Interview: Bill Jaynes
From the tiny Micronesian island of Pohnpei comes a song called ‘Snow’ — by local singer and guitarist Bill Jaynes.
Bill wrote ‘Snow’ three years ago, but has never performed it live. Influenced by artists such as Al DiMeola, Jimmy Page, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Phil Keaggy, the song has an upbeat blues-rock flavour with more than a little country and western thrown in, too.
Water falling from the sky is a familiar theme for Bill. Though there may not be much snow around, Pohnpei is among the world’s wettest places. This might go some way toward explaining the name of Bill’s band — Wetter Than Seattle (who entered the song ‘When Smiles Don’t Work’).
In this interview, Bill tells Ryan Egan about his penchant for writing sad songs, the other players in Pohnpei and the story of a live music venue called the Rusty Anchor.
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