In 2012, Kat Myers had a solid, stable job in New York City, a steady, long-term relationship, a great apartment, and a dog. “This is about to be my life,” Myers thought. Then she thought again, Myers wanted something more and ultimately ended the relationship, quit her job, packed everything she owned into her parents’ Ford Explorer, drove back to her native Ohio, and from there bought a one-way ticket to Southeast Asia. "I had to figure something else out,” she says of her mindset at the time. “I wasn't sure what was next, but I knew I wasn’t happy, and that I had to make a major change in my life.”
Music—something Myers had always loved but never pursued professionally—turned out to be the answer. Upon returning from a life-changing six months in Asia, Myers landed in Los Angeles on a layover, and decided to stick around and start chasing her dream. She had a notebook full of sincere, quick-witted tunes and started playing solo gigs around town, ultimately assembling a collection of musicians to support her—guitarist Elliott Beenk, drummer Johnny Elkins and bassist Jeff McElroy. Kat and the Buzzards —named for Myers’ favorite classic-rock station, growing up in Cleveland, WMMS “The Buzzard”— were born and began cutting their teeth playing a residency at kitschy-but-cool downtown L.A. beer hall, The Escondite, and have since played more than 200 shows.
The band’s forthcoming debut EP, out November 17th, Owe Everybody Money, was produced by Nashville heavyweight Vance Powell (Jack White, Old 97’s, Sturgill Simpson) and features anthemic choruses, sun-dappled harmonies & rolling guitar hooks, endlessly groovy, psych-tinged West Coast two-step, and roadhouse rowdy, highway-cruising alt-country anthem that begs you to mash the gas and speed off toward the horizon. Myers says the new EP is about “coming of age, questioning the things you were taught to believe were normal, falling in love, acting out, and just trying to create your own path and happiness.” Myers answers her Essential 8.
Do you write about real things that have happened to you or are you a storyteller?
Which is easier? I’d say a little of everything, definitely some things that have happened to me but I also like to tell stories. I also write about things that annoy me a lot. I can’t help it, it just happens. I think I’m turning into Larry David sometimes.
What’s your favorite food on the road?
La Croix and Stacy’s Simply Naked Pita Chips. I don’t know what the hell is in those things but they are CRACK.
What are your “must have” albums for the road?
Steve Miller’s Greatest Hits
What do you love most about being on the road?
Our manager Tom says it best, "When you’re on the road, you only have what’s right in front of you." You aren’t looking at the grand scheme of life, you're living in the moment and trying to make it to the next gig in one piece. It’s a pretty great way to live life really. Coming home is the hard part because that’s when you have to deal with “life”. And the whole damn picture.
Which song of yours gets the best crowd response?
What song are you tired of playing and why?
Night Terrors :( I just think it’s time to write a new Night Terrors.
Do you have a favorite gift from a fan?
We played this amazing biker bar in Sunset Beach a few years back called Mothers. During our set, this biker woman started heckling and calling me names. I just kept on with the show and I’m not sure what happened but we really won her over. At the end of the show she presented me with a PBR can that she had cut in half, carved my name into and made into a candle holder. And she gave us a 100 dollar tip. So that was pretty epic.
Current recent release you cannot stop listening to?
Matthew Logan Vasquez - Does What He Wants. We played with MLV at Walnut City Music Festival a couple of months back and have been hooked to that record ever since.
Kat Myers & the Buzzards’ Owe Everybody Money is out Nov. 17th.
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