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INTERVIEW: Rogue Valley

How would you classify your music?

Rogue Valley lands somewhere between folk music and artsy indie rock. I personally like to think of what we do as a kind of New Americana because we straddle different genres.

Who are some of your top 5 musical influences?

Velvet Underground

Fleetwood Mac


PJ Harvey


What do you want fans to take from your music?

I want listeners to take refuge in the textures and lyrics of the songs. All of our albums, the newest one especially are derived from a loose narrative connecting people and places and experiences. I think music has the ability to transport a listener, and that’s what I strive to achieve.
Can you tell us a bit about your latest album? When will it be released and how does it differ from your previous work?

The album is called radiate/dissolve and it’s out now. It’s been out for a couple of months now, and it builds on the music from our precious album while growing in scope. It’s an ode to the Southwest.. A bit of a redemption story. There are strains reminiscent of Dick Dale and Monsters of Men; Calexico and Moody Blues.

What do you love and hate about the Music Business?

I love the music but have a harder time making sense of the business side. It has always been a bit of a struggle.

What is the best concert you have been to? What do you like most about playing live?

Best concert? That’s really tough. I saw The Replacements at a minor league baseball stadium a couple years back that solidified their legacy for me. The show that has had the most impact on me lately was last year at Iceland Airwaves from a Japanese Acid Punk band called Bo Ningen. I wept and felt reborn.

Is there a song on this latest CD that stands out as your personal favorite, and why?

My personal favorite is a song Calle “Planet.” Sounds corny, but the music and melody came to me in a dream, fully formed. It’s sort of like Stand By Me and a Paul Simon song crossed up with My Morning Jacket. Lyrically, I was thinking about the earth and how humans have trashed it.

How have you evolved as an artist over the last few years? What made you decide to come back into the music business?

As an artist, I think I’m more interested in playing music – notes and making sounds – than I’ve ever been. I’m hungry to stop playing songs and start playing music. I try to listen to lots of bands and practice my craft. It’s more fun and meaningful than ever before.

If you could meet, play a gig, co-write a song, have dinner, get drunk with any band or artist (dead or alive) who would it be?

David Bowie because of his legacy and wide-reaching influence. Maybe Jeff Buckley because his album “Grace” was so important to me at a time. Probably Joni Mitchell or Carole King because they’ve both written amazing songs that will last forever. It’s tough to choose… Maybe we can all have a picnic together?

So tell us what’s next?

Rogue Valley is going to try and spend some time touring both West Coast and East Coast, and try to make a push with this new album. We’ve been a band for awhile but touring is still mainly a labor of love for us. We’re exciting to bring these new songs out on the road and coalesce as a band. I’ve got some other projects I’m writing and working on that are always simmering under the surface so i’ll try to find landing spots for those. Gonna keep trying to savor the moment and be in the present.. There’s always more to want.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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