Band Bio info
Band name:The Garnet Hearts Trio (The Garnet Hearts)
Band members:Eddie MacIntosh -lead vocals and acoustic guitar, John Bozarth -upright bass and vocals , Zack Sweeney -lead guitar , with occasional appearances by Nick Borek-electric guitar , and Mark Pettijohn-drums
Booking contact:via www.thegarnethearts.com
Merchandise purchase info: Www.thegarnethearts.com
How would you describe your style of music?
We play authentic Rockabilly as I see it. We've always tried to have a sound that was our own but is heavily influenced by the Blues , Country , Hillbilly, and Rockabilly of the mid fifties. It's always been my goal to sound like a contemporary of my influences
How did you get into this style of music?
Personally , I was raised by my grandparents and mother. I grew up on a steady diet of traditional Scottish music and popular Country. However I was born in Baltimore city and always loved Baltimore's love for 1950's culture. I fell in love with American Rock 'N' Roll at around 16. My childhood friend Mark Pettijohn and I started playing really rudimentary Rockabilly. I know that John, our bassist , was hooked on upright bass from years of being a Comets fan and his love of Jump Blues. Once we dug deeper into the roots and got into the fashion and subculture everything was a natural fit. At 17, I went to see the Flea Bops and there was no looking back. I knew that's what I wanted to do. I owe so much to those guys . If it wasn't for the Flea Bops and Dave Moore, I may never have had a chance to record and learn to better my craft.
The Garnet Hearts name came from a jewelry catalog . I was told that garnet symbolized success in love and finance. Who wouldn't want that ? Haha
What is the background of your band members?
As far as background, I suppose we're all from Maryland. John is from Rockville, which is close to DC, Zack is from the Baltimore Area and I am from Baltimore as well. We tend to be in the DC area quite a bit as my wife and I currently live in the capital.
Who are they as individuals?
We're a pretty tight knit group. John and I have known each other for over a decade . He's pretty much family . I can't imagine playing without him. He's been the foundation for most of the music in my adult life. Zack is wise beyond his years. When we heard him play I thought that there was no way that this kid was in his early 20's. You may know him from his work with Wayne Hancock or Danny Kay.
Where can people purchase your music and or merchandise?
Everything is available online . I believe that cd baby sells our CDs as well as iTunes and Amazon . We're working on our first release as the Garnet Hearts Trio . It's gonna be on vinyl and that's about all I know right now.
How long has your band been together?
We ve been a band for close to 11 years .
What do you like the most about the Rockabilly scene?
I love the scene because I've met people all over the world and many of them have become great friends. I've been lucky enough to hear that some of our songs have meant a great deal to people . It's very humbling to hear that. We all love so many artists past and present that there is always something new to discover and it challenges us to do our best. As far as the people who come to shows and set up weekenders, everyone has been so kind. We’ve slept on so many floors and couches and eaten so many meals that were provided out of the kindness of people in the scene.
Who are your music idols, who influences your music?
Musically, I think that Rockabilly is personified best by Carl Perkins. I’d say that Carl Perkins has a lot of influence on my writing as well as so many Blues and Country artists. I know that as a bassist John has always loved Marshall Lytle and Willie Dixon and is crazy for Jerry Reed. Zack is so well rounded in his influences. I can't speak for him but I'd say that if you name a guitarist that you like, Zack has probably studied his or her playing.
What future events do you have planned?
A bunch of one night stands in Baltimore and DC with trips to NYC and Boston as well. In September we’ll be playing at the New England Shake Up which if you haven’t gone to ,you really should. It’s a fantastic weekender that is run by Beck Rustic who is an angel to traveling bands in the scene.
Do your band members have day jobs or do they make their dime as professional musicians?
Zack plays constantly with many different acts. I believe he also teaches guitar. He’s definitely a professional musician in all senses. John gigs quite a bit as well in addition to utilizing his automotive knowledge. He’s done so much studio work that chances are you may have heard him and not known it. Especially on the Wild Hare records label and with the Another Mile records artists. I am a tattoo artist at Naked Art tattoos in Odenton,Maryland. I actually met my tattooing mentor and friend, Chris Lowe, because he had asked the Garnet Hearts to play at the shop 8 years ago. I’ve also written for a few other artists and productions.
Do you or any of your band members collect records?
I think that we all buy records but to say that we collect them would be an insult to the real record collectors out there.
If so, what do you/ they collect?
I love the old British white label Rockabilly comps so when I see those I try and pick them up.
What is your most memorable experience at a concert?
There are so many. I think that being on stage at Viva Las Vegas 12 was amazing. Being a part of the first New England Shake-Up was great as well. I’m not sure what the most memorable experience would be. But those are some of my favorites.
What was your funniest memory at a concert?
We laugh a lot as a band. We were hired to back up an artist once who was really condescending to us. After hours of dealing with his abrasiveness, we reached a point of insanity. He asked that we perform with very odd specifics. No exposed tattoos, no western wear, no drinking etc. Mark Pettijohn, who was our original drummer and will always be one of us had definitely had enough. He showed up and played in a child’s cowboy holster and gun set with his sleeves rolled up to his shoulder and a tiny cowboy hat . It was fantastic. I don’t think the fella that we were backing was very happy. There’s more but they’ll require a few drinks to get out of us. hahaha
Is there anything that you would like to add about yourself or your band?
Mark Pettijohn, Nick Borek, Alex Fine, Andy Summers, and Andy Scott have all played with us . Mark, John and I started together. All of those guys deserve to be mentioned because they have shaped us for sure.
Last but not least, what makes this band tick?
The band ticks because we are able to do what we love musically and people have responded to what we do. Honestly the fans of the music, the Djs, the promoters…the magazines….that’s what allows us to live this crazy life. The band exists because we are lucky enough to have people like what we do. In my opinion, bands should never forget that without the fans its nothing. We just try our best to do it right.
The Garnet Hearts started in 2003 with Eddie MacIntosh and Mark Pettijohn of the 1990′s teenage frantics The Boom Boom Cats. With the addition of backbone bassist John Bozarth and guitarist Zach Sweeney, the boys have played all over the country including Viva Las Vegas 12 and the New England Shake-Up 1. They have built a solid reputation based on critical acclaim for their songwriting as well as fan popularity for an authentic sound and entertaining stage show. You can also see them this year at the New England Shake-Up 3 in Sturbridge, Massachusetts.
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