Chattanooga, TN, March 03, 2014 --(PR.com
)-- Interview with Paul Hadfield & the McCoy’s (Formerly Paul Hadfield & the Tucker Hollow Band)
LaGarron Chastain - guitar; Stephen Hare - bass; Daniel Hooker – Drums
Paul Hadfield & the McCoy’s are an up-and-coming group based out of Chattanooga, TN in the Southeast United States. With a high energy live show, excellent musicians, meaningful lyrics and good band chemistry, this band is poised to make some big moves, and break through the “white noise” that poses the biggest challenge for most aspiring groups in the music industry today.
Paul began the interview by sharing the breaking news that they are changing the band’s name. The group will be dropping the “Tucker Hollow Band”, and are moving forward as Paul Hadfield & the McCoy’s, a name intended to resonate and stick with the audience.
Paul had been performing for several years as a solo artist, and writing songs along the way. He also formed and played in several different bands, tried some different genres of music along the way, but always came back to Americana, which he describes as a mix of country, rock, and the blues.
Following a move from Kentucky to Chattanooga, TN., Paul made the decision that he needed a steady group of like-minded musicians to take his art to the next level. Not knowing many people in Chattanooga, Paul put an ad on Craig’s List, and that is how the band was formed. First to contact Paul was Daniel Hooker, the drummer, and from there they added LaGarron Chastain (guitar), and Stephen Hare on bass. They have been performing as a group for about three years now.
The first person from the Nashville scene to notice Paul’s talents was Grammy nominated producer Kent Wells. Kent has worked with several industry stars, the most notable being Dolly Parton, in one of the many roles that he’s played in the music business. Kent helped Paul produce some demos back in 2006, and they reunited in 2010 at the Sound Kitchen, in Franklin TN, to produce the EP “Our Lives”. When asked which songs best define his music, Paul identified "What Yer Lookin' For" and "Lives Like Water," as two of his personal favorites, both of which are found on this debut EP.
The group has been performing in a number of celebrated venues in Nashville, including the renowned 12th & Porter (one of the best sounding rooms in Nashville), 3rd & Lindsley, and other establishments that have seen many great acts perform over the years. Paul also named the Hard Rock Atlanta, and were invited to play for the Chattanooga Lookouts (the LA Dodgers Double A affiliate team at AT&T Field by the organization as some of the group’s notable performance highlights. They are also regular performers at Rhythm and Brews in the Chattanooga area.
Musical influences for Paul include a number of iconic groups and artists like John Fogerty, Johnny Cash, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, and some more home roots bands that Paul identifies with like Eric Church, Shovels and Rope, and Blackberry Smoke, an American Southern rock/country rock band from Atlanta, Georgia. As a songwriter, the likes of U2, The Black Crowes, Led Zeppelin, and the legendary Johnny Cash are just some of the artists that have helped shape Paul’s musical career.
In order to take the band to the next level of success, Paul’s goal is to break through the “white noise” that exists in the music business, and rise above the competition. He noted that there are many talented songwriters, musicians, and vocalists out there, and as in any competitive industry such as this, most of the times you just need a lucky break to help you rise above the rest.
Paul Hadfield & the McCoy’s are currently working on a new album. The material is all in place, and they are just waiting on funding to push it forward. They have some solid ideas for a name for the new album, but Paul was not ready put it out there just yet. Look for a release this year.
Paul and the band like to play music, “the old way”, relying on talent, the playing of actual instruments (as opposed to electronically generated sounds), and writing about and performing songs that reflect real life challenges and the resulting opportunities. These attributes should go a long way towards the success of the band. Look for Paul Hadfield & the McCoy’s to make some significant moves in the next few months, and with their hard work and dedication (and maybe a break or two), look for these guys to rise up out of the “white noise”. They may be just “What Yer Lookin’ For”!