Westy Bowen (vocals, guitar) and I (Deke Wiggins, lead guitar) started the band in 2007 in Augusta, GA. Initially we just played acoustically around town and eventually added drummer Brian Brittingham and bass player Iordan ‘Dan’ Atanassov. We played shows mostly in Georgia and South Carolina for a few years. We started recording our debut album, Bon Appetit, in 2010 in Augusta and released it in 2011. It was produced by Ruskin Yeargain.
In 2012 we started recording our second album, Fried Goat. Dan had since moved out west and Brian Heinbaugh (vocals, guitar, mandolin) and Ruskin (bass) now were in the band. We released ‘Fried Goat’ on February 25, 2014. We are going to start recording our third album in September.
We’ve all played in other bands for years. Some of them include Sawdust, In Like Flynn, Spoonhandle, Under the Above, Stinkfoot, Pulpwood Smith, The Barkers and many others.
We don’t really have one genre. Depending on the song it could be considered Hard Rock, Folk Rock, Alternative, Alt-Country, or Pop.
Evolution of the initial musical and thematic elements:
We all write songs (both individually and collectively) so they all originate differently. There is not really a theme to the record.
Ideas about the album:
We are very happy with everything – the songs, the variety of the types of songs, the recording, the mix, master, the artwork.
It’s been great by everyone who has listened.
Next step; live or studio:
We’re playing some shows in the next few months and then recording another album starting in September. The album is tentatively titled ‘Rock’n’Roll Saves Lives’.
The future is bright for Fried Goat. As long we enjoy playing together and keep writing songs that we like we’ll keep it going.
Lyrics, themes and concepts:
It could be anything. We have a few more ‘heartbreak’ songs on the new album than on the debut. We have fictional songs, non-fictional, songs of hope, songs of no-hope.
Preference; live or studio:
They’re both great to me, just different. I personally feel like I play better live. That’s one of the challenges of recording for me – to try to sound like I do live.
We are all credited and have input in the music but Brian Heinbaugh, Westy and I have written most of the lyrics up to this point.
For me it’s guitar-based bands of the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s (classic rock, alternative, hard rock, folk). You’d get different answers depending on who in the band you asked.
Preference; cater to the audience or music for its own sake:
If we don’t like it we wouldn’t be into it so we just write and play what we want and if people dig it that’s great.
‘Fried Goat’ the album.