3 Bucksworth
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3 Bucksworth

Longwood, Florida, United States

Longwood, Florida, United States
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27
3 Bucksworth @ Flannigans Grand Opening

Oviedo, Florida, USA

Oviedo, Florida, USA

Jun
13
3 Bucksworth @ St. Andrews Tavern

Altamonte Springs, Florida, USA

Altamonte Springs, Florida, USA

May
15
3 Bucksworth @ The Copper Rocket

Maitland, Florida, USA

Maitland, Florida, USA

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OB: You guys are putting the finishing touches on your debut LP, Indiana. How has your recording been going?

3 BucksWorth: It’s been going great, but slowly. We’ll record 2-3 songs, then play a bunch of shows and save our pennies until we have enough to go back in the studio. We’ll have our 2nd EP ready by this spring, and hopefully have the full LP done by the end of the year. We’d love to be able to go into the studio for a couple solid weeks and knock it out, but that’s just not a reality for us right now. We have enough good material for 2 full LPs, and we’re writing all the time, so it’s getting harder and harder to decide which songs take priority.

OB: With the recording process, did you follow a specific formula to achieve the sound of the album?

3 BucksWorth: We’re trying to keep it as organic as possible, so it’s all quality instruments and great vintage tube amps. Jose has a 1953 Fender 600, which is a little 5 watt tube amp with one knob that goes to 12. He’s named “Fred” and he is maybe the best sounding amp on the planet. We’re using Fred either straight in or with a Holy Grail Reverb and a vintage DOD overdrive. We’re also using Jose’s early 70’s silver face Twin Reverb, which also sounds fantastic. Our main electrics for recording are Jose’s American Tele and Gibson Les Paul DC, and Chris’ American Strat and Eastwood Ichiban. For acoustics, we’re using Chris’ trusty Gibson Songbird Deluxe and his 1973 Guild D-50, which both sound great. For bass tones, Mark has been running his Fender Jazz thorough one of Brett’s great Rivera heads, which is basically a like a vintage Fender Bassman on steroids. We obviously put a lot of emphasis on the vocal harmonies, and Brett has been really been able to make them soar.

OB: Whats the inspiration for the title “Indiana”?

3 BucksWorth: Well Chris spent a lot of time in Indiana growing up spending summers with his dad. He’d spend the school years in Orlando, playing lead electric guitar in various high school rock bands, and then spend summers in Indiana playing in his dad’s bluegrass and celtic bands. His main musical growth come during those times. Plus it’s the name of one of our favorite songs. In Indiana you find great people and a lot of great music. There’s a lot of bluegrass, but there’s also great roots rock, folk, Irish/Celtic, blues, etc. You can hear all those influences in 3BW’s music.

OB: Have you decided when the official release will be set?

3 BucksWorth: Not just yet. We just finished the main tracks for the next EP, and we have to go back in and finish up some vocals and guitars, so we’re looking at late March/early April.

OB: How was working with producer Brett Hestla? (Dark new day, Creed)

3 BucksWorth: Brett is amazing. He's a friend of ours, and he usually works with much heavier bands, so he gives our music a little bit of an edge. He’s such a talented guy and he always has great ideas on arrangements. He has the best ear of anyone we've ever met. He’s also been in 3 different signed bands, and charted with his own music, so he knows what it takes to get notice and airplay. Plus he’s really cool and laid back, and he knows how to get the best performances out of the artists he works with. It’s a lot of fun.

OB: Currently being unsigned, do you guys have intensions of a big record deal?

3 BucksWorth: We hope something will happen, either a record or development deal. We’d love to have enough money to finish the record, then promote it and tour behind it, without having to ask our families to live on water and saltines. We‘re not young kids, we all have families and jobs and responsibilities, so our road will have to be a little different than most bands, but it seems like maybe we’re starting to get some notice.

OB: Your music has a very soothing, clean sound. Almost like stepping into a different era of music. How does the song writing process usually take place?

3 BucksWorth: Yeah, we’re never quite sure what’s going to come out. We never start with a theme or idea. There’s no real formula, and we really try to let the songs come pretty naturally. It will usually start with Chris dicking around on the guitar and coming up with a riff or a chord pattern we like, then he’ll start freestyling some lyrics over it. Once we have a general pattern and phrasing, the song will start to take shape. Then we fight about lyrics for a few hours and the song will present itself, usually very different from how it started. It’s actually pretty funny to watch. We’re obviously heavily influenced by 60’s and 70’s harmony bands like CSNY, America, The Eagles, Little River Band, Orleans, etc., and you can hear a lot of that in our stuff, but we love all kinds of music, new and old. For us it’s all about hooks and harmonies, regardless of whether it’s a straight-up pop-rock song like “She Forgets”, a big ballad like “Open Your Eyes”, a more-traditional song like “Indiana” or something more rockabilly, like “I Wasn’t W - OrlandoBands.com


OB: You guys are putting the finishing touches on your debut LP, Indiana. How has your recording been going?

3 BucksWorth: It’s been going great, but slowly. We’ll record 2-3 songs, then play a bunch of shows and save our pennies until we have enough to go back in the studio. We’ll have our 2nd EP ready by this spring, and hopefully have the full LP done by the end of the year. We’d love to be able to go into the studio for a couple solid weeks and knock it out, but that’s just not a reality for us right now. We have enough good material for 2 full LPs, and we’re writing all the time, so it’s getting harder and harder to decide which songs take priority.

OB: With the recording process, did you follow a specific formula to achieve the sound of the album?

