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INTERVIEW: Americana’s Carl Anderson

Hi Carl, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

I’m doing very well, thank you. I am still reeling from the results of the election, but feel inspired to be a more productive member of my community. I’ve been staying busy writing songs for a new record that I will begin work on in the new year whilst doing a good bit of touring. Busy busy.

Can you talk to us more about your latest album “Risk Of Loss”?

My latest album, Risk of Loss, which was initially released in April of 2015 was just re released by an independent label in New York called Velvet Elk. I’m excited at the chance for more people to hear it. It’s one that I’m immensely proud of and has sort of become my calling card of late. I wanted to make a record that felt raw and could inspire people and give hope.

Did any event in particular inspired you to write the songs on the record?

When I wrote the songs for the record I was living in Charlottesville, Virginia where I grew up. It was an especially inspired time for me. I had fallen in love and was enjoying the everyday grind of working as a singer and songwriter. Out and about learning how to do it. Honestly, I have only a vague recollection of actually writing most of it. I’d say it all sort of fell out of me in the period of two or three months.

Any plans to release a new video soon?

I do in fact have plans for a new video. Velvet Elk has been generous enough to throw us some dough, and so we’re in the process of putting something together. I’m hoping we’ll have something out in the next month or so.

What is the meaning behind the album name, “Risk of Loss”?

The title actually comes from a Paul Curreri song called, “California”. Paul is one of my favorite songwriters. I grew up listening to he and Devon Sproule play around Charlottesville where I’m from.

How was the recording and writing process for “Risk of Loss”?

I made the album in a week at a beautiful studio called White Star sound in Louisa county, Virginia. I worked with an engineer/producer by the name of Stewart Myers. We’d spent a day together a month prior to tracking where I presented the songs I had playing him songs and making demos.

What role does Virginia play in your music, if any?

My Virginia roots definitely play into my songwriting. All of my earliest memories of music happened there.

What personal struggles did you get to explore on this record? Can you tell us about them?

I was definitely struggling in some ways at the time, just my place in the world. Wondering how I was going to make something of myself.

Any plans to hit the road?

I am just about to hit the road for a northeast run with my friends Schuyler Fisk and Sam Wilson. We have a song out together called “Restless Hearts”. We’re all singing and playing on each other’s songs. It’s the most fun I’ve had playing music in quite some time.

What else is happening next in Carl Anderson’s world?

I’m just continuing to write for my new record and touring with the Restless Hearts. Trying to stay on my best behavior.

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