What is Gulley? Gulley is where Woodstock ‘69 and 1990s college rock intersect.
In early Spring 2012, Gulley released its first EP Keep the Change. This six song production is available to download via BandCamp.com, Reverb Nation, and iTunes and streaming on Spotify. Gulley is currently recording their debut album at the Fidelitorium in Kernersville, NC.
Chobey Badgio: Guitar and Lead VocalsWho are your main influences? Jimi Hendrix, The Band, The Black Crowes, Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin, The Goo Goo Dolls, R.E.M.
You’ve been writing songs for a few years. Which one is your favorite and why?
The last time this question was asked, my answer was “Durango.” And while I still do love playing that song and feeding off the crowd with it, it’s not my favorite anymore (sorry Durango…). I’ve written a LOT of new stuff, and to be quite honest, I don’t know I could pick just one. My answer changes from day to day, but if I had to answer it right now, I’d have to say “The Night is Calling Me.” Like Durango, it’s another high-energy. But unlike Durango, it has a lot of timing changes which I think just makes the song explode at certain points. It’s less of a jam song and more of a melodic piece, and I think it’s a great example of how my songwriting hasn’t necessarily changed, but matured. There’s also this new tune I wrote called “Could You Help Me Out” that Charlie gave me idea for when he was messing around on the drums during rehearsal. It was written that night and hasn’t been outta my head since. It’s a fun, groovy song with a good beat to it.
What do you do when you are writing a song and it feels like a dud?
I lock myself in my room and rethink my life… okay no, not really. I don’t immediately toss it out never to be heard or played again. I give it time. Play it at a few shows. Play it during rehearsal. But if it doesn’t stick, or just doesn’t sound good enough, I move on and don’t worry about it. I don’t think a “dud” has ever been resurrected and rewritten to be performed again. At least with the way I write songs, when they work, they work right off the bat and it sticks. And when I don’t work, I don’t linger on them once I decide not to play them anymore.
Nick Badgio: Bass, Vocals and Assorted Beards
Who are your main influences?
Chobey Badgio, R.E.M., The Band, underground punk rock, Toots & Maytals, Pearl Jam, the Old 97s
Is it true that a good tone is all in the fingers?
This is very true. I one time opened my fingers, and there is was: the tone! I also found a nickel.
What is it like playing with your brother?
Working with Chobey is a blessing. We actually get along rather well. The only time we argue about music is how to pack my 4Runner before a long drive to a show. Logistics in any business is always the most stressful component. Our chemistry is fantastic as well. I suppose there could be a genetic thing to it, but I think time is the major for the good chemistry. Chobey was the guitarist in my first band, and I have been performing with him ever since. We learned how to play our instruments together. Anything musical, we’ve done it together. I am quite blessed.
Charlie Witherspoon: Drums, drums, and more drums
As a musician, who are your main influences?
Jason McGerr, Dustin Ragland, Lee Worley, Joey Waronker, John Bonham, Bernard Purdie, Nick Mason, Nick Harmer, Tim Foreman, James Duke, Captain Kirk Douglas, Amos Lee, etc…