Currently on Mofroâ€™s fall tour, Trube also put out a sweet, leave-em-wanting-more new EP with the Greyhounds recently titled Spring Training that does more in four cuts than many bands tackle on an album. Every track is soulful in some way â€“ hard to avoid with a Stax/Volt ready singer like Anthony Farrell or Trubeâ€™s own warm-grit pipes – but they dish it up in varied ways, from the nu-soul ready â€œWhatâ€™s On Your Mindâ€ to the blues-moderne of â€œYours To Stealâ€ (a rival for the best of The Black Keys) to the coulda-been-a-Sam-And-Dave-hit â€œSoul Navigatorâ€ to playful New Wave cartoon â€œH-E-L-L-O.â€ And Trube tells DI that the â€˜Hounds have a new album coming up before too long. Based on this taster, itâ€™s gonna be very fab, and in the meantime you can pick up the EP here for a name-your-own-price deal.
Andrew Trube is a musicianâ€™s musician, one of those guys that other guitarists watch with hunting dog intensity when heâ€™s onstage. Weâ€™re happy to have him join the list of Shredders whoâ€™ve graced the Impound with their wisdom.
- Favorite effects pedal? Why?
- I got this metal box thing with no name on it that some dude built here in Austin that no one seems to know his name or how to get a hold of him. It is a boost of some sort. I call it the hit maker. If it breaks I am so fucked â€˜cuz I just use that and a tuner.
- Tastiest guitarist — i.e. not just soloing but also overall playing — currently working six-strings?
- Derek Trucks, not only a guitar alien but also a great friend and just an all-around bad ass dude.
Garrett Mason, a Canadian that sounds like he grew up in East Texas with me. I hate him.
Johnny Moeller, an awesome guitar man I used to go see him at the old Antoneâ€™s here in Austin when I was in high school. In my mind, one of the greatest.
Ohâ€¦and Derek Oâ€™Brian. This dude played and plays with everybody. Another Austin great.
- A guitar solo I never get tired of listening to isâ€¦
- Although itâ€™s not a solo itâ€™s just plain guitar work: Junior Kimbroughâ€™s First Recordings (1966). I get into a trance when I listen to this. That damn guitar is like some kind of spiritual monk chant. Plus, the groove is hell fire.
- Preferred brand of axe? Why?
- My Silvertone hollow body Iâ€™ve had for years. But, I just got this reissue Gibson 50s studio Les Paul with P-90â€™s. This is by far the baddest and cheapest new Les Paul you can get. A true workingmanâ€™s guitar. Never ever lets me down.
- AC/DC, The Beatles, Radiohead or The Byrds â€“ which one gives you the biggest guitar boner? What makes them SO sweet?
- Not sure about boner, maybe mildly flaccid. I guess AC/DC. Are there other choices? Ha ha!
- One lesser known guitarist folks should check out isâ€¦
- Ray Bonneville, Josh Perdue, and of course, Daryl Hance.
- What aspect of being a guitarist always makes you happy?
- Just getting to play. It is an escape. Itâ€™s the only thing I can do that represents me for who I am in its most honest form. Most music lovers can tell when they are getting bullshited by a musician, so all I can do is be myself and hope there’re still folks listening.