11 Questions to a Nashville Musician: Angela Autumn

Angela Autumn (Photo by Dana Kalachnik)Photo by Dana Kalachnik

Love that old-timey traditional sound? If so, then ready for your listening pleasure is Angela Autumn’s new album, “Frontiers Woman.” After releasing two EPs and a live recording in “The Magnolia Sessions” series, this marks Angela’s first full-length record. Self-produced and self-released, she recorded it right here in Nashville.

Listen to the tasty sound of “Texas Blue Jeans.”

The Music City singer-songwriter, who is a master on both the guitar and clawhammer banjo, has crafted a classy collection of songs that cover all the traditional genres: Appalachian, Folk and Americana-tinged Country. Says Angela: “I was 20 when I found bluegrass. Traditional music ended up being the thing that means the most to me. I think it has the best community.” 

My thanks to Angela for visiting 11 Questions. Although her touring calendar is currently empty, here’s hoping that will change soon. In the meantime, give a listen to her fine new record.

 

Where are you from originally, when did you move to Nashville and why?

I am originally from Zelienople, PA not far from Pittsburgh. People love to say, “You are from the Midwest,’’ but Pittsburgh is unlike other cities in Ohio or Indiana. My birthplace is called “The Paris of Appalachia” and is laden with rivers and mountains. I moved to Music City in Fall of 2019. My goal was to jam with awesome musicians and to make killer records. Both of those goals have been hit on!

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 bought (myself) was probably Highway 61 Revisited by Bob Dylan. I bought it at Jerry’s, which is a huge, insane record warehouse. I went to Jerry’s on my own nearly every weekend. The last record I bought was The Milk-Eyed Mender by Joanna Newsom as a Valentine’s Day gift for someone else.

First and last live concerts that you’ve seen?

The last live concert I saw was very recent, Lilly Hiatt at the Basement East. The first one was Warped Tour, when I was like 13 or something. A not-so-fond memory was seeing Sum 41 and being dropped while crowd surfing.

Whose star should be added to the Music City Walk of Fame?

Just one? Gillian Welch!

Where do you go in Nashville for coffee and pizza?

I go to Five Points Pizza. Veggie slices all the way, forever. I go to Portland Brew on Eastland Ave for my coffee. It’s a great place to meet people.

Where’s the best place to eat late night after a show?

That would be Dino’s! An easy stop on Gallatin Avenue that’s central to East Nashville

What’s your favorite record to ever come out of Nashville?

The Harrow & the Harvest by Gillian Welch (and Dave Rawlings). It definitely was a foundational record for me, and one that got me interested in moving to Nashville! The best song is “Down Along the Dixie Line.”

The Bluebird calls and asks you to host an “In the Round.” Pick three local songwriters to join you.

I would choose Ziona Riley, Austin Stambaugh, and Sierra Ferrell to join me.

What are your favorite music venues to play in town?

The 5 Spot, Springwater Supper Club, and Phat Bites.

Name a musician who you’d like to see move here?

Daniel Romano (Canadian folk-rock musician). I have been digging his progressive take on retro music, and his fresh songwriting. I think that he’s pioneering the way into the future.

Finally, what’s in your musical future?

I have a dark country record on the horizon. My plan is to put all my sadness into one record.

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