Do you remember your first record? Your first concert? Your favorite artist from when you were that pizza-face in sixth grade? Well this isn’t about that. This Long and Winding Road is about three artists/records that impacted/influenced you over the years — you as a musician, Aaron Keim, multi-instrumentalist and singer in Boulder Acoustic Society. So let’s talk about your road.
“Whenever I see people who play roots music and find their bit of mainstream success over a long term, that gets me excited. We’re not interested in the up and down of getting signed and dropped and signed and dropped and getting shelved. Recently we were at a festival in Virginia, and back-to-back I saw Old Crow Medicine Show and then Levon Helm. And Levon’s in his ’70s or ’80s, and people love him, and he sounds awesome. And Old Crow is four or five records into their career with a major label contract, and they’re doing great. That’s what we want to do.”
4 Years Old
“When I was really, really little, my parents had an 8 track in their van that we drove around everywhere, and apparently we’d listen to music wherever we went. Later on in my childhood I realized that Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Rumours’ was my favorite record that they’d play when I was a 4-year-old, because when I was in eighth grade, my sister bought ‘Rumours’ and I realized that I knew every word and every song by heart. I could probably still sing along with the record if it were playing.”
19 Years Old
“The record in college that was really important to me was ‘Will the Circle Be Unbroken’ by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. It’s like ‘Roots Music for Dummies, Volume 1’ – not to be rude, but it’s what it is. It helped develop me and (bandmate) Scott (McCormick’s) tastes as far as what we like and don’t like in this music.”
31 Years Old
“Right now we love Mumford & Sons. And it’s not just their music, but it’s also their huge and immediate success, which has been inspiring. It helps, too, that their record is so dramatic. It could be Broadway show about being a touring folk musician – it’s that dramatic. I think that’s what some people don’t like about them, but I love them for being that way.”
Boulder Acoustic Society release their new EP “Champion of Disaster” at the Walnut Room on Friday night. Radical Knitting Circle and the Hollyfelds open. Tickets, $10-$13, are available at thewalnutroom.com.