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Lex Land

"I think a true artist should be a person who is sincere, who has artistic and emotional integrity, and perseveres through difficulties to keep doing what they love to do. At the same time, part of being an artist is putting on a show. When the two meld, it's a lovely, unforgettable experience."

When I think of great female artists, past and present, some of the names I think of are Stevie Nicks, Fiona Apple, Patsy Cline, and Ann Wilson. Among that list, Lex Land deserves a spot. Not only is she one of the most underrated artists on the scene right now, but she somehow molds her voice so well, she’s able to sing any and every genre. If I had to put together a soundtrack of my life, Lex Land would be the prominent artist featured on it. When it comes to being a true artist, she doesn’t hold back. She dives deep into her soul and creates lyrics that give you chills. She is able to capture one specific moment in her life and draw a beautiful picture you can visualize just by listening. Her music has carried me through good times and bad and my one hope would be that it can do the same for you. Here is my interview with the beautiful Lex Land.

Q. I read that your mother was a karaoke queen and your father was a punk rocker. Did they both have a big influence on you in starting your music career?

A. Yes and no. I was raised, separately and at different times, by either of them with a lot of musical stimulus, but by the time I was old enough to even think about beginning my career as a pop artist, I was relatively estranged from both parents. My father was supportive in my classical singing as a teen, as I think he found it good discipline for me, but I don’t think he was too keen on the idea of me pursuing music seriously. My mother has always been supportive of my decision and work, but I don’t know if I’d say she had a direct influence on it.

Q, What is the moment that you realized you wanted to be a singer and make this your career?

A. I was a freshman in high school, at least three years deep into studying voice, and I had to leave choir rehearsal early to make it to swim practice on time at a remote location. We had been working on Morten Lauridsen’s “Dirait-on”which is a very tender, beautiful song. As my classmates (who were very good) continued to sing, I walked through the courtyard and a fine mist, then soft light rain began to fall in the twilight while I heard their voices fading in the background. I stopped and was present, and just knew that music had to be it for me, forever. In whatever form I could have it. I guess it sounds cheesy, but if there was ever a precise moment I decided, that was it.

Q. What in your opinion is the one thing that makes you and your music stand out from the endless list of female artists?

A. While I would love to say that songwriting is my strongest suit, or that I’m a killer guitar player, I unfortunately don’t necessarily believe those things to be remotely true. I think my voice stands out- it is strong, and well-controlled, and versatile. In one of my sets, a Prince song can follow a Faure piece followed by a big Judy Garland number. It can go from being serious to quirky, from vehement to breaking. Even when the words aren’t the most original, or specific, I think you can understand the deepest meaning from the way I vocalize the lyric. I put a lot of thought and deliberateness into what I do as a vocalist.

Q. In the beginning of your career, you wanted to become an opera singer. What was your reason behind changing the genre of music you wanted to be in?

A. There really are too many reasons, it wasn’t just one thing. A lot of it was circumstantial, and had one or two small events turned out differently I might still be doing it now. Self-expression was easier and more specific when I wrote and performed my own songs… I didn’t have to have people telling me how to stand, how to behave, how to pronounce words. It was a point in my life when my emotions were messy and my personal life resembled that. Making my own music was the only way I could make sense of any of it. All of the sudden, that’s what I was doing and there was no turning back. It happened fairly quickly.

Q. In your opinion, who are some of the more relevant artists out there right now and who would you like to play alongside someday?

A. I’m pretty bad at keeping up with the times and what my “colleagues” are up to. I’m very immersed in my own music scene in Austin and the people I pal around with. On top of that saturation, I don’t have much money at my disposal to buy music. There are many relevant artists doing amazing work at the moment. As far as whom I’d like to play with someday, though, my idols take the prize. Like Prince or Fiona Apple.

Q. Currently, a lot of artists are over-glamorized and make the music part of their performance not as important. In your opinion, what makes a true artist stand out from the rest?

A. Performance is a huge aspect of being an artist, especially considering what type of genre you’re working in. As a professional artist, you are an entertainer as well. I think a true artist should be a person who is sincere, who has artistic and emotional integrity, and perseveres through difficulties to keep doing what they love to do. At the same time, part of being an artist is putting on a show. When the two meld, it’s a lovely, unforgettable experience. It seems as though the over-glamorization you mention is a machine trying too hard to force the product on people, rather than letting the artist and art speak for themselves, while the audiences experience that for themselves.

