The Teen Beat Interview with Jon Morrow

The following questions were culled from vintage Teen Beat interviews, circa mid-1980s. Xpress poses them to local music stars.

Mountain Xpress: How did you get into music?
Jon Morrow of Galen Kipar Project and The Odd Meters: I was about 5 and saw a Guns N’ Roses video. Slash made me want to play the guitar. I started getting active in music in school, and that was all she wrote.

Q: If you weren’t a musician, what would you want to be?
A: A counselor, goat herder or professional golfer.

Q: If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
A: Nothing at all, I love myself. But maybe I wouldn’t drink as much as I do.

Q: Tell us about your car.
A: It’s a 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix. It has a huge trunk for gear, and has seen many, many states so far during our short relationship. It’s mostly filled with CDs, clothes, water bottles, and gear. I’m on the road a lot.

Q: Are you going to play a show in Tulsa?
A: Maybe one day.

Q: Who do you consider to be very cool?
A: My friend/teacher/mentor Jeff Sipe.

Q: Do you have a crush on anyone?
A: Oh yes. I totally have had a huge crush on the girl at Starbucks for like a year and a half, but I am way too shy to ask her out.

Q: What was the most perfect gift you ever received?
A: Life.

Q: What was the nicest thing you’ve ever done for your mom on Mother’s Day?
A: Maybe called or sent a card. I haven’t seen her on Mother’s Day for like 20 years.

Q: What are some of your hobbies?
A: Studying new types of music. Golf, frisbee golf and sleeping.

Q: Describe your perfect day.
A: Wake up late, practice, eat, go play some frisbee golf, grow a set of balls so I can ask out the girl from Starbucks, take her out to dinner, and then go play a show.

Q: What’s something you refuse to eat?
A: Meat; it’s been nine years.

Q: If you had to choose one word to describe your life, what would that word be?
A: Odd.

Q: Do you have any messages for all your loyal fans?
A: Many blessings and much love to everyone during the holiday season.

—Alli Marshall, A&E reporter


About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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