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Jessica Martinez: Spring 2014 featured model (part 2)

Welcome to part two of our Spring 2014 model feature of Jessica Martinez. These photos were taken by George Swar at The Swallows Inn in San Juan Capistrano. If you saw yesterday’s feature, you’ll recall that I promised a video Q&A with Jessica outside The Swallows (a video that we knocked out in one take). Sadly, it (along with the rest of the spring issue) was lost when my old laptop died. In any case, here are some more amazing photos of Jessica Martinez.

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Jessica Martinez…Wow!

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Jessica sips a cold PBR

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Jessica Martinez picks a song on the jukebox

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Jessica Martinez + motorcycle = awesome

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Jessica Martinez: A girl and a motorcycle – it’s a beautiful thing

Jessica Martinez: Spring 2014 featured model

On a beautiful “winter” day in southern California, Jessica Martinez posed for these shots at The Swallows Inn in San Juan Capistrano. It is an honest cowboy bar. Trust me when I tell you that I’ve seen people in the place wearing spurs. One of the traditions at this place is for a woman to hang her bra from the ceiling. Jessica did her part to sustain that excellent tradition. This is the first of a two-part series of her photos that would have been in the spring issue of the magazine. Look for the rest tomorrow, along with a video Q&A outside The Swallows Inn after her shoot. Photos as always are by George Swar.

 

Jessica Martinez enjoys a PBR

Jessica Martinez enjoys a PBR

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Jessica Martinez at The Swallows Inn, San Juan Capistrano

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Jessica Martinez

Jessica Martinez has something to hang from the ceiling

Jessica Martinez has something to hang from the ceiling

Jessica Martinez carries on the tradition at The Swallows

Jessica Martinez carries on the tradition at The Swallows

 

 

Scott H. Biram: Dirty old one-man band

I record songs so they don’t get lost: an interview with Scott H. Biram

This was scheduled to be the lead interview in the spring issue…before my old laptop died and took the spring issue with it. Scott H. Biram is a one-man band from Austin. By phone, he discussed becoming a one-man band, touring extensively, and what he would be doing if he weren’t making music.

I’ve tinkered with enough instruments to know that mastering one is hard. What compelled you to become a one-man band?

It was just a necessity for wanting to play shows. My bands broke up. I had a bluegrass band, and a punk-metal band. I was already doing this singer-songwriter thing. Once the bands broke up, I still wanted to tour. I toured just playing acoustic for a while. I realized I wanted to play rock clubs again. That’s more my style. So I had to do things to be able to compete with rock bands. Really, it just happened. I wasn’t inspired by any specific one-man band. It was all just a need to be on the road and a need to be something more than that singer-songwriter pansy ass.

I spoke to Cory Branan once and asked if people are surprised by his energy on stage. He said he has to do that so he doesn’t come across as a sensitive singer-songwriter type.

When I think of singer-songwriters, I just think of that bad acoustic guitar pickup sound. It makes me feel disgusted, so I don’t want to be that guy.

How long did it take you to put it all together?

It went from an acoustic thing to me stomping on the floor to me adding my vocals through an amplifier to me having something to stomp on. It’s been ever-evolving. It’s still evolving. It’s been 16 years I’ve been doing it as a one-man band. I think it’s going to keep changing until I get a band or something.

I just play acoustic guitar at home all the time. My writing and practice is me playing acoustic. Sometimes, when I play a song onstage, it’s the first time I’ve played it electric with the stomper. I try to play about 30 miles south of my hometown. I get a gig there and they’re like my guinea pig audience. I can play for two and a half hours and just get my chops back. We’re reeling it back now. We’ve got a new stragegy for when I’m playing. My Austin shows are going to be fewer than they used to be. For me, I would just keep playing as often as I could in Austin and my tour shows would be the big ones where I only come once a year. My manager and my booking agent want to turn Austin into another one of those places where I only play three or four times a year instead of 11.

Is that just to get you on the road more?

It’s to build my crowd in Austin. It’s so people don’t look at my shows in Austin and say, “Oh, we can just see him next time.” It’s music business bullshit. I don’t know. I just play music and manage managers and booking agents. I’ve been getting pretty burned out because I’m on the road 150 to 200 days a year. I need some camping time and time to build inspiration, and get in touch with reality again. The Booking Agent Blues, is that what I have to write?

That’s been a recurring theme in interviews. Musicians love being on the road, but realize they need their time at home to recharge.

It’s not even so much about being on the road. It’s that when you’re not on the road, the planning of being on the road is still happening. Even when you’re home, you’re still thinking about the road. I’m planning three or four tours ahead of time. I have an album that came out February 4th. I have a live DVD that’s in the can waiting to be put out after that. Hopefully that buys me some time and I can do some camping, or the beach.

You mentioned the new album. How does it compare to previous albums?

Nothin' but Blood - one of my favorite albums of 2014 so far

Nothin’ but Blood – one of my favorite albums of 2014 so far

It’s got a lot more covers than my last four or five records. Once I got signed to Bloodshot, I really started to focus on a lot more originals and a lot fewer covers. This album, there were some songs I wanted to cover and get out there. I’ve had them for a while. It’s still in the same vein. I consider my reords like an actual record of what’s happening with me musically. I come up with songs and I want to record them so they don’t get lost. Sometimes they get put to the side for four or five years. There’s always the chance that the’ll get lost, or I’ll forget how to play them. I try to get what I have going as soon as possible.

