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Friday, July 24, 2015

Darci Carlson Answers 20 Questions ~ Seattle Grunge Scene's Only Approved Country Singer Opens Her Heart

When I first met Darci, she was singing with a fun all-female band called The Dolly Rottens. It was a hot summer day, much like today, and I was in awe of her rare beauty accompanied by a huge, giving smile. As I watched her talk to people around the venue - Slim's Last Chance - I saw that she had a hug for everyone, and seemed to be a genuinely happy person with lots of light, love, and energy emerging from within. 

Fast forward two years. A local rock band, The Mothershipwas playing at The High Dive in Fremont. She showed up in her usual trucker hat and Daisy Duke cut off shorts. Most of the men in Seattle's rock/grunge music scene are unmoved by half-naked women. We see it all the time. We look, we admire, we move on. But on this night, there were a couple of chodes who decided to be disrespectful to her. Ha Ha Ha, boy did they get it from her! I think if she could have had the night end her way, it would be like one of those scenes in Sin City, where those bad ass chicks leave the asshole men lying on the street bleeding. And trust me, these two guys - from what some of us have learned since that night - deserved it. I even re-named one of them "That Yellow Bastard." 

Since then, I only see Darci from time to time, usually walking on the beach with her dog, Lemmy, or playing a small acoustic show in front of a mostly undeserving audience. I say this because it's time for this song bird to fly! Check out her 20 questions interview - and please share this blog as well as make a note of her upcoming tour dates! 

I look forward to lots more stories from Darci. Sometimes I will ask her about her family, who I hear are some of the wildest, funniest and most interesting people you could meet. I'd say more, but I think I'll save it for the next Darci update -

Cheers to Seattle's only grunge crowd-approved country singer! 

In the early 19th century, Marcel Proust was given a questionnaire called "an album to record thoughts and feelings," also known as a "confession album." At the time, it was popular among English families to assure that the man or woman was marriage-worthy and bona fide. Written in 1890, it was discovered in 1924, and in 2003 auctioned for over 100,000 euros. 

The TV show The Actors Studio had their own version that the host would use, asking the actors the questions while live in the studio. For many years it has been a favorite of Vanity Fair magazine readers, and they now have an online version that you can do and compare your answers to celebrities. Their version is fairly basic, but a lot of fun to read, so when we were exploring creative ways to interview musicians, we realized with a little tweaking we could come up with an interview that was perfect. Where other publications fail, we will succeed by letting the monkey ask all the questions! 

1. What music makes you the happiest?

The feeling of writing a new song, completing it, and performing it for the first time to someone one on one. There's nothing better than that intimate expression. Watching my friends create music, hearing their heart scream and cry, gives me chills. And the power music has to bring back past memories, especially that of my childhood. This kind of music makes me the happiest, no specific genre required - Music itself.

2. What musician do you identify with the most?

The kid in her room busting out covers dreaming big and hoping
 one day she'll be somethin.'

3. What musical talent do you wish you had or were better at?

I wish I was a better guitar player! I grew up studying the guitar and went to college for music theory. I wish I better retained those lessons and knowledge, but, I didn't lol. Maybe I should take some lessons!

4. What is your most treasured musical possession or memoribilia- autograph, etc.?

My dad's no-name acoustic guitar that he's had since he was a young buck. He told me once he was gonna give it to my cousin when he died and I literally cried. That guitar is probably the reason I ever started, and I still love playing it to this day. Sorry cuz, but that ain't happenin' haha

5. What venue do you dream about playing at?

Every country-loving songstress dreams about playing The Grand
Ole Opry. Dunno how well I'd fit in, though. I'd have to watch my
language, and that's always a challenge haha - A girl can dream.

6. If you could bring back any musician from the dead, who would
it be?

Patsy Cline - To hear her and see her in person would bring
tears to my eyes. She was the most tragically beautiful
woman. Oh to hear Sweet Dreams live.... Sigh....

7. What trait do you most deplore in other musicians?

I'm guilty of this as well, but I hate when musicians get off stage and beat themselves up about a bad set. It really is true, there's a good chance no one noticed but you. And even if it was noticeable, most people don't care, they're still impressed! They're not the ones on stage with musical ability and talent. Laugh it off, learn from mistakes and move on!

