Exclusive Interview with The LYNNeS
Why country music ?
Lynne Hanson: I'm a huge fan of telling real stories in songs, and to me country music hits on all the right chords for me.
Lynn Miles: Because its real music.
If everything would be possible (waking the dead included) , which two people should sing the ultimate country duet?
Lynn Miles: It's already happened ...The Louvin Brothers.
What song you ever recorded means the most to you and why?
Lynne Hanson: Gotta Have Rain off my album Uneven Ground. t's a co-write with Lynn Miles and pretty much planted the idea of us forming The LYNNeS. I love the sentiment, which is that by going through the rough patches in life, you get to really appreciate what's beautiful about being alive. It was originally more of a bluegrass type song when Lynn Miles started it, so it was a lot of fun for me to take it and really change directions and end up with a result we both really liked.
Who would you like to write a song for you?
Lynn Miles: Bob Dylan
Lynne Hanson: Patty Griffin. Although I'd actually love to do a co-write with her as I'm a huge fan of her work.
What is the one thing that readers/fans would be surprised to know about you?
Lynn Miles: I make a great guacamole.
Lynne Hanson: I love giant pandas. Whenever I'm having a rough day I love to watch videos of them falling over, doing somersaults and just generally being adorably uncoordinated. It always makes me smile.
Give us one country song you never want to hear on radio anymore and tell us why.
Lynn Miles: Having My Baby, for obvious reasons.
Lynne Hanson: She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy. I am still shaking my head at that one.
What is the question interviewers never seem to ask you and...you wish they would? (Please provide your answer as well.)
Lynne Hanson: I sort of feel like I've been asked every question imaginable over the years so it's hard to think of something I haven't been asked. I certainly have dodged a few questions in my day that I didn't want to answer though :-)
Describe the ultimate recording studio (not the technique but the facilities)
Lynn Miles: Little Bull Horn where the LYNNeS recorded live to tape.
Lynne Hanson: For me recording is less about the gear than being comfortable and capturing the best possible performance. A modest facility with a brilliant engineer with talented musicians who believe in the songs are what makes me happy in the studio.
Johnny or June ?
Lynn Miles: Johnny he was a stronger songwriter
Are you still nervous before going on stage and if so, do you use any "rituals" to calm you nerves.
Lynn Miles: No, I love going on stage, no rituals.
Lynne Hanson: I don't get nervous, but I do tend to "pace" in the green room before a show and visualize performing the first song. I think it's carry over from having played a lot of competitive sports.
What was the most memorable day in your musical career and tell us why.
Lynn Miles: Too many to pick one. Singing harmony with Emmylou Harris or singing harmony with Warren Zevon would be two.
Lynne Hanson: I think the most memorable day would be the day I picked up the master for my first album. I'm like any artist probably highly critical of that first recording, but it was the start of what's been a hell of journey to this point, so definitely the moment I remember the most.
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Answers given on February 16, 2018
Photos by Brittany Gawley (collor photo) and Jason Vaughan