This is your first time playing the Tweed River Music Festival. What, if any, expectations do you have for the experience?
I’m looking forward to being part of the festival I’ve heard so much about, and playing with my band in my home state.
Are there any particular artists that you are particularly excited to see perform at Tweed this year?
The Suitcase Junket always puts on a jaw dropping show. I’ve been wanting to see The Curtis Mayflower for a while. And I shared a stage with Lydia Loveless a while back and will catch her set for sure. and Jesse Dee, haven’t seen his show yet and hear good things.
Vermont is a haven for outdoor sports and activities year-round. Are there any outdoor sports/activities that you especially enjoy when you’re not working?
Running and hiking.
What is your favorite Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavor?
Coffee coffee buzz buzz buzz
Do you think differently about festival shows than you do about regular shows?
Wish I could say what a regular show was. Every tour has big rooms, small rooms, theaters, backyards, solo gigs, full band gigs and duo gigs. I’m looking forward to playing my set and will spend most of my time listening to these great bands.
Tweed has always been a festival that is built around community. How would you describe the music community in your home town/town where you live? How has it, if at all, influenced your music?
My community and family has been incredibly supportive of my music, and me. Since I was a kid and even now as an independent musician. I released my record in my hometown this year with the full record band. We had a ton of volunteers helping with the show, and so many people came out and bought tickets, in January! I feel incredibly lucky to feel that same strong cheering support as when we were kids playing soccer and basketball games. I’m so grateful for that support and it props me up and keeps my music moving forward.
Here is Caitlin Canty performing “My Love For You Will Not Fade.”
Tweed River Music Festival is less a showcase for bands and more a celebration of everything that great music embodies: the deeply personal link between artist and fan, the spirit of community and cooperation and, yes, the magical atmosphere of a great show in a stunning setting.
Set on a bucolic swath of land nestled between the Green and Northfield Mountains in the Mad River Valley in Waitsfield, VT, the 2015 Tweed River Music Festival will host more than 30 acts, including staples such as Bow Thayer, Tim Gearan, Andrea Gillis, White Dynomite and The Curtis Mayflower, while also welcoming Bloodshot Records recording artist Lydia Loveless, Vermont natives Waylon Speed and Alligator Records recording artist (and Boston native) Jesse Dee.Other great musical acts include Joe Fletcher, JP Harris and The Tough Choices, Caitlin Canty and ANTI Recordsrecording artist Christopher Paul Stelling.
About the author: Mild-mannered corporate executive by day, excitable Twangville denizen by night.