Local blues guitarist Tom Kochie has been part of the Rochester music scene since his high school years. He plays with Doghouse Jon and the Misbehavers, Annie Lawler and Wheelhouse, the Annie Mack Band, and Gopher Tones. According to his nominator, he is among the finest blues guitarists in Minnesota.
1. Most listened to song in the last week?
“Wish I Had Me A Dollar,” by J.J. Cale. I grew up listening to J.J. Cale and love his laid back mixture of blues, jazz, country, and rockabilly.
2. What do you drink during a show?
Diet Coke followed by a nice glass of pinot noir (peanut of the night) after the show.
3. Favorite local band/artist?
If it’s a band I’m not playing in, it’s blues-rock-funksters Blue Rooster. Ed Erhardt is one of the Midwest’s best blues-rock guitarists.
4. Most memorable Rochester gig experience?
The Doghouse Jon opener we did for Savoy Brown at Riverside Summer Concert Series several years ago was one of the best. Great event, I hope they keep using local bands.
5. If you could run sound for one artist no longer among the living, who would it be and why?
Earl Hooker. Earl was one of the most respected Chicago blues guitar players during the ’50s Chicago blues revolution. An opportunity to see and learn from one of the originals would be amazing.
6. Top three artists at the moment?
I’m a bit of blues snob and have my satellite radio dialed to Bluesville exclusively. Gary Clark Jr., Cashbox Kings and Seasick Steve (Wold) are some of my current favorites.
7. One book everyone should read?
I’m hooked on reading biographies of musicians, but a classic novel I was exposed to in college that I connected with is “The Grapes Of Wrath,”by John Steinbeck.
8. Favorite local hangout?
When I’m not playing, I prefer to hang out at home, but I would not pass up a chance to attend a Spike Productions event at Wicked Moose. He brings in some of these best touring U.S. blues-rock acts around.
9. Strangest thing you’ve ever seen an audience member do?
A naked guy jumped on stage wanting to play drums at the Hiawatha Valley Van fest in 1979. Streaking was big back in the ’70s.
10. Best show you’ve ever seen?
I spent several years in the “Capitol of Live Music,” Austin, Texas, and saw some of the best music and musicians around. I was fortunate enough to see the ARC Angels at Auditorium Shores in 1992. The band included Double Trouble (bass/drums) from Stevie Ray Vaughan, and guitarists Doyle Bramhall II (toured with Eric Clapton) and Charlie Sexton (toured with Bob Dylan).
See Kochie play on Saturday night at Kinney Creek Brewery, where he has an acoustic gig with Doghouse Jon.
Bryan Lund is a Rochester freelance writer. Ten measures is a weekly column spotlighting a local musician. Send nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org