Kevin Costner has never been accused of laziness. "I don’t give up. I’m a plotter, and I move," he says. "I just need time to figure out how to do things. And I'm willing to work with that." That tenacity has paid off, not least for his two Oscars. His schedule is characteristically chockablock: He recently wrapped the Superman reboot 'Man of Steel' and appeared as "Devil" Anse Hatfield on History’s mini-series 'Hatfields & McCoys.' All the while he tours with Modern West, the country-rock band he founded in 2007. Despite his hectic schedule, Costner took time to chat with us backstage at his New York City debut.
Modern West's signature country-rock sound is rooted in the electric guitar work of Teddy Morgan and Park Chisolm, but Costner and John Coinman back things up with acoustic axes. For Costner that means only one brand. "For forever, I just played whatever anybody put in my hand," he says. "But now I only play Gibson. I'm pretty hard on guitars and they've been really nice to me." To polish his skills before Modern West entered the studio to record Untold Truths, Costner practiced during the long car rides to and from movie and television sets on his weapon of choice, a small-bodied Gibson L-00 Pro that's ideal for traveling troubadours.
Credit: Julie Holder