Interview with Jamey Ice [guitarist of Green River Ordinance].

Texas rockband Green River Ordinance made a stop at the Norva this October on their tour with Kate Voegele. Green River Ordinance (GRO) has been charming crowds with their mesmerizing melodies and honest lyrics since they were in highschool. Since then they've opened for Bon Jovi, Mutemath, David Cook, Needtobreathe, Collective Soul, Hanson, and many other well known bands. Their debut album, "Out of My Hands" released in February 2009 and reached #10 on Billboard's Heatseeker's chart.

I met their guitarist, Jamey Ice & interviewed him for an article I wrote for my college newspaper. I posted the story on my Examiner page. Read the full story here.

1. When did you start playing music? When did you realize that singing was your passion?
Jamey: Started playing music in middle school. We played sweet home alabama for our middle school talent show. I am tone deaf and can't sing. : )

2. You mentioned meeting at school. Did you all meet at college? How did the band start?
Jamey: Geoff and I are brothers. Josh and Joshua, we all met and started playing together in Highschool when we were 15. We met Denton our freshman year of college.

3. If you weren't playing in Green River Ordinance (or pursuing your musical career) what do you think you'd be doing now?
Jamey: Would probably be back in school. I am 18 hours short of a philosophy degree. Or living on an island treasure hunting.

4. Do you have any other hobbies or passions?
Jamey: Love reading, studying, theology, & Philosophy.

5. What inspires you?
Jamey:God, beauty, life, love.

6. Do you enjoy the songwriting/recording process or the traveling/touring/perfoming more than the other? Or do you love both equally?
Jamey: Love different aspects of each. Recording because its stationary and creative. Touring because you get to meet people and play shows.

7. What has surprised you most about life? How has life changed most drastically for you since your music career has started?
Jamey: That a bunch of friends from highschool get to play music for a living. That God constantly opens doors and has always taken care of and provided for our band. You make a lot of sacrifices being constantly on the road. It's hard to keep up with friends and family. You miss out on alot at home, but you are getting to do something beautiful and exciting.

8. If you could collaborate or tour with any other musician in the world who would it be? Who has been your favorite to work with so far?
Jamey: U2!! It's been fun touring with David Cook and Collective Soul!

9. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
Jamey: Wish I didnt always think about myself. Would love to be less selfish.

10. Do you have any hidden talents, interesting quirks, or something that most people don't know about you?
Jamey: I want to wrestle an alligator.

11. What is your advice for aspiring musicians?
Jamey: It's a buisness. You have to work hard. Its not just about the music. You have to be just as on top of the business and marketing side as the music.

12. How do you get most of your song ideas?
Jamey: Life.

13. Do you have a favorite quote?
Jamey: "If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world." - C. S. Lewis

"You have made us, O Lord, for yourself, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you." – Augustine

14. How would you describe your sound to someone who has never heard of you before?
Jamey: If Tom Petty and U2 had a baby.

15. What's next for you? More touring? New album?
Jamey: Lots more touring!

Stay tuned for more interviews & articles & check out Green River Ordinance's music!

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