A Tale By Troby – The Beginning Years

To give a little background on my passion for all things music and entertainment, we can back track to my earlier years. Beginning as a young child living in North Carolina in the 80s, attending my first concert at Beach Fest where I heard the southern sound of Alabama. Through these years, I would become familiar with the great Randy Travis, Alan Jackson, Dwight Yoakam, Garth Brooks, Clint Black, George Straight, Reba McEntire, and many more.

Later during my move to the Texas south, I would begin my love for rock and pop music. Jamming to the latest Def Leopard, MC Hammer, Michael Jackson, New Kids on the Block (That’s right, I was Hang’n Tough) to groups like Boyz II Men, Kriss Kross, and the Spin Doctors. Soon my ear for music grew into the glorious sounds of Rock N Roll. I didn’t start like normal kids in the 90s . . . I started with my dad’s old record player that was always on the top of my dresser . . . sitting in my room playing The Beach Boys, Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, Chicago, Peter Frampton, Woodstock Triple-Album, etc.

As my understanding about the dynamics of the lyrics, drums, guitars and the overall music composition began to grow I started to search for a new adventure for my ear buds, so I began venturing into Nirvana, Bush, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Soundgarden, Alice In Chains, Pearl Jam, Green Day, Everclear, Silverchair, Oasis, Foo Fighters, Counting Crows, Live, Weezer, Stone Temple Pilots, etc. As my overall sense of music was growing by the each passing year I started to get into all types music at once. That pushed me towards Smashing Pumpkins, Third Eye Blind, Rage Against The Machine, Staind, Limp Bizkit, Jimmies Chicken Shack, Korn, Marcy’s Playground, Dishwalla, Local H, Fugees, Toad The Wet Sprocket, Cake, Notorious B.I.G., DMX, The Verve, Crash Test Dummies, Blur, Supergrass, The Presidents of The United States, Garbage, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Gin Blossoms, Dr. Dre, Tupac, Jay-Z, etc.

During my teens I started to find the love of music so much inside of me that my best friend at the time decided to buy a Fender guitar. He became very good at it in a matter of months and since we loved Local H (2 piece band) so much we thought we could make a band with just the two of us. So I decided to go buy some microphones and mic stands at the local Guitar Center, along with a simple 4 track recording system and bunch of blank tapes. The band had begun. We just worked on cover songs since Sean was learning the guitar and we stayed up late night covering songs and just enjoying the music. Many bad mixes were made, but hey, that’s the way it goes when you start, right? Practice, Practice, Practice.

More to come in part 2.



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