Carolyna Loveless is a talented guitarist, writer and performer. In the USA & Canada she performs with a band “Carolyna Loveless & Her BIG Shiny Friends”. We’ve liked Carolyna for ages and were chuffed when she agreed to tell us a bit more about herself. Read on!
Q: If you could classify your music in a genre or a number of genres what would it be?
A: I call it Swamp Folk. “THEY” call it Singer Songwriter; Americana; Country-Blues; Gospel-Blues
Q: If you could use a tagline of less than 20 words to describe your music and who you are what would it be?
A: Not-Your-Nanny’s Country… “She’s One Hellova Live Show!”
Q: What is your musical background?
A: 24 years, full time, international touring artist.
Q: How was 2010 for you?
A: Best year ever!
Q: Who inspires you musically?
A: Constantly working, Independent, Original, writer/player/performers who do it because its what they do! Top of their game… inevitably!
Q: Which modern day artists do you look up to?
A: Ray LaMontagne; Pink; A host of indies you’ve never heard of… <3
Q: Is there anyone you would like to collaborate or gig with?
From the song ‘Indie Girl’
C/A Carolyna Loveless
All Rights Reserved
I want to rock the same stage as the Rolling Stones
I want to write with Robertson I want to sing with Cohen
I want to be on Saturday Night Live when Ackroyd hosts the show
And I want to be on Letterman
’cause he’s the talk show God, ya know
I want to meet Paul Shaffer and the band
Dream Indie girl dream
I want to play guitar with Pert and Page and Flea
Want to rock with The Junkies, Pure, The Hip and Tea Party
I want to sing with Neil Young cause he’s the king to me
And seeing Dylan live before he’s dead would be a real cool thing
Dream Indie Girl Dream
I want to work with Eno, the Edge and Geddy Lee
Want to rock with Ozzy Osbourne
Aerosmith and P.J.Harvy
I want to write a death song with
Nick Cave and Velvet Lou Reed
And play a gig in the park with
Prine and Waits and Willie P.
What a rock show it’d be
Dream Indie girl dream
Q: What songs are on your ipod at the moment?
A: seriously? there are thousands! I am listening to a lot of old Humble Pie and Alman Bros this week. Also some Amos Lee and Johnny Reed.
Q: What is your creative process for creating a track?
A: noodle til i hum along… let a lyric brew -- play it 400 times until it is either a song I love or until I’ve annoyed myself enough to never revisit it again.
Q: What’s more important, melody or lyrics?
A: tough one… I LOVE words so i lean toward answering that way… but the combination of the right words with the perfect melody is really what is “important”
Q: Where are you based?
A: Canada and USA for the last two decades with Australian moments. Now I live in the sub-tropics in Qld, Australia
Q: What’s it like being where you’re from?
A: I now live in Heaven -- seriously -- I list that as my address. I live with a beautiful lover in a beautiful home on a beautiful piece of property in sub-tropical climate. HEAVEN!
Q: What are you currently working on?
A: Writing, Playing, recording an album ‘Americana Gold’ (just finished three more at Sun Studios in Memphis), publishing ventures on three continents…
Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date?
A: Managing to make this a career filled with great moments in studio and on stage, for more than two decades, is one big Highlight. Recording/playing with bonafied Rock Stars is fun too!!!
Q: What are you hoping to achieve in 2011?
A: Placements of at least three songs in more than 50 regional markets in USA, Canada, Europe, and Australia. Complete Americana Gold, and write 30 more songs i love to play live!
Q: Do you have any gigs or shows that you’d like to tell us about?
Playing last L.A. show at the Roxy -- On The Rox -- next week… then off for a bit of a holiday up the pacific coast hwy all the way to Whistler. Then into Australia to finish album and rehearse players… be back out in July with new album and show.
Q: What do you do to relax?
Make love to Neal…. crochet blankets for mama and new nieces/nephews… sit where the mountains fall into the ocean, play guitar and daydream…
Q: Is there anything else you’d like to let our readers know about?
I blog -- a lot! You can follow me from any of 17 sites… below are a few.
My favorite is an invite only blog, for women, called The Erotic Erudite -- but the most followed blog is Never a Critic on blogspot. It is the best bits i happen upon on my travels. Enjoy!!!
Editor note: Its weird. After completing the interview with Carolyna and listening to her songs, I really feel that I know her. That’s surely thats a sign of someone who’s both open and can relate to people musically. Carolyna has carved a successful musical career for herself over the last 20 years and it seems that her success will continue into 2011.
twitter link: http://twitter.com/#!/neveracritic
facebook link: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Carolyna-Loveless/110093092007
myspace link: http://www.myspace.com/carolynaloveless
web page link: http://www.carolyna.com
reverbnation link: http://www.reverbnation.com/carolynaloveless
Record Label: http://www.swampfolk.com