Much like the well-known bird, The Whippoorwills music is vigorous and distinct. Since late 2012, Heather Gray (vocals), Ryan Jackson (guitar), and Kevin Carter (drums) have been creating beautifully harsh melodies together and signed with Mattress House Records in the summer of 2013.
Carter and Jackson are both native Tennesseans, while Gray is originally from Modesto, CA. “I experienced some culture shock when I moved out here to Nashville. I guess my decision to move was honestly just based on the desire to leave behind what I knew and start a new life. I really had no intention, or ever expected that I would end up playing music out here. It’s been quite a ride so far.” Commented Gray. Jackson grew up in Brush Creek, which is a small town about an hour east of Nashville. He moved to Nashville because there was simply nothing to do in Lebanon. “I mean, Nashville has those pretty lights, big sounds, and busy people. Brush Creek had cows.” said Jackson.
The Whippoorwills know that as musicians, they have to be ready for disappointments. They use rejection as a learning tool, try to see what they could have done differently while staying positive and not giving up over someone else’s opinion. It’s easy to let rejection get the best of you, but it’s detrimental to growth. Inspired by bands such as The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin, Cage the Elephant, Chuck Berry, The Talking Heads, Iggy Pop, Beck, the list is ridiculously long and covers various stages of the bands lives.
The house shows that The Whippoorwills have played are the most memorable to the group. “It's just a good rowdy time with a bunch of people going nuts and usually breaking stuff. There's something pure about it, you know everyone is there to just have a good time and listen to music.” The group commented. They like playing the larger venues such as the Exit/In and the Rutledge, but really love playing anywhere that has a crowd that’s ready to have a good time.
When asked about what they want audiences to know about their band, the group replied “Our music is pure and not corrupted by desires to be rich or famous. When the three of us get together to write and perform, it’s a very natural feeling and we don’t over think things or worry about our sound appealing to anyone. Our sole intent is to just create the music that already exists inside of us. We are artists because it’s something that our little family feels we need in order to survive the things in this world that are petty, yet seem so inescapable.”
The Whippoorwills album is currently being mixed and mastered by their good friend and awesome engineer, Jason Mott. The release date is aimed towards the end of March, 2014. If you’re looking for a jagged, raw beat to add to your playlist, be sure to check out this talented group!