Memphis rock band Prosevere to rock Tupelo

By Sheena Barnett

On Stage
Who: Prosevere, Surrender the Fall, Deadset, Reaping Monday
When: 8 p.m. Saturday
Where: Gooditme Charlie’s, Tupelo
Cost: $10
Info: (662) 554-2521

TUPELO – Playing big festivals, vying for the chance to get signed at a major label, schmoozing with superstars – all in a day’s work for the guys in Prosevere.
The Memphis-based hard rock group, made up of lead singer Gary Segars, drummer Rocky Griggs, bass player Matt Riley and guitarist Eric Ashe, has earned plenty of fans in its five-year history. It’s about time major music biz players are starting to take notice.
“That’s definitely the biggest thing right now: we’re pretty much spending this summer showcasing for different record labels,” Segars said in an interview with the Daily Journal. “We always keep being told there’s no rock scene, no rock charts, nothing is doing well. So as far as the major labels go, they don’t wanna touch it. But we’ve been out on the road, and there are crowds. There are people who will buy rock CDs and people who will support the shows. We’ve just gotta find the right label.”
It’s too soon to call rock ‘n’ roll’s time of death, Segars said.
“The spirit of rock ‘n’ roll will always be around,” he said. “Everybody likes to go out and party. …I feel good about where rock is going. Music is always a pendulum, it’s always going back and forth. I think rock is on the upswing.”
Segars backs up his views with the interest shown in Prosevere, and how his band is being taken seriously by labels and music promoters.
For example, Prosevere has been invited back to perform at the Memphis in May Beale St. Music Festival this year. The band performed there a few years ago, and while the guys shared the stage with stars, they weren’t exactly playing similar styles of music.
“In 2009, we were put on the same stage as Three 6 Mafia, Snoop Dogg and 311. We had fun, we partied with those guys til 2 or 3 in the morning,” he said, “but this year we’re sharing a stage with Bush, Coheed & Cambria and Black Stone Cherry. That’s a little more our style.”
Prosevere is, as always, in the process of writing new material for a new CD.
Til the band hits the big time, Segars and crew enjoy keeping the spirit of rock ‘n’ roll alive.
“Being in a semi-successful band, it’s a full-time job in and of itself. Then having a 40-hour a week job, and I have a daughter – it can be slightly overwhelming,” he said. “But as long as we’re doing it for fun and doing it for the passion, the right opportunity will pop up, and we’ll hop on it.”