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Natalie Mishell talks new disc 'Goodnight Stranger'

When you think about the new disc Goodnight Stranger in general terms, what’s it about?

Hmmmmm, well that’s a pretty loaded question… or more so a loaded answer, lol.  This was a really hard and personal record for me to write and even harder for me to listen to now.  In a nutshell I would say that when I was writing these songs I was in a very dark and confusing place in my life.  I felt I had lost a lot of my spirit, peace and the happiness.  I sort of became this person that I didn’t know.  When you listen to the record you hear a recurring theme in the lyrics of unfamiliarity and loss of one’s self…  and so the title “Goodnight Stranger” is referring to me as the Stranger.   I felt the title suited this chapter in my life…

How was it working with producer JP…


Posted on May 14, 2013 at 6:30pm

Talking shop with guitar legend Melvin Taylor

What was the first guitar you ever owned and what was the best thing you recall about it?

My very first guitar was given to me by my teacher, Father Duffacy at Saint Francis Cabrini.  I was 13. It was a white Kingston and he also gave me an amplifier. I couldn’t believe it – my family could not afford to buy me one.  What a wonderful, generous man.  I loved that guitar.  I polished it, slept with it… The best part about the guitar was that it was my very own.


One guitar I wish I had now was a cherry red Gretch Country Gentleman. It was a reissue of 1967 Chet Adkins model.  I lost it when my basement flooded in 1998. I was on the road, out of town at the time.  It was completely ruined by the time home.



Posted on May 4, 2013 at 9:00am

interview w/ Rebecca Frame of Esquela

How did Esquela come together? 

John ‘Chico’ Finn  and Keith Christopher have a long history together. And so, when John wanted to start his own band, it only made sense for Keith to be his partner in crime. While recordingEsquela’s first album, “The Owl Has Landed”, I was invited to do some backing vocals. Soon thereafter, Chico asked me to take over lead vocals. Todd Russell, a friend of Chico’s from high school, was a perfect fit on drums for the evolving band. Chico asked me if I would be interested in playing mandolin, which would have tricky…


Posted on April 13, 2013 at 12:30pm

Dave Slomin of Waiting For Henry talks new debut, Hurricane Sandy

What earlier Mr. Henry record has the most in common with your new project Waiting For Henry, Ghosts & Compromise?  

Man, I hope it’s not a cop out to pick two… but I think Ghosts falls somewhere between the first couple of Mr. Henry albums.  It has the grit and new-band-energy of As Good as the Ground, but I feel like it also has the song strength of Jackhammer.

You took a brief-to-longer-than-expected hiatus from playing live, recording and touring until now: does the material and lyrics on the disc tell any part of that story?

Yeah I did and yeah it does.  Story’s in the title song…  “Let’s…


Posted on April 3, 2013 at 4:00pm

interview with Donald Ducote of Ancient History

1.0 – Labels aside, the music on Tracks is hard to pin down, is that part of your vibe as a dude?

I don’t think so.  Maybe more now than the years previous.  We started recording Tracks in 2010 and you could take one look at me and figure it out.  Recovering hipster/pothead and you can bet the farm he started off in the suburbs.  Is that what you’re asking?  I have an aloof card that I can play pretty well, and I have, but lately I’ve been trying to shut that down; it’s boring.  I don’t think anybody wants to be easy to pin down.

2.0 – It sounds as if Ancient History has, ironically or not, been a real organic evolution of sorts; how did it come together?

I met …


Posted on March 29, 2013 at 1:30pm

Sugar Blue, blues legend talks shop

1.0 – What’s the first song you recall moving you as a kid?

The first song that I remember moving me was a tune by Lester Young called ‘PC Blues’, I heard it at home on my mothers HiFi. When she saw that I liked it she put on a tune by Lionel Hampton called ‘Flying Home’, from that moment I knew I wanted to play music!
2.0 – How did the harmonica become your musical weapon of choice when so many others were picking up a guitar instead? 

My aunt gave me a harmonica when I was about 12 or 13 years old and I loved it from the first. It was a friend that succored me in times of strife and a joy in happier times. It seemed that everybody and their brothers were playing guitar in the sixties, I wanted an instrument that was melodious and full of the warmth that only the breath can bring to the music. Harmonica is like the voice in that it can bring the pathos…

Posted on February 27, 2013 at 4:30pm

Gas Money, all torn, frayed & Untethered - Interview with Fred Stucky

1.0 – What is it about rock & roll that makes people feel good?

For me its the feeling I got when I heard Lou Reed “Walk On The Wild Side” on the radio when i was a boy has never really gone away. It made me love rock so much. I was probably 8 or 9. The song was so exotic. Such a trip far from my world. I was so hooked on this thing that came out of the radio. “Jumpin Jack Flash” on an AM transistor radio in Philly in the early 70′s was pretty magical.

