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INTERVIEW: Southern Indiana Americana outfit Nick Dittmeier & the Sawdusters

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

Great, thanks!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Love Me Like You Did”?

It’s a story about a guy falling in love with a younger woman, but there are things he misses about a previous relationship. The narrator doesn’t have the same history he had in a previous relationship and the age difference brings riffs in little stuff like cultural differences.

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

Not really. I’ve been married for a decade and this is really supposed to be a love song for my wife in a weird way. We do fight about 90’s trivia stuff.

The single comes off your new album All Damn Day – what’s the story behind the title?

It’s named after a song on the record, but it’s really also an inference to the Sawdusters work ethic over the last three or so years.

What was it like to work with Jason McCulley and Ryan Koch? How did those relationships develop?

I met them through our guitar player JP Payton who worked on another record with them and told me we might be a good fit to work together. Before we worked together we just kept an ongoing conversation together about ideas we had and a vision for the record. We shared an extremely similar vision of what we wanted the record to be like.

How much did they get to influence the album?

As much as anyone could, just through their playing of various instruments but really coaching me in ways that I hadn’t been coached before. Just making sure we got the right take and not rushing things. We didn’t make this record on any sort of deadline and we finished when we all collectively felt it was completed. Jason McCulley is a great a guitar player too, so I had to up my game when I was working with him, so that was a fun challenge.

What role does Indiana or Kentucky play in your music?

Where we’re from plays a big role. I write about specific places and events that have happened in the Ohio Valley. An example is a song on the record called “City of God” that’s about the 1937 Flood which decimated towns up and down the Ohio River . European settlers have been here for 300 years, depending on the river for their livelihood. Sometimes natural resources you depend on kill people around you, but you have to clean up and move forward.

Your bio mentions Twain & Hemingway as influences in your songwriting–can you expand on that?

Absolutely. When I was writing a lot of these songs I was inspired a lot more by literature than other songs or musicians. Although books take longer to digest as an art work than a song, the writers I was particularly focused on small but profound things to get a much larger point across. Also, these writers cut so much to the bone and make every word and thought count. I did that also with my song forms, I cut everything down word wise and structure wise that was not necessary.

What aspects of life’s daily struggles did you get to explore on this record?

Poverty, loneliness, death, drug addiction, and mental illness.

What else is happening next in Nick Dittmeier & The Sawdusters’ world?

We’re going to go live in a van and play shows for the foreseeable future. We’ll see ya on the long and dusty.

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