Interview with Rosy Nolan

Rosy Nolan just dropped her new EP Footprints & Broken Branches.

Recently, we caught up with the musician to talk about the EP, her live shows, and playing the banjo.

What’s the inspiration behind the name of your new EP?

I wrote most of it when I was living in the woods of Mendocino. I was living in a cabin under the canopy of the redwoods for about a year. The only heating source was a wood stove and I got pretty good with an axe and a hatchet. The title is pulled from my song “Old Ravine” which is about living in that place. At one point there was a manhunt for a guy who had killed a couple forest rangers. They had everybody searching for him, local, state, and federal officers on the hunt for several months. He knew the woods so well that the only thing they found of him were footprints and broken branches.

Is this your first show at Hotel Cafe and do you enjoy playing shows in Hollywood?

No, I have played a bunch at the Hotel Cafe. In fact, I played there in the early 2000s when they first opened and they were actually just a cafe with a store front. Marko has been so supportive and has been booking me ever since.

What have been your greatest achievements in the industry so far? 

I would say writing, producing, and steering my career all the while keeping my head on my shoulders.

What other instruments do you play besides the banjo and is the banjo difficult to learn? 

I started with drums when I was 14. I love playing drums but don’t always get the opportunity to play. I have been playing guitar since I was 16 and have experimented with the autoharp and mountain dulcimer too.

Who do you consider to be the greatest banjo players of all time? 

There so many great banjo players but here are some of my favorites right now: Kim Johnson, Dirk Powell, Jerron Paxton, David Bragger, Jim Newberry, Rachel Eddy, Jake Blount, and Allison de Groot. I have had the pleasure of seeing some of them live, jamming with them and taking workshops from them.

Anything else you would like to share with our readers today? 

Please pick up a copy of the album on Bandcamp and stream on Spotify, or wherever you get your music.

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