Born and raised in California, Anthony Woods stopped by the Roots n Blues n BBQ festival Saturday afternoon to experience the music. Sadly, Woods was disappointed to learn the festival was not what he thought it would be, but he held out hope that he could still enjoy himself.
What is your career?
“I haul steel. Why? I don’t know. My dad showed me how to do it. I fell in love with it.”
What is your favorite part of hauling steel?
“I guess having a 45,000 pound coil on the back of a flatbed and making sure it stays on there, I guess.”
Is it rewarding?
“To me it is.”
What drew you to Roots n Blues?
“A taxi [driver] told me that y’all was having a blues festival here, so I came and spent 100 dollars to see it.”
What do you think of the festival so far?
“It’s not the type of blues that I like, but somebody told me about Taj Mahal, so I guess I’m going to stick around and see because I’m more like, you know, Buddy Guy, BB King, you know, that type of blues. That’s what I thought I was gonna hear, but it’s been more like bluegrass. I don’t know, country rock I guess. But, you know, I guess people like it. That’s cool. I’m not knocking it, but [it’s] just not my style.”
What is the role of music in your life?
“Okay, blues got my heart because [of] my parents. That’s what they listened to when I was young, so that kind of, like, got first. Then I like R&B, I like hip hop, you know, country, you know, in that order.”
What do you listen to when you’re hauling steel?
Who is your favorite artist?
“BB King’s my favorite, but I like Buddy Guy, you know what I’m saying.”
What was your first exposure to blues music?
“I guess running around the house listening to BB King. So yeah, when, you know, your parents have people over, you’re little, you listen to BB King and all you hear is blues, so it kind of like that’s what they listen to so it’s kind of like what you’ve grown up listening to.”
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