The biggest knock we have on Whippoorwill is that we have trouble spelling the band’s name. It’s really not a biggie; and it’s not their fault. But that’s the top gripe we have with the band… which is, um, we can’t spell their name.
That aside, the Colorado-based alt-folk band is sensational, putting out pretty Americana-laced tunes that feel genuine and assured.
A Whippoorwill song is a driving song. A Whippoorwill song is a drinking song. A Whippoorwill song is a love song.
Get to know the band’s singer Alysia Kraft below, and then give the band’s new album, The Nature of Storms, a listen… while you’re sober in a car, tipsy at home, or giddy in bed with your sweetheart.
SIX CRUCIAL QUESTIONS FOR…
NAME: Alysia Kraft (above right)
AGE (if you want to give it up): 32
POSITION: Stage left generally… electric guitar…singing… high kicks.
HOMETOWN: Fort Collins, Colorado
1. What is your earliest musical memory?
Our trailer in Wyoming had an 8-track with surround sound and my mom was always blasting music. It wasn’t a subtle, music in the background scenario at any point of my childhood. I remember her cooking and dancing to the Pointer Sisters and thinking, “This feels great.”
2. What has been your most embarrassing musical moment?
At one point I was singing into a wireless mic and standing up on one of the ledges above the stage… I swung the mic up for a big vocal moment and knocked out half of my front tooth and then just sort of awkwardly negotiated how to finish the song semi-toothless and very concerned about that…
3. What do you like and dislike about touring?
I like always moving and writing in the backseat with the landscape swirling by outside the window. I like the job of walking into completely foreign situations every night and having to negotiate the best way to connect with people and connect with the songs and immerse fully in the music.
I dislike the tension that accumulates when personal needs are not met for too many days in a row. Not enough sleep, not enough space, not enough outdoors, not enough serenity… and then having that jammed tensely in a van together.
4. What is your favorite record store, anywhere in the world?
Bizarre Bazaar, Fort Collins, Colorado. Great record and used book store…a true gem where they also repair and sell the best vintage home audio equipment.
5. Other than your own music, what is your favorite song or album of all-time? Why?
One album that I’ve loved for years… will always love… and come back to again and again is “Hello Love,” by the Be Good Tanyas. Be Good Tanyas do darkness and pain and love with smoke and mystery that feels spiritual to me at this point. It’s field songs meeting church songs becoming porch songs that are intimate and groovy and organic and transcendent.
6. You wake up in a seedy Berlin hotel room with no recollection of the past 96 hours. Who is your first call?
Breakfast. 96 hours? I’d be starving.