The Savannah-based cover band Outlaw Gypsy performs throughout the Coastal Empire and is set to hit the stage at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival in J.F. Gregory Park.
Known for their high-energy vocals and wide range of songs in their catalog, Outlaw Gypsy could be one of the newest bands to make a name for themselves on the big stage.
The band is made up of four members, including Earnest Spiva on bass, Jen Hinton on vocals, Ronnie Prevatt on drums and Jay Brooks on guitar. The group took some time out of their busy schedule recently to chat with Bryan County News:
BRYAN COUNTY NEWS: Tell me how you guys met and why you decided to form Outlaw Gypsy.
Prevatt: All of us had been working on other things with some other bands, and we all kind of fell into place — we all kind of just hooked up together.
BCN: For those who’ve never heard you play, try and describe your sound.
Hinton: Oh wow. We’re definitely loud, but I would also say we’re a formulation of southern rock and some modern day hits. But we cover just about everything in between.
BCN: Who would you say are some of your greatest musical influences?
Hinton: Definitely Hart and Led Zeppelin, but I grew up on classic rock. As far as contemporary stuff, Sheryl Crow definitely.
Spiva: Classic rock has always been my biggest drive, but as of late I’ve been listening to a lot of Hart and a lot of Fleedtwood Mac. But if we’re sticking with today’s music, then definitely Victor Wooten. He’s just an amazing artist.
Prevatt: I’m classic and southern rock and a lot of bluegrass. Also a lot of ‘80s hair bands right and everything right on up into the ‘90.”
Brooks: Strictly Lynard Skynyrd, Led Zeppelin and anything rock and roll.
BCN: If you could perform at any venue in the world, where would that be?
Hinton: Central Park, definitely.
Prevatt: Wembley Stadium, for me.
BCN:What has been your favorite venue to perform at in the past.
Hinton: Well, we all have different musical backgrounds, but I love the East Coast especially Raleigh, N.C. So just being able to perform anywhere and be a part of music on the East Coast would work for me.
Spiva: One of the coolest places so far was Radio Disney, but I’ve had a lot of fun playing in the Southeast but even as far north as Canton, Ohio.
BCN: How does it feel to headline for bands like Collective Soul and Chris Wallace?
Prevatt: Well I just happened to see that Chris was added to the bill and I looked him up and saw that he is a newer fresher face, which is great for us because it will open us up to a newer younger generation. But Drivin’ N Cryin’ and Collective Soul are really cool, too.
BCN: Where do you see yourselves in a year and five years from now?
Brooks: Headlining the seafood festival (laughs).
Hinton: In my own opinion, there’s so much potential among musicians today, especially those who can help each other. Having been together, we all have experience being able to formulate, really hold on one to one another and also what it means to be a band. We’re a family and we’re growing and that’s huge.
BCN: If you could tour with any musician who would it be?
Spiva: We all really like Led Zeppelin, so that would be a great start but there’s just so many out there. Actually, anybody or any headlining band of any caliber would be an honor to play with. Blackberry Smoke, also.
Hinton: We come from such a variety of backgrounds — we’d be tickled no matter who it is. Miranda Lambert for me, but I love the Blackberry Smoke reference. That would be an awesome experience.