Meet The New Age Outlaw – Garrett Whitney

Meet The New Age Outlaw – Garrett Whitney

Today I had the pleasure of talking briefly to Garrett Whitney, The New Age Outlaw. Garrett is a new addition to Mental Itch Records family and brings a dose of boldness to the label. Often described as Brash, Sincere and Honest in his approach to music. The Boy from Burien offers a self-described “Grunty” approach to an amazing, unique blend of Country and Classic Rock. I am looking forward to witnessing firsthand his cutting edge, Classic Rock, Country Music style during his June 8th all ages CD Release Party at the one and only Louie G’s in Fife, WA.

Why did you pick your name The New Age Outlaw?
[quote]Why did you decide to play the genre or genres you do? The New Age Outlaw is first and foremost an homage to my heroes such as Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, David Allan Coe, Hank Jr, etc. They defined the outlaw country genre which I am trying to keep alive. Secondly, I’m a huge pro wrestling nerd and my favorite tag team was known as The New Age Outlaws.[/quote]

Your website/other reviews have describes your sound as Brash, sincere, and honest. Do you agree? Why or why not?
[quote]I absolutely agree with that description. I write songs about my experiences in life and with the lifestyle I have lived, there’s just no way to candy coat things. I was an active addict and alcoholic for 13 years and in some regards honesty is all that I have left. Now that I’m living a different way It doesn’t make sense to shy away from my past. I say what I mean, right, wrong, or indifferent. The only thing I know how to be is myself, so trying to write songs or present myself from any other point of view would be greatly disingenuous and fake. As a result, I just lay it out there.[/quote]

Do you write out your lyrics? Do you ever change a song’s lyrics in live sets?
[quote]I do write out my lyrics, but not usually until I have them sorted out in my mind. I do change them occasionally in my live set if a situation presents itself. Usually with me it’s for the sake of humor.[/quote]

Where do you usually gather songwriting inspiration? What is your usual songwriting process?
[quote]I gather inspiration from experience. The more I live and experience the more I have to write about. Fortunately for me I’ve lived a pretty colorful life so far so I’m never really short on song ideas. I cannot say I have a process in place because what I write tends to just happen organically, but if I get a good song title or lyric I keep it in my mind and when the creative juices start flowing I just expand on it. I contemplate my lyrics for a long time before I write them down because for me the story I’m telling is the single most important part of any song.[/quote]

Do you have a band website? Why or why not? Do you have a Facebook or Twitter? Do you use Bandcamp, Spotify or SoundCloud to share your music?
[quote]I do not have an “official” website at the moment but I use www.reverbnation.com/garrettwhitney for almost everything. It’s a great community and service, and it’s ease of use for someone like me who is technologically challenged is a huge plus! I can have everything in one place on this site and it’s easy, so that my go to! I also have www.facebook.com/thenewageoutlawgarrettwhitney which is another great tool. I will be expanding my presence on to other online outlets with the release of my album on June 8th! You can also catch me and my incredible label mates at www.mentalitchrecords.com![/quote]

Do you think that online presence is important for fans to find you and critics to find your music to write about?                                                                                                                                                                                                 [quote]Online presence is a must have these days. The music business has changed so much, the opportunities for the independent artist are incredible these days. Without online presence you may as well stay in the garage and play to the wall.[/quote]

What do you think about online music sharing? Do you ever give your music away for free? Why?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                [quote]Online music sharing is a double edged sword. At the end of the day I want my music in the hands of people who want to to hear it and enjoy it. With that said, I also have a family to feed. I need to be able to pay for studio time, guitar strings and equipment, and gas for the trailer so I can hit the road. I would love for people to think highly enough about my music to pay for it. At the end of the day I’m also excited to just be heard because that’s the most important thing. So in a nutshell, there are times when I’m happy to share my music for free, but it helps me greatly if people pay for it.[/quote]

Since everyone was a startup once, can you give any smaller or local bands looking to get gigs and airplay some tips?                                                                                                                                                                                   [quote]Certainly. Pay your dues. Play for free, play anywhere you can. Build your resume and present your music to anyone who will listen. Network, make friends, and learn from people that are better than you. Keep your ego in check and be humble, even if you and your girlfriends think you are the second coming of Metallica. How do I know this? I know this because I was a drunk with an overinflated ego and I blew not only every opportunity for myself, but the guys in the bands with me as well. Remember it’s not what you say about you, it’s about what others say about you. Local music scenes are tight nit communities and the more friends you make the more opportunities will be presented to you. In other words, be nice, be humble, and practice your craft.[/quote]

Anything you would like share, from new merch to upcoming shows/tours or songs/albums?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

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On June 8th my new record The New Age Outlaw will be available via Mental Itch Records through iTunes, Amazon MP3, and many other great online stores. I will be playing throughout the northwest this summer and you can keep up with my activities via www.reverbnation.com/garrettwhitney

My official CD release is June 8th 2013 at the premier music venue in the northwest, Louie G’s in Fife! 8:00pm start time and it’s an all ages, family friendly venue! I’m really looking forward to it as the show will feature my label mates Lady Justice and the one and only Rane Stone! I will be playing my record front to back and plan a special set of covers that have inspired me along the way.

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Christian Hamilton

Christian Hamilton

Christian is the founder and Editor of Rock Paper Rock as well as a freelance concert and event photographer serving the Pacific Northwest and Beyond. He is a certified member of the PPA and Gold Level member of the CPS. He has recently began working with Mental Itch Records and has launched his own Photography website.



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