Ten questions with singer-songwriter Jill Cohn
CARBONDALE — The season for live music on the outdoor stage at White House Pizza, 801 Main Court, begins at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 31, with an all-ages evening of folk-Americana music with Seattle indie singer-songwriter Jill Cohn. Arts and entertainment contributor April Clark caught up with Cohn as she headed to Colorado, playing shows in Paonia, Denver and Aspen before Saturday’s Carbondale show in support of her most recent CD release, “Yellow Rose.” Preview her music online at http://www.jillcohn.com.
1How would you describe your music to those who have never heard it?
Foot-tapping road stories about life and love.
2What can Carbondale expect from your weekend show?
I’ll be playing solo and a lot of songs from my newest releases. New material and of course some fan favorites, too. The lawn at White House is family-friendly and a great place to relax and listen to music.
3How has your music developed in the last year?
I’m playing a lot more guitar these days, and I think that has influenced my songs a lot. I think I’m also writing a bit more about social issues.
4What do you enjoy most about playing in Colorado?
The people here are so friendly, and the drives are always beautiful.
5What is it about the mountains and music that always draws you back?
Because there’s no place I’ve been in the U.S. that’s more beautiful, and it seems that folks here connect with my songs.
6What do you enjoy most about touring the U.S.?
That I can drive everywhere. I really am not a fan of flying.
7Who are some of your inspirations in music today?
I really like Lordes and also Of Monsters and Men.
8How do you travel the country when you’re on the road?
I’m in a mini-van.
9 What are some of your favorite places to see in the summer?
I’m excited to be in Colorado in the beginning of summer. I usually come earlier in the spring. Other than that I’ll be home for most of the summer, as you can’t beat Seattle during July and August.
10What is your favorite summertime memory as a child?
We took a road trip to the coast and my mom read to us in the car, “Old Yeller.”
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