Continuing our weeklong countdown to Grand Band Slam 2010, the Underground recently got the chance to catch up with the “good ol’ boys” in Brian Chicoine and the Truck Stop Troubadours. While relatively new faces on the local band scene, these old school songsters bring years of experience to the table and hope to convert as many fans as possible to their unique brand of country music.
Band name – Brian Chicoine and the Truck Stop Troubadours
Category won – Country
Members – Brian Chicoine (Lead Vocals, Guitar), Ed King (Drums), Junior Boyne (Bass), Rob “R.G.” Grimaldi (Lead Guitar) Occasional Guests: Ben Edmonds (Pedal Steel/ Tele Guitars), Katie Richter (Lead Vocals)
Q. What town(s) do the Truck Stop Troubadours call home?
A. Chicopee, Mass. /Springfield Area
Q. What year did the band form?
A. February 2010
Q. What is your favorite thing about being a musician in the valley? Biggest complaint?
A. The valley is a great place to play our style of old school country. We are gaining new fans every time we play out and converting people who might not have listened to our kind of music before. The biggest complaint is that some clubs that would be great live music venues rely too much on DJ’s or karaoke.
Q. Tell us about your best and worst gigs.
A. One of our best gigs was just recently at the Mowhawk Trail Campground. The people there were great and kept that dance floor hopping all night and took care of the band and treated us great. Worst Gigs are basically the ones where not a lot of people are there, but even when there are a few people they deserve our best and they get it.
Q. What can fans expect at/ from one of your shows?
A. A Truck Stop Troubadour show is chocked full of classic country songs from the likes of Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Hank Williams, Buck Owens, Dwight Yoakam, et cetera. You will hear all these songs with a little bit of oomph behind it. You will also hear original songs in the classic country tradition. The band’s stage show is amazing as well all the players give everything they got and keep the fans going all night.
Q. What was the last record you bought/ listened to?
Q. What other Valley band (or solo artist) do you like or look up to?
A. We really enjoy Aquanett and solo artist Josh Friend
Q. What has been your biggest/ weirdest “rock ‘n’ roll moment”?
Q. What’s your favorite venue to play? Least favorite?
A. Crossroads in Palmer, Mass. is a great room to play. As far as a least favorite, [we] don’t have one. We are happy to play anywhere!!!
Q. Do you have any advice for other artists or musicians who are just starting out?
A. Just keep at it and play the music that you love to play. Like the great Ricky Nelson once wrote, “You can’t please everyone, so you have to please yourself.”
For more information and tour dates please visit www.myspace.com/brianchicoinemusic or http://www.facebook.com/pages/Truck-Stop-Troubadours/213208076297. And don’t foget to catch the group live on stage at Grand Band Slam 2010.