By Marah Morrison
Cary Wecht is a professor of communication and director of faculty professional development at Youngstown State University. Not only is she a faculty member at YSU, she is the lead singer and party director of the local band Cary Lynn and the Rebellion.
Wecht is a Youngstown native who was inspired by her colleagues to enter the local music scene. She covers everything from Norah Jones to Guns & Roses, but specializes in country music. A Q&A was conducted with Wecht to cover more information about the local band.
Q: What started Cary Lynn and the Rebellion?
A: I found the guys on Craigslist; they were looking for a female lead singer. They aren’t affiliated with YSU.
Bryan Mosora – Guitar, Vocals
Jack Chamberlin – Bass Guitar, Vocals
Chris Hartzell – Drums, Percussion, and Producer
Joe Percun – Guitar and Keyboard, Vocals
Q: When do you write and how do you write your songs?
A: So far, we’ve been a cover band, but we’re talking about adding some original songs. Bryan has been working on a couple.
Q: Do you have any country music artists or bands that inspired you to do this?
A: None in particular. I love all sorts of music, and was previously a member of an acoustic duo that covered country, rock and pop stuff. This was a fun change. We do cover a good deal of Miranda Lambert songs; I admire her talent.
Q: At times, do you feel like you’re living double lives? Life as a faculty member at YSU and life as musician/singer?
A: That’s funny; I suppose so! I definitely let my hair down with the band.
Q: What do you like the most about being a part of Cary Lynn and the Rebellion?
A: The experience is so joyful. The guys are easy going and entertaining, and the songs are fun and beautiful.
Q: Do you have any tips and advice to anyone who wants to consider doing something like this?
A: Just do it, and do it with abandon.
Q: Does being a part of this band get stressful at times? Does it ever get in the way of YSU tasks?
A: All of us have a little nervous energy before performing, but once we get going, that subsides.
The band is a separate component of my life. We practice and play on weekends, so there’s no interference with work.
Q: Where does Cary Lynn and the Rebellion perform at in most cases?
A: We’re assembling our schedule for the year. Two definite places are Los Gallos in Boardman and the Feed & Sing in Salem.
To learn more about Cary Lynn and the Rebellion, and the rest of the members of the band, visit their website at https://www.clrebellion.com. They can also be followed on Twitter @clrebellionband and Instagram @clrebellion.