3 BucksWorth: We’re trying to keep it as organic as possible, so it’s all quality instruments and great vintage tube amps. Jose has a 1953 Fender 600, which is a little 5 watt tube amp with one knob that goes to 12. He’s named “Fred” and he is maybe the best sounding amp on the planet. We’re using Fred either straight in or with a Holy Grail Reverb and a vintage DOD overdrive. We’re also using Jose’s early 70’s silver face Twin Reverb, which also sounds fantastic. Our main electrics for recording are Jose’s American Tele and Gibson Les Paul DC, and Chris’ American Strat and Eastwood Ichiban. For acoustics, we’re using Chris’ trusty Gibson Songbird Deluxe and his 1973 Guild D-50, which both sound great. For bass tones, Mark has been running his Fender Jazz thorough one of Brett’s great Rivera heads, which is basically a like a vintage Fender Bassman on steroids. We obviously put a lot of emphasis on the vocal harmonies, and Brett has been really been able to make them soar.

OB: Whats the inspiration for the title “Indiana”?

3 BucksWorth: Well Chris spent a lot of time in Indiana growing up spending summers with his dad. He’d spend the school years in Orlando, playing lead electric guitar in various high school rock bands, and then spend summers in Indiana playing in his dad’s bluegrass and celtic bands. His main musical growth come during those times. Plus it’s the name of one of our favorite songs. In Indiana you find great people and a lot of great music. There’s a lot of bluegrass, but there’s also great roots rock, folk, Irish/Celtic, blues, etc. You can hear all those influences in 3BW’s music.

OB: Have you decided when the official release will be set?

3 BucksWorth: Not just yet. We just finished the main tracks for the next EP, and we have to go back in and finish up some vocals and guitars, so we’re looking at late March/early April.

OB: How was working with producer Brett Hestla? (Dark new day, Creed)

3 BucksWorth: Brett is amazing. He's a friend of ours, and he usually works with much heavier bands, so he gives our music a little bit of an edge. He’s such a talented guy and he always has great ideas on arrangements. He has the best ear of anyone we've ever met. He’s also been in 3 different signed bands, and charted with his own music, so he knows what it takes to get notice and airplay. Plus he’s really cool and laid back, and he knows how to get the best performances out of the artists he works with. It’s a lot of fun.

OB: Currently being unsigned, do you guys have intensions of a big record deal?

3 BucksWorth: We hope something will happen, either a record or development deal. We’d love to have enough money to finish the record, then promote it and tour behind it, without having to ask our families to live on water and saltines. We‘re not young kids, we all have families and jobs and responsibilities, so our road will have to be a little different than most bands, but it seems like maybe we’re starting to get some notice.

OB: Your music has a very soothing, clean sound. Almost like stepping into a different era of music. How does the song writing process usually take place?

3 BucksWorth: Yeah, we’re never quite sure what’s going to come out. We never start with a theme or idea. There’s no real formula, and we really try to let the songs come pretty naturally. It will usually start with Chris dicking around on the guitar and coming up with a riff or a chord pattern we like, then he’ll start freestyling some lyrics over it. Once we have a general pattern and phrasing, the song will start to take shape. Then we fight about lyrics for a few hours and the song will present itself, usually very different from how it started. It’s actually pretty funny to watch. We’re obviously heavily influenced by 60’s and 70’s harmony bands like CSNY, America, The Eagles, Little River Band, Orleans, etc., and you can hear a lot of that in our stuff, but we love all kinds of music, new and old. For us it’s all about hooks and harmonies, regardless of whether it’s a straight-up pop-rock song like “She Forgets”, a big ballad like “Open Your Eyes”, a more-traditional song like “Indiana” or something more rockabilly, like “I Wasn’t W - OrlandoBands.com


Discography

5 Bucks Worth of 3 Bucksworth - EP, Indy, 2008

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Bio

It shouldn’t have happened this way. Chris, Mark and Jose have been musicians their entire lives. Jose tends toward progressive stuff, Mark loves arena-rock and Chris grew up on Led Zeppelin and bluegrass. They all love The Beatles, CSNY, The Eagles and America. They all played in bands as teenagers and young adults. Chris and Jose both grew up with it. Their fathers played; they played well, and played professionally. Mark chased the dream with numerous bands; got close to getting a record deal, did some touring. Then life intervened. They got jobs, they started families and their responsibilities grew. They still played a little, pulling out the guitars at parties, for their kids, their families. Strangely, around the same time they all decided it was time to start playing again, really playing. They found friends who played, started bands, played open mic nights, bar gigs, parties. They all got pretty good again. It wasn’t really going anywhere, but who cared? They were having fun, making a little extra money, at least enough to pay for their guitar strings anyway.

Then they met.

Chris and Jose had played together in a couple different bands. Mark was a helluva bass player who had his own band and lived down the street from Chris. One day Chris and Jose decided to form an acoustic duo, and then one day soon after that Mark decided to stop by and jam. It was pretty cool. They found they could do 3-part harmonies, and with the bass they could actually do some pretty rockin’ stuff. They became 3 Bucksworth.

Then they wrote a song.

It was a good song; seriously, a REALLY good song. Who knew? They had been playing a couple of Chris’s original tunes, so now they had 3. Cool! Then they wrote another song, and IT was really good. And then another, and another, and on and on. Suddenly they had a bunch of really good songs! Then the people at their shows started talking about their songs. Saying, “That’s a great song! Who is it?” They decided they should probably record some of these songs, so they called up a friend of Chris’s who is a real-life professional record producer (maybe you’ve heard of him, his name is Brett Hestla). And he thought the songs were really good too! And all the time they kept writing great songs!

So they realized that some other people need to hear these songs. Everyone’s telling them so. Their fans (they actually have fans!), their families, their friends, co-workers, even people they don’t know!
They know you’re busy, so the bottom line is that 3 Bucksworth plays really good music really well.