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Herbal Tea & White Sofas: Watch Singer/Songwriter LP Reveal The "Emergency Food" That Gets Her Through Shows
In the latest episode of Herbal Tea & White Sofas, watch singer/songwriter LP encourage listeners to stay hydrated and reveal her "emergency food" on tour
Alt-rock singer/songwriter LP will be the first to admit that she forgets to eat enough before shows. But she’s found a brilliant go-to in good old peanut butter.
"If you take like two spoonfuls of peanut butter — you gotta follow it with a bunch of water — you’ll be good," the New York native says with a laugh. "Emergency food, you know?"
Peanut butter and water are two things LP always needs backstage, as she explains in the below video. While she stresses the importance of staying hydrated, she’ll make an exception for particular locations — vodka in Russia, wine in Italy.
In the latest episode of Herbal Tea & White Sofas, let LP take you on a tour of her backstage consumables and provide a bird's-eye view of what performers need while on the road.
Check out the quirky clip above and check below for more episodes of Herbal Tea & White Sofas.
Herbal Tea & White Sofas: Why Dead Poet Society's Jack Underkofler Has The "Least Picky" Backstage Rider
In the latest episode of Herbal Tea & White Sofas, learn why Dead Poet Society lead singer Jack Underkofler is committed to having the world's most reasonable backstage rider
For their part, Dead Poet Society have decided to take the opposite tack, as their lead singer, Jack Underkofler, attests in the below clip.
In the latest episode of Herbal Tea & White Sofas, learn why Dead Poet Society's Underkofler is committed to having the world's most reasonable backstage rider—including one ordinary pillow to nap on.
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Herbal Tea & White Sofas: Larkin Poe On Their Love For Local Snacks On Tour
Watch Rebecca and Megan Lovell, a.k.a. Larkin Poe, discuss their favorite parts of touring, which include trying local snacks and connecting with their fans
You know when you're at a party and the food is so delicious, you wish you had a little more room in your stomach? And if the host gives you a little to-go container when you leave, it's the perfect chef's kiss moment.
For GRAMMY-nominated roots rock 'n roll sister duo Larkin Poe, touring with legendary British artist Elvis Costello was a bit like this. As they explain in the latest episode of GRAMMY.com's Herbal Tea & White Sofas, they loved the gourmet cheese he had backstage so much, they'd wrap up leftovers in napkins to snack on later.
In the video above, watch Rebecca and Megan Lovell, a.k.a. Larkin Poe, discuss their favorite parts of touring, which include trying local snacks and connecting with their fans.
GRAMMYs On The Road At SXSW With The Temper Trap And LP
Backstage with the Temper Trap and LP at the conference's 26th annual installment
The Recording Academy Texas Chapter played host for GRAMMYs On The Road At South by Southwest during the conference's 26th annual installment from March 9–18 in Austin, Texas. The Chapter conducted exclusive backstage interviews with artists participating during the music portion of the conference, including indie rock group the Temper Trap and pop/rock singer/songwriter LP.
The Temper Trap's bassist Jonathon Aherne and vocalist Dougy Mandagi discussed their forthcoming self-titled release, music their currently listening to, the formation of the band, and social media, among other topics.
"We sold out our first U.S. tour by just announcing it on Facebook, which shows you the power that [social media] has," said Aherne. "It's connecting us with our fans [and] it's something we're running and something that we have power over. It's kind of amazing the contact you can have with people that actually do care about the band."
Formed in Melbourne, Australia, in 2005, the Temper Trap features Aherne, Toby Dundas (drums), Joseph Greer (keyboards), Mandagi, and Lorenzo Sillitto (guitar). The band built a local following after performing at the St. Jerome's Laneway Festival in 2006, and subsequently released their debut EP that same year. The EP caught the interest of producer Jim Abbiss (Arctic Monkeys), who later came onboard to produce the Temper Trap's debut album, 2009's Conditions. The album peaked at No. 28 on Billboard's Top Independent Albums chart and featured the Top 20 Rock Songs hit "Sweet Disposition," which was also featured in the film (500) Days Of Summer. The Temper Trap are currently on tour throughout Australia, Europe, the UK, and the United States, with select dates scheduled through July. Their self-titled album is set for release in the United States on June 5.
LP discussed her musical mentors, songwriting inspiration, vocal training, and advice for aspiring artists, among other topics.
"Really concentrate on your writing," LP advises aspiring artists. "If you want to do this, you have to have songs, at least even one song. You have to work on your craft and get better at your instrument and get better at writing songs and figure out how you can write songs that mean something to you and deliver what you are inside and what you feel inside. … It takes dedication."
New York-based singer/songwriter LP began her music career as the frontwoman for the New York band Lionfish during the late '90s. After garnering the interest of producer/songwriter David Lowery during a live performance, she appeared on alternative rock band Cracker's 1998 album Gentleman's Blues, with whom she subsequently toured. In 2001 LP released her debut solo album, Heart-Shaped Scar, drawing comparisons to artists such as Maggie Bell, Pat Benatar and Robert Plant. Her sophomore effort, Suburban Sprawl & Alcohol, followed in 2004 and featured "The Darkside," which was co-written by LP with Linda Perry. During GRAMMY Week in February, LP performed at the One Night Only: A Celebration Of The Live Music Experience — the GRAMMY Foundation's 14th Annual Music Preservation Project. On Feb. 24 she released "Into The Wild," the title track from her forthcoming EP/DVD set for release on April 24. LP is currently on tour throughout the United States, with select dates scheduled through June.
Come back to GRAMMY.com tomorrow for more exclusive backstage interviews from GRAMMYs On The Road At SXSW.
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Herbal Tea & White Sofas: Why Country Singer/Songwriter Kylie Morgan Isn't Opposed To A Hot Toddy Backstage
In the below episode of Herbal Tea & White Sofas, learn why Kylie Morgan always goes for Throat Coat backstage — oftentimes with a little whiskey
Herbal Tea & White Sofas' alternate name could be the Throat Coat Fanclub. The video series spotlights artists' backstage faves; unsurprisingly, vocalists shout out the branded tea quite often.
Joining the throng is Kylie Morgan, a country singer/songwriter who talks about the magic elixir with a giant grin. Given how delicate a singer's instrument can be, she explains that she's a proponent of the beverage.
"It's also really delicious," she clarifies, adding that she might add whiskey and honey to make a hot toddy. Her vocal cords thank her in advance.
In this edition of Herbal Tea & White Sofas, dive into the singer/songwriter's backstage ritual and learn who keeps her going on the road (hint: she has a passionate following). "I am so close to my fans — maybe a little too close," Morgan quips, as a clip rolls of her signing an attendee's arm.
Keep watching for a touching account of how she signed a young fan's guitar — and how it reminded her of three-time GRAMMY winner Miranda Lambert signing her instrument when she was small.
Check out the quirky, poignant clip above, and keep checking back for more episodes of Herbal Tea & White Sofas.