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k. s. Rhoads

April 24, 2013
k. s. rhoads

Singer-songwriter k.s. Rhoads has become one of Nashville’ʹs most sought after collaborators, since the release of his critically lauded debut album, Dead Language, in 200,. Whether as a string arranger, co-­songwriter, producer, or multi-­instrumentalist, he has come to be regarded as one of the most creative minds in all of Music City. For the past few years, when Rhoads wasn’ʹt working on other artist’ʹs projects, he has been meticulously crafting new songs in his pursuit of a bolder, more explosive sound. The Wilderness – which dropped March 5th – is a brave exploration of  Rhoads’expansive musical ideas.

The Wilderness offers impressionable and uniquely relatable stories about life. Rhoads’ mastery of words along with his instinctive gift of composing confirms his exquisite skills as a writer, arranger and producer. To no surprise, he was recently honored with the ASCAP Foundation’s prestigious 2012 Sammy Cahn Lyricist Award, and was asked to perform in spring 2012 for the much-­celebrated TEDx talks.

Refreshingly sincere, ferocious, and imaginative, The Wilderness offers impressionable and uniquely  relatable stories about life. Rhoads’ mastery of words along with his instinctive gift of composing confirms  his exquisite skills as a writer, arranger and producer. To no surprise, he was recently honored  with  the  ASCAP Foundation’s prestigious 2012 Sammy Cahn Lyricist Award, and was asked to perform in spring  2012 for the much-­celebrated TEDx talks. Give a listen to “Oprhaned” while you read, and you’ll see why.

1. What is your hometown?

I moved quite often, but landed in Ft. Myers, FL for my teenage years.

2. With what fictional character do you most identify?

Wall-E

3. In the movie of your life, cast an actor to play you.

Woody Harrelson. Right?

4. What work of art speaks to your soul?

 Samuel Barber’s Adagio For Strings  

5. What books are you currently reading or recommending?

Catch 22 by Joseph Heller.  A classic novel, and it’s humor was so ahead of it’s time. And I just finished The Forever War by Dexter Filkins.

6. What song or album is currently in heavy rotation on your iPod?

a)Is an iPod that iPhone looking thing that can’t make calls? b) Lykke Li, Escondido, Arto Lindsay

7. What’s the last movie that made you cry?

Basically I cry at anything at all. I think I cried at a tampon commercial once. So, whatever the last movie I saw, that’s the one I cried at. Probably, it was Beasts Of The Southern Wild.

8.  Cat person or dog person?

Both, and unfortunately allergic. It’s sad, really.

9. What is more important, truth or kindness?

One is not more virtuous than the other.

10.    How do you define sin?

 \sin \alpha = \frac {\textrm{opposite}} {\textrm{hypotenuse}} = \frac {o} {h}.

11.    How do you define virtue?

The equality of truth and kindness. 

12.   Design your headstone: What does it say? What does it look like? 

It says, “You got Shyamalan’d! He was a ghost the whole time!”

Bonus Question: Who would you like to see answer these questions?
M. Night Shyamalan
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