What would you be doing if you weren’t making music?

I’d still be making music. I’d be a producer. If I weren’t touring and making music, I’d be in the studio. At this point I have so much experience booking and managing. If I didn’t do music at all, I’d probably do something that would have me driving. I like to drive. I like being on the move. I’m done with the fucking food industry. That’s for sure. I love cooking. I cook five nights a week at home. But within two days of being back on the road, I’m thinking of what I’ll cook when I get home. I’ve been getting into cooking briskets overnight. I’ve got all kinds of stuff.

What are some things you think about cooking when you’re on the road?

I’ve got this recipe for beef tips that I tweaked from a cookbook. Spinach enchiladas – that’s my mom’s recipe. Spaghetti and meatballs from scratch. I love grilling. I grill out probably three times a week.

 

Gorgeous Jillian Mae in Incognito gear

Submit your photos for a weekly model feature

We’ve featured a lot of gorgeous models in the pages of our magazine. While they haven’t all been from southern California, the majority of them have been because that’s where our headquarters is. However, we want to give other girls a shot too. That is why we would like to do a weekly model feature right here on the Incognito homepage. Oh, and we are open to suggestions for what we should call our weekly model feature. Feel free to send your suggestion in a comment. If we use your idea, we’ll send you some Incognito merchandise like in the photo of Jillian Mae.

If you are interested, submit your photos to headhoncho at incognitomusicmagazine dot com

Jessica Martinez: our Spring featured model

We need your help with our issues

I know you’re expecting a Take ‘Er Easy Thursday post, but I just wanted to catch you up on a couple things. Our Spring issue is in production right now, and here is some of the content you’ll find in its pages.

Interviews: Scott H. Biram and the author of Outlaws Still at Large Neil Hamilton (foreword by Shooter Jennings)

Model: Jessica Martinez (behind-the-scenes shot by Gary Schwind at Swallow’s Inn in San Juan Capistrano, CA)

The Guest List: Tobin Salas of Gang of Thieves

Another installment of Misadventures with Mike by Mike Espinach

Beer reviews: Our beer panel will examine the first half of the Vertical Epic series from Stone Brewing Company. This will be the first of a two-part series which we’ll wrap in the summer with the second half of the Vertical Epic series.

And of course you’ll find our usual reviews, Have You Heard, Ask Uncle Sal, and much more.

And while we’re talking about our issues, leave us a comment and let us know what musical theme you would like to see in our summer issue.

 

Photo copyright George Swar 2013

We want your ideas for the theme of the next model photo shoot

In our photo shoot for the winter issue, Kitana Cross posed with some sweet hot rods.

What kind of theme would you like to see for the photo shoot for the spring issue? If it helps, our interviews are with Scott H. Biram and the author of Outlaws Still at Large, Neil Hamilton.

Give us your thoughts in a comment and if we use your idea, we’ll send you some Incognito merchandise.

An interview with Sasquatch is just some of the great content in the winter issue.

An excerpt from our interview with Larry and His Flask

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Our Winter 2014 issue is now available for sale on our Current Issue page. Here is a little taste of what’s inside the issue – an excerpt of our interview with Ian Cook (guitar, vocals) of Larry and His Flask.

It’s an impressive list of artists you’ve played with. What have you learned from playing with Wanda Jackson and other artists?

It’s an eye-opening experience. It taught us about getting our stuff together. At first, we were kind of all over the place and we didn’t know what we were doing. We learned a lot from acts that have become a production. It’s an organized situation for shows. You have to get everything together. It was an eye-opener for us to see how some bands run their show. It’s an interesting aspect. Some people don’t realize how much there is behind the scenes at every show and how many people worked to make it happen. A lot of times, it’s a well-oiled machine. Playing a show with a legend like Wanda Jackson keeps you doing it.

What’s the best advice you can give to bands about being on the road?

We’ve been doing this for a while. We went on our first tour as Larry and His Flask 10 years ago. After doing it for a while, I think the key is maintaining your sanity and not burning yourself out. It happens. We did that for years and years. We still tour a lot, but lately we’ve been making sure we have one day off every week. It’s easy to lose sight of why you do this in the first place. Doing things to maintain your sanity and morale within the band is a really important thing while you’re on tour.
The flip side of that is if you don’t know where to start, just get on the road and go. It’s kind of contradictory to what I just said, but you really have to hit it hard until it picks up a little momentum.

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Changes are coming to Incognito

I was working on the Halloween issue of the magazine. Above is just a little taste of what you’ll see. This will be our last monthly issue, but fear not, loyal reader. It won’t be our last issue. We like doing this too much to stop now. However, our schedule is going to change. Beginning in January (it will be here before you know it), we will switch to a quarterly schedule. You’ll still get the same great content, just less frequently.

Another change that is coming to Incognito is that we’re going to be getting a lot more stuff on video and posting it here at Incognito HQ.

Here’s the thing, loyal reader. You know we value your input. So I ask you, what changes would you like to see come to Incognito…the blog or the magazine? Feel free to let us know.

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