ZoeDune: First thing I heard about you was how much of a road warrior you are. I could only imagine where you were at in mindset when you first decided to be one. What was the push? What was the dream?
Chris: You’ve only got one life that you’re certain of, so do what you want with it.
ZoeDune: I agree with that. What’s the background of the name Leonhardt and how does it represent your music?
Chris: Leonhardt is actually an old family name. It’s kind of an ode to my grandparents. I love them and figured I’d keep their name alive a little while longer.
ZoeDune: Is it safe to assume in that case that you’re conjuring up the early days of Americana? Perhaps a lost musical art form?
Chris: Honestly I’m not trying to recreate anything. I just write and play music about my life for the most part. Luckily doing what I do there’s always plenty to write about.
ZoeDune: What kind of progress do you feel you’ve achieved with your releases? I don’t like to call them albums, demos or EPs because of the bandcamp format, but they are records of perhaps phases you were going through since 2011?
Chris: I guess I’ve switched up my guitar playing quite a bit by switching over to open D tuning. I’m sure the stories have changed a bit also.
ZoeDune: Have you played in Dallas before?
Chris: I have but not as leonhardt. My band antique scream has played there a few times but not in a few years. We used to play a place called bar of soap before it shut down. Then a few years back we played Reno’s chop shop, the owner of that place actually pissed in our friends bands Merch box. So, we never bothered to come back to that bar.
ZoeDune: Yeah, Fuck Reno’s. We’ll talk more about that one for the podcast. It’s good to see you keep up with the goings on of the places you travel to! Bar of dopes. Our sound guy was a staple there. You’ll meet him when you get here. Can’t wait Chris! See you soon!
Look guys. Two dudes in one shot! Why not, right? So I followed up with Kiel Grove, who will also be at the show!
ZoeDune: First of all, I’ll fess up to my mistake on this soon but I did read you as veal and then veil grove, despite the fact that the name was right in front of me during my recent podcast. I’m fessing up to that right here so we won’t have any trouble.
KielGrove: It’s cool I’ve had my name spelled/ pronounced incorrectly a lot.
ZoeDune: How was your stint at Adairs? An appropriate setting for your show?
KielGrove: Adairs was fun. It got double booked which is always shitty but it was with a dude I played with in Chicago last year so it was cool to see him.
ZoeDune: So you and Chris of Leonhardt; been traveling together for a long time?
KielGrove: no this is mine and chris’ first tour together.
ZoeDune: So you’re kind of that road warrior mentality too or are you more grounded?
KielGrove: grounded? By that do I have another job back in Colorado No. I make my living by playing on the road. I don’t know if it’s a road warrior mentality as much as just having a good work ethic.
ZoeDune: How’s your liver these days?
KielGrove: My livers’ probably pissed, but I’m pretty sure it digs beer too so I don’t feel so bad.
ZoeDune: What get’s you excited right now? What are you stoked about?
KielGrove: I’m excited about seeing my dog soon and stoked on playing a bunch of new towns on this tour.
ZoeDune: What are you doing right now?
KielGrove: Riding in the back of the van heading to the gig in Denton
ZoeDune. Gimmie a Kiel Grove song I need to hear right now, one that you love to deth.
KielGrove: I think theres 4 songs available to hear on my website I love all 4 em. My favorite song I play isn’t recorded yet.
ZoeDune: Can’t wait to see you at the show!
KielGrove: thanks, see you
I know what you’re doing. You’re reading this in the car or while your crossing the street, on your way to the show. Stop it! You’re putting lives at risk!
Make sure you have the soundcloud app on your moe-bile so you can hear my favorite tracks from them on my podcast, and get bandcamp’s app too. It’ll make it easier to download/stream their songs. Also, so you know, The Infamists will be headlining… here’s a video of what you’ll be witnessing:
Oh yeah. Don’t forget to get them on Bandcamp too!
Corrections or whatever will be made after the gig so, don’t be picky!