Interview – The Blue And Gold

I recently checked out the song, Honey In The Rock, by The Blue And Gold, and it’s safe to say that I loved it! I decided to have a chat with Trish Klein who plays a variety of different instruments on the track – read on to find out more!

By Jane Howkins

You recently released a track titled Honey In The Rock, which we reviewed. What can you tell us about the song?

This is actually the first song we decided to cover. We were both in lockdown during the pandemic (Vancouver and LA respectively), and we began sharing tunes by early blues women that we wanted to cover. Ndidi sent me this track. Originally recorded by Blind Mamie Forehand in 1927, it’s a style described as gospel-blues, or street corner gospel. Mamie Forehand is one the earliest known professional female country/gospel blues singers. Her sound is incredibly soulful and timeless.

Has the pandemic hindered your work much?

Actually, the pandemic was a productive time for us musically. This project actually began during the pandemic fall of 2020 as a remote recording/research project exploring the lives and music of under-recognized female blues artists. The project really gave us both a bit of joy and inspiration during some pretty dark times.

What is the writing and recording process like for you?

I love the whole process of recording, and both Ndidi and I prefer the old-school analogue approach. Less takes, more authentic performances. We love using old gear, and this album was recorded to 2-inch tape and mixed analogue at Resistor Studios in Nashville by the incredible Joshua Grange.

Honey In The Rock was the first single released from your debut album, which just came out on April 29th. What can you tell us about the album?

We wanted to honour the incredible legacy and influence of pioneering black female blues artists. So many of these woman had a profound influence on the evolution of 20th century music and received little recognition in their lifetimes.

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

We both have super diverse tastes. Right now I am diggin’ this afro-pop album by the artist CKay. I also listen to a lot of old-time banjo music. Ndidi was recently in a Metallica phase.

Where are you based? What is the music scene like in your part of the world? Are you influenced by your surroundings?

Right now, we’re based between Vancouver and Los Angeles.
We have a pretty cool music scene here in Vancouver. Lots of roots/Americana, some good r&b, electronic music is big here, there is pretty happening underground punk and a heavy music scene as well.

Do you have any tour dates lined up?

We’re playing lots of festivals in Canada this summer: Vancouver Jazz Festival, Hillside Festival, Winnipeg Folk Festival, Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival, and Harrison Folk Festival.

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

Good music!

Any last words for the fans?

We can’t wait to tour the UK!