Red Porch Kid is the moniker of Michael Stovall, a musician/producer based in Nashville, TN. His forthcoming album Rocketship, due out January 27th of 2017 is already turning heads and piquing ears – as his low-key approach to ambient Americana is making an incredible first-impression.
Red Porch Kid’s approach to craft is humble, focused and telling – a balm to chaos, and a sense of measure against the insurmountable, this is a mature set of songs that are both compelling and rewarding.
ARTISTdirect caught up with Michael to discuss Rocketship, and the process behind his Red Porch Kid project.
Where are you right now?
I am in the basement of my house in Nashville, TN. Working on some mixes for an upcoming project
Tell us about your new project. Who did you work with? Where was it recorded? Whats it about? Is there candy?
My new record is called “Rocketship”. It’s something that I am really proud of and can’t wait for people to hear it. I actually wrote and recorded the entire album in my old 1-bedroom apartment here in Nashville, TN.
I had the opportunity to work with one of my favorite local bands (Dead & Lovely) on a song called “Lazarus”. Other than that, I kinda kept everything on the album to myself. I wouldn’t say its a very personal record, but I had a distinct mood that I wanted to create for it.
How do you describe your music to new friends?
That’s always tricky. I usually don’t try to describe it at all if possible. If someone sees me play, then they may already have a feeling of what the music is about to them. I try to let the listener decide how to describe it and interpret in their own way.
Other than Red Porch Kid, what should Nashville be known for?
Nashville is much more eclectic than people give it credit for. It’s known as an “Industry” town with a lot of country music artists here, but you will also find some really great indie bands around town as well.
Please look around you right now and describe the first item that is significant to you.
I have the first electric guitar that I ever bought with my own money sitting right next to me. It’s a red Squier Stratocaster. I still try to play it from time to time, but I mainly keep it for sentimental value.
What first inspired you to pursue music?
I remember growing up that I would listen to records over and over again, and I was always trying to figure out how the songs were put together. If I really liked an album, I would listen to it on repeat for weeks at a time. Around that time, I started to realize that music was a huge part of my life and that it genuinely made me happy.
What’s the best advice anyone has given you about pursuing a life in music?
A good friend told me to just do what makes me happy. Simple and to the point, which is why he’s such a good friend.
Who would you love to have in your van for an all day drive from gig to gig?
That’s a good one. I’d probably say John Frusciante. I think the guy is just an incredible musician and I’m sure he would have some amazing stories to tell.
What song best sums up your life right now?
There’s a song by my good friend Vanilla Ghost House called “Shoot the Moon”. I probably interpret the song differently than other people, but I think the performance and mood of the song captures the way I’m feeling.
What is the best reaction to your music you have received so far?
A few days ago I let a friend hear the finished version of the album. She called and left me a really heartfelt and sincere voicemail about how she felt after listening to it. Those little gestures mean a lot.
Take a moment to dream- where do you hope to be a year from now?
Hopefully, I’ll still be touring with this record. I want to constantly be involved with music; whether it be performing, touring, or producing.
What’s your next step toward that dream?
I guess I’m kinda living that dream now. We’ve already got tour dates for 2017 in the works, and my plate is pretty full with different projects coming up. I’ll just continue to try and make the best music possible. Continue to push myself past my comfort zone.