Stage Left: An Interview with Dell Foxx Company
Our conversation with members of the local band about how they got started and what influences them to make music.
Dell Foxx Company Members:
Vocals – Duan Wright
Guitar/Vocals – Brent Schraffenberger
Bass/Vocals – Cody Shingleton
Drums/Vocals – Jake Shingleton
What kind of music do you play?
D.W.: We play an eclectic mix of music including genres ranging from classic rock and country to pop and rap. We all love music and do our best to play songs that anyone in the audience can enjoy.
Who are your influences?
D.W.: Whitney Houston, Etta James, Christina Aguilera, and Kam Franklin (The Suffers)
J.S.: John Bonham (Led Zepplin), Ringo Starr (The Beatles) and Levon Helm (The Band)
B.S.: John Mayer Trio, David Gilmour (Pink Floyd), and Marty Friedman
C.S. Rick Danko (The Band), Pino Palladino, Wylie Gerber (Dawes)
How long have you been playing together?
D.W.: We have been playing together for a little over four years.
How did you know one another?
D.W.: Jacob and Cody are brothers and I grew up with them while attending Sudlersville Elementary School. We continued our schooling together at Queen Anne’s County High School where we met Brent Schraffenberger.
What inspired you to form a band?
D.W.: It all started at Jacob and Cody’s house on Dell Foxx Road. We would get together to jam and play music for friends. We heard about an open mic opportunity at The Jetty and put together a seven-song setlist. We invited everyone we knew to come and it was a huge success. I remember it was a Tuesday night and they were so busy that they had to call in extra bartenders. We haven’t turned back since.
What sorts of events do you play?
D.W.: We play weddings, dance parties at bars, outdoor festivals, charity events and fundraisers as well as radio and television performances.
What is your favorite song to play?
D.W.: “I Wanna Dance With Somebody,” Whitney Houston
J.S.: “You Got the Love,” Florence + The Machine, “Gravity,” John Mayer
B.S.: “Gravity”- John Mayer, “You Oughta Know”- Alanis Morissette
C.S.: “Gravity”- John Mayer, “Be Mine”- Alabama Shakes
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