Artist Q-and-A
August 14, 2013 • 05:01:34 p.m.

Bonnie Whitmore to bring Americana sound to St. Charles

By ERIC SCHELKOPF - eschelkopf@shawmedia.com

Bonnie Whitmore (Photo by Matt Lankes)

Singer-songwriter Bonnie Whitmore has garnered comparisons to music legends like Emmylou Harris and Lucinda Williams.

The Austin-based musician will bring her Americana sound Friday, Aug. 16, to The House Pub, 16 S. Riverside Ave., St. Charles. Somebody’s Darling also is on the bill, and the show starts at 9:30 p.m.

Kane County Chronicle reporter Eric Schelkopf had the chance to talk to Whitmore about her music.

Eric Schelkopf: Your sophomore album, “There I Go Again,” came out in June. I understand you turned to Kickstarter to raise the money to finance the record.
Bonnie Whitmore:
It was really great. It was a real honest way of kind of just going to my fans and friends.

It was a great way to get the affirmation and to have a lot of people willing to support us and take part in it. It kind of just gives you a little more confidence and affirmation of what you are doing when people are willing to show their support.

There was a great crew of people that got to play on the record, with Chris Masterson producing it. My sister Eleanor, she is part of the band The Mastersons, and they lent their beautiful talents to it, as well as some other Austin artists.

We made a really good record, and I’m proud of it. Everything with this record is the contribution of everybody, not just myself.

ES: What does the album’s title refer to?
BW:
“There I Go Again” is a song from the record. This record is my second full-length record.

Music, I think, in general, is not the easiest career path that you can make. I feel a lot of the songs on the album refer to just being willing to be true to yourself and do what you love and do what is going to make you happy. Let the rest of it work itself out.

ES: You started performing in your father’s band, I understand.
BW:
He’s the reason why I started playing bass guitar. It was a really good way to get to know and meet people, and play with certain people.

It was really great to have a family band and be able to sing and play with my dad and my mom and my sister, and all of us together. It was what we knew growing up.

You don’t realize how special that is when you are in it. Not everybody’s dad taught their children to play instruments and actually book the shows in order for them to play the instruments.

ES: But you don’t feel like you were forced in the business?
BW:
I didn’t come to it as honestly as someone who found an instrument and learned to play it because they loved it.

We were sort of raised to become musicians. But it wasn’t like a mandatory scenario. It was just what we did.

My parents were not surprised it was the career path that we did, in fact, take. It was either going to be that or be a pilot. That’s what we grew up with.

But now we are both very satisfied in our life choices and love being able to do it.

ES: Your music has been compared to people like Lucinda Williams and Emmylou Harris. Do you consider those people influences?
BW:
Not necessarily. I appreciate those comparisons.

If I had to compare myself to somebody, I aspire more to be like Bonnie Raitt and Tom Petty.

But my mom and dad are my biggest influences.


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