I have a special Wednesday's Notes post to share with you! This week's band interview is with my dear band friend, Aaron Earl Short. I am excited to share his interview with you!
This is my 154th band interview. - Wendy Hull
How did you get started in music?
I guess you could say I was born into music. Although I didn't begin making music myself until around 1995, I grew up in a musical house. My Mom, Dad and both of my brother's are also musicians. I remember Mom often writing songs and recording them on cassette tapes. My favorite childhood nights were Dad's band practice nights. He also wrote at least a handful of his own tunes. Between the two of them I saw the therapeutic benefit of songwriting.
I had been writing poems and short stories alot so when I finally got around to picking up the guitar I immediately began staying up all night long writing songs. I couldn't wait to write the next one. And that hasn't changed all that much since.
What are your current plans in music?
Currently I'm working some songs for a solo album called Watch List. It seems to lean a bit on the political side of life. I joke that some of the songs on it may land me on some sort of government watch list, hence the album title. I hope it's just a joke anyway.
My amazingly talented wife, Kat Darling has put together the album art, built my website, www.aaronearlshort.com.
Kat and I love and will continue being in the rotation to host Iowa Homegrown on KFMG. As parents, sometimes it is impossible to get out to support live music. It's a great way for us to learn about the local music scene and get to know some of the many great musicians out there.
What are your future plans in music?
Our family is due to expand by one at the end of March. We are expecting a baby boy who will have the best of big sisters in our daughter Abileen, who couldn't be more excited about it. I plan to have the album done by then. Gig booking of course is always in the works. But mostly, just working to get and stay in the flow.
Who is/was your biggest mentor(s)?
My biggest mentor, man that's a tough one. I'm lucky to have many. Obviously my family is a great start. My Dad had a great friend & band mate, Jack Blythe. He was a huge influence on my approach to music. Unfortunately we lost him a couple of summers ago. My most recent music and positive life mentor has most definitely been my wife. No doubt I'd be lost without her.
What band or concert left you a first & lasting impression?
I am always impressed and inspired by anyone who gets up and spills their guts on stage. Whether they just started or have been at it for 60 years.
I don't think I can pick just one so I'll throw out a few of the more well known that have blown my mind at one point or another. Kris Kristofferson, The Black Crowes, Government Mule, Gillian Welch & David Rawlings, Merle Haggard w/ band, Willie Nelson 3 times, John Prine, Todd Snider & some guy who pulled his car up to a flat picking contest at an old timey music festival we were attending. The guy proceeded to flat pick like I've never witnessed before or since. Who was that guy anyway?
Aaron is playing tonight and every last Wednesday night of the month at The Greenwood. Check out his website to keep up on his solo shows, music, pictures, videos, etc
Aaron is half of the local Folk & Roll band, The High Crest with his lovely wife, Kat Darling. Please check out & "like" their band page too.
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