One listen to any song by Atlanta’s Blake Rainey will transport you back to the rustic roots of his rural hometown of Cedartown, Georgia…a land forgotten by time and at the core of all Rainey’s music. Mostly known around the Atlanta area for being the frontman of the rock band, The Young Antiques, Rainey is now bearing his soul with the more Americana/roots-rock style of his latest venture, Blake Rainey and His Demons.
What do you do in regards to music Blake?
“I’m a songwriter and I’m a singer. I also play the guitar. I’ve been in Young Antiques, All Night Drug Prowling Wolves, The Indicators, and Blake Rainey and his Demons.
You have played rowdy rock, americana and solo acoustic…do you have a favorite genre and why?
“No. I guess I like rock and roll music in general. Lots of punk and lots of soul. Lots of folk and country, too. I also love Bebop jazz. Some of the music I listen to or perform is rowdy and some of it isn’t. Some of it’s very American, and some of it is very British. Some of it’s very Jamaican, too.”
If you could no longer play music what would you be/do?
“I guess a cook. I love to cook. Or maybe try and write a book. Or maybe make a low budget movie. Or I might start a record label. Hopefully all these things. Who knows?”
What is your favorite memory of a show?
“Opening for Alex Chilton (Big Star, Box Tops fame) at the Star Bar. It’s not everyday you get to meet and perform with one of your heroes.”
What new music are you listening too these days?
“Father John Misty. Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds new album. Mac Demarco. Apache Dropout.”
Name 3 Atlanta bands that you would take a friend to see?
“Turf War. The Liverhearts. West End Motel.”
Name 3 Atlanta bands from the past that you wish were still playing?
“All Night Drug Prowling Wolves. Rock*A*Teens. The Union.”
“I have lots of favorite movies. 2001: A Space Odyssey. La Strada. Empire Strikes Back. No Country For Old Men. Sideways. The Dark Knight. Up. It never ends and changes regularly.”
Favorite movie quote?
“Hey Sheldon, this costume is making my nuts itch.” Death To Smoochy.
What is your weirdest hobby?
“Collecting beer caps to make refrigerator magnets. Or collecting stuffed animals.”
You’re latest project is…
“Blake Rainey and His Demons, featuring Joe Foy on bass guitar and Eric Young on the drums.”