Magnolia Bayou is a rock band, born on the bayous of South Mississippi. Their roots run deep through the rich soil of the Mississippi Delta all the way down to the muddy waters of Mexico. Because their upbringings stretch so far across the state, a vast array of influences are carried throughout their music, which is soaked with the sound and soul of their southern heritage. In the three short years since their formation, they have paid their dues up and down the Mississippi Blues Trail, touring extensively throughout the surrounding South and as far as the Midwest. Full of energy and soul, the band carries a dynamic show that captivates its audience and transports them back to the late 60’s and 70’, a time when music was epic.
XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows, or announcements?
Cedric: The latest news from the Bayou camp is that we are, as of this writing, less than two weeks away from releasing our new album ‘Strange Place’ worldwide! We also just put out a new video for our current single ‘Preachin’ Blues’ which is streaming now on YouTube! We have limited live shows right now with our first being a live stream concert on October 1st. In partnership with Tree of Forgiveness Nightclub, we will be playing our new album in its entirety with a few of our older material in there as well. We will also be playing SideTracks Music Hall in Huntsville, AL as well on October 3rd. We’re looking to gradually add more events as time progresses.
XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together?
Cedric: The band has been together for around 7 years now.
XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band?
Cedric: My personal reason is being in Jr High and High school listening to bands such as Korn, Limp Bizkit, Papa Roach, Chevelle, Evanescence, etc. Also having my buddies introduced me to some old school bands such as Jimi Hendrix Experience, Led Zepplin, Cream, The Allman Brothers, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Van Halen, Journey, and so many more. On top of already just wanting to just play the drums, being inspired by all these bands fueled my desire to want to play and create some magic of my own!
XS ROCK: What is your music background?
Cedric: My musical background consists of me always tinkering with drums in some way till I actually got my own first kit when I was 16. When I formed my first band in high school, we were trying to imitate our favorite bands at the time such as The Mars Volta, Coheed, and Cambria, Glassjaw, Taking Back Sunday, Death Cab For Cutie, Thursday, Underoath to name a few. After that disbanded, I joined a band that would later be known as Cathercist & Wildfire. I was with them for several years before I departed. I did several music projects afterward throughout the years till I eventually ended up in Magnolia Bayou!
XS ROCK: What image do you think your music conveys?
Cedric: Our Music represents four southern boys from Mississippi that talks about life, love, loss, heartbreak, deception, and our travels over the years. We just want to write good honest music from the heart and hope that it resonates with those out there that listen to our music.
XS ROCK: What are your current music career goals?
Cedric: Our current music goals are to tour and play in new areas we have yet to perform in when the pandemic lets up. We want to keep releasing more music and be bigger and better!
XS ROCK: Which do you prefer? Writing new songs and recording or playing for a live audience?
Cedric: I like them both very much for their own reasons. I love to perform live and get that reaction from the crowd but I love being in a studio and creating new music! It’s so fun to see where we can take a song and experiment with new things we’ve never done!
XS ROCK: What are your songs’ lyrics about? (What specific themes do they cover?)
Cedric: We have songs such as Sweet Magnolia which is a song focused around loving that special someone in your life. Another is Long Damn Ride which is about being on the road traveling from town to town on the tour grind. One more is a cover we did called Hurricane which is a story about living life through being affected by the aftermath of a hurricane. We cover a variety of topics in our music.
XS ROCK: What is the single most important thing to you as a musician?
Cedric: The most important thing to me as a musician is to always practice! I always want to be the best that I can be at my craft. Also listening to different genres of music and expanding your palate is important to me. Its where you as a musician can find lots of inspiration when creating your own music. Don’t be afraid to explore outside of your comfort zone!
XS ROCK: Do you have any outrageous tour stories from the road? If so, please fill us in.
Cedric: One story, in particular, is when we were on tour in the summer of 2019. We were somewhere in Utah and just finished playing our show and heading back to the hotel. We stopped at a gas station along the way to get some snacks, drinks, etc. When we were about to leave, we were approached by some sketchy looking dude that claimed he worked for the local sheriff dept. He was spilling a bunch of rhetoric and whatnot till he finally said something about the crack in our windshield and said we were going to get arrested for it hahaha!! At this point, we were thinking this dude was trying to rob us until he finally left and walked away into the night. After that encounter, we all had a come to Jesus meeting when we left the gas station. Getting closer to our hotel, our bassist’s brother Jake was driving, we’re driving down this dark highway then all of a sudden, a deer appeared out of nowhere! We all screamed out as we barely missed it and swerved into the opposite lane which had a gas truck coming toward us! He quickly got us back into the right lane and we made back the hotel safe and sound. We had some beers, played some video games, and laughed about it afterward haha!! It was a crazy weird night we haven’t topped yet and hope we don’t! Stay safe on the road out there people!
