Interview – Lone Stag

Don’t Lie is a song by Lone Stag, another artist I featured recently in my round-up review and playlist based around underground country music. I will definitely be checking out more of Lone Stag’s music and I reckon that our readers should do too!

By Jane Howkins

You recently released a track titled Don’t Lie which we reviewed. What can you tell us about the album and where can it be purchased?

Don’t Lie is my first single with a record label (The Animal Farm Music). The second single Honeymoon comes out on 21 Jan. Available on all streaming services. https://op…Wm0Dq_d6WA

I’ve been a rocker for a while, but a few years ago I really fell in love with stripped-back acoustic music. I was at a cross-roads in life – living in Pakistan and between jobs. I spent a lot of time wandering the Margalla Hills of Islamabad with a guitar on my back, strumming to figure out what was next. That led to the sound that formed the home-produced album Sing When I’m Dead from which these tracks came.

What is the writing and recording process like for you?

Very much stripped-down and minimalist. I want listening to my music to be like one of those in-depth, heart-to-heart conversations you have with a friend late at night when everyone else has gone to bed and you are nearing the end of the whisky bottle. So recording is just me, my guitar, and a mic. The Animal Farm Music helped on Don’t Lie and Honeymoon with some subtle overdub embellishments to add to the mood.

Do you plan to release any more singles at any point in the near future?

Honeymoon is due out on the 21st. I’m working on some new stuff which I hope will come out in the summer.

Have you got any plans to release a full-length album or an EP anytime soon?

My home-produced album Sing When I’m Dead is already out on Spotify/iTunes/etc. Watch this space for more in future…

What/who influences you most as an artist? What have you been listening to recently?

Hands down, it has to be Jason Molina (Songs: Ohia, Magnolia Electric co.). His work moves me like nothing else. In fact, if all I achieve through making music is encourage a few folk to listen to his stuff, then I’ll consider that a success!

Whereabouts are you based and what is the music scene like in your part of the world?

I’m based just outside of Glasgow. It is a part of the world I’ve only just returned to after over a decade spent travelling the world. So I am just making my first forays into reconnecting with the scene here.

Has the pandemic hindered your work much?

Being at home more means it is easier to pick up the acoustic and noodle whenever I want – I’ve actually really enjoyed that part of lockdown.

Do you have any tour dates lined up?

Not yet.

What can people expect from one of your shows and why should people come and see you perform live?

So I haven’t performed this stuff live yet due to the pandemic. I am excited to get back out there. It’ll be heart-on-sleeve, intimate stuff.

Any last words for the fans?

To me, making music is all about connecting with kindred spirits. If you like the music, please connect and drop me a line – https://ww…eStagMusic