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Aubrey Eisenman & The Clydes Interview by Christian Lamitschka for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

Aubrey Eisenman & The Clydes Interview by Christian Lamitschka for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

Lamitschka:  Music has many new fans throughout Europe who may be hearing about you for the first time. How would you describe yourself and the music you play to someone who has never seen or heard you?

Answer:  Aubrey Eisenman & The Clydes is roots music with a strong leaning towards bluegrass/americana.  Our songs are stories (both true and imagined) about relatable topics and our musicianship is heavily influenced by the styles originating from the Mountains of Western North Carolina.

Lamitschka:  How was the last year for you? What were your highlights?

Answer:  In 2018, we signed with Travianna Records (sister label to Mountain Fever Records) and we have since put forth a new album “Bowerbird”. We have also acquired a drummer (in place of a mandolin player) making our sound more eclectic and “poppy”.

Lamitschka:  What is your latest CD and how’s it doing?

Answer:  Our latest CD “Bowebird” is a nine track album we recorded with Travianna Records in October of 2018.  The single which was released first from the album entitled “Livewire” as been on Bluegrass Situation’s Grassicana charts for the past nine weeks – as high as number five!  It has generally been well received as a dynamic and upbeat album.

Lamitschka:  How did you choose the title for the CD?  Is there a story behind the name?

Answer:  A Bowerbird is a bird who creates a beautiful, ornate nest to attract a mate.  They go over the top to stand apart from their competition, which is what we were trying to do with this album.

Lamitschka:  Do you write the songs yourself? If not, how do you go about finding the songs for your CD?

Answer:  Yes, they are all original songs except for one, which we chose because it is a Paul Simon cover (we love and admire his songwriting and chose a song we haven’t heard covered much).

Lamitschka:  Please tell us about the songs on your album (influences, etc).

Answer:  The topics of the tracks range from personal love stories, to stories passed down to me from some of my family members.  There are also some songs like “Highway I Wanna Ride” that are about being on the road and how it calls you back when you take a break from it. “Spinning Wheel” is an imagined love story about a hard working laborer in the hot south with a love story intertwined.

Lamitschka:  What is the difference between your last CD and your current one?

Answer:  This CD versus “Rattlesnake Lodge” is more upbeat with more musicians and a little more progressive; the former was more in the bluegrass box while the latter is more in the Americana vein.

Lamitschka:  Your current single is being played by radio. What do you feel is special about this song that makes people want to hear it?

Answer:  We love the three part harmonies over the chorus.  I also think the musical breaks are very impressive and exciting.

Lamitschka:  What will your next single be?

Answer:  We are still deciding!

Lamitschka:  What kind of songs do you like to record the most?

Answer:  I like recording songs that are new; they often spark the most creative elements during the recording process since we haven’t been playing them forever.  They are the most exciting because they are new in our minds and that often conveys in the recordings.

Lamitschka:  You did a duet with Justin Eisenman. How did that happen to come about?

Answer:  Justin is my husband and we actually started playing together before we got married.

Lamitschka:  What is your favorite song among all the songs you have recorded and what’s the story behind it?

Answer:  Tough question – I think “Spinning Wheel” is my favorite because it’s derived from my experience living in the South and is such a culmination of things I have heard, learned about or experienced first hand while living down here.  It’s a sentimental song that sounds deep and invovled (I think to all listeners).

Christian Lamitschka (Ch.Lamitschka@t-online.de) for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

 

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