Interview - LUDLOW CREEK

Ludlow Creek is a group of 5 close friends and accomplished singer-instrumentalists who love to create and perform music. Let's have a chat with them about their new music.

Welcome to this interview. Tell us about your latest release What About Love:
I wrote "What About Love" as our country was in the midst of the 2020 election. Every day the country was being bombarded with politics. Much of it was negative attack ads. Social media, radio, TV, newsfeeds - everywhere you looked was negativity and rage. One afternoon after a particularly jarring incident, I had to block an old bandmate from filling my social feed with divisive political garbage, I decided to take the dog on a walk and get some air. I was upset, angry, and I needed a change of attitude.

That's when the chorus just started rattling around in my head. I grabbed my acoustic guitar, recorded the chorus, and wrote the 2nd verse. The song just poured out, and Ludlow Creek really brought it to life.

- How would you describe your sound?
I like to think of us as Modern Classic Rock, although we have a strong thread of Americana that runs through much of what we write.

- What do you write about?
I personally like to write little musical stories, songs where the listener can connect and say "yeah, you know, that's happened to me before. I can relate!"

- What do you listen to when you are home?
This might sound crazy, but I mostly listen to fusion jazz and classic rock from the 70s. I grew up listening to jazz fusion, classic rock, and country, along with everything else under the sun.

- Your favourite live performance so far?
Every gig that we do is memorable in some way or another, but my favorite performance was playing at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati. There's just something about seeing the band up on the Jumbotron that made that gig extra special. We also had a really great band meal after the show!

- Tell us a funny story that happened in studio or on stage.
It happened at one of our last gigs before the name change. We had gigs booked in two different towns, and after finishing the first gig, we got loaded up and headed to our second gig. Upon arrival, I stepped up on the stage under a really large tent and asked the sound guys "Which way is forward?." They both looked at me like I was crazy and said "towards the audience!" DUH! The guys in the band have never let me live that down. ;-)

- Your favourite albums?
That's easy:

Led Zeppelin: Led Zeppelin
Chicago: Chicago Transit Authority
Humble Pie: Smokin'
Joe Walsh: The Smoker You Drink, The Player You Get
Journey: Journey
Stevie Wonder: Innervisions
The Crusaders: Chain Reaction
Billy Cobham: Spectrum
Steely Dan: Aja
Phil Keaggy: The Master and Musician
Dave Brubeck Quartet: Take Five
Peter Gabriel: Security

- A musician you would like to meet for a beer?
I think I would love to sit down with Bill Bruford of Yes, King Crimson, and Earthworks. He's been there, done it all, and still has a great sense of humor. I'd love to pick his brain!

- What would you ask for backstage, if you were the most important band on earth?
A practice pad and a quiet room. If I'm in a band that important, I better keep my chops up!

- What are your plans for the near future?
We have our second release coming out this summer, and we're looking forward to getting back on stage in support of that. In addition, we have been doing pre-production on our third release, and we're currently looking into creating some performance videos.

Giovanni Gagliano

Passionate about music I wrote my first article for "Given To Rock" in 2012, reaching now 30K global followers. I am also a musician, gigging around London.

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