Blake's sound would have to rank as one of my favorites on this page.
I was thinking of a way to explain Blake's sound, and then I checked out one of his bio's that had the perfect description. It states: "Raised in the Tennessee hills, Blake Weibert's grungy, raspy, gravelly voice reminds you of a feisty old curmudgeon who's just taken a swig from the whiskey jug." I couldn't think of a better way to describe it. I wonder if I took a couple swigs of some White Lightning, would I sound the same. Probably not. Blake's sound is one of a kind.
I would strongly encourage you to give Blake's music a try. You can hear more of his music at http://www.reverbnation.com/blakeweibert. There you can have a listen to my personal favorite, "Whiskey and Beer - Blue Blake." It makes you feel like you're floating in a boat on the bayou enjoying a cold one. Try telling me you don't enjoy listening to Blake roll some of his words. Outstanding!
Again, the perfect description of a voice so unique and satisfying to the ears.
I recently had the opportunity to interview Blake to find out more about his unique voice and style. Much like his music, Blake's not one to mince words as he kept it short, sweet and straight to the point. I wouldn't expect anything less from a good old boy from the Tennessee hills. Once again, Blake Weibert.
First off, thank you for doing this interview Blake. I like to get this first question out of the way so we can then get down to the nitty gritty. How long have you been playing music?
Blake - Thanks for having me. I've been playing music for twenty-five plus years now. I play the acoustic guitar and steel resonator.
Wow, twenty-five years is a long time to stay committed to one thing. Do you write your own music?
Blake - Thanks! I picked it up as a product of spending the first years of my life in South Florida watching Spanish speaking kid shows, etc. There's no special name for it, it's original and just a part of me.
That's interesting Blake. Is this where your sound originally comes from or has it taken years to perfect it to the way it sounds today?
Blake - Basically, where does your sound come from? I have always sounded like this. The sound comes from guttural blues to today's Americana.
Touche Blake. Unfortunately, my sound comes from taking a little too many shots square in the nose and coming from a family that couldn't sing a lick. I must say, the description in your bio about your sound could not have described it any better. (Please see opening paragraph) With that being said, what's your favorite drink?
That's surprising as well. Tennessee BBQ is one of a kind, but I guess growing up in South Florida would get you accustomed to seafood. Enough about food, what are some of your favorite places to play?
Blake - I prefer to play in wineries like Keg Springs in Hampshire, TN or Beans Creek in Manchester, TN. The wineries treat me well.
Okay, now for a serious question. All of your pictures show you with your guitar. Do you carry your guitar with you everywhere?
Blake - Ha ha. No, what's up with that question?
One more thought. I think it would be awesome if you sung some blues in Spanish. How's your Spanish?
Blake - Not great, but I want to learn more so I could do Spanish songs.
That would be outstanding. Now for the most important question. The Beatles or The Monkees?
Blake - The Beatles
Ouch again. Two artists in a row who picked The Beatles over The Monkees. It's starting to hurt a little bit. I too, will have to let the last answer pass since Blake was kind enough to do the interview. Blake is definitely a must listen to independent artist. If you're ever in Tennessee at one of the above listed wineries, make sure it's a night Blake's performing. If you are too far from Tennessee, then you can download his music at http://www.reverbnation.com/blakeweibert.
Thanks so much Blake!
By Maxim Daniels