Bass guitarist and backup vocalist Teddy Christenberry did a Twitter Chat on Feb. 5 when the guys were between shows in Chicago. Coincidentally, this chat also took place the day after a series of Snapchats by Teddy (tchristenberry) showing Band Land, a magical place full of joy and beds (or a hotel room crammed with five guys loving life who push beds together to make a massive place for bouncing and rolling), so be prepared for a lot of questions about that. It was great gaining a little more insight into Teddy, so read on!
Q: Other than The Bible, favorite book?
A: Middlemarch – George Elliot
Q: What’s your favorite song to perform? What gets you dancing?
A: It really is different every night. STRYB (Something To Remember You By) is a special one. But I love Sugarcoated. Recently, Thinking Bout You.
Q: What’s your favorite time of day to write a song?
A: I’m not much of a songwriter. But my creativity thrives in early mornings and late nights. Some ideas come in dreams.
Q: What is your favorite thing to do during your time off? Other than covers with @KelleighBannen?
A: I’m not proud of it, but time off is often spent planning other things or working on other projects. I’m a thinker.
Q: Who’s the last person you texted?
A: The band group text. I hate group texts. But ours is pretty phenomenal. Can you imagine texting with @rabbitinflight (guitarist Brian “Rabbit” or “Babs” Campbell)?
Q: Who is your favorite non-country artist?
A: So difficult. But I gotta go with my boy Ryan Adams. Brilliant. Identifiable. Heartbreaking.
Q: If you could be any animal, what would you be?
A: Orangutan, duh.
Q: How long does it take you to grow a full beard?
A: People define “full” differently. A few days to have a “beard.” Two weeks to “nice!” – one month to “DAMN!”
Q: How drunk were y’all during the #bandland snaps last night?
A: I’m not much of a drinker. So I was good. Honestly we were pretty high on life last night. We are pretty excited!
Q: What’s your favorite Christmas movie?
A: I hate Christmas movies and Christmas music. Sorry not sorry!
Q: Are you currently embarrassed by any songs current on your playlists?
A: If you’re embarrassed by your inspiration, you’ll be creatively stuck forever. Kill those insecurities.
Q: Do you have a favorite Bible verse?
A: Lots. Genesis 12:1, Hosea 2:14, Galatians 2:20 – those get me through the day.
Q: What is your favorite time of day? Are you a morning person or night owl?
A: I’m a morning person as of late. But I can hoot with the owls too.
Q: Can one/how does one get invited to #bandland?
A: We are generous people. But Bandland is just for us. For so many reasons.
Q: What is your favorite song written by @JacobDavisMusic?
A: That’s like picking a favorite toe.
Q: How much do you love the Jacob Davis Squad?
A: If you don’t love those who support you, you’ve probably got an egocentricity issue. We love y’all.
Q: Who is the best dancer in the band?
A: Babs by a landslide!
Q: Who’s your typical hotel bed buddy in the band?
A: Typically Jacob or Caleb. Babs opts for couch a lot. And Kevin’s hair? God!
Q: Hair product that you can’t live without?
A: Something that has “monster hold” in the title. Thanks @mooseNashville!
Q: Do you ever write songs?
A: Not in a while. I do write poetry. Cue the jokes.
Q: When are you and @KelleighBannen recording a song together?
A: We are always bouncing around ideas. So excited about things she’s working on. She’s incredible to collaborate with.
Q: If you could build your dream tour, who would you tour with?
A: Jason Isbell. Ryan Adams. Led Zeppelin.
Q: How old are you?!
A: 28 years young baby!
Q: What is one of the funniest things that has happened while you and the guys have been on the road?
A: First show. Kevin took off unannounced and got a daiquiri. First show. FIRST SHOW.
Q: Who would you say is the diva in the band?
A: We all diva in different ways. Kevin is a gear diva. Caleb is a “plan” diva. Babs is no diva. I’m an emotional diva.
Q: What kind of product do you use on that luscious beard of yours?
