The Vegabonds are led by vocalist and songwriter Danny Allen (pictured right) but are very much a band that also includes Richard Forehand (lead guitar/vocals), Paul Bruens (bass), Beau Cooper (keys/vocals), and Bryan Harris (drums). Lately, these Tennesseans by way of Alabama, have been steady on the road in North America and Europe supporting their fifth LP, 2019’s “V” on Blue Elan Records.
Ten years going strong and ripe and ready to break big, the V’s have s Southern sound with strong songwriting that tips to the Americana side of the spectrum, and also pays homage to the great country rock sound of the ‘70s. “V” starts off strong with the rocking riffs and high harmonies of “Partyin’ with Strangers.”
About his songs, Danny said, “I hope fans hear stories in the album. We are in a very unique time in history, and this album touches on the struggle of every day folks doing their best to navigate love, work, beliefs and the ever-changing politics that flood our lives daily.”
Thanks to Danny for spending some time with 11 Questions. You can see The Vegabonds at the OG Basement on Friday October 25 at 9pm. Our friends, Great Peacock, will be opening what we sure be a lively night of countryfied rock!
Where are you from originally, when did you move to Nashville and why?
I was born and raised in the southeastern corner of Alabama in a city called Dothan. I moved to Nashville in 2012 with my band, The Vegabonds.
What are the first and the last records you bought, and where did you buy them? Were they CD, vinyl or digital?
The first record I ever bought was Eternal by Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. I picked up the CD at Walmart back in ‘99. The last record I purchased was a digital copy of Tom Petty’s An American Treasure on Apple Music.
First and last live concerts that you’ve seen?
My first concert I remember seeing was a band called Adeleda at the Dothan Civic Center. I just saw The Wallflowers while we had a day off on tour in Norfolk, VA.
Whose star should be added to the Music City Walk of Fame?
I’ll give you my top three picks. Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell and Sturgill Simpson.
Where do you go in Nashville for coffee and pizza?
I go to the Frothy Monkey when I go out for coffee, and I love the pizza at Emmy Squared in the Gulch.
What’s your favorite record to ever come out of Nashville?
Southeastern by Jason Isbell.
Where’s the best place to eat late night after a show?
I don’t really eat late night after a show, so I’m no help on this one.
The Bluebird calls and asks you to host an “In the Round.” Pick three local songwriters to join you.
I’ve never played the Bluebird, so I’d want to do it with my buddies I’ve wrote a lot of songs with. I’d put in a call to Ross Beasley (Brother Beasley), Brett Smith, and Tom Galloway.
What are your favorite music venues to play in town?
I’ve played nearly all of the venues with The Vegabonds, and my favorites have been the Basement East, Exit/In, and the original Basement on 8th.
Name a musician who you’d like to see move here.
I like Lukas Nelson. We’ve done some shows with him before, and I think he’d be a great addition to the thriving Nashville scene.
Finally, what’s in your musical future?
The Vegabonds are in the process of recording our sixth album right now while still touring in support of our latest record V. We just played Americanafest in Nashville and have shows coming up with Drive-By Truckers, Blackberry Smoke, and Jimmy Herring.