How the devil are you Allison Pierce?
Hey Allison, how the devil are you?
I'm very well, thank you!
What have you been up to today?
I drove to Crestline, CA, which is about an hour and a half from Los Angeles in the mountains by Big Bear Lake. It was very beautiful.
What can you tell us about The Year Of The Rabbit?
Well, I can tell you that I consider it to be the creative outpouring of my life and the clearest musical expression of myself thus far.
Have you been collecting songs over the years for a solo record, or were all the track written specifically for this album?
I've been collecting them for quite a few years. It was always clear to me when a song did not feel like it was right for The Pierces (the band I was in with my sister for many years), so I tucked them away until the time was right.
What's the writing process like for you?
I sit down with an acoustic guitar and start strumming until I find a chord progression that I like. Then I find a melody to sing over it. Then I let the words come from the melody and guide them from there.
You've mixed very traditional sounding folk songs with pretty traditional country on the album, how did you choose what songs to record and put on the record?
It was a collective decision between Ethan and I.
Which song best represents what you're about in 2017?
I think that 'Fool Him' sums up the record nicely.
Tell me a bit about the experiences you went through to get to releasing your debut album. What was recording with Ethan Johns like?
Ethan is an incredibly talented musician and producer. It's very inspiring.
Did you go looking for Ethan to record with, or was it a happy accident?
Ethan and I met when I was recording the first Pierces record and he was recording Ryan Adam's first record, Heartbreaker, in the next room of Woodlawn Studios in Nashville. Ryan asked me to sing on a song and Ethan and I have been friends ever since.
What's your favourite song on the album? For the record, mine's 'I Can see For Miles'.
Why, thank you! I think mine is 'Bed of Nails' or 'Drink One For You'.
This is your first album without your sister; how strange was that?
It actually feels really good to us both. We miss singing together, and I think we will again, but for now it's really great doing something new and different.
What was the biggest difference in the process from your experiences with Catherine?
Being the sole decision maker was a very interesting experience.
Was it a big decision to go solo or was it something you'd been thinking about for a while?
I think it's something we've both been curious about for a while, but the timing wasn't right until now.
If you could only listen to one song this week, what would it be?
Nat King Cole's version of 'Stardust'.
What's the question we should have asked you today but haven't?
I was going to say you could have asked me how I take my coffee, but then I read further and realized you did.
What are you doing next?
Fixing myself some coffee.
Finally, how do you take your coffee?
Sweet and creamy.
You can buy Allison's album from all good online stores (and maybe HMV in town), or you can stream it from the usual, including Tidal below. For more information on Allison visit her Facebook page or follow her on Twitter.