Artist: Micky & the Motorcars
Hometown: Austin, Texas
Latest album: Long Time Comin’
Answers provided by Micky Braun
Which artist has influenced you the most … and how?
It’s hard to say which artist was most influential, but I’d say John Prine, my dad Muzzie Braun, and Pinto Bennett. They are my favorite songwriters. Always a great story in every song.
What’s your favorite memory from being on stage?
I think my favorite times on stage are every year when we play the Braun Brothers Reunion in Challis, Idaho. At the end of every night we always end up on stage with our friend’s bands and family bands singing and having a blast.
Since food and music go so well together, what is your dream pairing of a meal and a musician?
I’d say you can’t go wrong with putting on John Prine’s The Missing Years record, opening a bottle of red wine and cooking a good pasta.
How often do you hide behind a character in a song or use “you” when it’s actually “me”?
I tend to write a lot about personal experiences as well as stories I hear from friends or read. So I’d say about 50/50.
What was the first moment that you knew you wanted to be a musician?
I’m not sure I ever had that big moment when I knew this was what I wanted to do forever. I just started playing music at a young age and started really enjoying writing songs, learning how to play different instruments and performing on stage. I’d say I really knew I was a lifer when I was about 20 years old. That’s when the band moved to Austin and we threw our hat in the ring. We haven’t turned back since.
Photo credit: Kat Smith