Artist Q&A

@JamminJavaMei's Q&A With Toby Lightman

Toby Lightman

Where and when was your first show? I've had a lot of random shows, open mics, singing with friends.. but my very first shows were with a band of friends from HS. We would get together on breaks from college and play at the same place in Philly, every time. It was the Pontiac Grill.  However, our very first show with that band was at the local Borders, and then I think it was a bagel shop. We kept joking that the next stop on the tour was the frozen food section at the supermarket. I think I wore my guitar with a piece of string at that point..

What band/artist would you consider to be your main influence?

I don't really have one influence, that's why my writing is different with each song. I love singers like Etta James, Nina Simone, Bonnie Raitt, then bands like Haim, The Shins, and the Black Keys.. I'm all over the place..

What is one of your most memorable or off-the-wall touring experiences?

Opening for Prince.. Hands down

Favorite Food: I really have to choose? Thai?

Favorite Drink: Bourbon and Ginger Ale

If you were to have a film/movie based on your career, which actors or band would you select to portray yourself?

The one where the girl goes on and gets the Grammy.  Me.

What two words would best describe your music? Modern Blues