So its escape and energy and fantasy and freedom for 3-6 minutes when tuned in. That feeling is hard to beat.

2.0 – How did you catch the roots bug?
As a kid. I heard Jerry Reed singing “Amos Moses” on the school bus for a few…

Posted on January 24, 2013 at 6:30pm

Sarah Fimm, sounds in the wood

1.0 – What’s the best thing about Barn Sessions?

Perhaps that it’s real, it’s live, and you can see a mouse suddenly appear behind John’s lovely head in the “Hiding”‘ video.  That’s just my personal opinion.

2.0 – Did you have a sound in mind when you starting recording it or did it evolve?

It was more of a feeling I wanted people to remember.  The entire landscape of music has gone through drastic changes.  I wanted to do a live experiment with talented people to see how the variables would change the result.  It evolved as things do, once my team of amazing artist friends helped it become what it is.  The sum of their talent and personality, combined with other elements, created the sound.

3.0 – Do you consider…


Posted on November 28, 2012 at 9:30pm

The Letter Yellow, sky blue Brooklyn

Interview with RANDY BERGIDA

1.0 – What’s the best thing about The Letter Yellow’s WALKING DOWN THE STREETS?

I really connect to these songs.  They were extremely natural to write and being that the majority of the songs were written one after the next in a span of a few months, there is a continuity that weaves

throughout all the different feels and colors of Walking Down The Streets.  I also love the freshness of the songs on the record in that we had never performed prior to recording tracking.  The idea was that the songs had a well rehearsed touch, but they hadn’t been overanalyzed and over structured.  If a section wanted to extend through the live tracking portion of the record, we went with it.  The

spirit is in the recording and beyond all the fancy things you can do post production, it’s the spirit that lives in the performance that I’ve…


Posted on November 17, 2012 at 8:30am

The Tall Pines, pure "Wang Dang Doodle"

Interview w/ Christmas Davis of The Tall Pines

1.0  - How did you catch the rock & roll bug?
Ha ha, “Catch” is funny word. I believe that my fever was congenital, and my condition is probably genetic. Connie’s definitely is. There were no “rockers” in my family, but my great-great-grand father used to play a single string gourd instrument at local dances in the turpentine towns of north Florida. According to some accounts he was the only musician at these events, which would make for a pretty strange dance party. My father had the hi-fi on all the time, mostly big band stuff. It made an impression. The first time I saw a rock band it was at a school assembly to promote a talent show. They brought my elementary school class in to fill some seats. It was the first time I saw an electric guitar in person. I think the older kids in the…

Posted on September 29, 2012 at 6:30pm

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At 4:29am on April 27, 2011, Steve Hatch said…


Hi Dave,


      As a featured contributor to No Depression, I’m particularly keen on getting your feedback for the following – Please forgive the intrusion if you don’t have the time or inclination to reply.


      I’ve posted the following to the No Depression discussion board – you can either respond there or alternatively drop me a line at


Thanks very much for your time

Kind regards,





My name is Steve Hatch and I’m currently conducting research for my Master’s in Songwriting at Bath Spa University in Bath, England (though I happen to be an ex-pat Georgia boy).  I would be extremely grateful if you could find the time to listen to the track (link below) and answer the 2 accompanying questions.  The more detail, the better of course (more to say in my final analysis) – but all feedback will be useful and very much appreciated.


Sadly, as this is an academic pursuit, there is a deadline.  Please reply by May 20th if at all possible so that I can have time to chew over your response and include it in my final write-up.


            The track:


1)     Which artist/band(s) would you say the track is most similar to and why?


2)     Which genre(s) would you say the track belongs to and why?

At 7:09am on November 20, 2010, Robert Allen said…
Hi Dave...nice to meet you!
At 8:36pm on November 19, 2010, Hal Bogerd said…
took me a minute to get the horsin' around comment.....been a long week!
At 7:38pm on November 19, 2010, Paul Dionne said…
Dave, as far as the video game, what I'm referring it to is advertising on TV for Delta Force: Black Hawk Down that uses Gimme Shelter for the ad; Besides the fact that the game promotes the idea of killing as a sport, and cool, it's also a travesty of what Gimme Shelter (and the Stones) stands for. I have no idea if Keith even knows about it but somebody in the corporation made the decision and it's much more disappointing if Keith thought it was ok, even more so than Mick; and as if they possibly need the money; it sucks.
At 1:55pm on September 18, 2010, Joe Maynard said…
hi dave. I'm such a nincompoop talking to the "nate" character as if it were nates post... but yeah, nice interview. brought up alot of "band issues."


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