LOCAL BAND Q&A: Russell Stover

By Chris Colberg Published: March 20, 2008
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This hard-working local musician with a memorable name ("My Momma named me after a box of chocolates") has been influenced by Kiss, Elvis, Waylon Jennings and more.

Q: How long have you been a solo artist?

A: I've done this once before as well, about 10 years ago. But I've been at it about three or four years now.

Q: What's more appealing about being solo as opposed to being in a band?

A: Being solo, you're the only one you have to rely on, the only one you have to count on. You generally play different venues where you actually come up more close and personal with the crowd, more interaction.

Q: What type of music do you play?

A: Country, classic rock, original, a little bit of blues.

Q: What have you learned from previous experiences?

A: I've learned to expect the unexpected. Never know what kind of situation you're going to get into whether you're solo or in a band, or what kind of venue you're playing or what type of music you're playing. There's always another surprise around the corner. Never be afraid to look outside the box.

Q: What do you do to look outside the box?

A: I look at the different ways to perform songs, different approaches to the crowd, also in my writing, as well. I try to take things another whole step further.

Q: How long does it take to make a song or a compact disc?

A: As far as from concept to production, it can take anywhere from weeks to years.

Q: How many CDs have you put out?

A: I'm actually currently working on my first one. I guess that's where you can say the years come from. I've recorded a lot of individual songs but have never put together a full CD.

Q: Do you think artists have a better chance to make it today what with the Internet and MySpace?

A: By all means, it depends on what you call "make it.

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From his MySpace page

www.myspace.com/likeaboxachocolates

Upcoming Shows:

March 21 9 p.m. Aloha, 3215 S Bryant, Oklahoma City

March 22 5:30 p.m. Swadley’s BBQ, 304 N Telephone Rd, Moore

March 28 9 p.m. Aloha, 3215 S Bryant, Oklahoma City

March 29 5:30 p.m. Swadley’s BBQ, 2233 W Memorial, Oklahoma City

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