“Big Love is really straightforward. It’s one of the ones I was trying not o be too clever. It was the only lyrics I have ever written while taking a nape just lying in bed.”
The Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra
Eclectic, it’s not something the average North American Music fan typically associates with Rock and Roll or even pop music in general.
In fact, in a world of algorithm’s, streaming music and ever decreasing appetites for record labels to do anything other than sure-fire hits, our musical tastes on this side of the pond have been rapidly shrinking. We do still love, however, just like all music fans the world over, the simple act of getting together with other people, making noise and moving our bodies.
The folk music genre, in general, was born out of exactly that sentiment. The ¾ and 6/8 time signatures themselves, also known as a waltz was made for bouncing about. Over the last 10 years the Tequila Mocking Bird Orchestra has brought together an eclectic group of talented musicians from various backgrounds over the common bond of playing music to dance to. Be it classically trained flamenco guitarists, accordions, punk come fiddle players laced with sweet 4 part harmonies, infused with a deep, grounded soul through clever poetic lyrics and you’ve got a ready-made party band as much loved by Western pop music as it is old school European folk fans.
I caught up with the mockingbirds in Kaslo, BC the day after they headlined the opening night of the Kaslo Blues Fest. With the working portion of their weekend over, they were shifted into party mode to enjoy the rest of the fest. Funny enough, however, 15 minutes before our scheduled interview time the band called to say their bassist Keith was suffering from intense abdominal pain and they were going to take him to the hospital. AS luck, and perhaps the musical gods would have it thought, Keith literally gutted it out and decided he could come and do the show, then head to the emergency room after. Hey, the show must go on, and there’s no other band quite like the Tequila Mockingbird to put on a hell of a show.
Join us as we talk weed, canoes, music, Eastern European all female parties and the deep profound moments behind their songs Big Love and Canoe song, and jam them out live and acoustic.
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