The Recording Academy Texas Chapter recently played host for GRAMMYs On The Road at the Austin City Limits Music Festival, held Oct. 12–14 at Zilker Park in Austin, Texas. The Chapter conducted exclusive backstage interviews with artists performing at the festival, including British folk collective Dry The River and progressive rock band Umphrey's McGee.
Dry The River's Peter Liddle and Scott Miller discussed their experience performing at the Austin City Limits Music Festival and touring experiences, among other topics.
"We're so happy just on tour, and getting to do what we do. I just want to be able to keep doing it for as long as we can," said Miller.
Based in London, Dry The River was originally formed as the solo project of singer/songwriter and guitarist Liddle, who describes the band's sound as "folky gospel music played by a post-punk band." Drawing comparisons to indie folk/rock groups such as Fleet Foxes and Mumford & Sons, Dry The River comprise Will Harvey (violin/viola/keyboards), Liddle, Miller (bass), Matt Taylor (guitar/vocals), and Jon Warren (drums). In April the band released their full-length debut album, Shallow Bed, which peaked at No. 5 on Billboard's Top Heatseekers chart. Dry The River are currently on tour throughout Europe and the UK, with dates scheduled through December. An acoustic version of Shallow Bed, Shallow Bed (Acoustic), is due Dec. 18.
Umphrey's McGee's Joel Cummins and Ryan Stasik discussed the influence of actor/comedian Rodney Dangerfield on the creation of their band name, their latest studio album, 2011's Death By Stereo, and individual musical influences, among other topics.
"We go from classical to metal to dub reggae. We try to incorporate that in our live shows all the time because … we're very ADD," joked Stasik. "We can't just stick with one thing all the time, that's why our [improvisations] go anywhere from [Frank] Zappa [and] Miles Davis to Pearl Jam … Guns 'N Roses [and] Snoop Dogg."
Formed in 1997 in South Bend, Ind., Umphrey's McGee includes original members Brendan Bayliss (guitar), Cummins (vocals/keyboards) and Stasik (bass), and Jake Cinninger (guitar/vocals), Andy Farag (percussion) and Kris Myers (drums/vocals). Umphrey's McGee have released five albums that peaked in the Top 40 on Billboard's Independent Albums chart, including Safety In Numbers (No. 16, 2006), The Bottom Half (No. 22, 2007), Live At Murat (No. 37, 2007), Mantis (No. 6, 2009), and Death By Stereo (No. 17, 2011). The band is currently on tour throughout the United States, with dates scheduled through January 2013.