Q. Where do you hope your career is in the next five years?

A. I’ve always wanted only one basic thing: To just make music with the majority of my time. I want to travel through touring, I want to have free time writing songs and practicing my instruments. I’d like to be able to come home to a cozy place and hang out with my friends and dogs and have a garden. If I can bring home the bread with my music alone, I know I’ll have achieved my greatest goal. It’s tiring running around picking up odd-jobs, then rushing to rehearsals and gigs, and making no money, and then feeling discouraged about your art because of the rat-race.

Q. You’re currently living in Austin, TX. How do you feel the music scene is there and how has it helped your career?

A. There are a lot of facets to the music scene here in Austin, and I’m very happy and content in the little niche in which I’ve found myself. It’s a very community-oriented, sharing, feel-good environment for the most part. I have a wonderful circle of brilliant and knowledgeable people with whom I feel lucky to associate. That has been a bigger help to me as a person and artist than it has to my “career,”but I am much happier to have that. Austin has helped to develop my confidence, and sense of identity, and my communication and musicianship skills. The experience has been truly wonderful, and I feel that I’ve really blossomed here.

Q. Your album, Orange Days on Lemon Street, released in 2008 and in my opinion, is one of the best albums to come out that year. Do you have any plans in the works for new music?

A. My second album, Were My Sweetheart to Go… is going to be released on August 16th on Intelligent Noise Records. We started recording it in July or August of 2009, but the process takes a lot of time and effort from a lot of people, and we’re happy to finally present what we’ve worked so hard on. I’m always writing though, and even since we finished recording last Spring I’ve come up with a lot more material for the next one, whenever that might be.

Q. If you were stranded on an island for the rest of your life, and could only bring one of your songs to listen to, which one would it be and why?

A. I don’t think I would bring one of my own songs to listen to. The ideas and stories and sentiments are already burned into my brain- I really only write them down or sing them because I want to have a “hard copy”- so that I have a tool with which I can relate to other people, and they to me, and they amongst themselves. I’m already too stuck in my own head with all my bittersweet nostalgia. I think that’d be the last thing I would want if I were alone on an island. I’d want something that would make me feel less lonely…

To answer one of my own questions, if I were stranded on an island for the rest of my life and could only listen to one artist forever, it would be Lex Land. Her gift would get me through the lonliness. Here is one of my favorites, Play In Reverse.

For more information about  Lex Land, click here.

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Faded Paper Figures

"The challenge isn't really coming up with ideas for songs, but rather writing songs in a way that people can relate to them on an immediate, intimate level, but then also be rewarded for digging a little deeper into the songs' meanings."

Energetic, upbeat, and catchy are three adjectives that could be used to describe Faded Paper Figures. Members of the band, R. John Williams, Kael Alden, and Heather Alden formed in 2007 and have released two full-length albums, their most recent being New Medium. Currently, they’re living in separate states, however they continue to write and record new music. Now that summer is here, let’s welcome it with music that will get your hands clapping and toes tapping. Find out more about Faded Paper Figures, the band that succeeds in getting the party started.

Q. You guys have such a unique band name. Is there a story behind the name?

A. Not so much a story. We liked the idea of our music being a palimpsest, but that sounded too hoity-toity. So Faded Paper Figures was a nice way of gesturing at that, and it has a nice ring to it.

Q. A lot of shows like “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Vampire Diaries,” and “One Tree Hill” are featuring indie musicians as part of their soundtracks. Do you think doing music for these shows is helping get your name out there and your music noticed?

A. We’ve been on Grey’s Anatomy 3 times, and I’m sure it has helped get us some new listeners, but it probably hasn’t done nearly as much as online word-of-mouth has done for us. Most of our listeners find us somehow on the Internet I think.

Q. Your first album, “Dynamo,” was met with a lot of acclaim. How do you grow from there with your newest album, “New Medium?”

A. Well, the second album felt like an organic extension of the first; a little larger sound, but still recognizably FPF. We’re happy to report that it’s selling as well as the first. We can only hope that our third album does as well!

Q. Who does the primary songwriting for your albums and what is the biggest influence in your lyrics?

A. The songwriting is a very collaborative process, but it’s fair to say Kael is primarily responsible for the instrumentation and engineering, and John is primarily responsible for the lyrics and melodies. As far as inspiration for lyrics, John has a regular academic career, and his reading gives him a lot to write about. The challenge isn’t really coming up with ideas for songs, but rather writing songs in a way that people can relate to them on an immediate, intimate level, but then also be rewarded for digging a little deeper into the songs’ meanings.

