Interview – Chucky Trading Co

I recently featured the song Margarita by Chucky Trading Co in a round-up review and playlist of underground bluesy music. The track sounds fantastic – you can find it at the bottom of this interview if you haven’t listened to it yet.

By Jane Howkins

You recently released a song titled Margarita, which we reviewed. What can you tell us about the track and where can it be purchased? What does the title refer to?

Margarita is the name I gave to a young girl who lost her backpack in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona. I found the small, pink backpack while hiking in the desert with friends who work with Humane Borders. I imagined the story about how that backpack got there, and Margarita is the song that tells that story. The song and my album can be purchased at https://ww… or https://ch…

Has the pandemic hindered your work much?

Well, all of these songs were written during the pandemic while I was pretty isolated and over 1000 miles from my partner. I was in Kansas and she was in NY during the pandemic. So the creative process was sparked by the pandemic emotions. But recording the album was difficult, working with other musicians remotely in 4 different states!!

What is the writing and recording process like for you?

I write alone on my comfy couch with my six string acoustic guitar. Sometimes the songs come like lightning from heaven, but usually I work them through over a period of a week or so. I record basic tracks in my home studio and then we layer on a rhythm section and other instruments.

Do you plan to release any more singles in the near future?

I have already released 2 more singles since Margarita. Tonight We Will Live Forever is a song about the feeling of immortality in new love. In the Dark is more philosophical. It is an easy going rock song with Santana vibes about the limits of human free will.

Do you have plans to release an EP or album anytime soon?

I have written the material for another album and I am busy laying down the basic tracks.

What/who influences you most as artists?

My biggest influences have been the folk rock music of the 60s through to the 90s. My favourite songwriters are Paul Simon and Elliott Smith.

What have you been listening to recently?

I’ve been listening to a lot of indie music across many genres. There is so much great music coming out. Most recently I have been listening t to Magpie Sally from Switzerland and Annika Jayne from Germany.

Where are you based? What is the music scene like in your part of the world? Are you influenced by your surroundings?

I am living right now in Manhattan, Kansas, in the USA, but my musical roots are in Tennessee and New York where I lived before. To be honest, I haven’t connected much yet with the music scene here. Maybe COVID had something to do with that!

Do you have any tour dates lined up?

I haven’t started playing live again yet! I hope to play locally in the eastern Kansas area in the next few months. Who knows where that might lead.

What can people expect from one of your shows and why should people come and see you perform live?

Well, I will start playing locally in the next few months, just me and my guitar. I’ll be looking to put together a band for a regional touring in the summer. All of my long time musical friends live in other parts of the country, but one or two might join up to take this music on the road.

Any last words for the fans?

Making music is an incredible high! The only thing better is playing it for people. Check out the album and let me know what you think!