Small Town Therapy Interview by Christian Lamitschka for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

Small Town Therapy 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:  Small Town Therapy (Adam Roszkiewicz and
Leif Karlstrom) grew out of the San Francisco Bay Area acoustic music scene.
Although neither of us live in San Fransico any more, we once lived down the
street from one another and started composing music together for fun, which
eventually turned into a serious collaborative project! At this point we’ve
played all over the US and the UK as Small Town Therapy. We play original
instrumental music that blends folk traditions with classical and jazz
influences. You might hear elements of music that is sometimes called New
Acoustic Music or New Grass, made popular by artists such as Darol Anger and
Mike Marshall or David Grisman, since the instrumentation is standard for that
kind of thing. But we also bring extensive classical technique and
compositional training, and years of experience playing in rock, swing, and
jazz bands. In every tune, we blend through composition and improvisation, to
create unforced musical moments that are different in every performance. 

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

Answer: This last year we both spent a lot of time touring
with our acoustic-pop band Front Country, and that has resulted in a lot of
incredible experiences at musical festivals around the US and UK. As Small Town
Therapy, probably the most satisfying performance from this last year was in
Nashville Tennessee, helping to release our friend John Mailander‘s CD (Bruce
Hornsby and the Noisemakers), called Forecast. John played on a couple of
tracks on our upcoming record too.

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

Answer:  We are about to release our second record,
Dreams and Circumstances, on Organic Records May 17 2019. Our first CD produced
by mandolin master Matt Flinner and called Small Town Therapy was self-released
back in 2014, so we’ve had a few years to write tunes and develop ideas. One
thing we decided to do on the new record was feature collaborations with
artists that we love. There are three prominent guests on the record: Eli West
(Cahalen Morrison and Eli West, John Reischman, among many others), Joh
Mailander (Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers), and Lyndsay Pruett (Jon Stickley
Trio).

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

Answer:  Dreams and Circumstances came from two
tracks on the record – one called Dreams on a Pillow Bed, with John Mailander
sitting in on violin, and another called Circumstances with Lyndsay Pruett (Jon
Stickley Trio) sitting in on violin. These two tracks really represent the vibe
oft he new record and the collaborations that we are excited to share, so were
a great fit for the title.

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

Answer:  Most of our music is original, and to one
degree or another co-composed. There are two covers on the album, Bill
Frisell’s Throughout and My Bloody Valentine‘s Only Shallow.

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

Answer:  Five years is the main difference. In that
time so much has happened in our lives, and we feel the music is more mature.  

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