The Magnolia Collective joins Calvin at the WCOM studio for live acoustic performances of songs from their Ghost Stories EP. They tell the story about how they came together to lead anAmericananight at The Station at Southern Rail and their experiences writing songs and playing music as a group. They also talk about their contribution to the “Couch by Couchwest” music festival.
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Music Set 1:
- Gulf Of Mexico/ Leftover Salmon / Aquatic Hitchhiker / 3:16
- Jesus Was A Bootlegger / Kenny Blackmon String Band / The Singing Tree / 2:59
- What Now / Seth Walker / Time Can Change / 3:45
Music Set 2:
- I'll Show You Mine / Rachel Harrington & The Knock Outs / Makin' Our House a Honkytonk / 4:06
- Willin' / The Band Of Heathens / Even More Songs of Route 66 / 4:01
- Who R U Texting 2 Nite? / The Carper Family / Back When / 2:22
- High in the Low Country / Tony Denikos / Under the Church / 4:50
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Several members of Magnolia Collective joins Calvin in the studio.
- Daniel Snyder lead singer
- Mimi McLaughlin vocals , accordion
- Andrew Mayo acoustic guitar, mandolin
- Rich MacLaughlin guitar.
Daniel Snyder tells the story of how the Magnolia Collective came together as a band. Some of the members were approached by the The Station at Southern Rail in Carrboro. They were looking to put together a regular monthly night ofamericanamusic. All the members had different bands at the time, but they came together and started putting together some covers and originals. They put their first EP out under the name Magnolia Collective in December 2011.
[Magnolia Collective performs “California” ]
Daniel Snyder talks about how “California” was a collaborative effort. Daniel says that often Magnolia Collective songs start off with a riff or melody from Rich MacLaughlin who then brings it to the group to flesh out as a song.
Daniel Snyder sets up a song written by Rich MacLaughlin called “Mizzou.” Andrew switches to mandolin for this one.
[Magnolia Collective performs “Mizzou.”]
Rich says even though he wrote the song he likes to hear what Daniel and Mimi add to the song and he likes to sit back and hear them sing it.
Calvin says that “Mizzou” has a Celtic feel to it and Mimi says what do you expect from a song written by a MacLaughlin?
Calvin asks Andrew Mayo how he got interested in playing the mandolin. Andrew says he came to the mandolin via Greek music. Andrew fell in love with a Greek style of music called “rembetiko,” a style of Greek music from the 30’s which was popular in opium dens. Sometimes it’s called the Greek blues.
[Magnolia Collective performs a song written by Daniel Snyder called “Doldrums”]
Calvin asks if that song is autobiographical. Daniel says he thinks all songs are a little bit autobiographical. He says they are kind of like dreams. They have a lot of truth in them and a lot of imagination.
Calvin asks Mimi MacLaughlin about “Couch by Couch West”. She says it was an online festival that’s a spoof of the South By Southwest festival. They are a series of music videos submitted by bands from all over the world including Shauna Tucker from Drive-by Truckers. The videos are mostly shot on couches. Their video was shot on the couch at the Station at Southern Rail. Daniel says it takes a lot of time and effort to get a video set up correctly, especially the sound.
Daniel sets up a song called Gran Torino. This is one of their newer songs.
[Magnolia Collective performs “Gran Tornino”]
Daniel says their live performances start with a set list and they do review what they’re gonna do live. He says before you can improvise you have to know what everyone expects. Especially when you are playing with a drummer and when you are playing electric.
[Magnolia collective performs “HeartbreakTexas”]