Rebekah Todd and The Odyssey is a unique mix. They plays with a twist, mixing blues and pop effortlessly. This North Carolina-based alternative blues band is making waves and showing off their truly unique sound. This week we were lucky enough to catch up with powerhouse front-woman Rebekah Todd to talk influences, ambitions, and her group’s upcoming album Crooked Lines.
Where did you get the name?
We literally were riding around in my Sax players moms Honda Odyssey and he made a joke about naming the group after the minivan. It was a joke at the time but it stuck.
How did the band form?
The band is an ever changing group of people. As my music continues to grow, it continues to change the group as members decide whether or not they can stick it out for the long haul. The group truly has become and Odyssey but I wouldn’t have it any other way. It keeps the music fresh and keeps me on my toes.
How would you describe your sound?
What are your influences?
My influences are everything from Lauren Hill, Aretha Franklin to Rilo Kiley and Neil Young!
What is your songwriting process?
I write most of my songs on long car rides. I tend to ride in silence. (weird, I know). As a musician, I almost never get any silence. Anyway, on long rides, I turn everything off and just think. More often than not, I start coming up with song ideas and usually have a hook that pops into my head. Then, I’ll record it on my phone so I don’t forget. Once I get to my destination, I’ll lay it down on my guitar and eventually get the band to add their spin to it!
Touring! We plan to travel quite a bit this year to push the new album, ‘Crooked Lines’ out 2/17/17. In addition, it’s time to start working on our next album! No rest for the weary.
What advice would you give to other bands in the rise?
Don’t listen to what anyone says unless they have been in the business for waaaaay longer than you OR are way more successful than you. Everyone else is probably just scared or a doubting Tom. If you have a dream, go after it. You won’t regret it.