CASEY, Ill. (WTHI) – He’s something of a music legacy with the musical life passed to him from his family.
For this In the Spotlight, we’re back in Casey where there is a big golf tee, big windchimes and even bigger dreams.
“I’m just a normal kid from Casey, Illinois,” Garrett Biggs explained. “I work out on my uncle’s farm. I like to hang out with friends. I just love to live life you know? If there is a normal kid in a small town, it’s me.”
A normal small town kid, with a slightly unusual upbringing.
“I grew up listening to music, my dad jamming out downstairs… I mean for years. I’m talking since I was months old. He’s a lead player, so he’s the guy playing the nasty solos,” Garrett described. “The guy I wish I could be sometimes you know?”
It was his admiration for his dad, and the music he was playing, that would eventually put a guitar in his hands.
“I’ve been playing guitar since I was about five years old. It was a lot of learning. It was years and years of learning, trying to perfect what I do. And I was playing electric. He played classic rock so that’s what my roots are you know?”
But it was when he changed to an acoustic guitar, that everything changed.
“Getting the acoustic I guess what I was thinking is that this could open so many doors. I could perform, I could write, I could do all those things I’ve been wanting to do.”
And it wouldn’t take Garrett very long to get up and start playing. Before long, a passion he had taken from his father’s basement came out for all to hear.
“I’d say it was the Marshall Autumn Festival one year,” he recalled. “And I was a little nervous for that one, because I was a beginner. I think I was in 6th grade at the time.”
At a time when most kids are just picking up their first guitar, Garrett was already playing for all those who would listen. But he wouldn’t let his age get in the way of his dreams.
“The feeling is indescribable. That’s the thing I can’t describe what it’s like to get up on stage. Because I’ve still not figured it out myself. I just know it’s a good feeling.”
But after all these years, is he better than his dad?
“Well… I don’t want to say that. He’s told me my rhythm is better than his. But as far as solos go there is no way I can beat him, he is nuts. He’s got me beat, I’ll just say that.”
Just a normal kid from Casey trying to make an extraordinary mark in life.