An Interview with Nashville Recording Artist, Songwriter & Producer - Roy Alan
I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Nashville Recording Artist, Songwriter, Producer Roy Alan. Born and raised in Canton, Ohio, in a family of 7, Roy Alan now hangs his hat in Nashville, TN.
Roy Alan recorded his CD, "Follow Your Dream," in Nashville, TN on world famous Music Row. His record was produced by country music legends, The LeGarde Twins, Australia's number one all time country act. Roy wrote all the songs on the record. Before beginning a solo career, Roy was Don J's Manager, Publisher and Producer. In 1994 he was a member of the successful country band, Livin' Room Jam'ers. After the band dismembered in 1997, Roy began to promote his career as a Country Artist/Songwriter, and performed his songs with the Hot Cargo Band in 1998 and with the Renegades in 1999.
Roy has performed solo at some of Music City USA's most Famous venues, on TV & the net including THE HALL OF FAME LOUNGE * THE BLUBIRD CAFE * THE BOARDWALK * NASHVILLE PALACE * NASHVILLE NIGHTLIFE. Roy appeared on the TV show Nashville Video Showcase with host Jimmy & Lorraine Smart and was featured live on the net at the Bluebird Café. In April 2001 Roy appeared on the TV show Singers/Songwriters etc. with host Mike Jennings in Nashville, TN.
[Cindy Beth Gordon] Hi Roy. It's great to talk to you. So, tell me - who are some of your influences?
Roy Alan Well of course, first is George Jones, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, as far as not just country - Neil Young, Bob Dylan and CCR.
[Cindy Beth Gordon] How long have you been living in Nashville?
Roy Alan I've been living in Nashville 4 years.
[Cindy Beth Gordon] You make trips to Nashville before moving there?
Roy Alan Yes, I was coming down for a total of 20 years.
[Cindy Beth Gordon] So, who are your favorite artists/bands and/or songwriters?
Roy Alan As far as the songwriters go, I'd have to go with Willie Nelson who is # 1 besides George Jones. Kris Kristoferson was also a good songwriter. But as far as my favorite artist, that would be George Jones. Female artists that I like are Tammy
Wynette, Loretta Lynn, Kitty Wells, Tanya Tucker and even Pat Benatar.
[Cindy Beth Gordon] Did you write all the songs on your CD?
Roy Alan Yes, all the songs on my CD I wrote.
[Cindy Beth Gordon] Any special ones that are your favorites?
Roy Alan My favorites are "She's a Looker," "Living/Loving," and "Dreams," which was actually one I wrote for my brother because he walked away from his dream.
[Cindy Beth Gordon] So, what was the inspiration behind some of your songs?
Roy Alan For "Locked up in my Mind" - I was more or less writing about a girl, but everybody calls it my father's song, because my Dad passed away just before I finished it. They thought it was about him, but it really wasn't.
"Quick Talking Momma" was about my stepson because the barmaid wanted to go out with him. He wasn't interested, so I wrote a little song about it.
[Cindy Beth Gordon] And "Dreams" was about your brother?
Roy Alan My brother, Don J.
[Cindy Beth Gordon] So, how long have you been performing and songwriting?
Roy Alan I actually started a little bit when I was about 16 or 17, but I got out of it for a period of time. And then my brother Don J. got me back interested in it - when he started performing more, he got me back into playing. I really started performing when he walked away from it, probably about 6 years ago, maybe 8 years. Actually, I did perform a few years before he walked away.
[Cindy Beth Gordon] Do you play any other instruments?
Roy Alan I play around with a keyboard, but I'm mainly a rhythm guitar player. I used to play a little lead, more on rock than country. When I was writing I switched into playing rhythm.
[Cindy Beth Gordon] Did you have any other odd jobs before performing?
Roy Alan Before I moved to Nashville, I worked for Republic Storage Systems. I played at local bars up there. When I moved to Nashville I started writing for the Nashville Music Guide, and am currently associate producer for KMA Records and I work odd jobs here and there.
I used to perform at the Nashville Nightlite, which at that time Kitty Wells, Johnny Wright and all the Grand Ole Opry people including Jack Green - all of them used to perform there. I performed at the Nashville Palace. Technically I've played in every bar in Nashville as far as on songwriter's nights.
Also, the producers who produced my album were the LeGarde Twins, who were Australia's # 1 country act. Marty Robbins is the one who brought them over from Australia to the United States where they became citizens. And I figured I should mention that, since they're the ones who actually helped me out.
[Cindy Beth Gordon] Any other hobbies or anything?
Roy Alan I enjoy working with computers.
[Cindy Beth Gordon] So, what inspires you?
Roy Alan Actually, what inspires me to write is a bunch of different things. Just seeing two people argue would inspire me. Being in a depressed mood will inspire me, being in a good mood will inspire me. Just saying a certain phrase and start letting it run through your mind, and all at once, something comes up, it just pops up like an idea. And sometimes just strumming the guitar.
[Cindy Beth Gordon] Do you usually write music first or lyrics first?
Roy Alan Normally, it's like a combination of both. Sometimes I'll start with the words, but a lot of times I like just picking up the guitar and be working on one I was working on. I might add something that I don't like for that one, but I'll end up just starting off into a whole another song. But I prefer playing and singing at the same time. To me it's easier than just sitting and writing words.
[Cindy Beth Gordon] Anything else you wanted to add?
Roy Alan That's it!
[Cindy Beth Gordon] Well, thanks Roy. It was a pleasure talking to you. I enjoyed listening to your CD and I wish you all the best with it!
To order a copy of Roy Alan's CD or for more information, check out Roy Alan's website at www.royalan.com.