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Interview with Tash Neal of The London Souls

Wendy:

You must be looking forward to Saturday's show; it's such a great lineup with you guys, The Black Crowes and Tedeschi Trucks Band. It'll also be your last date this time around touring with Tedeschi Trucks. How has the tour been going so far?

Tash:

The tour's been going great. It's really fun to be back with Tedeschi Trucks on this run, as we were with them this summer, with The Black Crowes as well, so it's nice to be reunited - for all three of the groups to be together in San Francisco.

Wendy:

Although it's the last night of that tour, you still have some dates this year.

Tash:

Yes, we're playing Brooklyn Bowl on the 28th and then we're doing a New Year's Eve slot in Boston with Soulive.

Wendy:

Have you played with Soulive before too?

Tash:

Yeah, we've played with Soulive on many occasions. They're good friends of ours and we love and admire them so it'll be a great New Year's.

Wendy:

Then mid-January you head off on what sounds like a working vacation: Gov't Mule's Island Exodus in Jamaica. Sounds great - tell me about that.

Tash:

It's gonna be all sorts of fun - that's what I'll say. We'll be in Jamaica and there'll be awesome music. I'm looking forward to it.

Wendy:

Also in 2014 you'll be releasing a new album. Do you have a title for it?

Tash:

It's tentative, but the album's done and we're gonna put it out soon.

Wendy:

Right, I understand that you recorded it a while ago and that you put it on hold for a little bit.

Tash:

We did; we did it before my accident last year. We didn't know if I was gonna even play anymore. It was pretty serious.

Wendy:

Wow. And you're feeling good again?

Tash:

Yeah. I'm really fortunate. It was a really close call for me. The last [North] Mississippi Allstars tour was my first go at seeing if I could really do it again.

Wendy:

Oh, that's great. It takes a strong positive attitude to get through something like that. I remember those shows, when you and NMA played The Independent, in February. North Mississippi Allstars and Tedeschi Trucks are obviously blues heavy-hitters. Do you feel like you have a home within the blues community?

Tash:

I can't really say if we're accepted by everybody; I can't really say that myself for us, but I know that the people that we've played with have been super supportive and encouraging and very nice, so that it's really positive and a cool thing for us. We've played with a lot of different genres; we've played with country artists, rock 'n' roll artists, hip-hop artists, DJs; we've been in a lot of different situations. We've been fortunate in that people have opened their arms to us.

Wendy:

Will you be playing any songs from the new album on Saturday?

Tash:

Yeah, [we'll] play a couple of the songs in our set.

Wendy:

It's you and Chris [St. Hilaire] playing and singing on the album, but it was just the two of you at that time in general, from what I understand, because you hadn't yet met your bass player, Stu Mahan.

Tash:

We play in different formats; Chris is a multi-instrumentalist and I am a multi-instrumentalist, so we demo things on our own, but at [that] time the bass player that we had been playing with for a long time was not with us. We had a bunch of songs we wanted to get down, and we did!!

Wendy:

Where did you meet Stu and when did you guys start playing together?

Tash:

We were finishing the record, in a mixing session or something, and he came in. This was February of 2012. We jammed a couple weeks later; we hung out on my birthday, and he's a great bass player. So we decided we should hit the road again.

Wendy:

So, your album was recorded in early 2012 sometime?

Tash:

January, February 2012.

Wendy:

Well, it'll be good to get it out there and for us to all get to hear it.

Tash:

We're very proud of the songs and what we did production-wise. We're excited for everybody to hear what we put down.

The London Souls play the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium on Saturday, December 14th. Show is at 7.

For more information please visit:

www.thelondonsouls.com

www.apeconcerts.com

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