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Interview:
Songwriters tour puts Rocky Votolato back in the group groove
 

By GARY GRAFF
For Journal Register Newspapers

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Seattle singer-songwriter Rocky Votolato says the best thing about being part of the annual Revival Tour is "the camaraderie aspect of it" -- especially eight years removed from being in his last band, Waxwing.

"I really enjoy just collaborating with all these awesome songwriters on my own songs and learning how they structure their things and put some songs together," says Votolato, 36, whose most recent solo album, "Television of Saints," came out last year. "It's really enlightening and gives you a new perspective .

"It's pretty easy to get stuck in your old patterns of what you do and what you've been doing for years. This shakes things up, for sure."

It may also bring about some changes in Votolato's music life, too. Inspired by the group aesthetic of the Revival Tour, Votolato says he's "getting more serious about playing with (Waxwing)... I've been missing just playing some louder rock music and also just that feeling you get from playing with other dudes."

The difference this time, he notes, is that there is no longer a Detroit band called Waxings, as there was when Volotalo's Waxing was active.

"There was a time when we were actually talking to those guys quite a bit, 'cause there was a lot of confusion," Votolato remembers. "We'd get people coming to our shows thinking it was them and vice versa. There was a time an A&R rep from Capitol (Records) came out to one of their shows trying to come see us, a lot of that.

"But, y'know, everybody was pretty cool about it. We even talked about doing a split 7-inch (single) or something to kind of get the word out and clear up any confusion. That never ended up happening, though, and when we disbanded after 2005, that was it. But we had a lot of friendly discussions, so I think we were cool with each other."

The Revival Tour, with Rocky Votolato, Chuck Ragan, Dave Hause, Jenny Own Young and Toh Kay plays Friday, April 5, a the Magic Stick, 4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 day of show. Call 313-833-9700 or visit www.majesticdetroit.com.

Web Site: www.majesticdetroit.com

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