Monday, April 8, 2013

Q & A with Charles Davis of Cherokee Red

Cherokee Red landed on my radar about a month, maybe two months ago.  I’ve fallen for their tracks "Nightmares & Lullabies" and “Heavy Soul” which led me to wanting to know more about the band.  With their self-titled debut album being released April 16, and a show at Bowery Electric the same night, it seemed like the perfect time to get to know a bit more about the band.

I sent over some questions; the band's Charles Davis sent over some answers. This is the result of our Q& A. Check it out below.

Quirky NY Chick (QNYC): Tell us a little about yourself.  How did the band come together?

Charles Davis (CD): Did and does come through the singing siren of our home city Wilkes- Barre, PA and our mutual respect for one another.

(QNYC): How would you describe your sound to those who may be unfamiliar with your work?

(CD): A dream sequence; Fleetwood Mac jamming with Grizzly Bear to a mountainous sunset.

(QNYC): Who are some of your musical influences? 

(CD): Friends/ Family, Marvin Gaye, Django Reinhardt, King Tubby, Sigur Ros, Thelonius Monk, Beach Boys, Paco De Lucia, Flaming Lips, Fela Kuti, one another...

(QNYC): You have a new album coming out on April 16; tell us a bit about it.

(CD): It is gorgeous. Stunning harmony moving seamlessly from outer space to your front porch. 100% DIY, Organic and Bio- Dynamic; a few beautiful moments composed and performed by some of the most intriguing individuals you will meet, continually aging more and more beautiful as you listen deeper.

(QNYC): Tell us about your song writing process.  Do the lyrics come first or the music?

(CD): They are one and the same. The songs speak and you listen; music is the language of the intangible.

(QNYC): Time for the infamous “What was the last...” question.

What was the last… you intentionally listened to?
Elizeth Cardoso - Manha de Carnaval

...record you bought?
John Coltrane - A Love Supreme

...concert you went to?
Saint Claire @ Glasslands in Williamsburg (they played with us, and it was a great show) you read?
Food of the Gods - Terence McKenna you watched?
Fishing with John (actually, kind of a show)

(QNYC): In parting, is there anything you’d like to say to your fans?

(CD): Keep an ear to the ground.

If you're in the NYC area, head down to Bowery Electric and show Cherokee Red some love. Here are the details.

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Cherokee Red
Black River Quartet, Sound Rabbit, Tanner Walle, Isaiah Panther
Tuesday, April 16
Bowery Electric

327 Bowery
New York, NY
Doors: 6:30PM / Show: 7:00 PM