8. What about in yourself?

 My perfectionism. Refer to the last question. I can be pretty hard on myself!
 9. Who is your muse, the one or ones that inspire you?

It's easy to write songs about being in love, it comes so natural to me. I hate to sound cliche', but relationships, boyfriends, ex's, best friends, my family, and even places I'm in love with. I wrote a song about the state of Montana for Christ's sake.

10. Name one event in your life that made your decision to be a musician.

The feeling I first got and continue to get on stage. It makes me feel at home. I've always believed the people places and things that give you that comfortable, cozy, happy feeling are the people places and things you should focus on the most. Every minute I'm on stage, I'm in utter bliss.

11. If you could change one thing about your appearance what would that be?

Oh lord. Here comes a rant! Haha - My appearance seems to always be a 'thing'. But I wouldn't change a damn thing! Down to my big obnoxious boobs and crazy outfits. I'm me, through and through and that doesn't need anyone's approval. I look up to Dolly a lot for her ability to be herself no matter what and to always keep a good sense of humor about it. It does bother me though when people think I'm some sort of 'vanity act.' I get this A LOT: "When I first saw you, I wasn't sure how good you'd be, but after your set I'm really impressed!" I always thank them, but I also kinda wanna pop them in the head. If I were a dude, would you say that to me? Women got it tough in this business, lemme tell ya. Don't change a thing, ladies!

 12. Who in your life has stood by you and supported your music the most/longest?

My dad is my biggest fan. He has always encouraged my musical interests and spoiled me rotten growing up with guitars, amps, lessons and concerts. He is hands-down the reason I play music.

13. What is your current state of mind?

Exhausted. It's tough working to afford a musician's lifestyle. Music itself is like a second, third, and fourth job on top of the job I keep during the day that actually pays me! Haha

 14. What phrase or word do you overuse the most?

Fuck. I had an older gal tell me after a show once, "My friends and I love coming to your show and hearing you sing, but you really should stop cursing so much 'cause it's really offensive." I of course told her "Then start your own fucking band and sing your own fucking songs and start something un-fucking-offensive with your fucking friends." Whoops...

15. What would you say your best moment as a musician was, on or off stage?
Oh man... Dale Watson knowing who I am and nominating me for Outlaw Female of The Year. I was so proud. It was worth all the hard work just to be acknowledged. I felt like I could finally say "Dad, I did it! I'm a real musician now!" Haha Or seeing my dad tear up watching me on the IMag's behind  ZZ Top  when I filmed for the 2012 Gang Of Outlaws Tour. Making my dad proud is what it all comes down to.

16. What band or musician can you absolutely not listen to?

 I can't stand Sting. Sorry not sorry guys. His voice drives me nuts and his songs annoy me to no end. If Roxanne ever comes on in public somewhere, it's a musical emergency. If I can't turn it off, I need to leave.

17. What band or musician can you listen to over and over?

 The Hank Williams Family, Waylon, David Allen Coe, Willie and Merle, ZZ Top....The Timeless Outlaw Legends.

18. If you were not a musician, what trade/career would you choose?

Animal Rescue or some sort of Spirit Work. Maybe own a bar since I've been tending for so damn long.

19. If you could be a fly on the wall at any moment in music history, where would that be?

Johnny Cash Folsom Prison. Bad ass.

20. What song(s) will be played at your funeral?

Every ZZ Top album. I want everyone drinking beer and singing at my funeral, not bumming out. But if I had to pick ONE "appropriate" song, maybe "Asleep In The Desert" off Tejas.

If your lucky enough to live in one of these cities, you can see Darci live starting July 31st in Little Rock, Wa. Then on to Heppner, Oregon. On August 2nd in Boise, Idaho, August 3rd in Bozeman, Montana and at Sturgis the 4th through the 6th. Awe heck! Here's the tour schedule! I sure wish I had a convertable Caddilac and a free two weeks to drive her on this tour and document every minute of it! Besides being a great performer, she's also hilarious and I'm sure will have lots olf great road stories for us next month! 

Here's a little show preview: 

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