You know as Texans, we all have these things in our minds called Texas stereotypes. Whether it’s the stereotype that San Antonio is just this culturally-undiverse melting pot of Tex Mex, or that Houston is this huge oil rig of universal languages and cultures, I think the city with the strongest reputation is Austin. We usually think of Austin as the land of the hipsters, the music capitol of not even Texas, but of the whole world. There’s Austin, and then there’s Dallas, known for its suburban honky-tonk glitz and glamour – almost the opposite of what Austin is, right? That’s the stereotype, but Fort Worth-based singer-songwriter Johnny Beauford seems to be helping shift the Dallas music scene’s rep just a little on his own, proving that the city is not just big hair and expensive churches. It may be right on Austin’s tail.
Johnny just released his sophomore EP titled A Pig Eating Past Love and has been praised for his subtly gorgeous songwriting and melodic guitar strumming, which altogether combine Americana, folk, and blues to create storytelling masterpieces. We recently caught up with Johnny after his show at Rudyard’s Pub in Houston on January 23rd to talk A Pig Eating Past Love as well as his many musical projects, and more.
You’re active in lots of different projects including Deadmoon Choir, The Jack Kerowax, and Bravo, Max! Could you tell us more about these projects?
Yes, I’d be happy to. I guess I should go in alphabetical order:
Bravo, Max! is my old hold steady. I started that band originally with my cousin Ben and my brother Daniel. Since then, we have seen a number of players come and go. Over a matter of years in developing, Bravo, Max! has gone from folk, to indie-rock, to Americana with a focus on accordion, to our current state which is in my opinion a kind of a power trio of blues infused rock n roll. Thus far, Bravo has released an EP, a full length, and 3 single’s, and we are currently working on a sophomore LP.
What’s your favorite part of being from the Dallas music scene, and how has it influenced you?
Could you tell us a bit about the “A Pig Eating Past Love” music video? Where was it shot?
How did your show in Houston go? Did you get to see the city any?
Your new EP, A Pig Eating Past Love, was just released. What are you trying to achieve with this EP, and how do you think it has grown in comparison to your first EP?
What would you say the most prominent themes and messages are on this EP?
Could you tell us a bit about St Cait records? Is it your record label?
How would you describe your style of music and what type of audience it should generally appeal to. I have to say, your songs are, simply put, pretty.
What should we expect from Johnny Beauford in the near future?
Watch the video for “A Pig Eating Past Love” below, and make sure to buy the EP on iTunes.