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10 Questions With Seth Martin

Seth Martin & the Dish Boys release their new album 'The Golden Book of Favorite Songs' on the 26th February 2021. Made up from their favourite tracks taken from across their six studio albums and a heck of a lot of touring, it's a great way to discovery their sound.

Kindly taking time out from their busy pre-release promotion, Seth Martin took on our Ten Questions With, here's what he had to say,

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What inspires you?

Being alive is the purest inspiration I can think of. Getting to experience. It’s a simple thing, but just being here and knowing you are can be enough. A friend of mine and I, refer to it as “the power of knowing”.

How do you go about writing?

It comes lots of different ways. Could be words getting stuck in my head and then finding the melody inside them or just gitar’n around with no real real ideas until something pops up. These days, I go on a lot of long snow walks and try to write a song before I get back.

Sometimes, I’ll play a little game of trying to remember the whole song in my head without writing it down until I’m at the cabin again. I’ve probably lost a lot of songs doing with that dumb game. But, it’s fun and I figure if they’re any good, they’ll come back.

Why did you take up music?

Music seemed like about the best adventure you could get into. I wrote my first song the same year we put out the first album. I’d been fooling around with poems for a couple years. Meeting Rob Hibbs, our gitar player, was the big catalyst to start playing music.

He taught me my first chord and turned me on to the concept of music as a craft that you can do the same as wood working or something. I like that you can tinker with music over time and see it grow and change with you. It’s like hearing a mirror of yourself and you get to look back in the past and through into the future.

What does the Folk genre mean to you?

I don’t think much about genre names. It’s seems when you dig into it they’re all the same. To me, folk, means people. Folk music, music of the people. Folk music makes me think of hardworking, hard living, earnest, honest, pure people from the working class. It could an acoustic gitar, a synthesizer, spoons, tack piano, hambone, whatever.

What can we expect release wise?

We’ve got another full album in the can and we think it’s our best yet. It was recorded in one day at, Gypsy Farm, outside of Athens. We dipped even farther into our bag of psychedelic tricks than ever and had Athens gitar hero, Gene Woolfolk III, come out to play organ and mellotron.

It’s called 'They Say Everything Is Connected', and will come out some time in late summer or fall. Also, we’ll be on a couple compilations, including a John Prine tribute album for a friend’s label from Nashville.

Can we catch you live via streaming or in person?

I’ll be doing a live-stream from Alaska.

Any funny/weird/surreal stories or experiences from your life in music?

One time, after a gig on tour, we couldn’t find a motel in Dallas, Texas. Everything was booked up for a hundred in every direction. Started driving West towards the next show and calling any place we could find.

After about thirty minutes no one having a vacancy, we decided to start pranking if they didn’t have a room. Within a few calls we somehow got ourselves a free room. Endless thanks to that graveyard shift hill country motel employee that shall forever live in our hearts and tour memories.

If the world was ending and you could only listen to one last song, what one would it be and why?

This type of thing changes for me about once a month or so. Right now the song I'm obsessing over, so likely the only one I’d be able to think of at the time of a world ending event, is “Square One” by Tom Petty (Ed: Is toil leam sin gu mòr!).

Turns out it’d be a pretty good tune for the occasion and perfect for the first song of the new world. “Square one my slate is clear, rest your head on me my dear, it took a world of trouble, it took a world of tears, it took a long time, to get back here”.

How do you want to go out, a Zombie Apocalypse or Alien Invasion?

I’ve had two UFO experiences. Both in Alaska. One was a very large ship flying over quietly at 3 AM and the other was a light being.

I was in a group of about 10 people as a party was winding down and folks were leaving. We sat in the driveway and watched the show for about half an hour. The light was moving in a huge circle and morphing and seemed to communicate with us. I’ve never seen anything like it before or since.

To answer the question, I’ll take the alien invasion.

Many thanks to Seth Martin, for taking the time out to answer our questions. 'The Golden Book of Favorite Songs' is out on the 26th February 2021 (this Friday), you can grab a copy from the link below, it's a cracker of an album.

Pre-Order the Album HERE

Check out their other works HERE

More info on Seth Martin & the Dish Boys Facebook page HERE

For the photo thingy (ed: Instagram) it's HERE

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