JD Edwards, Leonard Podolak and Nathan Rogers hit the stage. (Facebook)
Dry Bones has an energy that I find infectious and that makes me really happy and excited.
—Nathan Rogers, musician
There's safety in numbers, and the opportunity to push outside of your comfort zone. At least that's what the members of Dry Bones have discovered.
Though Nathan Rogers, JD Edwards (JD Edwards Band) and Leonard Podolak (The Duhks) all have thriving solo careers, they also have a lot of fun when they get together and make music.
The group is hosting an old fashioned folk music party at the West End Cultural Centre on August 7.
SCENE cornered Nathan Rogers to find out a little bit more about Winnipeg's newest supergroup:
How did you three come together and what made you decide to form the trio?
The whole thing was very organic. Len and I had been doing the odd gig just for fun and we wanted to bring JD in to see what good or bad could come of it. By the end of six jam sessions we had an album worth of songs and three festivals lined up.
What do you get creatively from working together that you don't experience in your other acts?
For me personally it's a great deal more fun than my solo shows. Not to say that I don't have fun doing those too, but Dry Bones has an energy that I find infectious and that makes me really happy and excited. It inspires me to write stuff that is more conducive to a band than to a solo show.
Can you tell me about this Dry Bones video on Youtube?
That was put together by our friend Piet Visser while we stayed at his place in Medicine Hat on our first tour as a band. I still love it because it shows us right at the beginning of our existence and I'm always reminded of where we came from.
What is it about old fashioned folk music that fires you (and audiences) up so much?
It's real and it's honest. We treat it honestly and were excited about it. I feel that the honesty and enthusiasm transmits itself naturally to our audience.
How did you end up playing in Australia and what was that experience like?
I had the offer of doing a tour there and immediately jumped on the idea of making it a Dry Bones tour. It was a great experience for us as a new band. We had a lot of fun and came home a tighter, stronger band. I think we proved a lot to ourselves during those weeks and we made an impression on folks down there that will serve as a foundation for future work in Oz.
What's on the horizon closer to home for Dry Bones?
Nothing less than total world domination. Some time before that, a festival in Cape Breton in October and another tour of Oz in December and January.
Hear Dry Bones at their August Hootenanny with Miss Rae and the Midnight Ramblers on Wednesday August 7 at the West End Cultural Centre.