Saturday, March 26, 2011


i did this one a coupla earth years back...just like trash

RELIX: Is the drone trailer based on an actual trailer?

MV * you bet. it's two fold really, we have what they call a 'teardrop trailer', it is an old small one that is basically a bed on wheels with a small 'kitchen' set up that i restored in the back. a really cool design...we did our early duo tours in tow it behind your vehicle. the trailer is so light and small that one could pull it behind a mini cooper.
we also live next to a double wide way out in the woods in vermont. an old school backwoods wooly scene, i once had a guitar accidentally delivered there. as cool & interesting as the folks who live there are, it was quite a laff in getting that guitar 'back'.

When/why did you decide to hook up with the Golden Road?

* we had been workin' with some folks as "the bummer road" for quite a spell, we did some records ('we offer you guru', 'mother of thousands', 'play elias mcdaniels who do you love', 'green blues') and toured pretty extensively. the "golden road" morphed outta that scene. a positive and natural evolution, more in tune with our sensibilities i s'pose, and closer on the path toward enlightenment, whatever that may be.

What were you going for in making the album?

* mainly i wanted to share a record that could swing both ways, both acoustic and electric...where the songs could be inverted naturally. for example, we can dig "anyway" acoustic, and "twitchin'" as a full on electric burner. i was going for a more wide open sound, a sound where you open up doors, but in a 'classic' sense. y'know, making a 40 minute record and, for us, relatively short songs. a collection where the jams are covert and the stretched out trips are implied.

Who are you listening to now?

* i've been playing this live dead from tampa '73 a lot these days. also been digging 'american avatar' by lisa kindred and the mel lyman family and this christmas cassette from a contemporary west coast unit called 'wooden shijps'.

What inspires your music?

* where i live, everything, nothing.

What do you hope your music inspires?

* freedom

Are there any misconceptions people have about your music?

* probably.

If you could tour with another band which would it be?

* a brooklyn band called 'woods'.

Do you prefer playing shows to recording?

* i dig both sides.

Who are your fans?

* real people, people who feel beautiful and open, people who feel ugly and open.

People say you are the ultimate hippie, do you think you are?

* who said THAT. ha ha.

When was your last haircut?

* last summer, at the time erika and i had met a 'psychedelic hairdresser' on myspace. it's true.

Any performances/musicians that fill your soul?

* alan wilson, ali akbar khan / etc...

we're going out on tour in april with mick flower to support 'country stash' - be sure to stop by, say hello and set up some mics in the tapers pit. we'll see ya and be thankful cos yr listenin' harder and living easier...

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