A: No product. Shampoo and conditioner.
Q: If you had to listen to @JustinBieber or @JTimberlake on repeat for 4 hours straight who would you choose?
A: Timberlake. But Bieber’s new record is legit. I think he’s hit a creative stride that’s exciting.
Q: How’s your girl Gladys (his dog)?
A: Happy, cuddly, adorable and sweet!
Q: Will you ask Caleb exactly how much a ticket to #bandland is?
A: Sure but I can tell you it will cost you one reputation.
Q: Does anyone get hurt in #bandland? Physically or emotionally?
A: Caleb took the brunt.
Q: Do you see individual fans when you’re on stage or is it too bright? Basically, do you see us acting like fools?
A: Oh we see y’all. People forget that we can look out and see people. I love catching people doing funny stuff.
Q: If you could tell your 18 year old self something, what would it be?
A: Failing well is more important than failing less.
Q: How did #bandland escalate so quickly?
A: It was just a joy bomb that detonated.
Q: What’s the real reason you hate glitter so much?
A: I don’t understand the question. Why do people hate evil so much?
Q: Is food allowed in #bandland?
A: There may have been some olives.
Q: What’s your favorite thing to do when not on tour?
A: My brother and I have played a lot of shows together. Anything with him. We loved Cherub Rock by Smashing Pumpkins.
Q: What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
A: People tend to be surprised to hear that I’m a Nashville native. We’re a rare breed.
Q: Describe the guys in ONE word each?
A: Jacob: Motivated. Kevin: Loyal. Caleb: Groove. Babs: (party icon)
Q: What’s your favorite part about touring … snaps, videos and pics always look like you guys are having a blast!
A: Well being on stage is pretty untouchable. But honestly being on tour would be pretty tough if we weren’t so close.
Q: Have you ever bungee jumped? If not, would you?
A: I haven’t. I so would. I have been skydiving. I’d do it every day if I could.
Q: Zodiac signs: self-fulfilling prophesies or accurate predictor of personality?
A: Specific enough to make you go “so true” – vague enough to be universally applicable.
Q: How do you take your coffee? And how many cups needed in the morning?
A: Black. Somewhere between two c ups and elevendy billion cups.
Q: Do you think you’re considered a good hugger? Do you think good hugs are undervalued?
A: I was a youth director for years. I’m a boss at meaningful yet appropriate hugging.
Q: If you were not a musician, what would you want to be?
A: I’ve loved having a toe in the industry. If I weren’t playing, I’d consider managing. But counseling/pastoring.
Q: Do you follow your head or your heart more often?
A: I struggle with this. Both are corrupted. Both point true not. But I’d say historically my heart.
Q: Favorite sport to watch on TV? Fav team?
A: Football. Go Vols baby.
Q: Do you consider yourself a romantic?
A: Totally. To a fault.
Q: Do you like to go shopping for clothes?
A: Despise it. I’d rather be eaten alive by ants.
Q: Would you rather find true love or $10 million?
A: I’ve heard a lot of people say “I made a lot of money and still wasn’t satisfied” – haven’t heard that about love.
Q: Would you rather have one wish granted today or three wishes granted in 10 years?
A: 3. Whatever I need then will probably be bigger than what I need now.
Q: Would you rather be gossiped about or never talked about at all?
A: Gossiped about. Been there, had it done. Still breathing.
Q: Have you ever broken a bone?
A: Broke a wrist playing baseball. Not because I was that good. But because I was that bad.
Q: Do you guys prank each other on the road?
Q: What comes on your perfect burger?
A: Lettuce, tomato, onion, bacon, mustard. But I’ll eat anything. Can’t stand picky eaters. Eat what you’re served y’all.
Q: Are you more of a brave, free spirit or a cautious over thinker?
A: I’m an over thinker for sure. But once I make a choice, I’m committed.
Q: What’s one thing you can’t live without?
A: Oxygen. Totally.
Q: Favorite place you’ve gotten to play at so far?
