Interview - The Black Cadillacs
8/20/14 by Cathy Wagner
Cathy: You’ve played a bunch of festivals this summer, including two performances at Bonnaroo. What are your thoughts on the world’s current fascination with music festivals?
Will: It is a bit of a phenomenon, isn’t it? We have been having a great time playing festivals this year, and for the most part they have all been great exposure. We were fortunate to be apart of some really well curated lineups that put us in front of fans that wanted to hear our music, but that can certainly go the other way.
C: Your last album, Run, was released in 2012. Do you have any plans to record or release new material anytime soon?
W: After recording our single “Radio Silence” last summer in Nashville, we decided that we wanted to take a step back from the body of work that we had prepared for the next album. Since that time, we have been really working hard, even while touring, to get this next album exactly where we want it to be before taking it to the studio. There is no date for a release yet, but folks can expect to hear news soon.
Interview - Goodbye June
8/19/14 by Cathy Wagner
Cathy: Goodbye June will be playing Week 2 of Nashville’s Live on the Green Festival on 8/21. Have you ever attended the festival previously as an audience member? What are you most looking forward to for your performance?
Goodbye June: Yes, we love LOTG – it’s such a great event that brings together community and awesome music. One of our first LOTG experiences was watching Band of Horses bring one of the biggest crowds they’d had at the time. Ever since then, we knew we wanted to be a part of this great event. We’re really looking forward to representing rock and roll on 8/21 in such a diverse lineup.
C: What drives you musically - performing in front of fans, or creating songs? Why?
GJ: I think it’s the complete process that drives us - conceiving, writing, recording, and performing. The payoff is seeing fans being moved and enjoying our music. We’re huge fans of Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Jack White, traditional country music, and CCR, so if we can just try to be as honest as our heroes are, I think Goodbye June will make music that matters.
Live on the Green: Week 1
Featuring Spanish Gold, The Weeks, and City & Colour
“It’s the most wonderful time of the year…”
It’s a silly tune that I couldn’t get out of my head throughout the entire week leading up to the kickoff of this year’s Live on the Green Music Festival. Sure, on paper it’s completely the wrong time of year for this jingle to be stuck in my mind, but in reality, LOTG is like a little dose of Christmas arriving just as the summer begins to wind down. And as Week 1 approached, I could hardly contain my excitement (in a “visions of sugarplums” kind of way).
Interview - Wild Cub
8/14/14 by Cathy Wagner
Cathy: What kind of “wild cub” would you consider to be your spirit animal? Bear, lion, something else?
C: You’ll be heading home soon to play Week 2 of Nashville’s Live on the Green. I know this is your first time playing LOTG, but have you ever attended before? What are you most looking forward to?
K: We have actually been plenty of times to see a lot of our amazing friends (Bryan Cates, Leagues). LOTG has always done an incredible job of highlighting deserving local artists and we feel really humbled to be included this year. It’s always a privilege to have the opportunity to play in front of such a diverse group of people. You get to put yourself in front of a group of listeners who may never have heard you because of the amazing reputation LOTG has built over the years.
8/3/14, Marathon Music Works
After an adept line-up of opening acts featuring Stu Larsen and The Once, Mike Rosenberg, better known as Passenger, took the stage at a packed venue. He opened with a humorous apology to those under the impression that they would be seeing a band, as Passenger consists solely of himself. Once he began his set, I immediately realized that not only were no accompanying musicians needed, but also that any additional presence could have masked Rosenberg’s incredible talent.
Throughout the set, Passenger thoughtfully alternated his softer songs with more up-tempo numbers. His musicianship was unmistakable with each understated yet striking song, like “Patient Love,” and each fast-tempo number, like “27” (which he played the hell out of). Rosenberg’s personable nature was not to go unnoted either; it was both very present and endearing throughout the night, as he told stories and joked (with great deadpan humor) between songs. His epic performance of “I Hate” was a perfect representation of his sense of humor and unfiltered mouth.
Interview - Stu Larsen
7/29/14 by Cathy Wagner
Cathy: Using only onomatopoeia, how would you describe your music to someone who’s never heard it before?
Stu: This is actually the hardest question to answer, and I actually have no idea… Meow meow whisper drizzle….?
C: Your new album, Vagabond, was just released in the US, and the other day you played a sold out album release show in London. First off, congratulations! What made you decide on London for the location of the album release show, as opposed to closer to home?
S: Thank you! I really wanted to do a special show on the day the album came out, and I just happened to be in the UK at the time, so it made sense to have the show in London. There was a little piece of home at the show though as it turns out, my mother and sister decided it would be a great idea to fly from Australia to London to surprise me at the show. It was the best surprise.
Run River North
7/19/14, The High Watt
I’ve only been to a show at The High Watt that was filled to capacity on one occasion, so walking in and seeing a nearly full room for Run River North’s headlining show was a pretty big deal to me. It caught me off guard initially, but I couldn’t help but kick myself and think, “Well, of course” as soon as the band began their set. Music like theirs is simply too good to be played to an empty room.