Kenny Roby, founder of the alt-country band 6 String Drag, has just released an excellent self titled solo album. I was excited to chat with Kenny about his musical and personal path. We covered a lot of territory from his Clemson punk beginnings to the Raleigh NC musical scene which spawned Whiskeytown, The Backsliders, $2 Pistols and his 6 String Drag. Most of our conversation centers on his latest work including 2020 release, “The Reservoir” and his brand new album. Much of the conversation covers themes of addiction, mental health and personal growth; not the typical rock n roll subject matter. Kenny is honest about his own struggles and his song’s character’s flaws. We talk about the influence of the late Neal Casal who took his own life prior to finishing the production of Kenny’s “The Reservoir”. Our segment includes a tribute song to Neal called “Silver Moon” and a song recorded on “Highway Butterfly; A Tribute to Neal Casal called “Too Much To Ask”. We also listen to brand new songs “Leave It Behind”, “New Day” and “God-Sized Hole”
Kenny Roby is an intelligent and thoughtful guy. It shows in his songwriting and in his conversation. Or better yet, catch his live set on August 18th at Amherst’s newest musical venue, The Drake. Highly recommended.