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INTERVIEW: The Jorgensens

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

Hello! Busy! We are in full swing promoting the new album and raising a rambunctious 2 year old. Sometimes coffee just isn’t enough. Haha!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Storyville”?

It’s a song about running away to New Orleans. While there, we meet the ghost of Louis Armstrong and find that Delta queen everyone talks about. It’s a song about creating your own story in Storyville, USA. Each time we go, we’ve come home with a different experience and stories to share. 

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

Winter in Minnesota and the yearning to escape to someplace warm. New Orleans is one of our favorite places due to the climate, culture, architecture, art, fashion, history, folklore, food, etc. It’s just spectacular. 

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

I think any time you get the opportunity to put a visual with the music it helps portray the feeling you had that inspired you to write and record the song. It’s fun to be creative on a visual aspect. It helps convey the message of the song. We were able to film inside of a train museum in St. Paul, MN. We thought we’d incorporate our home (MN) and the sense of travel with old black and white footage of New Orleans that gave the song a look into the unique musical history that our country has in jazz and blues. 

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

We were hanging out with a close friend one night on Lexington Parkway. The conversation had lead to the fact that we were just wrapping up the recording process for this new album. He asked what we were going to name the album. We hadn’t a clue yet and he said well I think you have to name it “The Lexington Stretch”. We looked at each other and just smiled. That was a great name! As the weeks went on we tentatively called it “The Lexington Stretch”. When it came time to sit down and really hash out what we were going to title this album we couldn’t get away from that name. We loved it, and had gotten so used to calling it that, that nothing else seemed to fit. It sounded cool, it fits into our lives in a big way, and I guess there was also this sense of mystery that comes along with it. I mean what is the lexington stretch? It can be whatever you want it to be, but for us it’s where we live, create music, raise our son, host dinners with our friends and family, and so much more. 

How was the recording and writing process?

Very organic. We didn’t walk into saying we were going to be this kind or that kind of album. We really didn’t know. We probably wrote 8 to 10 songs that didn’t make the album and as we wrote and recorded, we found a collection of songs that worked together. At times we write separately, but we also sit down and write together in complete collaboration. Both ways of doing this has brought us some pretty great material. 

How did you get to balance the rock and Americana on this material?

Honestly we try not to overthink genre or style. The music on here is a reflection of our taste in music and influences. We are definitely not setting out to be a specific style or genre. We just sound like us. 

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

We became parents to our son william during the making of this album. There really is no greater love. How incredible it was to have that experience while making this album. 

How your personal bond does serves as a great source of inspiration on this album?

Particularly when in the writing process and songs are in the early stages. Songs can be very personal and revealing. It’s easier to share this process with someone you know, love, trust and do life with. We definitely feel a deep bond over our music. We feel that because of our relationship, it keeps our music honest. 

Where else did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

Our son, who “Sweet Love” is written about. Travel and history which lead us to write, “Voo Doo” and  “Storyville”. Love and life experience through friends, and day to day happiness, struggles, adventures, whatever. There are so many ways to find inspiration every single day. You just need to keep your mind open. 

Any plans to hit the road?

Yes. We’ve done a lot of touring in the past and are looking forward to hitting the road again with this album. We can’t share any details on that yet but as soon as we have things locked down the information will be on our website; www.thejorgensens.com

What else is happening next in The Jorgensens’ world?

For now we are working on tour dates, starting pre production for our next album, and of course the never ending incredible journey of parenting our son.

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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