INTERVIEW: The Young Fables

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

Hi! We’ve been super busy but it’s been very inspiring, though we could probably use a nap.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Half as Good”?

“Half as Good” is a song we wrote with our friend Kenny Foster.  We wanted something to build on the idea of the song “Two” from our last album where we could show how our relationship has grown.  It tells the story of how you may not even know that you’re missing out until that special someone shows up.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

Well, we write songs constantly instead of just writing for an album or something coming up so “Half as Good” came at a time when Laurel was especially happy with me (which is rare but happens sometimes) — Wes

Any plans to release a video for the single?

YES!!! And it is already filmed with help from our friends at The Lux Collective and Hope Tree Entertainment.  We are very excited for everyone to see it.

The single comes off your new album Old Songs – what’s the story behind the title?

We didn’t plan it this way but Old Songs and Young Fables just seem to fit. “Old Songs” is a track on the album about how some songs that may not be important to everyone can be very special to you.

How was the recording and writing process?

The writing process was easy because we just reviewed all the songs we had written since our last album, “Two,” and picked some of our favorites.  Recording in the studio was life changing however a bit crazy because we had to schedule all the sessions in-between shows that we had already booked.  So we would have a few hours one day and then a few more the next and so on. But it worked out spectacularly in the end even though we were worn out.

What was it like to work with Mitch Dane and how did that relationship develop?

Mitch is an awesome producer and just a great human being.  We went to meet with him just to see if it was a good fit for us and by the end of the meeting we were scheduling time to record.  We couldn’t have asked for a better person to work with.  He really knew how to take the sound of us together and elevate it without losing what we believe is special about The Young Fables.

How much did he influence the album?

After our initial meeting and before we began the recording process, we met with all the songs we wanted to record and played them acoustically to Mitch. After listening, he would make suggestions about changing a chord here or changing a lyric there.  At first the stubborn artists within thought, “but this is how we wrote it !” But in the end, every single change or suggestion he offered made the songs better… WAY better.

What role does Nashville play in your writing?

A HUGE roll!  At first when we moved to Nashville, we didn’t cowrite with anyone other than each other and Laurel’s grandparents. Our first album was a compilation of songs we had written solely ourselves.  As our network grew we discovered a group of friends that truly gel with us and understand us, so we began writing together.  Having the opportunity to craft songs with our special team of songwriter friends is a unique experience that we would never have had if it were not for Music City!

What aspect of classic and modern Country music did you get to explore on this record and how did you get to balance them together?

We are both very inspired by our heroes in country music.  We admire the classics, but instead of attempting to just carbon copy them (and let’s be serious, who could ever recreate Patsy Cline or Merle Haggard) we would rather tell our stories while paying tribute to the deep roots of country music.  Our team decided to only include instruments on the record that were present in the 70’s. It helped to ensure that the sonic feel of “Old Songs” would relay our unique brand of Modern Traditional Country music.

Where do you typically find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

As cliche’ as it may sound, inspiration can arrive from almost anywhere.  It can come from your life or from your friends or even buried in the sandwich you had for lunch. It’s funny, often after singing a song about heartbreak, listeners will come up and ask, “is everything OK between the two of you?”. We have to let them know that some of the songs are written about our friend’s challenges.

Any plans to hit the road?

We constantly play locally, regionally, and as of recently, nationally.  If you are ever bored, check out our website because we may be playing somewhere close to you!

What else is happening next in The Young Fables’ world?

We believe opportunities arrive from remaining as busy as possible. So, we are playing a ton of shows, continuing to write, and focusing on shooting videos and releasing as much content as possible to deliver our story.  We are so very proud of our album “Old Songs”. The next step is simply getting it into the hands of whoever is willing to listen.




Twitter: @theyoungfables

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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