As part of our “Five Questions With…” series, Wyo4News spoke with local musician Amy Rasdall. Â Amy will be performing with Miesha during the Downtown Rock Springs “Live in the Lobby” concert series, sponsored by WyoRadio and AAA Insurance Agent Randy McConnell.
We understand that you’ve been a musician for quite a while. Â How long have you been playing and what kinds of instruments do you play?
I was interested in music way back in grade school. I started with a little piano and clarinet, and got my first guitar when I was 10 years old. Guitar and bass guitar are my two main loves – 30 years on both – but I also play mandolin, a little piano, woodwind instruments, tinker on the banjo, can keep a beatâ€¦ I canâ€™t get a sound out of a flute, though!
Did you go to school for music? Â If so, where?
Yes.Â I attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts from 1995 â€“ 1999.Â I graduated with a B.M. in Music Business Management, but everyoneâ€™s core studies were music, so all of us were in black robes and pink hoods no matter what our major was.Â I actually started out under the Music Production and Engineering major and changed when I decided a business background would better suit me in the real world.
In your opinion, what is the music scene like in Sweetwater County?
I love our music community.Â I always tell people how my friends are the best musicians on the planet, and I mean it. There is a huge amount of talent in this area. The hard part is finding places to play latelyâ€¦ although, venues like the Broadway Theater, Joeâ€™s Acoustic Night, and even the libraries and local businesses are starting to step up and find us for their entertainment needs. We have so many musical genres represented here â€“ thereâ€™s an artist for every type of event, itâ€™s great.
We’ve heard you worked with the band Aerosmith in the past. Â What was that like?
It was an eye-opening experience for sure. I worked for a management company after graduation and the owner was Aerosmithâ€™s old co-manager from the Tim Collins Management era. We did random consulting things, like write and edit the band memberâ€™s speeches, assist in some travel, and generally give advice on anything creative or relating to the companies they hired. Nothing like helping Joe Perry with his fax machine, I tell ya! I learned how fame can change peopleâ€™s lives.Â Tom Hamilton used to buy every ticket in the movie theater just to take his kids to see a movie â€“ and yet he was very humble, human, and easy to talk with. We even had the same Wayneâ€™s World Edition Squire guitar!
Who are your biggest musical influences?
Oh man, this is the hardest question EVER! Probably for guitar inspiration:Â Nancy Wilson and Heart, Jimmy Page, Nuno Bettencourt, Steve Vai, Dimebag â€“ all your 60â€™s and 70â€™s greats of course – along with all the metal and grunge from the 80â€™s and 90â€™s. Newer players like Sarah Longfield, Ben Monteith and Andy McKee. Some songwriters would be David Mead, Bleu McCauley, Imogen Heap.Â I have bands I love and canâ€™t stop listening to like Eye Empire, Crobot and Sevendust. But when it boils down to it, my friends and bandmates are my biggest influences â€“ Cameron Colley, Bret Rich, Chuck Dittman, ZamTrip, Mike Weiss, JoAn Hanna, Kid Brother, and yes, Miss Erika Nelson! I am influenced by anything I hear that I love, especially when Iâ€™m in the room and have my guitar with me.
To see Amy Rasdall play live, check out her next performance with Miesha at the “Live in the Lobby” concert series on Thursday, March 16th at 7:00 pm at the Broadway Theater in Rock Springs. Â Tickets are $5.