Leading up to our November 10 showcase, we'll be getting you familiar with some of our Dallas Observer Music Awards nominees, either via past features we've done on them, or new ones. You can vote for your favorite acts, venues and more right here.
It's an impressive feat that J. Charles & the Trainrobbers are nominated for Best Americana/Roots act in this year's DOMAs without having released a full-length album until this very week. Upon Leaving is a stunner of a country-rock record that adds to the impressive year in North Texas country and roots. (See new albums from Somebody's Darling, Jerrod Medulla, Grant Jones and Ronnie Fauss.)
In the spirit of "getting to know" some of the DOMA-nominated artists, I decided that sometimes, the honesty and bluntness of a child can be the best way to get inside of an artist. Or, at least give them a break from nosy guys like me for once. J. Charles Saenz and drummer Steven Visneau were good sports and answered questions my five-year- old niece Addie said she would ask a rock star if she ever had such a chance. Also, check out the track from the band's new record after the Q&A.
Can I have your autograph? Visneau: I don't have a pen. Saenz: Here Steve, you can borrow mine! I stole it from you anyhow.
Will you please be my friend? Visneau: You can do better. Saenz: Are we talking Interweb friends, or real life? I must warn you: this could be dangerous.
Do you have any new songs? Saenz: Unfortunately, due to the seamlessly never-ending amount of depressing subject matter, yes. Always yes.
Can I be onstage with you? Saenz: Can you shake a tambourine?
How long does it take to sing your song? Saenz: That depends on how many shots I've had.
What's your favorite flower? Saenz: I must say that I am very fond of calla lilies.
Do you get tired when you sing? Saenz: Again, that depends on how many shots I've had.
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Do you have any kids? Saenz: Two cats and two dogs.
Do you like to listen to new songs? Saenz: I can't get enough of my new OFF! cassette. And yes, I really do still have a cassette player.
Do you love to sing your songs? Saenz: I feel like a broken record, but once again, that depends on how many shots I've had.