Artist Interview – Carolyna Loveless

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!

Carolyna Loveless Live at the Fringe Festival - Photo courtesy of Valerie Savoy


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’

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

Carolyna Live at This Aint Hollywood - Photograph by Lee-Ann Paling Wylie

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!!!

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NK6QmntV1ig

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.

If you want to learn more about the very talented Carolyna Loveless follow the links below:

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

Blog: http://www.neveracritic.blogspot.com

Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/in/carolynaloveless

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