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INTERVIEW: LA Country/Americana Troubadour Nicholas Mudd

Can you talk to us more about your song “High Lonesome”? Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

There wasn’t a single event that inspired me to write this song. It’s a tribute to the traditional Bluegrass and Mountain Music of my home state of Kentucky, and the events and feelings in my life that that music reminds me of. The sound of a high, lonesome fiddle always takes me back in time to people and places from my past.

Any plans to release a video?

I’d love to shoot a video for this one, but the geography of Southern California doesn’t really match the geography of the song! Maybe sometime when I’m home visiting, but in the meantime keep an eye out for a video we just shot for another track on the record, “Sit Right Here.”

How was the recording and writing process?

The recording was a lot of fun. We did it at Bedrock LA in Echo Park. Lydia Luce (fiddle) and Matt Pynn (pedal steel) really brought this one together with their instruments and talent, as did my producer Eric Rennaker. It took a bit of work to get the vocals right, but we had a good time with it and I’m happy with the result.

Writing it was a bit of a longer process. I had the chorus floating around in my head for a while, but never really sat down and churned it out, it sort of came together piece by piece over a year or so.

What aspect of your life did you get to explore on this record?

The songs on this record cover my move from east to west. A couple of them date back to the mid 2000s in Kentucky and Pittsburgh, and some of them I finished as recently as last year. My musical evolution has followed my physical one from the Southeast to the urban outlaw country scene of the Southwest.

Any plans to hit the road?

We may have a tour up our sleeve in the not too distant future, but it’s all very much still in the works.

What’s your favorite part about playing your music live?

I really love the energy of a good crowd and bonding with them through the music, as well as the calm and sense of belonging I get onstage. Even in a packed, loud room, I close my eyes and sort of disappear in the lights, just singing to myself. It’s a strange sense of serenity.

What else is happening next in Nicholas Mudd’s world?

I have some cool shows coming up. We’re opening for Wayne Hancock at the Grand Ole Echo in Los Angeles on April 21. Aside from music I’m just working and trying to get outside as much as I can.

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