings. But thats just because I feel like were waiting on something with our recent press kit distribution. We're sending a lot of these out to various places we know around the State.
Chris: Is it that youre not working on getting many bookings here, or is it that theres no gigs out there for you to book?
Wade: When I want to call and go book some place, theres a few places that Im pretty sure I can get booked into.
Chris: On any given weekend?
Wade: I couldnt call and say, "Let me play this Friday," but yea, I play a few different places around town pretty regular. Now theres other joints in town that only book the regional acts; Theres places that wont let me just call and book.
Chris: When you say "regional act," is that a level above what you think you are?
Wade: I would say.
Chris: Who are you considering to be "regional acts?" Like The Blues Butchers?
Chris: Cary is "Worldwide Famous." [Laughs] And he doesnt even know why!
Wade: Thats crazy, isnt it?
Chris: See - People like it; People hear something
that speaks to them.
Are you interested in coming down and trying to do Austin at all?
Wade: I think without having enough original material
I wish I did, of course
I mean, Im trying. Three or
four months will go by and Ill think, "Oh, that one
sounds good." Id like to go out there and be successful.
I mean, its fun.
Chris: Hey! Its fun! Like you said, "If somebodys handing you a check " and youre having fun, gettin to go to these good parties Its hard to resist.
Wade: Weve had a good time leaving town and like going down to Wichita Falls to watch friends, like The Groobees. To me, thats fun: To leave town and go see friends that you know. Its fun to get out. I think everybody who lives out here in Lubbock ought to leave - at least once a month.
Chris: Its real hard to do that, though. Ive
gotten to where I almost wont come up here from Austin
unless I can fly. You gotta really wanta be here. It just takes
so long to get here from anywhere!
Wade: [Laughs]. Comparatively speaking. Like Im from Houston and we would go, "Yea, lets run up to Dallas." To have the luxury is one thing, to have the time to do it is another.
Chris: Yea. Its a much bigger trip from Lubbock. Although a friend of mine and I decided at eleven oclock one night that we were gonna leave our pitcher of blue margaritas and leave The Spoon, and we were in Fort Worth by 2:30 that morning It took us three and a half hours
Wade: From The Spoon to Fort Worth? In the middle of the night?
Chris: Yea!!! [Bursts out laughing]
Chris: I mean, we were MOVING! We decided we didnt
want to mess around. We wanted to be in Fort Worth, and we DID
NOT want to be on the road. [Laughs] Yea, that was not wise.
We just gave our pitcher of margaritas to the people at the next
table, "Here. Yall drink this. Were going to
Fort Worth. Were outta here."
Are you happy living here in Lubbock?
Wade: I love it here. I like living here. Strangely, my parents have said, "Are you sure you wanta end up living in a place like this?" And my mother actually called this place "God forsaken" not too long ago - and shes from here.
Chris: Theres a lot of people that are from here that think of it in that way.
Wade: I said, "Mom, I kinda like it here. In the last little while, Ive grown accustomed to whats goin on here. I like it."
Chris: So you dont feel like you could really get this experience somewhere else?
Wade: You mean, "If I were living in Houston would
I be pursuing music?" I doubt it. I dont see the support.
I dont see the interest.
Chris: So you like it here. Youre in this music biz, seeing were its going.
Wade: Yea. I dont think sackers in a grocery store have that much fun.
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