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Q&A with Muscadine Bloodline


Muscadine Bloodline encompasses country music while also tiptoeing on the edge of indie rock. The band was formed by two Alabama natives, Gary Stanton and Charlie Muncaster. Alabama is as much a part of them as it is their music. They’ve got three newly released singles and will return to Tuscaloosa tonight for a show at the Druid City Music Hall. We spoke to Stanton and Muncaster about performing, their music and Alabama influences. 

Q: How did you two meet and what made you decide to make music together? 

We both grew up in Mobile, Alabama. A couple of our friends suggested that we meet, and I (Gary) opened up for Charlie at his hometown show in Soul Kitchen. 

Q: What was your background in music before forming Muscadine Bloodline? 

We both toured as solo artists in the southeast, but never broke. People heard our harmonies and encouraged us to try a duo. Not a bad suggestion looking back on it now!

Q: Where do you draw your inspiration from now?

All over the place. Whether it’s a song we hear on the radio that we like, an experience from our lives or a cool title to a song we want to write, creativity is inspiring. 

Q: How would you describe the style of your music? 

We’re traditional country with an indie rock edge. I’m not sure that makes sense, but it’s what we are. 

Q: How has growing up in Alabama influenced your music? 

Alabama is a noun, verb and a part of who we are. We love college football, Montgomery nights and the cross you see on the interstate passing Gardendale. It’s not that it’s influenced us as much as it is just a part of who we are. 

Q: Do you guys have a process when creating new music or do you just go for it? 

Honestly … we just go for it. Every song starts differently. 

Q: What do you enjoy about performing in front of live audiences? 

Hearing the crowd sing your songs back to you is still something that feels so surreal. 

Q: What are you hoping to accomplish this upcoming year?

We’re really looking forward to expanding our brand into some new markets.

Q: How do you want to move forward with Muscadine Bloodline? 

Putting out good music, playing great shows and making awesome friends. 

Q: What are some of the challenges you have faced with creating music and trying to gain more attention for your band?

Few people are gonna like you and fewer people are gonna love you. Just be yourself. 

Q: What do you hope people experience while listening to your music? What do you hope they take from it? 

We hope it’s something relatable that can give them a break from everyday life. 

Q: What are you looking froward to with the upcoming Tuscaloosa performance? 

Last time we were playing in Tuscaloosa was for Charlie’s birthday … We’re looking forward to coming back, having our buddy Jordan open and seeing some familiar faces in the crowd!

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