In the weeks leading up to the Houston Press Music Awards showcase on Sunday, August 4, Rocks Off will be profiling a handful of performers each day, mostly in their own words -- part of the best top-to-bottum lineup the showcase has ever had, in our humble opinion. See the showcase schedule and ticket information at HPMusicAwards.com, and watch Twitter (@hprocksoff) every day until the showcase for your chance to win tickets.
To which member are we speaking? What are you nominated for? This is a band, and you are speaking with Kenyon, comrade Chris. We are nominated for Best Traditional Rock.
Please list all of your regular band members and what instruments they play. Doug Adams, drums; Paul Pelc, guitar/vocals; Rick Graham, bass/vocals; Kenyon Saylor White, guitar/vocals; Amos Rivera, keyboardasaurus.
Describe your band in four to seven words. Not.there.yet.but.love.it.so.
Who is your single biggest musical influence and why? For me Chris, my father was my single biggest influence. Larger than life.
He was a singer-songwriter and a beautiful human who loved many, more than himself. His name is Saylor White and I encourage anyone with a willing ear to look him up.
What recordings (if any) do you have readily available? We have two wonderful, five-song EPs, available for listening and purchase at athousandcolours.com. Please remember the "u." :)
Have you ever been HPMA-nominated before? When and what for? I dont believe so sir, but I cannot quite remember. I apologize.
Where and how often do you perform (publicly) around Houston? As a band we frequent the likes of Fitzgerald's, Warehouse live, Scout Bar, and the occasional House of Blues, etc. When they can squeeze us in. Usually once or twice a month.
Beautiful venues and people, I'd like to add. As for myself, I'll perform in your living room if the BBQ and beer are provided. Practically any day of the week. Holler at your boy, Mr. Gray.
What is the next step for your band? I always have my eyes forward. We just released both our EPs in the past two months. We are looking to shoot a few videos and write write write.
In my humblest opinion, a band is headed no where, if there aren't newer songs on deck. I will forever endeavor to record and release these. Even if or when no one cares. I would also like to collaborate with other Houston musicians and create a compilation album of original work that everyone had a hand in making. But that is still a day dream for now.
Finish this sentence: "Houston music is..." Houston music is made by some of the most wonderful of creatures. I am blessed to know a few of them. And them diamonds ain't monkey.
Keep the Houston Press Free... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Houston with no paywalls.