Time for the next edition of Metal Anarchy’s “Music In The Age Of COVID-19” series, the feature where I discuss the ongoing pandemic with various musicians. This time I have an interview with Steve Harris of Hillbilly Vegas.
METAL ANARCHY: How have you been holding up during the coronavirus pandemic?
HARRIS: Oh you know we are all good. We’ve been very fortunate during this time to all have our health. So we hate not being able to be out playing but feel lucky to have our health.
METAL ANARCHY: Have you been using your downtime to work on new music?
HARRIS: Truly the only blessing in this whole thing has been being able to focus solely on writing and recording. We’ve got our first full length album in 3 years on the way,
METAL ANARCHY: What was the last show you played or attended before the shutdown?
HARRIS: January was our last travel or show. We were out in LA for NAMM. Got off the plane went straight to Nashville for our first show of 2020…that show also ended up being our last too.
METAL ANARCHY: Are you planning to play any livestream concerts during this time?
HARRIS: We did some taping for online shows. Not real sure if we will use them or not
METAL ANARCHY: Do you think the live entertainment industry will ever recover?
HARRIS: Yeah I think so. It may never be exactly like it was but we (humans) are a resilient bunch. We will find a way.
METAL ANARCHY: Lastly, is there anything fans can do to help your band or others that may be struggling during this time?
HARRIS: Streaming the music, purchasing merchandise, and staying engaged. Fans have a unique opportunity during this pandemic. It’s never been easier to communicate with your favorite bands and get a response. We’ve all got nothing but time and we miss all the great people we are used to seeing out on the road.