Meet Cheri D From 13 Stories
Meet Cheri D from 13 Stories. 13 Stories is a great local band with a lot of
fun and flavor. Cheri D has a GREAT set of pipes. We caught them at Music Midtown
X, and Cheri D gave us an interview a little later-just in time for our REALLY
BIG third issue! Read on.
MI-What is your birth date?
MI-So tell me how the band got together. Who are your band
mates, what do they play, and how did you meet?
Cheri-Max-Drums, house beats, vocals. Our 1-3 pretty boy, our
tasty treat. J3-Bass, vocals. Our 1-3 edgy guy. Cat-guitar, vocals. Our 1-3
hot body, jam babe. Max, J3 and I started a little something with another guitar
player…I knew Cat from this bar, my sister was working there. It took a little
coercion but she became interested. It was so nice to have another chick around.
We were together as a five piece until 2 years ago, when our fifth member left.
Only then did we know that we really had something.
MI-Tell Me a Joke.
Cheri-This blonde walks onto a plane and sits in first class.
attendant approaches her and says, "I’m sorry miss, but your seat is in
coach." The blonde says, "I don’t care what you say, I am flying to
New York City first class." After numerous failed attempts to get the young
blonde to understand, the flight attendant finally asks the pilot for some advise.
The pilot sticks his head out and eyes the passenger, "oh, she’s blonde,
I’ll take care of this." He speaks calmly to the blonde woman and remarkably,
she rises and pleasantly walks to coach and sits in her assigned seat. The flight
attendant, floored, says, "well, what did you say to her?" The pilot
says, "I told her that first class isn’t going to New York City."
MI-Who were your musical influences growing up?
Cheri-My musical influences growing up were all women. I just
didn’t have any interest in music unless there was a woman singing. Stevie Nicks,
Pat Benatar, Joan Jett, Annie Lennox…they had such personalities, they were
so strong to me. They didn’t seem like any women I knew. My sister sneaked me
into my first concert. It was Berlin. As the blood ran down my legs from jumping
the fence and my first couple of beers swirled around in my head, all I could
do was stare. Terri Nunn crawled across the stage with her two toned hair and
changed me forever. I didn’t even move, I just stared, and
MI-What do you do besides play music?
Cheri-I’m a psychiatric social worker. Yes, there are people
walking around Atlanta that when they say, "my therapist" they are
talking about me. Crazy, huh?
MI-Have you ever inhaled?
MI-Describe your music.
MI-If a nuclear bomb were to wipe out everybody but you and
three people, who would those three people be and why?
Cheri-Lucinda Williams, so we could sing songs together…my
best friend Ann Dupre, so we could shop everywhere and decorate anything we
wanted…and Javier Lopez, so the three of us could have someone to make out
with (and say dirty things to us in Spanish).
MI-Do you believe in psychics why or why not?
Cheri-Yes. Because I have an electronic fortune cookie that
can accurately predict what the 13 Stories crowd will be like at each and every
MI-Tell me about your musical history.
Cheri-I was the annoying kid on the table singing Annie songs.
Then, I learned how to sing classically. I was a competitive singer through
high school. In college and thereafter, I sang anything with anyone that would
play for me. 13 Stories forced me to get on the keys. I hated it at first. Now,
I la it.
MI-If you could play anywhere place in the world where it would
be and why?
Cheri-Pine Knob Amphitheatre in Detroit. It’s home.
MI-What would you say was your worst job and why?
Cheri-Car wash, 14 years old. So mah-fah cold in the winter.
I would sit in that little hut with the two inch heater and think, "I will
never be this cold again. This is as cold as one could tolerate. I will sweat
at my job, I swear." And I do…
MI-What made you decide to become a musician?
Cheri-I think I covered this…
MI-How do you think you are different then anyone doing the
same stuff out there?
Cheri-Well, I tend to think that there isn’t anyone out there
doing the "same stuff." That’s what I like about us. It sounds different.
Plus, it’s happy and we are ok with that. Let’s dance like crazy and have a
good time. We won’t remind you of a bad day or work on Monday or even a bad
haircut. The show is fun. We aren’t trying to be anything but your entertainment,
your cool thing you did on the weekend, your buzz enhancer.
MI-What was the greatest thing that ever happened to you and
why do you think it is the greatest thing?
Cheri-Meeting the 1-3 crew. It makes me healthy and happy and
I get to try my dream out. I can live with myself forever content that I tried,
am trying, will always try and have a blast doing it.
MI-Who is your hero and why?
Cheri-My grandmother, "Gram." She is the smartest,
most practical, most independent, coolest woman I have ever known.
MI-If you could open for anyone, who would it be and why?
Cheri-Fleetwood Mac. I want to see us on the same bill.
MI-What are your goals as a musician?
Cheri-To be able to make a living at it, you know, traveling
around, playing for folks that really want to be there….simply, to live on
a bus (a big fancy one).
MI-If you could bring anybody back from the dead, who would
it be and why?
Cheri-I wouldn’t, that’s creepy. But I wish Selena had never
MI-What about the world pisses you off the most and why? What
would you do to change it?
Cheri-Traffic. I could fathom having a driver.
MI-If a genie came to you and granted three wishes, what would
Cheri-I’m a pretty happy person, Barb. I just wanna rock, that’s
MI-If you were not a musician, what do you think you would
be doing with your life?
Cheri-What I am doing now…but with a blanket of sadness over
MI-Tell me about your latest project.
Cheri-Right now, 13 Stories is finishing the final touches
on the last three tracks of our first, new and only full length record, "Yeah,
right…uh huh, sure." We are super excited. We took the time and care,
we are really proud of it.
MI-Who would your compare yourself to vocally and why?
Cheri-Wow, um, uh,…jeez, I got nothin’. Let’s see, um, no
one, I guess. Not because I am so different, but because I’m not…I’m just
me. I can’t hear myself like…this one is too hard.
MI-What inspires your lyrics?
Cheri-My work, my day, my conversations, people…It can’t
be all that different for anyone that writes lyrics. My lyrics aren’t all that
deep. The faster I write them, the better they tend to be. I know a song is
finished when I can say, "I said just what I had to say." I like metaphors
and la the power of innuendo.
MI-Do you have a message for your present and future fans?
If so, what is it?
Cheri-Yes. Thank you and I la you. 13 Stories, catch them at
a club near you before somebody gives Cheri D and the Crew that big fancy bus!
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