e spoke with My Morning Jacket earlier this week about their show at the Uptown tonight. Opening is Delta Spirit, a Long Beach, CA act that plays rich, ramshackle, roots rock. We checked in with the band to talk about what tunes inspire their songwriting and how the new record is coming along.
The Pitch: Are you guys more about the message of a song than the groove?
Delta Spirit: Both. If you don't do both you don't have anything.
A Facebook stalking question: Y'all had a quote on your Facebook about the 60s. Do you guys relate to music groups from the 60s more than contemporary bands?
We all relate to good song writing but that didn't start or stop in the 60s. If it was between listening to Dylan or Gaga I'd pick Dylan, but if The Walkmen or Beach House are on an iPod, I usually let Dylan have a rest.
Where do you get inspiration to write new material?
Meeting new people is always inspiring. The more we tour the more I get inspired.
What are you doing on the tour bus to pass the time. Reading?
I'm back on newspapers. Its good to keep up on things other than just CNN or FOX News. I love the AP and New York Times.
You guys are playing a few gigs with My Morning Jacket (Kansas City is one of those dates. Huzzah!). Excited?
We're all big fans of MMJ! We love KC and we're happy to come back and eat the best BBQ on earth.
How's the new record that's being made in the church surrounded by woods?
We're making the record a song a time and we're almost done. After Lollapalooza we're trading the woods for the city.
Do you have all the music for the record completed?
So very close!
You guys covered Tom Waits on your fourth Daytrotter session. Any other covers you've been working on?
Sure! You should check out our Daytrotter session 3. We cover a song that our friends wrote.
Anything new coming up? Music? Fall/winter tours?
Taking it a day at a time.
Delta Spirit will open for My Morning Jacket at the Uptown Theater tonight. Doors 6:30 p.m. All-ages. Tickets $33.