Fall To June 2015 Tour Kickoff in Jacksonville, Florida at the Rock4Kids Benefit

By on April 7, 2015

 

 

Ben Badger (photo Valerie L Cason /SEVEN-EIGHTHS-PRODUCTIONS )

Ben Badger (photo Valerie L Cason /SEVEN-EIGHTHS-PRODUCTIONS )

Rock 4 Kids, a benefit to prevent Child Abuse was held on April 4, 2015 at 1904 Music Hall in downtown Jacksonville, Florida. The event featured a silent auction and performances from bands from as far away as North Carolina and New York, along with a number of area bands. Sitting down for an interview before their show, would be Vocalist Ben Badger from Jacksonville-based Fall To June .

Fall To June consists of Nate Yant, Drums; Dan Mickler, Guitar; Ben Badger, Vocal; Jeremy Marshall, Bass, and Jasin Todd, Touring Guitar. Todd a former member of Shinedown and Marshall a former member of COLD, and Yant an ex-NerVer bring an element to the band that fans of Shinedown, Hinder, COLD, Fuel and similar bands are sure to love. Together with Mickler and Badger, the members of Fall To June kicked off their tour at the benefit in Jacksonville, as they cross the country promoting their new album due to drop on April 21st.

(photo Valerie L Cason /SEVEN-EIGHTHS-PRODUCTIONS )

(photo Valerie L Cason /SEVEN-EIGHTHS-PRODUCTIONS )

Badger was gracious enough to sit down and discuss the band, the tour, the music, and what lies ahead for Fall To June.

Valerie Cason: Delta Breakdown, the new release is available now online via You Tube. It sounds and feels” feels like a deeply personal and southern song. Can you provide a little background for this powerful song and the significance of beginning the tour at a benefit.

Ben Badger: We consider ourselves southern rock, but it’s more along the lines of The Cult southern rock, then like Lynyrd Skynyrd. Delta just organically appeared and made a lot of sense, and it’s really kind of weird for me as the lyricist of that song…it’s really personal, and now suddenly it’s being played literally worldwide. It’s like the world is serving witness to my reawakening so to speak. It’s tough to wrap my head around…it’s like it’s not mine anymore. But if you put something out there, you can’t claim it anymore, it belongs to everybody. I had to understand from a songwriting standpoint, that it’s not mine and maybe this is just my version of the story, but it means something else to somebody.

Valerie Cason: The lyrics that stand out such as muddy water and the currency of pay it forward, significance and meaning to why we are here tonight…can you explain?

Ben Badger: Muddy waters is definitely a double entendre, and the currency of pay it forward, yes it is significant in that you have got to put others first. Take care of yourself, make sure number one is covered, but damn don’t be so selfish where you’re not willing to put yourself out there for the right reasons too. Paying it forward isn’t about expecting anything in return. That movie changed my life…it blew my mind. It’s about giving freely because they need it more than you. You don’t need anything in return. Everybody should love each other more than they do, and it saddens me that the smallest gesture, of even holding a door open for somebody happens so rarely anymore. Just smiling at someone may change their day, in ways you have no idea.

Jasin Todd (photo Valerie L Cason /SEVEN-EIGHTHS-PRODUCTIONS )

Jasin Todd (photo Valerie L Cason /SEVEN-EIGHTHS-PRODUCTIONS )

Valerie Cason: What is the band about and how has the state and evolution of rock music shaped it?

Ben Badger: As a band, positivity is something we cling to, where rock and roll music has gone through this space and time of a lot of anger and sadness. I applaud guys that are willing to open themselves up emotionally with their lyrics and talk about their hurt and their pain…it’s not easy, again because it’s not yours anymore. But really, I’ve had about enough of that. It’s been like 15 years of everybody being pissed off. I kind off want people to leave a rock show with a smile and feeling better about the world. Man that show was awesome and how much fun was that! There is nothing wrong with being happy that we get to play this, instead of a job we don’t enjoy. And there is nothing wrong with sharing that joy with the people that get to come and see it, and that is kind of our goal. Making money is a beautiful by product but our joy comes in sharing joy.

Valerie Cason: What brings the band to this particular benefit?

Ben Badger: (I have summarized portions of the personal side) This is event is important to members of the band due to their own personal experiences amongst their own families. They are close to situations where they have seen children go through some rough times, and believe that taking care of things that need to be taken care of, bringing attention to things that are deserving of attention is important. “You can’t ever get too big for your britches.” To say that they can’t play for free goes against everything on the album and everything they stand for. If it’s something we really believe in, sure money is not an issue.

(photo Valerie L Cason /SEVEN-EIGHTHS-PRODUCTIONS )

(photo Valerie L Cason /SEVEN-EIGHTHS-PRODUCTIONS )

Valerie Cason: The cementing the band, collaborations, and what can fans expect from the tour?

Ben Badger: Collaborations are family, we add new members to our family. We have a couple of songs co-written with Fuel, as well as a song with a former member of Hinder. We invite our friends to be part of our family, and share music with us. We own our own label as well, and one of our next projects is a solo album for Jeremy. We want to help everyone in our family explore their outlets. “Delta Breakdown” really brought the band to fruition, after fighting it, and being convinced by Nate that it really needed to be recorded, and the rest is history. The muddy water reference is a symbol of a turning point that gave me an epiphany change things in my life. Fans of rock and country music can expect to hear music that is definitely something they will both enjoy.

The show would go on too, with the band opening with “Curtain Call,” “Closer,” “Redemption,” and The Rain. As those early songs where being performed, a once patio and side bar mingling crowd came center stage to rock out with Fall To June’s unbelievable pure rock sound. They would continue with “Unbreakable,” “The Chance,” and “Super Angel” before ending their set with a crowd pumping “Delta Breakdown,” a song that is already setting the airwaves on fire and most likely soon, the charts.

Fall To June’s self titled album will be in stores April 21, and the tour will be making stops in North Carolina, Tennessee, Iowa, Texas and other dates to be announced.

Follow Fall To June:

Official Website: www.falltojune.com

Facebook: https:www.facebook.com/falltojune

Twitter: @falltojunemusic, @falltojune

Jeremy Marshall (photo Valerie L Cason /SEVEN-EIGHTHS-PRODUCTIONS )

Jeremy Marshall (photo Valerie L Cason /SEVEN-EIGHTHS-PRODUCTIONS )

Nate Yant (photo Valerie L Cason /SEVEN-EIGHTHS-PRODUCTIONS )

Nate Yant (photo Valerie L Cason /SEVEN-EIGHTHS-PRODUCTIONS )

Jasin Todd (photo Valerie L Cason /SEVEN-EIGHTHS-PRODUCTIONS )

Jasin Todd (photo Valerie L Cason /SEVEN-EIGHTHS-PRODUCTIONS )

Jeremy Marshall (photo Valerie L Cason /SEVEN-EIGHTHS-PRODUCTIONS )

Jeremy Marshall (photo Valerie L Cason /SEVEN-EIGHTHS-PRODUCTIONS )

Ben Badger (photo Valerie L Cason /SEVEN-EIGHTHS-PRODUCTIONS )

Ben Badger (photo Valerie L Cason /SEVEN-EIGHTHS-PRODUCTIONS )

Jasin Todd (photo Valerie L Cason /SEVEN-EIGHTHS-PRODUCTIONS )

Jasin Todd (photo Valerie L Cason /SEVEN-EIGHTHS-PRODUCTIONS )

Ben Badger (photo Valerie L Cason /SEVEN-EIGHTHS-PRODUCTIONS )

Ben Badger (photo Valerie L Cason /SEVEN-EIGHTHS-PRODUCTIONS )

 

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