The Trading Co – Norman Music Festival

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The Trading Co. are a blues rock duo from Oklahoma. Josh (guitar) and Jonathan (drums) draw from their love of roots music to emphasize the driving rhythms, harmonic vocals, and consummate guitar playing in the music they write. The Trading Co., who will be performing a free show at the Norman Music Festival, speaks with me in this performer question and answer session. They will perform at the Fowler Honda Gray Street Stage on Saturday, April 23, 2016 at 12:00pm. Since this is the ninth year for the festival, here are nine questions to get to know them.

1. To get people to know you, how would you describe yourself and your music?
We sort of made up the name Oklahoma Hills Blues. Which is kind of a nod to Mississippi hills country blues that T-model Ford, and R.L. Burnside and others were famous for, combined with our fondness of where we are from, and the unique sound that Oklahoma tends to add to all different styles of music.


2. What song would you like a person who hasn’t heard your music listen to first?
Sky Ain’t Falling, or All They Had are probably the best representation of our overall sound.

3. What’s your song writing process?
We really don’t have just one. Almost every song starts differently. Sometimes it’s a riff that one of us has, sometimes it’s a progression, sometimes it’s lyrics first. We also have a tendency to just ad lib and make up a song on stage every now and then.

4. What are your thoughts on the Norman Music Festival?
[pullquote-right]”So often you don’t get to see your friends in other bands because you are both playing a certain night or what have you, but NMF is just a great time where you can see 20 or 30 bands and see tons of people you don’t usually get to.”[/pullquote-right]It’s our favorite time of the year! So often you don’t get to see your friends in other bands because you are both playing a certain night or what have you, but NMF is just a great time where you can see 20 or 30 bands and see tons of people you don’t usually get to. It’s just a great time.

5. In general, what inspires you?
Pretty much anything. We have been inspired to write a song by anything from getting up and going to work every day to heartbreak to children’s movies

6. You’ve just been offered an all expenses paid trip. Where would you go?
Probably Europe, or somewhere. The French and English countrysides sound nice.

7. Any plans while you’re in the Norman area?
We are in Norman almost every day, so we will probably stick to the festival, but for anyone who doesn’t get down there often you have to stop by Guestroom, Syrup, Scratch, and Greek House.

8. Anything else you want the public to know about you?
Based on the above question I am realizing part of us playing shows may just be an excuse to travel to new restaurants.

9. What do you think should be the Ninth Wonder of the World?
How about an idea rather than a place. The biggest wonder is true love, how so many people don’t understand it, and don’t recognize it. God is love, and it’s an action. Not a feeling.


The ninth Norman Music Festival is on April 21, 22 and 23, 2016. Read more interviews from performers in the festival, present and past, here.

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Dennis Spielman

I'm Dennis Spielman, the Producer of Uncovering Oklahoma, which I started in 2009 as a way to show that Oklahoma isn't boring. As for about myself, I’m a creative person that writes imaginative stories. I also run The Show Starts Now Studios, which is my umbrella organization for all of my shows I create. Come join me on Patreon as I create content that adds adventure and wonder to peoples' lives. More about my stories and projects are at DennisSpielman.com

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