From Brooklyn , Country Barrelhouse Music….. Meet, The Paisley Fields


One of the many things that I have always been aware of in regards to music is that music is universal. Like Poetry it doesn’t matter to me if it’s about two guys, two women or man/woman, the feelings that are expressed are the same. Although it would be really cool to see a band from Brooklyn get up on stage in Nashville and break down some barriers . Good music is good music and The Paisley Fields are playing some pretty cool alt-country, give them a listen and go see them live if your luck enough to get the opportunity.

Hi our name is….
The Paisley Fields

People say we sound like…..
Lady antebellum, the mamas and the papas

We are….
James wilson

Anna Volpe

Jessica Kimple

Joe Kimple

James Steiner

Rob Knopper

We are from…….

New York City but we all have ties to the Midwest.

Who are some that have an influence on you
Johnny cash, patsy cline, Dolly Parton, Elvis Presley

How old were all of you when you started to play and who plays what in the band

We’ve all been playing music our whole lives.

I play piano and sing

Jessica sings

Joe plays guitar and sings

Anna plays tambourine and sings

Rob plays drums

James plays mandolin

Can you tell us about the process you use, from writing the songs all the way through getting the songs out

We self release music so the process we use is always different. Starting in late 2013 I wrote a song every day for a year. I brought a few of those tunes to the band. We rehearsed and recorded them at vinegar hill studios in Brooklyn. Our publicist came up with a marketing plan, we sent the finished recordings to our distributor and they put them out. After the release we put out videos and toured in support of the songs.

what are some of the challenges you face as musicians and how have you overcome those challenges

We’ve encountered some homophobia from people in the music business but for the most part everyone has been really supportive. There have been shows where we anticipated a cold reception but were surprised by how welcoming everyone was. Especially in the south.

If you could pick any time to travel back to for music, where would you go and what year would it ….

Nashville in the 1960s

Who are all of you currently listening to ….

gram parsons and Lindi Ortega

If you could open for any Band right now who would that be and why?
Jackson Browne, he’s a legend. Over the last year he’s been showing up randomly wherever we go. We think it’s a sign.

the avett brothers – one of our favorite bands that’s out right now. We always listen to them on tour while we are driving.

the lone bellow – we love their music and they are fellow brooklynites

My youngest son is 13 and in a Band, what advice would you offer him…

Keep rocking lil dude!!

The one thing we want you to remember while your listening to us….

We just hope people will listen with an open mind regardless of whether they are gay or straight. I think most anybody can relate our music in one way or another.

Our plans for 2015…..

We are making plans to get back in the studio, but we are in the really early stages of planning so we don’t have any details to give yet.

you can keep up/like and follow…

The Paisley Fields.com

The Paisley Fields, Facebook

The Paisley Field, Twitter

tour dates….

Tuesday January 13th – Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie

Thursday January 15th – Brooklyn, NY – Union Hall – w/ North of Nashville, Barefoot & Bankside, and Mike Barnett & Jacob Jolliff duo

Saturday March 21st – Branded Saloon – Brooklyn, NY – Queer Country Monthly FIERCE Benefit w/ Karen & The Sorrows – 8pm


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Co-founder of 50thirdand3rd, stepped away to spend time with family and write. From Pittsburgh, now in Florida, Cool Canadian artist wife, 4 great kids, and two granddaughters!! I'm a lucky guy!

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