Those Darlins …….Interview With 50thirdand3rd


It’s always very cool when one of my favorite Bands agrees to answer a few questions for 50thirdand3rd. In the beginning when we started putting together the plans and what it was that would make this site unique , we thought of doing short interviews. I want to thank Those Darlins for agreeing to this Interview. Questions have been answered by Jessi……. Did I say…I love this Band and for all of you who like the music, buy it on Vinyl and turn it up and be prepared to dance…….

1. I read that you met at a summer rock camp when you were 15, can you tell us about connecting with each other that summer and what it’s been like to mature alongside each other as the years go by?

This is not entirely true. In murfreesboro tn kelley (our former bassist) founded a camp called Southern Girls Rock n Roll camp, and i attended from 12-17. I met kelley there when i was 12, linwood at 14, and nikki my last year when i was 17. I was actually the only one who attended the camp as a camper, the rest of the band are several years older than me. We really didn’t become friends/band until after i moved down to tennessee around 17. That being said, nikki and i have been in the band for 7 years together and have done a large amount of growing up together. It’s a cool thing to be able to watch each other progress and support each other in our creative adventures.

2. Obviously your families have had a huge impact on who you are as musicians, can you describe how growing up in the South has impacted who you are musically as well as individually,

When I was growing up all I ever wanted to do was get out of the South. I felt no connection to it, like I was an outsider that didn’t belong. Once I finally did start travelling i realized how much the geographic location of my upbringing had an impact on who I am. I think the thing about growing up in the south is that there’s plenty to rebel against. That’s important. I’m not sure what impact it’s had on me specifically. I know that the south’s rich musical history has really impacted me. I grew up around country music, its in my families’ heritage. Its just cool to feel like i have something to pass down and keep alive, even though i put my own spin on it. But yeah, growin up as a weirdo artist in the south- hell i can do anything and go anywhere. Makes you tough.

3. With your new album “Blur The Line” you open yourself up , showing some vulnerability. This is visual on the cover as well as through the lyrics in multiple songs. With more than one person writing songs, how do you determine the makeup of the overall album? And with that being said, the music takes on a little more of a rock vibe, is that a deliberate chose or something that just evolves itself  .
 What we did on this album is just let everyone have there personality show through their particular instruments on the individual songs. The songs maybe be different vibes but each one has all four of our musical voices on it somewhere. Everyone got a chance to interpret however they wanted through their individual instruments. I wouldn’t say it’s a deliberate choice, maybe just a gradual evolution. We just play what we like and feel like playing.
4. If you could go back in time to any music scene , where would you go and who would you like to meet?

Jessi- i’ve always thought about what it would be like to be a young person during the roaring twenties, when jazz was punk. I’d do that. And yeah, i don’t think i would care so much about meeting celebrities or musicians, thats not really my thing. just would like to listen.

5. Your touring now in support of your new album. When you get home and look back on the last few months, what will be your thoughts on where you are as a Band and what’s next for Those Darlins?

Well hell i don’t know till i get there. We’ll see.

6. I read that a few years ago, you all used to shoot vinyl records…That’s pretty badass, are you still shooting some Vinyl that deserves it?
 Thats back when we all lived together and had a nice little backyard for shooting. Now we don’t have the same set up, and do a lot less sitting around looking for things to shoot.
7. Is” Ain’t Afraid” your closing statement or is it just the opening for a new chapter in the continuing story of Those Darlins?

I dont know, could be a bit of both. It’s another one of those things that we’ll all just have to wait and see. You can never really know whats coming up next.

Interview made by Scott Rex /2013 © Copyright 50thirdand3rd. com /2013

some of the songs off the new album Blur The Line, which is a fantastic album that without a doubt is in my top 10 albums of 2013…..
Once again.. a big thank you to Those Darlins, visit and buy…

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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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