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Sixty seconds with Dave Cantrell

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Dave Cantrell, musician and Rocket Room owner

Indy: So, are you tired of being compared to Iggy Pop in these pages?

DC: I think I'm much thicker than he is, but no, that's fine with me. I've been compared to different people throughout whatever it is I've been doing. Iggy is definitely somebody I look up to musically.

Indy: You've just released an acoustic album. How did that happen?

DC: That was just something I wanted to experiment with. I was in a band called Cobra Kai that broke up three years ago because the guitar player was moving. Right before he moved, we worked up acoustic versions of some songs, and he went in and tracked the guitar parts to a click track. Then I became friends with Ashley Raines, and he said he'd help me finish it. He added the Dobro, mandolin, banjo, harmonica and keyboard.

Indy: The album opens with "Tribute to Bob Wills." What inspired that?

DC: I came from Tulsa, Okla., where the Cain's Ballroom used to be the home of Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys. So that's my little homage.

Indy: I'm assuming you weren't old enough to see him?

DC: Oh yeah, he died, like, I don't know, early '70s. He's buried in the same cemetery as my father. And also Sam Kinison.

Indy: For this birthday show, you're bringing in your old band Bozack from Oklahoma?

DC: I've been trying to bring them up ever since I moved here in 2001. It was a retro speed metal band, the stuff we'd been listening to 10 years earlier. I'll believe it when I see it, but they're supposed to actually come.

Indy: So, which birthday is this?

DC: It's my 40th 1969, just like the Stooges song.

At the Rocket Room, March 7.

  • "I've been compared to different people throughout whatever it is I've been doing."

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