Jim Davies of The Goat Roper Rodeo Band expresses his love for The Young’uns and Gram Parsons. They are scheduled to play Beverley Folk Festival (17-19 June) where we’re sure they’ll be loved too.
How would you describe your sound?
We describe our sound as cosmic country blues, a dash of Waylon, a hint of Gram and just a pinch of Dylan and Willie.
What have you been up to since last summer?
After a great 2015 summer touring the UK with some great bands like The Magic Numbers and Danny & The Champs, we have been recording/preparing our next album entitled Cosmic Country Blues for release, mastered at Abbey Road and produced by Romeo Stodart. We can’t wait to get it out and hit the road with new music.
What festivals are you playing this year?
This year, including Beverley, we are playing some really great festivals such as Lakefest, Purbeck Valley Folk Festival, Big Green Cardigan and Middle of Nowhere, to name just few.
Who else are you excited to see at the festival?
So for us it’s gotta be the lads from the Young’Uns. We’ve met them a few times playing the folk circuit over the years and they are a really nice bunch of guys. Great harmonies and musicianship – always worth a watch.
If you could curate your own festival what would the line-up look like with artists dead or alive?
The Grateful Dead would close the Friday night, followed the next day by a cracking headline slot from none other than Waylon Jennings. Then, we’d go out with a bang on the Sunday with Gram Parsons bringing a tear to everybody’s eyes.
What’s your best festival memory?
Our best festival memory has to be Van Morrison at Cambridge Folk Festival taking the mick out of our Dad for looking like a hippie.
What’s in your festival survival kit?
Simple – good music, guitars handy and plenty of beer.
Apart from music, what should the ideal festival have?
It’s all about good vibes at the end of the day!