Sunday's Show at Shine: An Interview with Willy Porter & Dave Tamkin

By: Hannah Oreskovich

We're running press at a Homevibe event, and you should come check it out. 

Hey Beaters. We’ve got a little more for you today than just the good ‘ol Weekend Six. We’re stoked to announce that we’ve partnered with Homevibe Presents for some of their upcoming shows, the first of which is THIS SUNDAY! Here are the deets:

Internationally touring rock musician Willy Porter is coming to town! And Boulder’s very own Dave Tamkin is opening up the evening show. The night will kick off at 7PM, tickets are $20 in advance ($25 at the door), and it’s all going down at Shine.

Willy Porter is going to turn things upside down on Sunday. 

Willy Porter is going to turn things upside down on Sunday. 

This week, we caught up with Willy and Dave to chat about Sunday’s show. Read on:

So guys- first things first- what are you most looking forward to about Sunday’s show?

Willy: Seeing old friends always puts a spark in the show for me. That energy will be there for sure.

Dave: I’ve been working on some new tunes and I’m anxious to try them out in front of an audience that also appreciates Willy’s music.

All smiles with Dave Tamkin.

All smiles with Dave Tamkin.

And you guys have played a show together before, correct?

Dave: I actually opened up for Willy ten or twelve years ago in Chicago. We shared the stage at Lincoln Park Fest. I was young and very star struck. I’d been spinning Dog Eared Dream for eight or nine years already. The excitement was different then- I was more interested in showing [Willy] how much he influenced my guitar playing, and wanted to ask him about his family, his chord structures, and how life worked as a full-time musician.

Fast forward ten years and here I am devoting my life to what I love doing. After a five year break, I’m just starting up again and Willy Porter is still going strong. He’s an inspiration to me as a fantastic player and singer, and as a professional musician that continues to tour and make great albums.

Wow! That’s awesome. Willy- he’s got a point. We know you’ve essentially been on the road touring since your first commercial release in 1990- so tell us- what has it been like traveling as a musician for 25 years?

Willy: The road ‘bug’ hit me as a kid when I traveled throughout the Midwest with my dad. He was racing an Alfa Romeo sports car in those days, and I loved the travel, setting up the car and being a part of the caravan of racing gypsies. I simply couldn’t wait to go out on the weekends. To this day music touring brings the same emotion; it’s a gift.

Very cool. So current projects! Willy- tell us about the creative process behind your latest release Human Kindness. What inspired it, how long did you spend recording it, and who did you work with in-studio?

Willy: I spent about three years off and on writing, producing and mixing Human Kindness. It was a blast to make. I brought in some of my best friends from the road to join my core band including Natalia Zukerman, Martin Barre, the Carpe Diem String Quartet, and guitarist Val McCallum. I just wanted to make a record that was a fun ride from beginning to end. It was produced to peel away like an onion on repeated listens.

Tamkin.

Tamkin.

It definitely has that feel. And Dave, talk to us about your most recent work.

Dave: My last EP Cedar came out at the beginning of 2014. Since then, I have 12 more songs that I’ve written with friends Chris Webb, Josh Queen, and Daphne Willis that I want to record. I’m leaving this Monday to drive out to Cedar Rapids, Iowa to record at Crown Studios with Tim King and Dick Prall. Tim and Dick made a really fantastic album this past year, and if I can capture any essence of that, I’ll have a nice EP of songs co-written by some of my closest friends.

Carmen and Willy. 

Carmen and Willy. 

Awesome- Willy what are your plans for next year?

Currently we’re focussing on my next release slated for 2016- a duo collaboration with fellow singer/songwriter Carmen Nickerson.

Nice. I’m getting the vibe here that working with friends is the key to awesome music-making. And there are sure to be a lot of friends at Sunday’s show. Dave- you’ve played Shine before- what do you most enjoy about playing shows there?

Dave: Shine is an interesting place to play music. I’ve been there for a standing-only show where everyone danced, and I have played to an audience that sat and listened for pins to drop. The audience is there for one reason and that is to take in the show. There is no bar in the back or noise off the street. It’s a perfect listening room where the audience always seems to be on the same page.

Indeed. So jump on that page with us Boulder! Get your tickets for the show here. And check out Homevibe’s FB for event updates here.

-Hannah

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