Q. Do you think being from Los Angeles helps get your band more attention?

A. Hmm. I doubt it gets us a whole lot more attention. But it is convenient when we want to do a show or shoot a video, as so much of the music industry is in LA (although that’s slightly offset by the fact that John lives in New Haven, CT, so any time we want to do something like that he has to fly out).

Q. It seems as though all of you take your turns singing on your albums. How do you decide who has lead vocals for the songs?

A. We just sort of think of John and Heather as co-lead vocalists, and it seems to work out pretty well.

Q. You guys are currently in the process of recording new songs. What can we expect from the new album?

A. We’re very excited about this next album. It’s already been a lot of work! We’ve posted one new song, Avida Dollars, on Youtube, and we’ve got several more in various stages of completion. Another new song we’re really excited about that no one has heard yet is called “Friday in the Universe.” It’s a nice blend of our sounds from Dynamo and New Medium. Of course, I wish I could say the third album is almost finished, but it’s just not. We’re shooting for early 2012, and that’s still possible, but only because we release our music ourselves. Most record labels will take 6-12 months (or even longer) to process a finished album and get it ready for release. Because we release music on our own label we can literally finish the album in January and have it on iTunes in February–but again, that’s assuming we can keep up the pace through the end of the year.

Q. You spend a lot of time doing shows on the west coast. Are there any plans to play in any other parts of the US?

A. Not so much “plans” as desires. We would definitely like to get out more, but touring is expensive, and we have to really know that the crowds will be there to see us when we go. So it’s still very possible, but we have to sort of play it by ear.

Q. If you had to choose one band to tour with for the rest of your career, who would it be?

A. Ooh, that’s a hard question. Let’s say “The Beatles”—mainly because you’d need a time machine to make that happen, and there are a lot of awesome things we could do with a time machine.

Q. If you were stranded on an island for the rest of your life and could only bring one of your songs to listen to, which one would it be and why?

A. Well, definitely not “The Persuaded.”  The refrain “gotta have our things” would just seem too true at that point, ha ha. 

Here is their video, Metropolis. To find out more information about them, click here.

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Jeremy Messersmith

"I think writing good songs is the only really important thing about the business. Everything else is just icing on the musical cake."

When you sit down to write a song, you hope to tell a story to whoever is listening. The ultimate goal is for that story to strike a chord with someone and to be able to share a feeling or a moment. Jeremy Messersmith is a storyteller. Each of his songs seep into your soul and will reside there forever. His latest album, The Reluctant Graveyard, is centered around death, which you may assume would be too dark, however Jeremy turns the subject of death into a beautiful thing. Recently, I interviewed him to get a deeper look into his creative mind. Here is our interview:

Q. How did you get your start in music?

A. Well, I grew up playing music in church and school. Trumpet was my thing, at least until I got braces. When I was 17 I picked up the guitar and played in church a lot. I only started writing songs after I left for college.

Q. As an artist, what do you feel are some of the most important aspects in the business?

A. I think writing good songs is the only really important thing about the business. Everything else is just icing on the musical cake.

Q. You’ve released three albums so far, your latest being “The Reluctant Graveyard.” What has been one of the best times you’ve experienced while recording those albums?

A. Actually, getting to work with Dan Wilson on The Silver City was an amazing experience. I learned so much about how to make records, how to sing, write songs, and work in a real recording studio. I owe that dude more than I can hope to repay!

Q. You decided to price your album at “pay what you want.” What was your decision process in doing that?

A. To boil it all down- the golden rule: “Treat others as you would like to be treated.” I like to have the pay-whatever-I-want option as a fan of lots of bands. I wish more of them did it. It made sense for me to give it a try.

Q. You’re no stranger to playing sold out shows in many different cities. What is one of the best memories you have from a live show?

A. Last year I got to play at a political rally. It was opening for the President- simultaneously the strangest and most awesome show ever.

Q. You music has been featured on a few different TV shows, which is a great way for artists these days to become discovered. How did it feel hearing your music on national TV?

A. It was pretty awesome. I didn’t expect much out of it, but I thought the Chuck placement was brilliantly executed. I wish they were all that way, but usually the song ends up just being in the background. The most fun thing about it is all the phone calls I got from friends and family saying they heard one of my songs. I guess I’m not wasting my life after all!