A: Might feel lame because it was freaking yesterday. But @Joesonweedst is a pretty phenomenal place.
Q: What’s the first word that comes to mind when you hear the word “squad”?
A: A group of soldiers who are a part of a bigger group of soldiers who are a bigger group of soldiers who are …
Q: Fav snow cone flavor?
A: I spend 10% of my choosing energy thinking about flavor and 90% on wondering what will stain my tongue the least.
Q: What’s the one song that makes you belt it out at the top of your lungs every time?
A: Baywatch. Try it. I’m telling you.
Q: What is your go-to road trip food?
A: We trying and eat healthy on the road. Chipotle if possible.
Q: How did you and Kelleigh get started on collaborating?
A: Kelleigh and I grew up together. But we started making music together at church. A fun foundation to start with.
Q: What’s your favorite flavor of ice cream?
A: I’m a sorbet guy. But for ice cream, cookies and cream for days.
Q: What’s your dream venue?
A: Ryman. Without a doubt. Nothing else is close. That place is sacred.
Q: What scares you the most?
A: Fear. Anyone who has experienced anxiety knows exactly what I mean.
Q: How old were you when you first learned to play the guitar, and who inspired you to play?
A: Picked up a bass at 12 to play in a band with my brother. First song was War Pigs by Black Sabbath – guitar at 14.
Q: If you could pick any actor to play you in a movie about your life, who would it be?
A: Leonardo DiCaprio. And I know what you’re thinking. Yes the resemblance is uncanny.
Q: What does your perfect date night consist of?
Q: Favorite songs to play on stage?
A: Yeah this is so hard. Songs are different every time you play them. They’re living things. Can’t pick one.
Q: Have you read 50 Shades of Grey?
A: No. A thousand times no.
Q: Describe the Squad in one word?
Q: Do you have a nickname?
A: Middle name is Stedman. So a lot comes from that. And yes, y’all can call me Stedman.
Q: What were you doing before touring with @JacobDavisMusic?
A: Crying in a corner waiting to be asked.
Q: Tell us one thing about you that we would be surprised to know?
A: I got thrown out of Roberts Bar in Nashville for fighting the bouncer. He pushed my brother against the wall. Nope!
Q: Wanna come ice fishing when @RabbitInFlight comes with me/
A: Yes. For real. Ice fishing is on my bucket list.
Followup: DEAL! If y’all are ever in Minnesota we are making this happen. I’m currently in Canada ice fishin as we speak.
A: Yee Haw!!!
Followup2: You have to be willing to bite the head off a minnow, you still in? It’s like initiation.
A: Yeah, no sweat.
Q: What’s the most romantic thing you have ever done for a girl?
A: Picnic under the stars with wine and strawberries. She’s married to a pro baseball player now. Strawberry fail.
Q: Did anyone try to talk you outta becoming a musician?
A: No. But growing up in Nashville, you see a lot of people get hurt. Easy to get jaded. I always wanted it to stay fun.
Q: Did you play sports in HS?
A: Played? No. Was on the high school football team. Had a jersey and a locker. Practiced. But played? Haha.
Q: Besides Nashville, where would you like to live?
A: San Francisco. Barcelona. Portland, OR. New Orleans. But Nashville is my heartbeat.
Q: What is the funniest and worst prank the guys have done to you out on tour?
A: Some stories can’t be told.
Q: If you could tour with anyone, who would it be?
A: Jacob Davis and the Nintendo Ninjas.
Q: Is it slightly awkward/uncomfortable when people who are basically strangers wanna hang out and chat at shows?
A: No. We love interacting with the fans. They’re our people. But we know how to maintain boundaries in healthy ways.
Q: When did you start playing music?
A: We are a musical family. Started taking piano at 5. It was never a question of whether we’d play but what instrument.
Q: Will you marry me!
Q: Not looking to get married soon. But I’ll dance with you!
Teddy ended the chat with this:
I’m out y’all! Thanks for the questions! Hope everyone has a great day and we’ll see y’all in Springfield tomorrow!!