3 quick questions . . .
with Lexi G of the Papermoon Gypsys
The Papermoon Gypsys are a Dana Point, California-based band that specializes in “rockin’ blues”. The band takes its name is inspired by a feature film starring Ryan and Tatum O’Neal and the fact that when they first founded the group they would go anywhere to perform even if they had to recruit other artists on location.
The current line-up includes founder Kenny “Big Daddy” Williams (guitars/vocals/songwriting), step-daughter and church choir veteran Lexi G (vocals), Rich Smith (drums) and Ron Moreno (bass). With a growing fan base and several residences in place including such venues as The Point in Dana Point and Gallagher’s in Huntington Beach, the band recently scored a distribution deal with Wright records under Sony. (Watch for a review of their new CD on AXS.)
Here are the 3 quick questions asked of Lexi:
1. What was it like the first time you were paid to perform and can you describe the moment you first knew you wanted to make music your job?
Lexi: When I first got paid for my music, it was a moment I won’t forget. I was so nervous to be on stage, I wanted to melt into my chair and tell everyone to stop looking at me. Luckily I had my dad Kenny playing guitar so he was able to take a little more lead and attention while I got my bearings.
It wasn’t until I sang “I Can’t Make You Love Me” by Bonnie Raitt that I relaxed, I smiled and I knew. This was it.
It wasn’t about the people in front of me, though their smiles were encouraging. It wasn’t about the money I knew would be awaiting me at the end. It wasn’t about hitting every note perfectly without hesitation. It was about the moment I closed my eyes and spoke of my deepest emotions through the art of song.
I could have cried for how relieved I felt, I had found my creative release and I would continue to do it despite what adversity came my way. Whether I am singing on the pier for no one or playing a summer concert for a huge crowd, it doesn’t much matter to me, I just have to do it. It is a pull I cannot ignore without serious detriment on my part.
While logically I knew all of this, it took me a while to accept it. Deciding to make your life about your own art requires the ability to believe in yourself wholly. It’s a plunge we all fight but I don’t believe in doing things half way, so I dove.
It’s a constant struggle but it’s one I meet with a smile on my face. I would rather be swimming in musical waters and struggling occasionally than sitting in an office, struggling little and knowing I’ve accomplished nothing that satisfies my soul.
2. Do you find it a good or a bad thing to be a woman in the music industry and why or why not?
Lexi: I don’t see it that way. I see music as a universal language that looks past age, sex, race and status. We all know music and even if you don’t love it, we all have feelings about it regardless. It speaks to us on levels we cannot comprehend and makes us feel in ways we can’t convey. That is a profound thing. I am just another human being who connects with it deeply and I am grateful.
3. What’s next for you?
Lexi: The future is looking really tight for us as were getting lots of airplay and magazine write-ups. We’re already making plans to go back into the studio to do a follow up album of not only some originals but of some of our favorite blues artist. The first album was more about songwriting and just doing what we love. This next album is going to focus more on our blues roots and we hope everyone enjoys it. Our live show is going to be more reflected in this next offering.
The summer is starting to fill up with festivals and we have a residency every Sunday at a local place called The Point. We have booked The Dana Point Wine Festival July 27th, The Del Mar Fair July 3rd, and September 13th The Real Blues Festival and more to come. We are going back in the studio in June to start our new album with producer John Schreiner (Donna Summer).
We want to take our act overseas where we know how much they appreciate American music and also because we love to travel. That’s why we are The Papermoon Gypsys. We spell it wrong on purpose in homage to Jimi Hendrix (Band of Gypsys). (Other than that), I’m not sure but growth is always a part of what’s next. I truly look forward to what I discover on my musical journey.
So there you have it, boys and girls, 3 quick answers from The Papermoon Gypsys’ Lexi G. Hopefully, you found these 3 quick questions entertaining and interesting.
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