5 Questions with up-and-coming band The Broadcast
Special to the Daily
If you go …
What: The Broadcast perform at ShowDown Town concert series.
Where: Eagle Town Park, Eagle.
When: 6:30 p.m., July 27.
More information: Visit www.vvf.org.
Over the years, plenty of musicians have struck out from their Midwest homes seeking fame and fortune in the Big Apple, Bob Dylan among them.
For Caitlin Krisko and her band The Broadcast, it’s the reverse — the story began in the city that never sleeps and wound up in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Much like Dylan, lead singer Krisko grew restless and dropped everything to move to Asheville, North Carolina, in 2010. It was there she met guitarist Aaron Austin and the two have been making music since.
Over the years, they’ve shared stages with Mavis Staples, John Prine, Brandi Carlisle and more. And now the band seems poised on the edge of “making it,” having shot a big campaign with Pepsi last month that will be “all over social media” this fall, Krisko said.
“It was a big moment for us that we know is going to change a lot for us, so we’re just ‘bracing for impact’ right now,” Krisko said. “We’ve got a live record we’re recording this fall, a new studio album in the works for 2018 and will be returning to Europe on tour next fall as well.”
As part of a two-week Colorado tour, The Broadcast lands in Eagle today to perform at the ShowDown Town free concert series.
Krisco, the band’s lead singer, took the time to answer a few questions for the Vail Daily:
Vail Daily: How do you describe your sound to someone who’s never heard you?
Caitlin Krisco: The Broadcast is a blues-roots-rock band influenced by a wide range of soulful music from Motown to The Allman Brothers.
VD: What drew you from New York City to the Blue Ridge Mountains?
CK: It’s no new story that every kid wants to leave home when they grow up. For me, New York City was home, and I was ready to try something different. The Blue Ridge Mountains seemed like the perfect antithesis to life in the city, and I was craving something new.
VD: How did you come up with the name The Broadcast?
CK: As the lyricist for the band, I’ve always felt like our music was the opportunity to say something deeper. The Broadcast felt like an appropriate name for where the inspiration of our songs came from.
VD: You’ve shared the stage with some notable names. Who stands out and why?
CK: We have been lucky enough to open up for some incredible legends. Recently Aaron (our guitarist) recorded his album with drummer Jeff Sipe who’s worked with people such as Jimmy Herring, Susan Tedeschi and Col. Bruce Hampton. A personal moment for me was when Mavis Staples applauded our soulful sound in front of a sold-out audience of her closest family and friends in Washington D.C. To receive her seal of approval was something I never could have dreamed of.
VD: Do you and Aaron still share songwriting duties? Are you still a couple and if so, what does that chemistry add to the mix?
CK: Songwriting isn’t so much a duty as a constant opportunity to look at life through a creative lens. Aaron and I love having music as a chance to come together and express our perspective together. People often ask if Aaron and I are together because the chemistry onstage is admittedly palpable. Certainly having an intimate connection with someone allows for a deeper connection creatively so long as the respect is there. For us, we are very lucky to share a deep respect for one another’s work and passion.
VD: Have you performed much in Colorado? Have you performed in or near our area before?
CK: We’ve been dreaming of touring Colorado for a few years now. It’s crazy how many times people have approached us in other regions exclaiming how much Colorado will feel like coming home when we arrive for the first time.
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