Saturday, September 10, 2011

The Untitled Interview #160 – Hopscotch Edition: Starring Nathan Bowles (Black Twig Pickers)

If there’s one thing I love, it’s going to a new festival for the first time. And this weekend yours truly shall be heading down to Raleigh for some serious festival goodness in the form of Hopscotch. With a varied, all sorts of awesome lineup, I have no doubt this weekend will be a hot diggity dog dandy. I tracked down some of the most interesting out-of-town prospects playing Hopscotch this year to get their collective take on the joy of fests.

When it comes to authentic old-time goodness, friends, you can't do much better than Ironto, Virginia's Black Twig Pickers. They might well have stumbled out of the Prohibition era, so for real is their mountain moonshine magic. Keep the still warmed up and your dancing shoes on and you'll be in business. Picker Nathan Bowles had some answers to my festival queries, which you can read below.


Fuzzy Logic:
How are you getting to Hopscotch: plane, train, or automobile?

Nathan Bowles:
Automobile, hopefully of the hybrid variety if we get a tire replaced in time...!


FL:
Inevitably, you will forget to pack:

NB:
My camera.


FL:
How many shows will you be playing?
NB:
3, thanks for asking! We'll be performing Thursday night at the Five Star -- 10:30 showtime. We'll also be playing some day parties over the weekend: Friday we'll be playing interstitial/'spaces between' sets for the Three Lobed/Holidays for Quince party at the Pour House (12pm-5:30pm), and Saturday will see us performing at the Lump Gallery/All Day Records party. Whew!

FL:
Band you're most looking forward to seeing at the festival?
NB:
Can't really choose one, but we're definitely looking forward to seeing and catching up with Steve Gunn, Rick Bishop, and SWANS (!!!).

FL:
What's the first thing you plan on doing upon arrival in Raleigh?
NB:
Grabbing bracelets, food tickets, and the nearest cold beer.

FL:
What was the first festival you ever attended, either as a musician or member of the general public?
NB:
I vaguely recall seeing a beachside summer festival as a child that featured Huey Lewis and the News...

FL:
Favorite thing about festivals?
NB:
Festivals are generally a ripe opportunity to perform for a new audience while catching up with old friends! See y'all soon...hide the white label Dickel...

mp3: Don't Drink Nothing But Corn (Black Twig Pickers from Ironto Special)

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