Ben: Life was bad. I was in an awful marriage and my kids were looking at me like I was a zombie. Music starts as an escape. We’re lovers of music, like most people, but we’re addicted to the creation process and the emotional and physical experience of live performance. It’s our Zoloft.
How would you describe Barry’s sound?
Ben: Stripped down and raw Americana
What inspired the music in Yawnin’ in the Dawnin’?
Ben: The way we live, it’s an honest output of what we believe in and care about, and our interaction with the world. It’s been good to us and it’s been hard on us. We’re regular ol’ hard working Americans, and these are our experiences; these are our songs.
What artists inspire you?
Ben: Anybody who is able to work simply and produce huge works, whether they’re emotional or celebratory—if they have something to say, as long as it’s not full of pretense, we gladly listen.
What is your favorite song of the moment?
Ben: Love Something Too Much is my fav by Barry and Tumbleweed Stew by Slaid Cleeves
When did you start playing music?
Ben: MS and HS band, guitar in college
What's the best live show you've ever seen?
Ben: Arcade Fire @ Bonnaroo, Rolling Stones @ Rich Stadium in Buffalo, Public Enemy, Blood Brothers
Brad: It was a combo - My Morning Jacket who I had just started listening to, and Arcade Fire @ Bonnaroo. They absolutely killed it!
Pat: Rolling Stones @ Rich Stadium. 60k people for one band. My older brother took me and bought me a beer. I was forever changed.
Which musicians do you identify with the most?
Ben: Tom Petty, Jack White, The Avett Brothers, Tom Waits
What artist do you think you'd like to hang with?
Ben: Jack White, Eddie Vedder, Michael Stipe, Levon Helms, Rivers Cuomo
How does music affect your daily life?
Ben: It’s a nagging bitch wife who gives me great sex after I dig a hole in the yard for the new septic.