Want to go?
WHAT: Trent Jeffcoat and Bryan Carr
WHEN: 6 & 9 p.m., Friday & Saturday, Nov. 9 & 10
WHERE: The Listening Room (located inside the OurGuest Inn & Suites), 220 East Perry St., Port Clinton
COST: free (two drink minimum)
INFO: 419-734-7050 or thelisteningroompc.com
After a car accident left him paralyzed from a broken neck and severe spinal cord injury, Jeffcoat was told he’d never walk again. Roughly six months later, the artist proved the doctors wrong. Over a decade later, the baritone singer views the experience as life altering. Eventually he ended up in Nashville pursuing a career in music.
Today, Jeffcoat is a working artist who returns to The Listening Room for shows Nov. 9 and 10 with Bryan Carr at the Port Clinton venue. Funcoast.com talked to Jeffcoat about not only his latest album, but his upcoming show along the shores of Lake Erie.
Funcoast: What brings you back to Port Clinton?
Trent Jeffcoat (TJ): What we’re doing there is more of an acoustic show because it’s a listening room. I travel all over the country, mainly the southeast, but whenever we have an opportunity to come up there I say. “Let’s give it a shot.” Last time I was there it was a really good time, good people. It’s all original music, a songwriter place.
Funcoast: Tell us about “When I Find Me That Mountain.”
TJ: That’s my fourth album. I was in kind of a tough place in life, but instead of being doom and gloom about it, I asked myself, “What would I like to hear at this point in my life to get me through it?” I’ve always written a lot of positive country music anyhow but this album is not like a really big produced thing. All of my others are over-the-top produced and this is kind of more barebones, a lot more acoustic, a lot more dobro and that kind of stuff in it. And I have some dialogue in it. It’s just kind of a feel-good thing.
Funcoast: What are a few songs that define “When I Find Me That Mountain?”
TJ: I’d say “A Seed” more than any other song. It’s kind of a mid-tempo and it’s from a perspective of a tree. So it’s a tree singing and it’s talking about all of the things that a tree has been. One of the lines is, [sings] “I sang the chorus to ‘Ring of Fire’ when Johnny strum my strings. Then Babe Ruth held me in his hands and took those mighty swings.” The whole idea is in the chorus, “So don’t tell me you’re too small to do amazing things. I was just a seed.” There’s also “Just Look Around,” which is a little more up-tempo. It’s talking about no matter how bad we think we got it, all you have to do is just look around. [Sings] “Just look around, it’s 14 degrees outside today, there’s a woman with a shopping cart and no place to stay.” That’s mid-to-up-tempo.
Funcoast: In looking over your career, to which artists are you most often compared?
TJ: I always get a little bit of a Trace [Adkins] thing just because my voice is deep. Stylistically I don’t think we’re the same, but just the fact that our voices are deep. There’s also maybe a little George Strait.
Funcoast: What can we expect from your upcoming set at The Listening Room?
TJ: My latest CD is more inspirational country but in my live show I have a really good time. I have a good way of mixing a lot with humor. There are a lot of funny songs. I have one called “Granny Has Her Daisy Dukes On.” So it’s stuff like that and it’s fun to mix those in with the inspirational stuff and trying to figure out a way to finesse them together.
Funcoast: As far as your accident in 1997, how are you doing?
TJ: When I broke my neck they told me that I’d never move anything below my shoulders and now I’m getting around pretty good. I still have a little bit of paralysis in my left arm and my left leg but I’m able to walk and do anything I need to do. I can’t play guitar but I always have someone acoustically or a band with me. My songs, I think people can really relate to and then they get something out of them. I just love people. So it’s always fun just meeting new people and it’s always special when you know one of your songs really got somebody. And in a small room like that, you can always tell so it’s pretty cool.