We had the chance to interview the members of Sons of Sylvia recently. We talked with the guys about the their tour, their most memorable fan experience, and more. Check it out below!
How’s the tour been going so far?
Ashley: The tour has been like a dream. I’m gonna miss it when it’s over. It feels like it’s a part of our lives now because we’ve been playing for almost a year straight.
Ashley, you seem like a natural on stage. Have you always had that stage presence?
Ashley: I was raised in church and going to bluegrass festivals and always thought I was supposed to be a preacher growing up but I always was drawn to rock ‘n roll. I never really knew how to express what I was feeling all bottled up in me until I started playing live with my brothers.
So when I saw you guys in Atlanta, you actually joined Carrie Underwood on stage for a song. Can you tell us a little bit about your history with Carrie?
Ashley: I was Carrie’s fiddle player for two and a half years and got to experience her whole rise to fame, which was pretty amazing. She’s still the same person I met those years ago. She handles fame so well. After I played with Carrie, Adam, Austin, and I sent in a video to a show called the Next Great American Band, we were chosen to be on the show, and then won it. While we were making our record Carrie called us and asked us to do a duet on her new record. We were like, “Um, yea!” Then a few months later she asked if we’d open up for her on her Play On Tour. Of course we said yes! Every show we get to sing the duet, “What Can I Say,” together. It’s pretty awesome. We’re living our dreams out here. She’s been so amazing to us.
Over the years, how would you describe your musical evolution?
Austin: We started playing bluegrass when we were young and then got into country and blues, and then rock and pop. Now I think we just somehow try and mix all of those together to come up with out own sound.
What song on this upcoming album is the most personal to you, or you feel the most emotionally connected to?
Austin: I think “I’ll Know You” because it’s about something that everyone can relate to and it really was a lot of fun to write and record (and to play live now).
If you could describe your sound in just 3 words, what would they be?
Austin: New, Fresh, Real.
What has been your most memorable fan encounter?
Austin: Probably the one time a fan sang us one of our songs during a Meet & Greet. She didn’t care who was around and just went for it. I thought that took guts, and she was good!
What are your favorite television shows?
Austin: Rubicon, House, Sports Center, and anything with cars in it.
What’s next for the band?
Austin: Keep playing live, keep getting better, keep writing and making music until we die.
Interview By: Emma Loggins