Jimbo Mathus

February 19, 2021

FEBRUARY'S ARTIST DISCOVERY: JIMBO MATHUS & ANDREW BIRD

Introduction

Our Artist Discovery pick for February 2021 is a double feature of two well-loved folk artists, Andrew Bird and Jimbo Mathus. Once bandmates in the Squirrel Nut Zippers, they reunited again decades later for the collaborative album These 13, which our members can add onto their boxes for just $20 with an exclusive signed print!

Jimbo Mathus kindly answered a few questions about his musical upbringing, what inspires his songwriting, and more. Read on to get to know him better!

Q & A

What was the first album you ever owned on vinyl?

Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs

What have you been listening to lately?

Tyler Keith- “The Last Drag” 

Where is your favorite place in the world and why?

I really love Amsterdam because there’s not much auto traffic, and the access to good fresh groceries.

Also, any quiet place on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico.

What are some things you have to have on the road with you?

Cell phone, and notebooks. I keep these for writing and general research I may be involved in. I travel pretty light

Who or what influences your music?

Most of my influences are from literature. Now I’m really into Michael Farris Smith

What album do you play on repeat, and what do you love about it?

Charlie Parker – Complete Savoy Sessions

I love the tone of the production and engineering of the recording. It’s a perfect balance of instruments from among the greatest cutting edge jazz musicians of the early Bebop era. It’s the blues.

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