INTERVIEW: Carl Broemel
  • TUESDAY, JUNE 28, 2016

  • Posted by: Allison Baritz

Carl Broemel is one busy guy. In addition to being a member of the rock band My Morning Jacket, the singer, songwriter, and guitarist is about to release a solo album, 4th of July on August 19th, and will be spending the summer on tour in support of Ray LaMontagne. Broemel just released a single off of the new album, entitled "Sleepy Lagoon," a mellow and laid back track that stays true to his signature sound. The forthcoming album will be a follow-up to his 2010 solo effort, All Birds Say. Although it's been six years between projects, most artists don't spread themselves quite as thin as Broemel does. Despite all of his creative commitments, Broemel stopped by Baeble's annual, summer music series, Bands and Brews, to give us a taste of his sound and what we can expect from 4th of July.
AB: Great set! I was super impressed! CB: I'm a jack of all trades, master of none. AB: From your performance, it's obvious you can play more than one instrument, so what instruments do you play? CB: Mainly, I play guitar, but I also have been playing pedal steel for about eight years, and then I played saxophone when I was in middle school and high school and then I didn't play for a really long time and my dad had a baritone sax. My dad was a musician as well and he had a bunch of instruments and he was like, 'I'm going to take this to the pawn shop!' And I was like, 'No, no! I want it!' So I got a sax again and I relearned it, so I've been using that lately. AB: What's your favorite one to play? CB:I like playing pedal steel. It's my favorite. It's kind of like the retirement plan. You can just sit, and play, and focus on it. AB: You're a member of the band My Morning Jacket, but when did you decide to go off on your own and pursue a solo career? CB: Before I joined the band, I had been writing some music and kind of just giving it to friends and then I ended up joining the band and doing a ton of work. Then on the breaks I started recording and continuing what I was already doing and did a record called All Birds Say. When we would take breaks, I would go write or record with some other friends. Some of the band guys are on the record but not all of it, so its sort of just what I do on the down time. It's fun. It's really challenging to go in and be like, 'Now it's my song, what are we going to do?' AB: Is that why there is such a big time gap between your last solo album and 4th of July? CB: I could blame it on the fact that the band is busy but it's also my work ethic. I'm pretty relaxed about it. I might write a few songs and then record them and then work on it six months later and be like, 'Oh, we should add some whatever to this.' It's relaxed. AB: There is a bird chirping throughout the song 'Sleepy Lagoon,' is that meant to be some sort of bridge between your last album and this one or am I reading too far into it? CB: It's all connected to Portlandia! [LAUGHS] IIts pretty funny, a friend of mine sent me this like, crazy field recording album of these guys that recorded birds and it's called like, 'The Swamp in June' or something like that. It's these old guys that recorded the swamp and he sent it to me because I told him I had a song called 'Sleepy Lagoon', so my friend Daniel sent me the LP and he was like, 'You gotta use this' and I listened and I was like, 'This is perfect so we just recorded it. AB: Well it fits in pretty well! CB: Yeah, It kind of mellows out and you hear the swamp. AB: Will the rest of the songs on the album be similar to 'Sleepy Lagoon' in terms of its mellow sound and tone? CB: They're pretty chilled out. I would say the song '4th of July' is kind of like the loudest song and that's the first time that I've done it by myself like that, with the looping and stuff but I usually play that song with the band. It's a ten-minute song on the record. A lot of different instrumentation. I was trying to take All Birds Say and amp it up a little bit. It is a little amped but still pretty chill. I like mellow music when I'm home. When I'm home I want to listen to Nick Drake or Big Star or Yellow Tango or something. Catch Carl Broemel on tour with Ray LaMontagne or at one of his solo stops below: TOUR DATES Ray LaMontagne, Carl Broemel and Members of My Morning Jacket: 6/30 Cleveland, OH - Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica 7/15 Raleigh, NC - Red Hat Amphitheater 7/16 Charlotte, NC - Uptown Amphitheater 7/19 Portsmouth, VA - Portsmouth Harbor Center Pavilion 7/20 Charlottesville, VA - nTelos Wireless Pavilion 7/22 Newport, RI - Newport Folk Festival 7/23 Canandaiua, NY - Constellation Brands Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center 7/26 Rochester Hills, MI - Meadow Brook Amphitheatre 7/27 St. Louis, MO - Peabody Opera House 7/29 Nashville, TN - Ascend Amphitheater 7/30 Atlanta, GA - Fox Theatre Atlanta 7/31 New Orleans, LA Bold Sphere Music at Champions Square 8/2 Louisville, KY - The Louisville Palace Theat 8/6 Chicago, IL - FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island 8/7 Indianapolis, IN - Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park 8/9 Greensboro, NC - White Oak Amphitheatre at Greensboro Coliseum Complex 8/10 North Charleston, SC - North Charleston PAC 8/12 Clearwater, FL - Ruth Eckerd Hall 8/13 Miami, FL - The Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater 8/14 St. Augustine, FL - St. Augustine Amphitheatre 9/4 Troutdale, OR - Edgefield 9/7 Santa Rosa, CA - Wells Fargo Center for the Arts 9/9 Berkeley, CA - Greek Theatre 9/10 Santa Barbara, CA - Santa Barbara Bowl 9/11 Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theatre 9/13 San Diego, CA - Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre at SDSU 9/14 Phoenix, AZ - Comerica Theatre 9/16 Las Vegas, NV - The Pearl 9/17 Salt Lake City, UT - Capitol Theatre 9/18 Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheatre 9/19 Kansas City, MO - Starlight Theatre 9/22 Austin, TX - Bass Concert Hall 9/23 Woodlands, TX - The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman 9/24 Dallas, TX - South Side Music Hall Carl Broemel: 06/27 Boston, MA - Caf 939 08/19 Nashville, TN - Grimey's 08/20 Nashville, TN - Basement East 08/21 Louisville, KY / Zanzabar
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