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INTERVIEW: Cranford Hollow

1. How would you classify your music?

Southern Rock with some additional flavors added in.

2. Who are some of your top 5 musical influences? 

1. The Allman Brothers

2. Drive By Truckers

3. Megafaun

4. Widespread Panic

5. The Band

3. What do you want fans to take from your music?

We want everyone to leave our show with an experience that leaves them smiling. We also want people to get a sense of what our neck of the woods feels like. We live in the Lowcountry of South Carolina and it has a pretty epic landscape. We try to convey some of that in our songs.

4. Can you tell us a bit about your latest album? How does it differ from your previous work?

Our new album, COLOR/SOUND/RENEW/REVIVE, is our fifth full-length album. We spent almost a year recording it and really dialed in the structure of the album before we got to the studio. We tried a lot of new approaches sonically. Our good friend John Wilkins played pedal steel on some of the tracks and that made this luscious texture layer that we built everything else around, especially on Songfield and North. We also featured more drums and guitar on this album than we have on our other records. We also took a stab at an instrumental track called “Dark Turns” which is something we have never done before.

5. What do you love and hate about the Music Business?

Someone told me once that the Music Business isn’t a business at all, it’s a lottery. There are more bands than ever right now and one thing we are trying to do is have some longevity. The worst thing about the business is that the attention span on a band is really short. We want to have a consistent fan base for the next twenty years and thats also what we love about the business now is our awesome fanbase that keeps coming to shows and supporting us.

6. What is the best concert you have been to?

We opened for Charlie Daniels last October in Chicago. Aside from getting to play this amazing historical theater, it was incredible to see Charlie absolutely slay the guitar and fiddle at 81 years young.
7. What do you like most about playing live?

Making an impact every night is a challenge, but when we really communicate with the crowd it the most rewarding thing we do.

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

Songfield was a work in progress for years. I have recorded multiple versions in many locales and the version on COLOR/SOUND/RENEW/REVIVE holds a really special place as something that was perfected over time.

9. How have you evolved as an artist over the last few years?

We started as this pseudo-rockabilly thrash and bash outfit about 6 years back. Over time and as we get older we have mellowed out and really tried to hone in on our sound and songwriting. Being able to deliver the same kind of show while sitting down and playing some really thought out sets is just as hard if not harder than jumping around on stage for 3 hours. Evolving to that point was a pretty big accomplishment.

10. 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?

Duane Allman hands down. He was a monster of a player in the studio and on stage, he loved to eat great southern food and I’m sure he could give us a run for our money at the bar!

11. So tell us what’s next?

The next year is about continuing to evolve this sound and find all these nuances in the set that we can expand on. We have a hefty touring schedule in over 36 states in the next 6 months. We are also building a studio on our little island down here in the Lowcountry of South Carolina and are excited to see what kind of results we can come up with on our own time in our own facility. 

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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