Milagro Saints Interview

Milagro
Saints Interview
One
of the earliest bands I reviewed for Country Music News International
was Milagro Saints. They were probably the reason why I kept on
writing reviews. Stephen David Ineson is the singer, songwriter, and
plays acoustic rhythm guitar. I’ve known a great deal of people on
the many travels throughout my life. So far, in doing this I’ve
made a great deal more acquaintances that I feel rather blessed to be
able to get to know. For an active, touring and recording band you
wouldn’t expect that any of the members would have time to get in
touch with you personally for liking their Facebook page. With
Milagro Saints it was a lot different though. I was setting up a new
page because I wanted to separate music from short story writers,
reviewers, poetry groups, and publishing houses. I went into that
page and liked theirs. The new page I was setting up had a name
completely different than my own. Not even a day later, I received a,
thanks, from Stephen Ineson himself. Just from my different pages I
know how hard it is to keep up with this, and I am stuck at my house.
I’m not out selling books like I should be, and I’m definitely
not performing. We communicated back and forth a bit and I explained
that I wrote a review about them(as well as, apologized for it
because it was one of the first reviews I did). Anyway, I asked if
it’d be alright if I asked him a few questions for a short
interview. To my surprise he agreed so I prepared my five questions.
Here’s what I asked:
Jeremy
– I came across your band while writing reviews for a Country
Music News International. Everything I’ve read about Milagro
Saints seems to place you in a different category; Americana
Rock, Rugged Folk, Roots, Jam Band, etc.etc. I hate to ask, but how
would you describe your band musically? If you had to categorize your
music what genre do you believe it would fit with?
Stephen
– Americana Roots Rock is our usual genre, although that’s big and
wide selection of music.
Jeremy
– On Chances and Circumstances I’ve seen a great deal about
“These Things about You.” My favorite song if I had to choose one
is, “Pennsylvania Rose.” Which song and from what album is your
least favorite song to perform, due to the emotional meaning behind
the writing.
Stephen
– I like to perform my most personally emotional songs! PA Rose is
directly about my wife her Irish family history- our fans like
it too because it’s so upfront and often my wife is in the
audience.
 
Jeremy
– You probably always get asked this question, but do you first write
the lyrics, or do you first come up with the melody on guitar and the
lyrics follow?
Stephen
– Regarding songwriting, huh I usually get what I think is a good
tune and then add lyrics.
Jeremy
– The differences between playing in bars and clubs vs. playing at
outdoor festivals are enormous, which do you prefer more?
 

Stephen – I think I prefer
outdoor venues. bars are ok but usually they’re a late night.
Jeremy
– Every band seems to have a story behind their name, how did you
guys come up with the name Milagro Saints, and what is the
meaning behind it?
Stephen
– The band name evolved from the concept of Milagros being those
Mexican religious talismans, it combines art and spirituality which I
think music and songs also do that. I had a dream that said
call the band Milagro Saints- John Lennon said he had a similar dream
visitation- something about a flaming pie and beetles with an ‘a’.
After
answering my questions, he even went one further and told me of the
upcoming shows they had coming up, and told me to send him a message
and he’d hook it up where we could meet up at the show. I already
missed those shows but hopefully they’ll be playing a Florida
outdoor soon. They’re in North Carolina so that’s not
unimaginable. Also, for anyone over in Europe keep an eye out for
them because I hear they read on their site that they have been
getting airplay over there. Personally, I’m hoping I can get them
in the next issue of my CoffeeShop Blues Literary Journal we are
working on now.
Jeremy
Frost for Country Music News International

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