The following is an interview with lovely and talented Autumn Sky Hall of the Sacramento-based band Autumn Sky. She has won the Sacramento Area Music Award (Sammie) for Artist of the Year in 2010, 2011, and 2012, and a Hall of Fame Award in 2013. If you haven’t seen her perform, you are missing something truly special. She has the look of an innocent child, but she sings of her bad decisions, heartbreak, and the guts it takes to live with it and move on like a seasoned professional. Her EP, “Scout” is available now on iTunes.
How have things been going since the last time you played Napa in support of Peter Murphy?
ASH - Phenomenally. The Peter Murphy show was certainly a catalyst for us. We went in totally expecting to be an awkwardly ill-fitting opener for someone as dark and as moody as Mr. Murphy is, but the audience was surprisingly welcoming, supportive and fun. I think we made more great friends and excellent contacts at that show then we'd ever made before or since; a lot of the shows we're playing now are booked by people who expressed their being impressed by the show. We got extremely lucky and we feel very blessed!
Are y’all pretty psyched about performing at BottleRock Napa Valley? Is this your first time playing a big festival like this?
ASH - I've played at a few festivals before, like the Sundance Film Festival a few years back, but with the current lineup (of people who really, really work well together,) this will be our first big break. It's all kinds of intimidating, exhilarating and challenging. We can't wait to perform and bring our show to a brand new audience of people who are there to listen.
I see you are playing the swanky VIP lounge on the 31st, do you know what time?
ASH - We play at 3:30!
Will you attending any of the other performances at BottleRock? If so, who are you excited to see?
ASH - I've been joking about crashing Weezer's set for this entire past month ("Rivers Cuomo! I love your work!") But in all seriousness I'm over the moon about seeing Heart, a band that thoroughly influenced how I perceive and carry myself as a female performer. Also, the Cure is one of the most incredible acts of all time and being able to see them live for the first time will be a life changing event for all of us.
Any plans to perform in Napa (Uptown/City Winery Napa) any time soon?
ASH - Yes! We play an after party in Napa on Saturday night at UVA, from 10:30pm-1:30am. And as far as future shows the horizon is clear all summer so that we have time to finish our album, and when it releases we'll come back touring!
For more information about BottleRock Napa Valley, which takes plac on May 30, 31, and June 1, 2014, including a full lineup of 60+ artists on four stages over three days, visit the website www.bottlerocknapavalley.com to join the mailing list, join the conversation on Facebook, or follow along on Twitter (#brnv).