Will Turpin of Collective Soul Talked to TBB

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Georgia music legend and veteran rocker Will Turpin will showcase his new band, play songs from an upcoming CD release and make his debut appearance at an intimate Sandy Springs listening room next month.
Steve’s Live Music will present Will Turpin and The Way at 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 2, 2012. The recently opened music room is located at 234 Hilderbrand Drive in Sandy Springs, Ga. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door and available online HERE.
“I visited the club in September to hear Ed Roland’s Sweet Tea Project and had a great time,” Turpin said. “The venue is built for real music lovers and I felt it was perfect for us.” Owner Steve Grossman opened Steve’s Live Music in June 2012 and offers an intimate listening room (120 seats), which features local and national songwriters and musicians performing traditional music, including Irish Folk, bluegrass, Dixieland jazz, polka and blues. Turpin, who has been the bassist for the multi-platinum group Collective Soul for the past 18 years, says his new band plays a diverse selection of rock and pop.

I caught up with Will and ask him a few questions.

Tell us about your Solo Project ‘Will Turpin and the WAY?’

When you are part of a successful band like Collective Soul for 18 years there comes a time when you need to explore your artistic side outside of your main gig. Working on finding my solo sound is energizing and exciting. There is a musical side of me, that stems from my roots on piano,that has to be out there to complete my artistic journey. In theory, working on other projects should reinvigorate my passion for being a part of CS too.

 

You are about to release a new album tell us about it.

The first CD, titled “The Lighthouse”, was released Oct. 15 2011. It was received very well by both media and fans and was a vital part of starting a side project. I recorded and wrote almost everything, except for drum set, on The Lighthouse. The latest musical offerings are created  with some help. I enlisted some talented musicians I have known for years to be part of a creative team that could be open to letting the music flow and not be forced. I think we have a collection of 12 tunes that are eclectic but work together very well. The flow of the vibe will be very transparent and I think people will respond to the honesty that they will hear on the next release.

 

What has been the highlight of your career to date?

So many highlights over the years. Woodstock 94 was a high point. The mass of humanity alone was enough to make you never forget how huge the event was.

 Being inducted into the GA. Music Hall of Fame in 2010 is also a great moment in CS history. It’s always the best when you are recognized by your peers.

 

Who has been the biggest influences on you musically?

That’s an easy question to answer. My biggest influence musically is Paul McCartney. He sings, Plays bass. Plays piano… and is one of the greatest songwriters of all time.

 

Do you have any pet peeves about the music industry?

Hmmm…  There is a lot of trash out there. That being said… I see a lot of positive movement towards music and bands that create from raw feel. I can’t stand cookie cutter songs or bands that try to emulate the hottest sound of the day.

 

Advice to up and coming musicians?

My advice to musicians trying to start a career is to stay real. Don’t try to change what comes natural just to suit someone else’ taste. It won’t pay off in the end.

 

 The band is currently recording their first full-length CD, Serengeti Drivers, at Real 2 Reel Studios in Jonesboro, Ga. Once Serengeti Drivers is released in spring 2013, Will Turpin and The Way will embark on a tour with dates to be announced next year.
With his band, Collective Soul, Turpin is a member of the Georgia Music Hall of Fame and has sold more than 10 million albums worldwide. Collective Soul has attained seven No. 1 songs and 19 Top 40 singles, making them one of the most successful bands of the 1990s.
So, we will see you Friday November 2nd!
What: Will Turpin and The Way
When: 8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 2, 2012
Where: Steve’s Live Music, 234 Hilderbrand Drive, Sandy Springs, Ga.

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