Another Direction for Corey Shields
One of our favorite local musicians, Corey Shields, has been on quite a ride, this year. Michelle grabbed a quick chat with Corey, to talk about his latest musical directions, and some of the reasons you should check out his show this coming Saturday:
HTN: So we know you got to play Mountain Stage, recently (if you'd like to read about that experience, check it out on our sister site, Clutch MOV). Do you feel like performing on Mountain Stage, crossing something off your bucket list, opened up this new goal for you (of playing more electric gigs)?
Corey Shields: Mountain Stage was the bucket list. The entire thing. That was the bucket. I'm still doing a lot of soul searching to figure out what's next, but I know that I love playing electric guitar, and, for now, it's a different way for me to express myself. Part of doing it now is definitely comfort and experience with being on stage. This electric set is basically a dancing routine. I have to be spot on with a lot timing and pedal changes. When something goes wrong, it's immediately noticeable, and loops over and over. I can't do it if I'm dealing with stage fright or general nerves. It requires focus. It's a challenge, but a fun one.
HTN: Is this a new direction for your music (playing electric guitar/plugged sets), or just an additional one?
Corey: Just an additional outlet, honestly. I have never seen myself as a singer/songwriter. (HTN:Whaa?) My lack of singing ability kept me from playing publicly for a long time. There are so many talented guys out there strumming and singing some great tunes. I feel like my expertise is more directed towards guitar playing. Using a looper and a massive pedal board gives me some open space to play some longer pieces and present my songs in a different fashion.
HTN: Can people find any of your electric/plugged music, recorded?
Corey: Nope. I've only done it live twice, and the last time I cracked my head open and bled everywhere, so people were too concerned about a possible concussion to record anything. It's mainly songs from Antioch Road with some fun covers.
HTN: What do people need to know about this show on Saturday?
Corey: It's my first electric show at home... (I consider myself more of) ...a guitar player. Strumming open chords and singing a melody doesn't really do it for me, but, it's a hell of a lot easier to get out and play acoustic covers to get people's attention. I've grown enough confidence at this point to use some loopers and other tricks to play an electric set. It's still just me, but it's a lot more of me.
HTN: How did you connect with the other two bands who are performing alongside you?
Corey: I met Alan from The Dividends years ago at a concert in Columbus. We talked about guitar and music while we waited for the doors to open, and really hit it off. This was literally years before we were both pursuing music at this level. That being said, I really love what The Dividends are doing. Their new EP is addictive as hell, and I love every track. They are a unique group, and I think the sky is the limit for them.
Remember when The Horse Traders came to MBC (Marietta Brewing Company)? That was the first time I met Jeremy. He was drumming at the time, but left soon after to focus on Flat Tracker. He is such a great guy, and he knows music. I can't wait to bring them up here for the first time.
HTN: Any other upcoming Corey Shields shows we should know about?
This is the end of summer part one. The last show for a couple of weeks. I'm taking a break before I announce the next round of shows.