Q. Social networking is a huge way to get your music out into the world. Do you feel like websites such as Twitter and Facebook has helped your career grow?

A. I think so. Twitter and Facebook are sort of the new infrastructure, much like radio was back in the day. I think anything that helps people share information is pretty fantastic overall. The internet is great for that. Plus, it’s fun being able to talk with fans and actually connect with them.

Q. What is next on your list of things to do?

A. It’s been about a year since my last record came out, so I should probably start working on another one!

Q. If you were stranded on an island for the rest of your life and could only bring one of your songs to listen to, which one would it be and why?

A. “Miracles” from The Silver City. It’s kind of gentle and has a lot of soft strings and things on it. If it were any of my other songs I think they’d drive me insane!

Here is “A Girl, a boy, and a Graveyard” one of the more intimate tracks off of, “The Reluctant Graveyard.” Really listen to the beauty of the song.

To hear more of Jeremy’s music, click here.

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Gavin Castleton

"Honest art has never come from greed."

Gavin Castleton is no stranger to the music business. Having released ten full-length albums, he’s struggled to support his art, but has managed to overcome the hurdles. His most recent album, Won Over Frequency, was completely funded by loyal fans via Kickstarter. Over the years, Gavin has grown into an artist that is described by some as, “the Bob Ross of the music world,” with his ability of painting a picture with lyrics. His talent is hauntingly beautiful and to know that it’s just going to get better and better with time, is something that I can’t wait to hear. I recently interviewed Gavin and was honored to have the chance to learn just a bit more about him.

Q. How did you get your start in music?

A. My mother started me on piano lessons at the age of three. I trained in classical music until my teens, then I switched to jazz, and then funk, rock and hip-hop. I totally missed indie, but it’s because I grew up mainly in Cranston.

Q. You’re a well-rounded musician. Over the years, what has been one of your best memories?

A. One of my best memories was my record release show at the West Side Arts Gallery in Providence this past fall while on tour with two of my favorite artists, Happy Body Slow Brain and Lex Land, who both joined my trio on stage throughout our set. With many of my Rhode Island friends in attendance, I felt engulfed in love. Another favorite memory was this foot-long burrito I had in Philly.

Q. Your recent album, Home, is an unbelievable work of art. The entire album is a thorough story of your relationship ending after six years. Now that the album is complete, do you feel like the grieving process is also complete?

A. Well, I think the grieving process ended about halfway through the making of that album. That’s about when the healing process took over.

Q. The first time I read about the story of Home, it brought tears to my eyes. Personally, I’ve been through failed relationships that I thought I would never get over. Do you feel like the more you write about stuff, the easier it is to move on?

A. Not necessarily. Sometimes you’re trying to sort out the infection, sometimes you’re just picking at the scab.

Q. Other then relationships, what else in life inspires you to write?

A. Movies, children, the internet, and aging are also very influential on my process.

Q. What musicians inspire you to become a better artist?

A. In no particular order: Leslie Feist, Matt Mahafey, The Bad Plus, Quincy Jones, Kelli Schaefer, Sam Beam, Rufus Wainwright, Laura Marling, Stravinsky, Satie, D’Angelo, Janelle Monae, Kneebody, Lex Land, Matt Chamberlain, Esperanza Spalding, Huey Lewis, Justin Abene, Brendan Bell, Danny Elfman.

Q. What are your plans for the summer? Do you have any tours planned?

A. My plans were to work during the day as an interactive designer and use that income to record a new album. Now that my son needs an expensive hip surgery, my plans are to work during the day as an interactive designer and use that income to pay for a hip surgery. I have no plans to tour. I may do a single show here or there, but my listenership is not large enough in most towns to make touring affordable.

Q. Speaking of touring, what are a few cities you feel give you the best response?

A. My biggest markets seem to be Boston, Providence, NYC, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Phoenix.

Q. If you could alter one thing about the music business, what would it be and why?

A. I would take the “business” out of it so it was just “music.”  Honest art has never come from greed.

Q. If you were stranded on an island for the rest of your life and could only bring one of your songs to listen to, which one would it be and why?

A. Murmur (from Won Over Frequency) because it would keep me calm and doesn’t tarnish easily, even on repeat listens.

Here is “Coffelocks” from Gavin’s album, Home. This song is just the beginning of the story he tells. Be sure to purchase the album to listen to the rest of the story.

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Inlets

"The sheer size of NYC means you’ve got loads of talent concentrated around you and that is grounds for inspiration and competition, but also for questioning the value of your contributions."

