For this Music Spotlight we are talking to Caleb Spaulding, a local Indie-Folk artist out of Delevan NY. We caught up with Caleb outside of the Bug Jar before the show to talk about Rochester and how he got into the music scene.
RI: So tell us a little about yourself.
Caleb: Well, I grew up in a town called Delevan, its about an hour south of Buffalo. I taught myself how to play guitar, started writing songs, and going to open mics around the area. When I went to school [at FLCC] in Canandaigua, I got an apartment with some friends and started going to Bug Jar a lot. There is just something about Rochester; people come out to shows and support you.
RI: So how long have you been playing shows around Rochester?
Caleb: I’ve been playing the Bug Jar for about a year. Probably more than anyone should be playing at the Bug Jar [laughs]. But everyone is attracted to the place.
RI: You said you were self taught, so where did you draw some of your inspiration as you were learning to play?
Caleb: Well, I listen to a lot of folk growing up and a lot of my brother’s indie music. I listen to a lot of Bob Dylan, Elliott Smith, Pedro The Lion, The Weakerthans and Hot Water Music.
RI: So where do you spend time in Rochester when you are not playing music?
Caleb: I spend a lot of time in the Highfalls area. Highland park is pretty awesome.
RI: So we caught your latest CD, The Side of a Great Divide, do you have anything in the works?
Caleb: I’ve been playing with a new band for about six months, we are currently working on a new EP that we are looking to release, but it’s all in the works at this point. For now I am just playing solo.
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We want to thank Caleb Spaulding again for the interview, we will be keeping up with him, getting news about upcoming shows and new music.
You can hear Caleb Spaulding’s work at: http://www.myspace.com/calebspauldingmusic
or like him on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Caleb-Spaulding-Music/118181911526545