Thursday, November 16, 2017

Needtobreath Interview with Seth Bolt: The Extras

Needtobreathe at the Mud Island Amphitheater in Memphis, TN

Back in August, I had a chance to interview Needtobreathe bassist and vocalist Seth Bolt about the band's history and current tour. You can read the official interview - "Needtobreathe finds success in the space between mainstream and gospel"
It's a tight piece and well-edited, but that editing for the magazine meant a lot of streamlining, and there's material from the interview I knew a lot of you would want. So here's a bit more. Call it the special features edition!

Seth Bolt
On Meeting Bruce Springsteen: We did meet Bruce Springsteen when we were touring with Taylor Swift, back in 2011, and he was…the coolest dude of all time. He’s just…down to earth. He kinda saw us, over near the side, backstage at a Taylor Swift concert, it can be chaotic, and have a lot of overzealous fans, super young fans – which is probably different from what it’s like at a Springsteen show – we were up, near the front, and he came over and started talking to us, asked what was going on, and we had a great conversation. He’s genuine and heartfelt, interested in what we were doing, signed a guitar for us, it was a really cool thing. 

On the Pressure to Be More or Less Christian: Luckily, we haven’t felt pressure to be more mainstream or more Christian, more spiritual. Everyone just lets us do what we want to do, and I think for that reason what we’ve done, because it’s genuine, hasn’t really fits in either box that well. And we get push-back from both sides. We’re told that our music, that it’s not Christian enough – which, that’s fine. But then, without a doubt there’s discrimination against our band from the mainstream, because of that label, and because some people see a label, and that’s it. They’re like, “not for me.” I think that’s the one reason why we’ve never categorized ourselves as a Christian band, it’s pushes people off and what we love about music is its power to bring people together. 

That’s the beauty of it. In any given night, you can have people from both sides of the political aisle, from every walk of life, rich, poor, different backgrounds, but music brings us all together. Even though we’ve tried to, sort of, shed the label, it has stuck around, so we’re fine with it but we’re here to make music for everybody. We kind of ask people to put aside anything they’ve heard about the band and make their own decision. 
On their Songwriting Process: Bear and Bo Rineheart are the principle songwriters and they are…prolific. I’m sort of the studio guy who tries to capture it, but they write, like, a million different songs every day, just take turns like that. And since Josh Lovett’s joined the band, too, about six years ago, we’ve had a good process. Bear and Bo are still writing the songs, but we’re speaking to them and it’s a really cool thing to be a part of. 

Needtobreathe, the band.

Our stories have been united for a long time, but now that we’re having all these unique experiences outside of music with starting families and everything, we’re able to bring all that back, and push all of it onto the table when it comes time to talk about what we want to say.

On Why Cages was Released Later: We recorded [Cages] shortly after we performed it for the first time – I don’t know, it’s kind of a wild thing. We recorded the song live, thinking it was gonna be on Hardlove, the proper album, and then as we wrote more and more songs, we got to a point where we were trying to figure out how to still put it on the album, but we also didn’t want to have an album that was 16 songs long, in an age where singles are kind of the thing and they have a song or two patience for an artist, people aren’t listening to albums front to back as much as they were. 

I feel like our fans still do that, but we didn’t want to release a marathon, so we did have to cut it from the record which is  why we’re releasing it now – we still love the song and want it to be out there. 

Advice to Younger Bands: Be yourself. There’s a lot of things you can look at to try to emulate or copy or whatever, people just want to hear you do you. 

Monday, November 13, 2017

Together at the Table Sale!

Laying in extra reading for the upcoming holiday weekend? You're in luck! Together at the Table is on sale for a limited time, for only $1.99! Pick up your copy at Amazon, Nook, or Kobo.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Southern Autumn Butternut Squash Soup

Funny thing - it only just began to feel at all like fall, here in northern Mississippi. Until a couple weeks ago, it was just Summer 2.0 - still some heat and humidity, but not as much heat. Springtime weather.

Two weeks ago, I was recovering from a long week and declared, on the way home from church, that I absolutely was not cooking for the rest of the day. But then...the rain and drizzle got to me, and all I could think about was butternut squash soup and chocolate chip cookies. So we stopped at the grocery store on the way home from church, and I zipped through the store for butter and brown sugar (for the cookies) and a squash and apples for the soup. In the end, I wound up spending the afternoon and early evening in the kitchen - but we had good food to enjoy because of it!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Great British Bake Off Series 8 Review

Welcome, Bakers! 

Or, at least baking watchers. If you're like me, you love the Great British Bake Off (or, in the US, the Great British Baking Show, a title so charmingly on-the-nose that it mainly works because it's said with a British accent). 

There was a massive shake-up since the filming of Series 7 (they're called "series" rather than "seasons" across the pond), in which the BBC lost the Bake Off to rival Channel 4 when Channel 4 threw down a giant pile of money. Presenters Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins opted to stay with the BBC and leave the show, and days later beloved octogenarian Mary Berry left the show as well.  Paul Hollywood (yes, that's his real name) stayed, and the internet deemed him a heartless money grabber because dude wanted to keep his job.