XS ROCK: What’s the strangest request that you’ve ever received from one of your fans?
Cedric: I can’t say I’ve had some strange request that I can recall but I’m sure that’ll be down the line in the future haha!!
XS ROCK: Are your friends and family supportive of your choice to play in a rock band?
Cedric: There are those who are supportive and some who just don’t pay attention which is fine. I’m doing this for me and those who want to go along for the ride!
XS ROCK: What advice do you have for new bands trying to get started?
Cedric: My advice to new bands is just playing! Be %100 true to your craft. Make the best music you can and put yourself out there. There’s never any guarantee but it’s a passion that gets you through. Cream rises to the top and Magnolia Bayou is still rising and always working hard!
XS ROCK: What are your favorite tracks to play live?
Cedric: My favorites are Thieves, From The Other Side, Mr. Green, Fairies Wear Boots, Hands In The Dirt, and Sweet Magnolia.
XS ROCK: Which band or artist inspired you to perform? Why?
Cedric: One of my biggest inspirations is Korn. Everything from the lyrical content to their music resonates on a deep level to me. They’re the reason I even wanted to start a band. One performance that sealed it for me was when they performed a cover of Metallica’s ‘One’ in 2003 on the Metallica MTV Icon show. They absolutely killed it! An honorable mention from that same show, Limp Bizkit destroyed Metallica’s ‘Sanitarium’! That show alone made me say I want to do that!!
XS ROCK: If you could design a dream tour for your band, who would be on the bill?
Cedric: Oh man! Obviously, I’d love to tour with Korn one day! But to use current bands out now, I’d love to share a bill with Great Van Fleet, Marcus King, Royal Blood, Rival Sons, Honey Honey, Black Stone Cherry, Fever 333, Bad Wolves, Dirty Honey, just to name a few. A couple of bands from my younger days would be Incubus, Breaking Benjamin, Chevelle, Limp Bizkit, Rage Against The Machine, Buckcherry, and fellow Mississippians 3 Doors Down.
XS ROCK: What do you consider your greatest accomplishment so far?
Cedric: My two biggest accomplishments to me was playing the 2008 Taste of Tour in my hometown arena! I got to meet and witness some great musicians! The highlight being I got to see The Rev from A7X up close and playing! I never got to exchange words with him sadly but I will cherish that memory forever! The other is finally being on an official album now with Magnolia Bayou. It’s the first band I’ve done a full-scale release with and I’m very proud of that accomplishment!
XS ROCK: If you weren’t performing in a band what kind of career do you think you would have?
Cedric: If I wasn’t in music, I’d be back in the Army serving my country proudly!
XS ROCK: What type of equipment do you use for live shows?
Cedric: Equipment as far as brands are concerned, my cymbals have always been Sabian. I use different kits live from time to time but my main rig is a four-piece kit with a mixture of Birch Tama toms (12 & 16), a 26Cedric: inch Peal Mahogony Marching Bass Drum converted into a kick drum, a 14×5 Sonor Maple snare that absolutely cracks! My hardware is TAMA and my bass pedal is a DW 5000 single pedal. I’m a Remo Drumhead guy but my bass drum head is an Evans EMAD Onyx that I love and they make the size and sound I need for my monster kick drum! I just recently acquired a vintage white Ludwig kit from a buddy of mine that I plan to start using live in the near future!
XS ROCK: What do you think of the current music scene?
Cedric: The current music scene, for rock anyways, I think is flourishing. It’s not as mainstream as it was but there’s still loads of people who I believe, love and appreciate the craft of rock music or any genre with musicians who write and play more organic music. I think it’s going to be bigger and better once normalcy returns to our daily lives.
XS ROCK: For anyone that doesn’t know you, what would they be surprised to know about you?
I’m not sure, I’m a pretty eclectic person.
XS ROCK: Is there anything that you’d like to promote or say to your fans out there?
Cedric: For those of you who are not familiar with Magnolia Bayou, please swing by our website www.magnoliabayou.com and check us out. We have our new album ‘Strange Place’ dropping on September 24th, 2020. Check out our YouTube page @magnoliabayou for all our latest videos and various content. Our music is available everywhere on all streaming platforms! Thank you for your support and we hope to see you all out on the road soon… Stay safe!
XS ROCK: Thanks again for taking the time to talk with us at XS ROCK!
Current Members: Andrew Fulton (Lead Vox & Rhythm Guitar)
Josh Estes (Bass)
Dylan Palmiero (Lead Guitar)
Cedric Feazell (Drums & Percussion)
Apple Music @magnoliabayou