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Don Zimmer Interview by Christian Lamitschka for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

Don Zimmer 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: The Floating Records project The County Well album Future Country  has a completely unique sound due to the unusually strong effort to collaborate in a studio environment.  Fifteen distinct talented musicians are employed to add their unique voices to a blend of country tinged songs that in some cases are propelled by drum loops and samples that combine to offer something new.  At this point,  the effort of the the two songwriters,  Don Zimmer and Graham Guest was to capture something in the studio that would not have the weight of needing to be reproduced for a live show,  to achieve audio bliss.

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

Answer:   We called the band The County Well to describe the idea of a large group of artists getting together to contribute and interact in  a recording environment that would be different from the way a four or five piece band would go about it.  A lot of freedom to try new sounds and ideas.  Upcoming outings  by the entity known as The County Well will have new players from new areas and counties.  Future Country  seemed to adequately describe the style of  music that grew out of this  recording approach, taking some acoustic instruments and placing them in a mix with a drum loop.

Lamitschka:  What will your next single be?

Answer:   The next single will be coming from the collaboration of Jeffrey Halford and The County Well.  Floating Records put out Mr. Halfords last album, Lo-Fi Dreams which received a plethora of awards and had extensive radio play.  Once again the idea of putting Halford into a different setting by placing him in the The County Well has offered up new sounds and ideas.  This one is a concept piece with a story line connecting all the songs together.  Lo-Fi Dreams was our first album put out in the vinyl format (available at floatingrecords.com).   We are hoping to do that again.  By the way,  Jeffrey Halford and the Healers will be heading to Europe this summer, check jeffreyhalford.com for tour info and go say hello to the Americana guru.

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

Answer:  We are music fans and our roots run deep.   Understanding who and where our blues, country, soul, gospel came from and how they were captured in glorious analog, effects how we go about making records today.   The inspiration comes and goes and changes with all sorts of things influencing the process of songwriting and recording.  Right now, the English band the Alabama 3, who mix electronic, blues, country, gospel, techno and rock are taking over everything I do.  Putting these elements together with different musical voices is where the success of Future Countryis coming from and the driving force behind future, future counties and countries.

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

Answer:  As with most things in life to accept and live with are the keys to success.  Same with the music industry.  The new streaming services that have taken over and offer listeners access to an extensive library but fail to compensate the musicians who created the content is a sad state of affairs.  On the other hand,  to see the resurgence of vinyl records and record stores offers hope that there are alternatives to the mp3.

Lamitschka:  Are you doing anything to take music beyond its current borders or are you happy where it is?

 Answer:  We  (Floating Records) are trying to eliminate some borders.  What we call borderless, boundless music.  Develop a family approach, where every artist on our roster is aware of the others and we are all in this together, working for the bigger team. Helping each other get better gigs and sell each others products.  We have Reverend Freakchild, from Boulder, Colorado,  checking out Hill Roberts from Atlanta, Georgia, who is listening to Bread and Circus from Boise, Idaho to share each others audiences.  Increase the size of our county well.

Lamitschka:  What inspired you to become a songwriter?

Answer:   Part of the inspiration comes from creating something original.  You start out learning to play guitar or any other instrument by learning some one elses songs.  In order to develop your own voice, you need to write your own.  Some people cant do it or dont want to do it but forcing yourself to write and create makes the brain feel good. 

Lamitschka:  What's unique about you that will differentiate you from other artists?

Answer:  We have discovered the joy of recording and creating original content.  We are not concerned with touring and live performance.  By using as many different instruments and musicians as we need, we are not confined to what instruments  the members of the band  can play.  We love bands but this allows us some extra freedom which we think can be heard in the recorded performance.

Lamitschka:  What's the best compliment a fan has ever given you?

Answer:  - The Country Well is a sound I have been longing to hear for a couple years.  This is one of the best releases I have heard in a while. “  This is from  the music director at WCNI an Americana reporter in New London,CT.   This gentlemen hears an enormous amount of music and I still cant believe those kind words.

Lamitschka:  What message would you like to send your European fans?

Answer:  Please visit Floating Records  (floatingrecords.com)  and check out The County Well
Future Country and all our other artists.  Let us know what you think and support all music, local and worldwide.

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