Brite Winter Festival: Blog + Interview Excerpts

Written by Nicole Delamotte.

I was so honored and thrilled to be asked to contribute a series of artist and musician interviews for this year's Brite Winter Festival, an outdoor festival hosted throughout Ohio City every February. You can keep up with the entire series {HERE}.

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Music Spotlight: Matt Hectorne & the Family Tree // Read the entire interview {HERE}.

Hanging around the green room below the Beachland Ballroom, Matt Hectorne seems at his most content talking church music and his Mississippi upbringings when the conversation comes to a halt and a smile breaks behind a grizzly beard. “‘I’ll Fly Away,’” he points upstairs in approval to the Womack Family Band’s psychedelic rendition of the spiritual standard taking place on stage that’s echoing through the floor. In 20 minutes he’ll take the stage himself for the last time with Humble Home. In five months he’ll move to Nashville.

 

Music Spotlight: Thaddeus Anna Greene // Read the entire interview {HERE}.

On the night Thaddeus Anna Greene released Directory of Thieves, he stood in front of the American flag backdrop of Bad Racket Recording Studios and, with a brash grin and gleam in his eyes, chanted the modernized Gary Clark Jr. line in Jimmy Reed’s classic, “You gonna know my name by the end of the night”. Today, the 22-year-old gives a likely response when asked if he’s worn thin on Hendrix comparisons over the past year but, between all the steamy, mid-summer swagger, in that moment I couldn’t have helped but to expect Greene to light his Fender on fire with the velocity of infamous Monterey Pop Festival “Wild Thing” grandeur.

 

Music + Art Spotlight: Melissa Olson (icatchfoxes) // Read the entire interview {HERE}.

Sitting in a busy coffee shop nestled below Coventry Village in Cleveland Heights, Melissa Olson is tall and bright-eyed with blonde hair that falls past her shoulders. Even three months after returning to Ohio, she is in essence everything the Beach Boys meant when they said they wish they all could be California girls. Because that’s how we perceive the sun-streaked coastlines personified. And we’ve become so accustomed to the American tales of our own coordinates on the map that sometimes we have to leave first to learn how to truly tell them.

Music Spotlight: Meridian // Read the entire interview {HERE}.

Max Stern is sitting in a buddy’s apartment somewhere around Brooklyn, New York and in less than 24 hours he’ll board a plane to Israel. It only seems appropriate for someone who penned an entire album themed around deconstructing the trials and constraints of distance that before he returns to Cleveland to record the follow-up to Signals Midwest’s acclaimed 2011 album, Latitudes and Longitudes, he’ll spend the next three weeks wandering around territory transatlantic.