Q: What made this the right time?
A: If I'm doing this stuff on my own, I'm going to keep doing what I want. I listen to country music all the time and I've had all the tracks recorded. Then I had Sven from Buffalo Killers play pedal steel. We did a thing where he sent me individual tracks and we built it from there.
Q: How did that work out?
A: Sven took his time but the stuff he sent me back was great. When you're recording a country album that doesn't have any pedal steel in it, you question it at times. But, when you get it back with the steel on it, it's like, 'Oh, my God, dude!' It's an awesome instrument. It just sounds so good.
Q: You’ve remained very prolific. What drives you to push forward with music?
A: It would be cool if I sold a lot of records but that's not my motivation. I mostly do it for my friends and acquaintances in Dayton. People want to give me advice like, 'You should save up and do this,' but I just don't care, man. Having to put a lot of money into being successful is overwhelming. I believe in myself as a songwriter and stuff but I don't believe in myself enough to where I want to spend money to play rock star or something. Who cares?
HOW TO GO
What: Andy Gabbard & the Cool Ranchers
When: 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., Friday, April 19
Where: Yellow Cab Tavern, 700 E. 4th St., Dayton
More info: www.yellowcabtavern.com