C.J. May is a 23-year-old guitarist, vocalist and songwriter from Los Angeles, California. Although his first single “Me and Your Mama” is a cover of a Childish Gambino song, and not intended to act as a statement on the entirety of his sound, or the musical direction he's headed in, it is clear that C.J. May is a true rock and roller at heart. His guitar work switches between bluesy vintage distortion and hypnotic delays. The highlight is his passionate vocals which sound like a cross between The Glorious Sons and Led Zeppelin. They shine through effortlessly and his high notes make you feel like his heart's in his hand while he bleeds out of his chest. Complimenting C.J. May is his backing band, The Paperboys, who help this song sound like it was performed live in a tiny basement rehearsal space. In other words, it's as raw and truthful as rock and roll can possibly get. The rhythm section transitions between soft gospel and hard hitting garage rock, almost reminiscent of The Black Keys. If there's any indication from listening to this cover song, it's that C.J. May is here to stay and he's always got something to say.
Check out "Me and Your Mama". Read more about C.J. May in our interview below!
Hey there! Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your music?
I started playing guitar when I was 11, started singing when I was 16, and writing music at 18. I’m self taught so my approach to music is personal and somewhat unconventional. I grew up mainly on blues and classic rock, but was exposed to various styles of music along the way. My music is a culmination of various genres, all while hoping to create something fresh and original.
What made you decide to cover this song?
I decided to cover this song because I love it. Also I thought it would sound interesting coming from a three piece rock band.
Who are your biggest influences?
My biggest influences are Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Janis Joplin, Stevie Ray Vaughn, and The Who, and many many others.
Who are the other members of your band and how did you meet them?
I consider this group more of a solo project, but I’m lucky to have friends that are proficient in both bass and drums, and we’re happy to make up the rhythm section.
What's next for you through 2019?
In 2019 I’ll be releasing a few singles, all originals. Then I hope to top it off with an EP by the end of the year.
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