The State Of Music: Part 31: Montana: WarTime Blues

This post is tinged with a little bit of sadness.

By the time I finally got round to discovering WarTime Blues in mountainous Montana they were not only on the verge of releasing their latest album, but that release also coincided with the band downing their instruments forever.

Still, main man Nate Hegyi agreed to give War Time Blues one last run out before they were gone for good.

CMM: Welcome to Choose My Music. I suppose the first question is - who is War Time Blues and where in the world would we find you?

Wartime was an eight-piece collective based out of Missoula, MT

CMM: How long have you been recording as War Time Blues?

We've been Wartime since 2006

CMM: How best would you describe your music?

Acousticy, electricy, drummy, bassy, folky, rocky

CMM: How would you best describe the state of Montana?

Montana is wild and empty place. You can disappear here if you want

CMM: What is the music scene like in Montana right now? What the genre of choice out there at the moment?

Missoula is a college town, so you take what's most popular in the cities and distill it and that's what you get here in any given year. it's a flux town too. Right now dubstep arrived in the mountains. So now, I'd say dubstep and bluegrass

CMM: One thing I am hoping to find in this series is some kind of link between where a band is based and their music. Do you feel as an artist you are influenced by your surroundings and the scene around you?

Yes very much so, Montana has taught me a lot and I don't take it for granted. The sense of this place has probably instilled itself into my writing more than any other event.

CMM: What other influences does the band have, musical or otherwise?

Richard Hugo is a huge touchstone lyrically. sonically, all sorts of stuff

CMM: Could you perhaps give a run down of the music you have released?

We released two albums, Doves & Drums in 2009 and Passenger in 2011

CMM: Were you able to get out an play live much?. Where are your favourite places to play both in and out of state?

We managed three tours in three years, which was pretty good. favorite place to play was probably the Badlander in Missoula, and I really enjoyed Chicago, at a friend's house we met there

CMM: What about your worst gig? Where was it and why was it so bad?

The worst gig was definitely Louisville. us vocalists got hammered with our friend Lucy before we played to out-of-tune results.

CMM: What's next in the pipeline for Wartime Blues?

After we released Passenger in November 2011, we finished. We're dispersing across this great land of ours to pursue other activities, including music.

CMM: And finally, where can people reach out to you online and where can they get hold of your stuff?

On facebook it's Wartime Blues, and at wartime.bandcamp.com


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