These days you can’t go anywhere without hearing music. Whether it’s the birds singing in the trees, the coffee shop speakers humming out relaxing sounds, or your radio playing the latest hits, music is everywhere. The challenge these days is creating music that can be heard by many. Like Inlets, there are an immense amount of artists that have endless talents, but may not be noticed by the majority of people. For example, Sebastian Krueger, who plays under the name Inlets, is an artist out of Brooklyn. He creates a unique type of music, making you feel alive. A beautiful, melodic song that can hold your attention until the very end. Artists like Bon Iver and Beirut are a few of the names that come to mind when I think about the feeling you get after listening to one of their songs. It’s indescribable, much like the music that Sebastian creates. I’m thrilled I had an opportunity to get to know him a bit more and learn about the man behind all of the talent.

Q. How did you and the rest of the members meet to form Inlets?

A. Inlets evolved out of muckings-around I was doing alone in my bedroom and putting to tape. Small personal songs. So, initially the point was for it to be a solo project. It still is very much that, but my core bandmates consist of Nathan Lithgow on bass and background vocals, and Michael Resnick on drums who contribute substantially. I met Nathan in college in a pretty sleepy music course and we both connected around alt-jazz which is an interest that has largely died for me. Michael was his roommate at the time and friend from high school, a good drummer and fellow headcase, who was interested in trying new things. Other talented friends help us as they can.

Q. What things inspired you to get into music? Were you raised in a musical family or was it just something that you knew you were meant to be doing since day one?

A. Initially my folks enrolled me in piano lessons. I think I had expressed interest in doing that, and that led outward to things like choir, clarinet in concert band, picking up the guitar and so forth. I was for many of my early years very undisciplined in my studies and pretty non-technical. But then I started the guitar and spent some years trying to be capable. Once you get a sense of “musicness” generally, you can futz around on other instruments enough to capture your songs, I find. So the interest was certainly intuitive, the studiousness, a lot less so.

Q. What has been some of your goals that you’ve achieved so far in the music world?

A. I’ve been fortunate to know truly talented artists in New York City who’ve both inspired and encouraged me. That’s the most meaningful achievement. I mean, your validation should primarily come from within, I know. And lordy, that’s a struggle. But it always means something when you can feel that push from people who mean something to you.

Apart from that, I’m proud I was able to quit butting my head up against my album and finish it. Put it out last year. And stand behind it. That’s not an easy thing for me. I think a lot of artists are born with, or at least evolve, this sort of “the world needs to hear this” kind of internal propulsion. That’s not exactly my DNA. I have more of a compulsion to songwrite, and everything else from sitting down to do the actual work, to letting a song be heard, proves much more challenging.

Q. You were featured on Daytrotter, which just so happens to be one of my favorites sites to find emerging artists. What was it like being a part of a website known for giving fans an opportunity to hear something new?

A. I can’t say enough good things about Daytrotter. It was definitely a notch in the belt for us, because a lot wonderful artists have been featured and we were happy to contribute. The guys there are friendly and doing if for the right reasons, and just as interested in showcasing new talent as they are celebrating established artists. And they use watercolors. That’s bold.

Q. You released your album, Inter Arbiter, last April. Have you been writing new material for the next album? What can the fans expect to hear?

A. I’m only now starting to write again. So much of last year was figuring out how to get out that record and tour. I’m a slow worker, but I’m inspired now and looking to shape a multimedia project of EP length, something a bit more narrative. But I’m really interested in doing something that integrates with visuals, especially as the internet tethers us less and less to notions of “albums” or even just stand-alone audio files.

Q. If you could change one thing about the music business, what would it be and why?

A. I think we should return to the days of benefactors. I would personally love to have a few rich folks funding individual artists benevolently, for the public good and maybe for the bragging rights. Perhaps there’s a tire baron out there who connects with my lyrics, a CEO in Silicon Valley who respects my guitar tone, or a vending machine magnate with whom my harmonies resonate. But more likely, they have board meetings to attend.

Q. What has been the best piece of advice that sticks with you through the years of being a musician?

A. Stop apologizing. I do it too much.

Q. You’re originally from Wisconsin, but you’re now living in Brooklyn. What is one of the biggest differences, music wise, between the two places?

