Tell us a little bit about yourselves.
We are a husband/wife musical duo hailing from Nashville, TN. We write and perform songs that draw from a wide palette of genres. We’ve been a band for almost a decade, and this year will see the release of our third full-length album “Shine”.
How much easier is it to create music with your husband/wife than someone who isn’t as close to you?
We both agree that it was much harder to write together in the beginning. When we started out, neither of us had released any original music. We both had strong convictions about what we wanted to say individually, and that actually made it harder to collaborate. After we got 20+ songs out into the world via our first few albums, our lives had converged a bit more & we had matured, personally and in our relationship, and we learned how to write as a team. We have now been married for over 13 years, so we’ve been through many things as a couple. Those experiences forced us to grow and to learn how to communicate effectively as partners – and that naturally spilled over into the business/creative aspects of our relationship. Now we prefer to write as a team.
How would you describe your musical style?
This is always a hard one for us as we truly draw upon many musical stylings. We both love so many different types of music, and our tastes are extremely broad. We even love to listen to choral music, classical Indian music, Hip Hop, you name it. However, our music mostly sounds like a stew of blues, funk, folk, country, rock, and soul. It’s true Americana music.
How have you evolved since your debut EP, “Company Store”?
Ben wrote all of the songs on our first EP, and he wrote it during a time when he was heavily influenced by the bluegrass jams that were happening in Nashville at the time. Since then, we’ve steadily moved away from the bluegrass/string-band sound into something that’s quite a bit more influenced by folk, rock, and soul.
What can audiences expect from your upcoming album, “Shine”?
While every record we have released has been a bit more progressive than the last, Shine is the farthest departure yet. It’s pretty much fully electric, and the bluegrass instrumentation is nonexistent. This new set of tunes focuses on the groove and Dorothy’s vocals, as well as some heavy guitar work.
You’re shifting away from your traditional acoustic sound with this album. Why the change?
We finally made the album that we’ve always envisioned making. We started as a progressive bluegrass/pop band, mostly based on the fact that we moved to Nashville at a time when that type of music was really blowing up on the local scene. Ben was meeting all of these stellar bluegrass musicians at the East Nashville 5 Spot jams, and we just started playing with our friends because it was fun. That community really started embracing us a band, so we started writing and performing songs in that genre. It wasn’t something we really planned out. Every year, every album, we’ve steadily been moving closer and closer to our musical roots. This new record really reveals who we are and want to be as artists and musicians.
What advice do you have for aspiring singers/songwriters?
Do your homework. Find out what you like, who wrote it, who recorded it, and how it all came to watch as much live music as you can, and always try to keep an open mind. Lastly, don’t try to do it all on your own. Find people who you respect, and listen to what they have to say.
What are your lives like outside of music?
We have an 8-month-old baby girl who has brought us joy like nothing we’ve ever known. We also have part-time non-musical jobs. Dorothy is a free-lance accountant, and Ben is an independent contractor in the IT realm.
Let the readers know where to find you online.
You can find almost everything you need to know on our website www.thedanberrys.com