Country-jam band to play music at mudbug festival

Melissa Crowe By Melissa Crowe

April 10, 2014 at 5 p.m.
Updated April 9, 2014 at 11:10 p.m.

On the heels of winning best album in the Academy of Texas Music awards, the Scott Taylor Band is gearing up to host its third annual Eat Tail Suck Head Crawfish Fest benefiting Warrior's Weekend.

The festival, set for noon to midnight Saturday at the Victoria Community Center, features 15 bands performing on two stages for a full day of family-friendly fun.

The Captain Legendary Band, which is based in Houston, is brewing up a mix of roots, Americana and southern rock for the festival.

Charlie Hager, guitarist and the group's lead vocalist, talks about his crawfish eating skills, tries to pick his favorite instrument and plans his legendary future.

You're playing the Eat Tail Suck Head festival this weekend. How do you eat your crawfish?

I'm not the fastest guy; you just rip it in half, suck the head first, pinch the tail and suck the meat out.

I've got a buddy who can eat a thousand in a minute. I can probably eat one every five seconds.

You've got to develop crawfish calluses.

What's your drink of choice?

I like the Silver Bullet, people call it Colorado Kool-Aid, but it's good when it's hot out.

But this is a Miller event, so maybe I should say Miller.

I like whiskey too, and bourbon. I like Wild Turkey, but I've had an opportunity recently to go to the Garrison Brothers distillery in Hye. That's a cool place.

It tastes better after you've seen how they make it.

Which do you prefer, electric or acoustic?

It's hard to say. I like the jamming aspect of the electric guitar that gives us two electric lead players.

We can go back and forth and match and do harmonies.

Our latest record was a double-live record - acoustic and electric. I go back and forth on which I like better.

I like it when we do acoustic shows, we did one last weekend in Conroe. I like those shows, but I can't really pick either way.

For the most part when you're touring you're playing the full electric deal.

We lay it back and chill with the acoustic set, it brings you back to where a lot of these songs were written on acoustic.

It's stripped down, and brings you closer to where the song began.

How much of your songwriting do you do on acoustic?

For the most part, I do all my songwriting on acoustic. Even though I'm starting from scratch with acoustic, going through melodies, I can hear what happens when we plug in.

Sometimes, it ends up sounding better than you realize.

With a band name like Captain Legendary, I have to know: What's the most legendary thing you've ever done?

We played with Steve Cropper (a Rolling Stone magazine 100 Greatest Guitarist) - that was pretty legendary. He wrote "Dock of the Bay" and "Soul Man" and a bunch of those hits. He was a guitar player in the Blues Brothers.

What do you think will be your legend in the future?

I just really want people to say I made honest, good music that was cool. We'll never be the most popular stuff out there, but it was cool.

To me, that means stuff that's easy to listen to and that catches your ear. It's unique, but not too far out. Although some of the stuff I do is a little far out. None of it we've recorded officially, but some of our random recordings we've made in certain places get pretty weird.

Well get on it.

We like to jam a lot. We've been referred to as a country-jam band, you know take a four minute song and make it into a 24 minute song.

I like some of the jam band stuff, but it's more playing it than listening to it.

I like Phish's impromptu stuff, Grateful Dead and some of the 70s southern rock stuff might be a little more rehearsed, but Outlaws had a few really long jam songs and we try to emulate that.

You guys have been nominated for quite a few awards by theAcademy of Texas Music,and won live band of the year a few years ago and the artistic excellent award recently. What have those honors done for the band?

The award for artistic excellence was a total surprise.

It helped out, people are looking at us now. The more we're recognized locally, the more it helps elsewhere.

We're hoping to get a studio EP out before the end of the year, it might turn into a full-length, but who knows.

And there's a European tour coming up this fall. Sounds like things are moving right along.

That's our first time over there. We're expanding the fan base. It will be cool to check out the sites and meet some new fans.

We do a pretty good bit of sales in Germany and in Finland. We were in the top 10 when our last studio record came out in the Finland iTunes downloads, and we have a lot of fans in Spain.

What's your favorite thing to do when you're not working with the band?

Probably play with my kids, I've got two boys, a 2-year-old and an 8-month-old.

The oldest one plays a lot of music for me, it's pretty funny. He'll rock it out.

Last night he told me he wanted to rock with Mickey Mouse.

My wife is nervous about it - they're already following after me.



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