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Pearl Aday Interview by Christian Lamitschka for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

Pearl Aday Interview by Christian Lamitschka for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

Lamitschka:  Music has many new fans throughout Europe who may be hearing about you for the first time. How would you describe yourself and the music you play to someone who has never seen or heard you?

Answer: You can call it California Country Rock and Roll. We’re country. We’re Rock and Roll. Think of smashing up something like The Rolling Stones with The Eagles, some Bonnie Raitt and Etta James with some old School AC/DC in there too.
Lamitschka:  What is your latest CD and how's it doing?

Answer: My latest album is called HEARTBREAK AND CANYON REVELRY. The first single was just released and is now streaming on Spotify. A second single and two new live-audio-in-studio videos that coincide will follow at the beginning of June right before the entire album is released on June 15th. So far we’ve had an overwhelming and seriously sweet anticipatory response.

Lamitschka:  How did you choose the title for the CD?  Is there a story behind the name?

Answer: The album title is purely descriptive of the songs we’ve written for it. In the past 8 years since my last album was out, I’ve experienced the death of friends and a family member, the intense heartache of a strained relationship with my own mom, moving house 4 times before finally settling into our canyon home, and the unbelievable endless joy and fear and bliss of becoming a mother and a parent with my husband. This album encompasses HEARTBREAK AND CANYON REVELRY for me, from the heartbreaker tracks MAMA, SLEEPLESS NIGHT, and WHO AM I, to the love song I wrote for our son REVEL YOUNG. These are extremely personal lyrics; it’s how I get through the tough stuff.

Lamitschka:  Do you write the songs yourself? If not, how do you go about finding the songs for your CD?

Answer: My writing partner for the last 16 years has been Jim Wilson (Mother Superior, Emmylou Harris, Daniel Lanois, Sparks). Aside from the couple of covers we’ve recorded, we’ve written everything together. Most of our songs are born from a melody/riff/chorus idea that Jim comes up with and then I plug lyrics in before we flesh them out and tweak them for their final arrangements.

Lamitschka:  What is the difference between your last CD and your current one?

Answer: My last album, Little Immaculate White Fox, was definitely more hard rock-heavy with some bluesy elements and at least one track, called My Heart Isn’t In It, that leaned a bit more country and could do with a reboot and some pedal steel added. The last album was much more aggressive, more edgy, more celebratory of my own anger.
This new album, HEARTBREAK AND CANYON REVELRY fits much more comfortably into the slot of California Country Rock and Roll. For me, it’s more about balance and soaking up the warmth we find after making it through major life changes. It’s about feeling good even when we feel bad because we know that it’ll all be ok in the end…and it’s also about lots of pedal steel!

Lamitschka:  What is your favorite song among all the songs you have recorded and what's the story behind it?

Answer: I love all of the songs. I have to say that I probably extra love performing Mama. For this new album, we’ve updated and re-arranged the song, adding keys by Fred Mandel (Queen, Elton John, Alice Cooper) and rocked out pedal steel by Joel Martin, and put it forward and first this time. It’s a cathartic song for me. It’s a salve on a perpetually open wound for me. It’s an open heart, it’s a primal scream. It’s a little country, a little bluesy, and a little bit Rock and Roll. I wrote it about a really sweet afternoon I had with my mom, a clear moment of calm in a lifelong storm. Singing about it and sharing it with an audience does wonder for my soul.

Lamitschka:  Who inspires you musically and how deep do your musical roots run?

Answer: The list of my musical inspirations runs miles long. I was surrounded by all types of music from the time I was born. I was born at Kingston Hospital right outside of Woodstock, NY where my mama lived at the time with my bio dad who had previously been the drummer for Janis Joplin’s Full Tilt Boogie Band and was then drumming for Dolly Parton. Here you can see where my musical roots began. My mother worked at the time for Albert Grossman at Bearsville Studios in Bearsville, NY where she worked closely with such artists as Muddy Waters, Bob Dylan, The Band, Todd Rundgren, Paul Butterfield, Leon Russell, Maria Muldaur, The Rolling Stones, and Meat Loaf who lead us into the next and defining chapter of our lives together when he married my mom in ’79 and adopted me and we moved out of town. I don’t think there was a moment in the day when there wasn’t music playing live in the room, on the radio, or on a turntable. My first concert was a Rolling Stones show when I was an infant. My mother was also a big soul and R&B fan. My grandparents loved country music. I was raised on blues, country and Rock and Roll. It’s in my blood.  

Lamitschka:  What do you think about today's music industry?

Answer: I think the industry is still trying to figure out how things work now. It’s nothing like the industry my mother and father or my husband came up in. The new terrain is still uncharted, and I think artists are really struggling to stay alive through it all.

Lamitschka:  As an artist, you so many tasks such as recording, touring, interviews. What do you like best, what's your favorite activity?

Answer: Having the opportunity to perform live is most definitely my most favorite.

Lamitschka:  What moments in your career stand out in your memory as highlights and achievements, which you are proud of?

Answer: With my last album, Little Immaculate White Fox, we were given the privilege of having the direct support slot for Velvet Revolver through the UK on what would be their last tour together. Right after that, we were invited to appear on the Jimmy Kimmel Live show as the featured musical guest, and then we were invited to appear as direct support for Heart at the Gibson Amphitheater in Hollywood, CA.  

Lamitschka:  What inspired you to become an artist?

Answer: I don’t believe it was a choice. I was born this way.

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