It May Be the Off Season, but Ammons Is Right On
“It’s an exciting time right now, and I’m trying to cram in as much as I can.”
- Season Ammons
Season Ammons has lived in the area for two years, a Texas transplant currently juggling several music ventures.
“I have a bunch of music that is for the Season Ammons Band that I want to record,” she says. “I’m looking at doing that in the new year, and I’m working on a solo project that will just be guitar and vocals. I have so much music that I have to record.
“Then I have a side project, Ammons and Rayfield, which is a duo. It’s one of my newest bandmates in the Season Ammons Band, a harmonica player by the name of the Allen Rayfield. He really completes the sound of the band. But since it’s the off season, we’ve been doing a lot of duos. So a lot of writing is going on and a lot of different projects.”
At age 11, Ammons was already writing poetry, the precursor for her delving into songwriting. “My mom influenced me to keep a journal from the time I was about six years old. At about 11, I was writing short stories and poetry. Then when I got a guitar in my hands around the age of 15, I started putting the poems together with music. A light bulb went off when I thought that is all that songs are, poetry put to music. It just all made sense.”
The guitar was of the classic variety, handed down from a neighbor during a move. “It was a big, clunky classical guitar that I fell in love with. I learned how to play on that. I didn’t know how to even tune a guitar—I tuned it open and how I thought it should sound. I played it flat on my lap, and I would play with my thumb. I knew it wasn’t the right way, but I really didn’t care, I was just doing my own thing, playing around with it.”
That way of thinking has continued to define Ammons’ musical endeavors. “I’m drawn to a lot of different things,” she says. “But almost on purpose I haven’t been overly influenced, because I always wanted to have my own sound. I didn’t want people to say, ‘Oh you sound just like so and so.’”
How does Ammons define her sound? “I’m having a hard time nailing it down, but Texas Southern Soul. When you think Texas, you kind of think a little bit of that red dirt country—but Texas country isn’t like Nashville country. I’m definitely not country, but it seems like there is a tinge of it. Throw in the fact that I’m soulful and bluesy, a little of the Texas style blues. And I have other songs that are a little more R&B or jazzy. I don’t know. I keep asking people, and no one is able to really put a name on it.”
See and hear the Season Ammons Band Saturday, Nov. 9, at Harborwalk Village’s Blues, Brews & BBQ, starting at 11 a.m. Discover more at www.seasonammons.com.