This week we caught up with Marshall Hicks of the band Virginia Electric and asked him to tell us about his band Virginia Electric and give us his thoughts on the music scene in Roanoke! Their upcoming show is March 9th at Hammer and Forge Brewery in Boones Mill, VA!

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Marshall Hicks of Virginia Electric

BRR- What's the name of your band? What's the origin of that name? Have you changed the band's name before? 

We are Virginia Electric, we like to use the abbreviation VAE which is a little confusing to some. “VA” for Virginia and “E” for Electric. We never had any other names, definitely kicked around a few when we just started playing together but our first show as Virginia Electric

BRR- Please list the name and respective instrument of each band member

Rick Nelson - Guitar / Lead Vocals Waylon Hatchett - Lead Guitar Tom Dorathy - Bass / Back Ups Marshall Hicks - Drums / Back Ups

BRR- What genre of music do you consider your work to be? Who are your major influences? 

If you ask my band this question you’ll get different answers every time you ask it. I like what Waylon came up with “I consider us 'Rock'. Influences everyone who came before as we are just adding to it...”

BRR- How long have you all known each other? How did you meet? 

Rick and Tom have known each other for years, they met Waylon maybe 3-4 years ago trying to put together a Tom Waits Tribute project and the singer never showed up to practice. That’s basically how this line up was started. I came in to the picture in the summer of 2016, the current projects I had been working with had all disbanded and I was in search for something new and outside of my usual circle of musician friends.

BRR- When did you form your band? What inspired you to make music together? 

The 1st rehearsal I had with them was July 21st 2016, I packed up my drum kit and meet them after we all got out of work. They had a bass player who I think had replied to the craigslist add as well. We had fun jamming and getting to know one another. After, I received a message from Waylon saying “Want to try again next week with a different bass player?”. I made the cut and Tom came the following week.