Nine Questions with Ali Marcus

Name: Ali Marcus

Birthplace: Albuquerque, NM

Currently residing: Seattle, WA

Musical past and present in one rambling run-on sentence: It all began at campfires, Peter, Paul and Mary and a grassy hillside overlooking the Potomac River, and the most I could ever want to do now is write and perform songs that can create that kind of sense of belonging in other people – you know, folk music.

Website: www.alimarcus.com

1. Who are some of your favourite composers, musicians and bands from the past and present?

Bruce Springsteen, Carole King, Aimee Mann, REM, Patty Griffin, Fiona Apple, Langhorne Slim, Joni Mitchell, Pete Seeger, No Doubt, Neil Young, Woody Guthrie, Peter, Paul and Mary, the Nields, John Denver.

2. Is there a particular song or musical passage that never fails to move you emotionally?

Dar Williams has a couple: “It Happens Every Day,” and “After All” – I’m such a sucker for Dar! Also Patty Griffin’s “Forgiveness.” And I love the pretty little guitar solo in Tom Petty’s “It’s Good to be King” on the album Wildflowers, and the song “Wildflowers” as well usually brings tears to my eyes. On a different note, Rachmaninov’s Prelude in C#-minor affects me strongly, as does Chopin’s Waltz Opus 64 No.2.

3. How would you describe your perfect day?

It would have to involve some or all of the following: a hike in the mountains, an awesome book, an old friend, oysters on the half shell, blue crabs steamed in Old Bay Spice, a fancy cocktail, getting driven around, Paris, Santa Fe.

4. What would your friends say they appreciate the most about you?

I’m a very loyal friend.

5. What is your most valued material possession?

Our new couch! (Am I supposed to say my guitar?)

6. Who were you, or would you be nervous to meet?

I was so nervous to meet, converse, and perform with Tom Paxton! I was all alone on a park bench in Decatur, GA, anticipating this crazy meetup. He set me at ease immediately of course and we had a great time.

7. If you could blink your eyes and be in a favourite place right now, where would that place be?

Paris! At that art store near the Jardin du Luxembourg where they sell the blank books I like, for so cheap!

8. Is there something you would like to do more of in the future?

I’d like to learn how to bake really good bread.

9. Where would you like to find yourself in ten years?

In the Pacific Northwest, still in love and still making music.

Nine Questions with Linda McRae

Name: Linda McRae

Birthplace: ~

Currently residing: On the Road

Musical past and present in one rambling run-on sentence: I was born, picked up an accordion at 6 quit at 14 started guitar and joined a band can’t remember the name played for a few years joined Easy Money moved away started Terminal City, was asked to join Spirit of the west spent years on the road playing all over hell’s half-acre, quit to do the solo career spending more time on the road playing all over hell’s half-acre including New Folsom Prison, festivals, bars and barns and folk clubs and the like and having way too much fun doing it oh and hopefully becoming a better songwriter and musician in the process largely due to the encouragement of my fantastic husband and manager James Whitmire who is also a retired donkey rancher turned poet who encouraged me to go to Nashville to work on my music and study with the masters and then get in his car and drive all over hell’s half-acre meeting so many fine folks and having the time of our lives traveling to and fro and currently promoting our brand new cd Rough Edges and Ragged Hearts that was released on our new label 42RPM and was produced by yours truly and Marc L’Esperance and features performances by Ray Bonneville, Doug Cox, Gurf Morlix, Samantha Parton, Tony Babin and The Sojourners I think I’m done.

Website: www.lindamcrae.com

1. Who are some of your favourite composers, musicians and bands from the past and present?

Hank Williams Sr. Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard, Jean Ritchie, The Louvin Brothers, The Delmore Brothers, The Stanley Brothers, The New Lost City Ramblers, Skip James, The Band, Little Feat, The Beatles, The Stones, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Gurf Morlix, Ray Bonneville, Blaze Foley, Ray Wylie Hubbard.

2. Is there a particular song or musical passage that never fails to move you emotionally?

“Imagine there’s no heaven, It’s easy if you try 

no hell below us, above us only sky

Imagine all the people, living for today

you may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one,

I hope some day you’ll join us 

and the world will be as one”

3. How would you describe your perfect day?

just like today and every day, listening to good music and hanging out with my husband and my friends (and getting a great review of my new CD!)

4. What would your friends say they appreciate the most about you?

my supportive nature and the fact that I CAN keep a secret!

5. What is your most valued material possession?

my 1963 J45 Gibson Guitar

6. Who were you, or would you be nervous to meet?

T-Bone Burnett at the Edmonton Folk Festival in 1993 I think it was

7. If you could blink your eyes and be in a favourite place right now, where would that place be?

there are so many thankfully but some that stand out are: Miltown Malbay, Ireland sitting in a small pub playing in a session with Luka Bloom, Anne Rynne, Siobhan O’Brien and friends singing and playing but there are so many more too…In a hotel room in Memphis, TN during Folk Alliance with my friend Denise Williams singing and playing with Tracy Schwarz and Ginny Hawker

8. Is there something you would like to do more of in the future?

spend time at a cabin on the water or in the mountains more often

9. Where would you like to find yourself in ten years?

Performing at the mother church, The Ryman Auditorium on stage with Neil Young!

Nine Questions with Scott Goodwin

 

Name: Scott Goodwin

Birthplace: Spokane, WA

Currently residing: Seattle, WA

Musical past and present in one rambling run-on sentence: I played music with my family and especially my brother until I found myself in College at EWU and I’ve never thought of anything else to do with myself so being in a band, writing music and teaching drums are my life!

Website: www.truespokes.com

1. Who are some of your favourite composers, musicians and bands from the past and present?

Miles Davis, The Kinks, Wilco, Soundgarden and The Beach Boys. And of Course Floyd, Beatles and Zep!

2. Is there a particular song or musical passage that never fails to move you emotionally?

Pink Floyd ‘The Final Cut’. the guitar solo/ and lyrics in the title track

3. How would you describe your perfect day?

Wake up at 10. Practice drums and piano for two hours, teach drums for a few hours, write and play music with my pals, listen to some Kinks and Beatles records, the Man Who Would be King and go to bed with my wonderful wife!

4. What would your friends say they appreciate the most about you?

I think my friends would say they appreciate my positive attitude and my straight-forwardness.

5. What is your most valued material possession?

My Ears! (My hearing!)

6. Who were you, or would you be nervous to meet?

I think I’d be nervous to meet Chris Cornell.

7. If you could blink your eyes and be in a favourite place right now, where would that place be?

Walking onto a big stage with backline gear!

8. Is there something you would like to do more of in the future?

Write more songs, record my own album.

9. Where would you like to find yourself in ten years?

Living in the country with a recording/ teaching studio.