INTERVIEW: Molly Maher

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

 I’ve been doing so well in these uncertainty days.

Besides the severity of a global pandemic I’ve been enjoying the mandatory time out. My husband and I had just returned from 7weeks exploring Mexico City and southern Oaxaca. Felt like an extended reflection period. We just spent some time outside of Ely working on a buddy’s cabin. What a great place to watch spring unfold.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Find The Shephard”? 

It was inspired by a stretch of road along the Mississippi River bluffs I sometimes drive for a little me time. It is my favorite song I’ve written. The music came from a weird tuning I came up but eventually it has morphed into an Open F drone. We recorded the majority of it in an afternoon at our old studio.

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

The gist is for anyone approaching profound change. We all go through great shifts in our lives and in the end its all up to you. A friend wrote me the line “drove all night just to keep moving” as she was on a sort of quest. Rang bells for me.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

Ilia approached me after hearing the song and offered her vision and filming talents. I’ve always loved her still photography and knew she would bring the depth of song that I felt to surface. We filmed it primarily at a cabin on the St. Croix River that too was going through a great change. We had a blast playing with light at such a picturesque and deep place.

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

I hadn’t realized that the songs had carried a similar thread until the body of work was completed. In the songs the words “follow” and “find” were prevalent.

How was the recording and writing process?

In the process of writing the record I followed melodies and my heart and trusted my guts. Originally we had another record almost done but as I listened to the tracks it didn’t sit right with me. Felt like I had already made that record and it didn’t reflect what I listened to or was inspired by. Instead of feeling like I had to put something out because that’s what an artist does after a few years, I paused and spent time living again to wait for the songs and melodies to develop into my own deeper connection to music. I wanted something I could listen to and groove on. The recording process was so much more relaxed for me. Erik is an incredible producer,  engineer and mixer. He knew exactly what I wanted and would make it happen better than I could have imagined. We recorded part of it at our old studio and part in his new studio. It was a great bridge combining the past and future. Really great experience.

How did you go on balancing the Blues and Americana on this album in particular?

Really by fusing my own record collection to however this all came together.

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

 By giving myself time to listen to music I love, going out and seeing live music , hanging out with friends, living a broad life. After so many years of playing night after night in bars filling time for them and selling beer it was great to play out less and practice more at home. Taking time to also be quiet gave space for all of these tunes  to bubble up.

Any plans to hit the road?

 One of my favorite pastimes riding in the van with the band. The way I get to go out on tour is when I open for Erik Koskinen Band . We then share a band and after my set I get to watch his set. After many many years I still love watching them perform his incredible songs. As for hitting the road, doesn’t look like anyone will be for music for this summer.

What else is happening next in Molly Maher’s world?

Play guitar more and find new melodies. Learn a minor pentatonic scale and have the knowledge to take a reasonable solo in a live performance.  Continue my work in other parts of the front line of music shows. Listen to more music while enjoying life.

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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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