Interview with DRUNKEN PRAYER
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?
DRUNKEN PRAYER: My music is honest, un-ironic americana; meaning there’s a heavy dose of traditional folk, blues, country and soul. Most listeners tell me the music is dark with a New Orleans flavor.
Lamitschka: How was the last year for you? What were your highlights?
DRUNKEN PRAYER: This past year I was signed to Fluff and Gravy based in Portland, Oregon. My first release with them was a red vinyl 7“ Christmas record.
Lamitschka: What is your latest CD and how’s it doing?
DRUNKEN PRAYER: My latest CD, Into the Missionfield, will be released in February in February. So far the reviews have been glowing.
Lamitschka: How did you choose the title for the CD? Is there a story behind the name?
DRUNKEN PRAYER: There’s a sign that hangs at the exit of many churches that reads “Smile you’re entering the mission field“. I like that sentiment, the idea that, in life one is on a mission. The missionfield is concious life itself.
Lamitschka: Do you write the songs yourself? If not, how do you go about finding the songs for your CD?
DRUNKEN PRAYER: I wrote all the songs myself. “Ain’t No Grave” is a traditional gospel song that I adapted to original music.
Lamitschka: Please tell us about the songs on your album (influences, etc).
DRUNKEN PRAYER: As mentioned earlier my music is based in of traditional folk, blues, country and soul music. However the music I listen to on a daily basis is a little more modern: Phosphorescent, Eels and Mugison.
Lamitschka: What is the difference between your last CD and your current one?
DRUNKEN PRAYER: The new record is more elaborate and orchestrated.
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?
DRUNKEN PRAYER: It’s catchy and fun at first listen, but lyrically deeper upon further inspection.
Lamitschka: What will your next single be?
DRUNKEN PRAYER: Maryjane
Lamitschka: What kind of songs do you like to record the most?
DRUNKEN PRAYER: The more challenging ones that require more thought and improvisation.
Lamitschka: You did a duet with Catherine Irwin (Freakwater). How did that happen to come about?
DRUNKEN PRAYER: She’s a dear friend, we are mutual fans of each other.
Lamitschka: Who inspires you musically and how deep do your musical roots run?
DRUNKEN PRAYER: Very deep: my mother is a folk singer; her father had a jazz band until he died; Jerome Kern was a great, great uncle.
Lamitschka: What do you think about today’s music scene versus its post and where do you see it going in the future?
DRUNKEN PRAYER: Technology has made our era one of the best ever for an independent musician.
Lamitschka: What do you think about today’s music industry?
DRUNKEN PRAYER: At best the music industry is a necessary evil for distribution and financing. At worst, a parasight feeding on the work of the inspired.
Lamitschka: What can your fans expect to see when they see you in concert?
DRUNKEN PRAYER: An honest tune. Sometimes Drunken Prayer is a big, full electric band, sometimes simply me and an acoustic guitar.
Lamitschka: Many music fans today get their information about artists online. Do you have your own website and what will fans find there?
DRUNKEN PRAYER: Yep: drunkenprayer.com