Hightower is a self-described Texi-Cali band with heavy influences of Soul, Rock, and peppered with a little country. The members of this Dallas/Fort Worth band have performed extensively in this region and across the US.
Hightower is reminiscent of Norah Jones (another North Texas alumni) with Lindsay Hightower’s smokey voice, throwback mood, and introspective lyrics. However, we wouldn’t be surprised to see Hightower comfortable playing other musical styles ranging from Southern rock to something more retro and experimental. No matter what they play, there is no mistaking that it is Hightower. You would be hard pressed to find a match to their unique feel, mood and approach to music in the DFW area.
Lindsay Hightower (King Queen Jack) has been in music her entire life beginning with singing in Opries in and around Dublin, TX. She describes her writing process as a messy one. Each day she tries to write three pages of lyrics, thoughts, and poetry before her son goes to school. After he leaves for school and the house becomes quiet she wanders looking at papers all over the house and plays guitar or listens to other music as inspiration. Hightower always receives high praise when playing live; it’s easy to see why:
Trying To Forget You
Album: Echo Spring
Hightower’s 2016 album “Echo Spring” is inspired by Olivia Laing’s book, “Trip to Echo Spring”
Hightower took most of January off but we were honored to be able to catch up with them before practice this week.
Get to know Hightower
How does the band know each other?
I’ve known Jacob Martinez (Currently also with – Cut Throat Finches, and previously Solomon Burke) for close to ten years now. We met playing a gig. Been playing music together ever since. Jacob introduced me to Douglas Baxter (The Hemmingways) when we were looking for a guitarist. They had played in a couple of bands together and were friends. Then, Douglas introduced us to Paul Davis (Days). Paul and Doug have been friends for like twenty years.
What challenges does a musician face in Dallas / Fort Worth?
Dallas/Fort Worth has treated us well. One of the biggest challenges is geographical; we’re so spread out all over the metroplex. So it’s a bit more challenging for scheduling. With five different lives and families I wish we all lived closer to one another.
How long have you been together as a band?
We’ve been together about a year and half. Hightower had started playing out a little before that but with some different musicians.
When do your ideas come to you?
I think most of my ideas come to me in the morning after my son goes to school. That’s when I set aside time to write. My brain is rested and the house is quiet.
What’s your favorite piece of music and why?
I can’t say that I have a favorite. Changes with my moods and the days. I think Etta James was the first time I remember getting chills from hearing music. I Still get chills listening to her music. So she’s definitely up there. Amy Winehouse. Back to black for me is one of those albums I never tire of.
Which song you have written is your favorite and why?
Echo Spring. When I think back to when I was writing Echo Spring I so desperately just wanted my life to be different than it was. It was after writing Echo Spring I knew I wanted to make an album. The album was a vehicle to change my life.
What’s the weirdest thing that’s ever happened to you while working on a song or playing a song live?
Hmmm. This was a little weird. So I was taking a class and we were doing a creative exercise. The exercise was you had to perform one song live in a way it’s never been performed before. So I performed Bobby Brown, My Prerogative dressed as a baked potato. Yeah it was truly bizarre.
Name two other great bands or singer songwriters from DFW.
I’m really digging The High Moons. They’re so good! Also, Jacob Furr is such an incredible songwriter. Wow.
When is your next “big” show?
They’re all big in our eyes. We’ve been on a break this month so we’re starting back up this weekend in Fort Worth at Oscars. We’ll be in Dallas at Lee Harvey’s on February 18th.
The next album will be featuring an old time throwback feel with a psy glam theme. One song is called Magnolia, it’s namesake is Magnolia Street here in Fort Worth is about a love that could have been but missed on Magnolia Street.
We have a few other tunes already written. I feel like we have such a clearer idea of what our sound is, who we are, and who we are not. I’m shooting for the album to be out by fall.
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