INTERVIEW: Nashville indie-folk/Americana group Lake and Lyndale

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

Thank you! We’re doing alright…Still Here (wink)

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

We are so ready to finally get this song out! This has been such a weird single release. We actually finished tracking this song in the winter of 2019 and were planning for an early 2020 release, but when the world shut down we didn’t really feel like the timing was right for releasing music. Thinking on it some more, this song is about persevering through the tough times and I will say, the words feel truer today than they did when we wrote it; we’re looking forward to sending this one out into the world.

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

The idea of this song was directly inspired from the Cohen brothers film “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” specifically the vignette featuring Tom Waits. You watch Tom Waits’ character go to great lengths to get what he wants, all on his own. He is highly motivated and also a little crazy. As I was watching it, I just started to notice some parallels to that situation and the music industry. Through the eyes of the crazy prospector is where the opening line of our song comes from “I can’t say for certain that there’s any gold left in these hills”

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

On our end it wasn’t too difficult, Ben Boutwell our video director had to do all the heavy lifting on this one. Super imposing ourselves, on top of ourselves, on top of ourselves. Ben is a video genius, and when he pitched us this idea we were like “Ok we don’t really get how that is supposed to work, but we trust you!”  Honestly, until we screened the final video, I’m pretty sure we didn’t know exactly what was happening. HA. Ben has done our last few videos and he is always trying to push the envelope. His vision is always spot on; so whatever wild idea he pitches to us next, he has our complete trust.

How was the recording and writing process?

The writing process was pretty smooth because we had such a clear vision. We had a co-write on Music Row with Alyssa Trahan. It was our first time writing with her; she’s an awesome songwriter and she completely understood what our vision was. It was also a topic that we could all relate to so the write was a good time. Jon had that acoustic riff he was messing around with and it fit perfectly with the topic of the lyrics.

What was it like to work with John Estes and how did that relationship develop?

John is always amazing to work with. He is such a treasure. He has been a part of so many amazing things around Nashville, but he is so humble that you would never know.

How much did he get to influence the song?

John has a huge influence on the song, and that is why we continue to work with him.  When we go into the studio to record a song, we have usually been living with that particular song for months: From writing and editing, to arranging and playing it live. So we show up and think we know exactly what the arrangement is and what we are going to play, and that’s when John goes to work. I believe a producer’s job is to bring fresh ideas to the table, and he is always giving us new ideas and has us approach the song in a way we hadn’t thought of. He perfectly embodies everything a great producer should be. First and foremost, he is able to see the artist’s intent and the message they are trying to convey.

What role does Nashville play in your music?

Oooh good question. I think a person is a sum of their surroundings, and those surroundings have a huge influence on you whether you notice it or not. Nashville is full of creative people. Just walking through the streets downtown, you can feel that electricity. It makes you want to get better, write better, play better, and it’s not even in a competitive way. It is in a healthy “Let’s make great art and support each other way.”

Does the new single mean we can expect a new album – how’s that coming along?

We hope so! The best thing that came out of quarantine is we have been writing constantly! So much so that we had to take a quick break to re fill the creative well. We are sitting on a lot of new material that will eventually turn into an album, but it is too soon to give a timeline.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

Hmmm haven’t thought about a title yet. Feel free to send us some ideas 🙂

Any plans to hit the road?

We are definitely ready to get back on the road. We had such a busy summer planned and nearly everything got canceled. One big hurdle the industry is facing is each state has different guidelines, and as a result, a lot of the venues that indie artists play are not open yet or unfortunately had to close their doors for good. Unfortunately, it seems that routing tour dates will be a mess for awhile. Fingers crossed, we’ll be back on the road sooner than later.

What else is happening next in Lake and Lyndale’s world?

Ya know,outside of writing, we have been having a ton of campfires lately. We just sit around and talk, drink some beer and try to figure out how to feel about everything. The narrative of “in these uncertain times” is overplayed, but it is so true. 2020 has been rough on everyone and it is hard to process it all and know how to feel. Those campfires have definitely become our band therapy.


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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