Ed Roland Of Collective Soul On Recording In Elvis’ House And The Secret Behind Their Hit Song “Shine” Download

24:03 Download June 7th

Ed Roland is one of those guys that’s just easy to talk to and we talked about a lot of things. 

When the band broke in 1994, they broke big time! That year they played Woodstock, as they did in 1999 too. He told me they are one of only 5 acts to play both concerts. 

His brother, Dean, has been in the band the entire time as well. I asked him about sharing this journey with him. “Well, I mean, it’s it’s family. It’s been a blessing for me. And I’d like to think he thinks the same because it’s family. You know, we all are family, to be honest, we all kind of grew up in the same community and, the same environment as parents and things like that. Same school, same church, all of the above. It’s been wonderful for me. And I think he would say the same thing, you know.” He went on to say that they don’t fight much. “But I always say to my brother, I mean, I would never hit you with a guitar because I like my guitar, too much.” LOL

As far as the new record, Here To Eternity is concerned, that’s a great story! They recorded it in Elvis Presley’s house in Palm Springs. He talked about how quickly they recorded the album, and why they made it a double album. 

I had to ask him if he had any peanut butter and banana sandwiches. “You damn right I did, I’m a southern boy, I’m not afraid of that.” They were actually in the house the day Lisa Marie Presley died. He said the ceiling caved in that night! 

Now, onto the first big hit “Shine”. He had told me the trick that they used on that song years ago, but I wasn’t sure if he was pulling my leg or not. He sang the “Yeah” part through an empty toilet paper roll. “Yes, that’s very true because I only had one amp, one guitar. And, you know, I just had to make up different sounds. It’s crazy that I could. So I kept doing “Yeah”, I was like, it just sounds like a Southern boy going yeah. Almost lazy. Like, you should be in a rocking chair. So I went to the bathroom in the basement and took the toilet paper off. Just put the the cardboard part off. And that’s what I sang through. Oh, yeah.”

What a fun conversation with Ed.

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