A. I’d love to give a detailed answer, but since I moved away from Wisco at 18, I wasn’t musically in the same place I am now. The sheer size of NYC means you’ve got loads of talent concentrated around you and that is grounds for inspiration and competition, but also for questioning the value of your contributions. I think that kind of over-saturation isn’t possible in Wisco, but inspiration and even detterance come from many sources and not just from immersion.

Q. If you could meet one goal for your band, what would it be and why?

A. I’d like a little drawing of me/us in the New Yorker. Because I read it every week, and what a trip that would be. I saw one for Sharon Van Etten recently and thought, damn that must feel fun.

Q. If you were stranded on an island for the rest of your life and could only bring one of your songs to listen to, which one would it be and why?

A. How very Sophie’s Choice. I suppose I would say that given the direction of the material I am writing, I am most closely using the song “Bright Orange Air” as a stylistic launching pad. So if I were to bring that one, I’d at least have a starting point for working on the next thing. I wonder if I’d have my guitar on this island… or enough palatable water…

Here is the talent I was speaking of earlier. Here he is singing his song, Bright Orange Air. Enjoy.

Feel free to download this song, plus a few others, here.

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Dog & Panther

"We're just trying to do our own thing. Make music we like."

How can you not be attracted to a band that calls themselves Dog & Panther? I saw their album while looking through Bandcamp and their band name made me curious to know what their sound was like. I was pleasantly surprised when I checked out their music. Although, they have only released one full-length album so far, lately they have been gaining a lot of popularity with their newest single, Giant Hands, which they also created a fantastically creative video for. I interviewed John and instead of doing the typical interview you’re all used to by now, John recorded his answers to my questions. I hope you enjoy the audio interview as much as I did and I would like to thank John for being so appreciative. It’s artists like him that make me continue working so hard for great music to be heard.

Here is their song, Giant Hands. You can download the song for free here.

Paul Rosevear

"When you try to write something, those turn out horrible. You just gotta wait until they sneak up on you."

Everyday I become more and more surprised at how much talent there is all over the world, yet a lot of these artist you can’t find on TV or hear on the radio. Paul Rosevear isn’t just a talented individual, but he also has a uniqueness about him that most artists crave. His music has grabbed the attention of many and it’s only just the beginning of his career. Growing up, Paul was surrounded by music, which in turn influenced the rest of his life. Striving to make it in the music business, Paul Rosevear is currently working hard to prove that he has what it takes to make it. Recently, I interviewed Paul and had the privilege of getting to know him a little better.

Q. How did you get your start in music and what really inspired you to make this your path?

A. I was very influenced by the pastor at my family’s church growing up. He was young, tall, kind of had a cowboy thing to him. He told funny stories and he would play guitar and sing in front of the congregation.  I didn’t really like the act of going to church but I was rather captivated by him.

Q. From what I have gathered about you, you were surrounded by music from a young age. Who are a few of the artists who stick out in your mind that made you want to follow in their footsteps?

A. Some of my earliest memories of songs I loved are “Please Mr. Postman” by the Marvelettes, “Runaway” by Del Shannon and “Any Time At All” by The Beatles.

Q. You have played in a few bands based out of New Jersey and you’re now working on your solo career. What are some of the things that differ from being a solo artist as to being a band mate?

A. Less smelly.

Q. Who are some of the artists you’re currently listening to?

A. The Stones, Nina Simone, Ramones, Robert Johnson. There is so much to learn from them. Newer artists I like are Nicole Atkins, AA Bondy, Black Lips, and Justin Townes Earle.

Q. When you sit down and write a song, are there ever moments where you find it hard to convey your feelings on paper?

A. Yeah, when you try to write something, those turn out horrible. You just gotta wait until they sneak up on you.

Q. What is one song you feel has been your best?

A. I recently wrote a song called “Josephine” which I really like.

Q. If you could give advice to someone who is on the fence about starting up a career in music, what would that piece of advice be?

A. Get off the fence.

Q. If you had to play a show, but your set list could only be cover songs, which songs would be on that list?

A. “Marie” by Randy Newman, “Lucille” by Little Richard, “Only Lie Worth Telling” by Paul Westerberg, “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong

Q. What is one goal you hope to accomplish within the next year?

A. To get off the fence.

Q. If you were stranded on an island for the rest of your life and could only bring one of your songs to listen to, which one would it be and why?

A. Well I must confess, that sounds like sheer torture. But if I had to pick one it might be “Portland.” I don’t get sick of playing it, I think because it is so simple. It is the All-American love story.

Here is, Portland, the all-American love story.

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