Fiery Blue

I’m a young guy, and I’m plugged in (sometimes a little too plugged in). I hear about the latest in tech all of the time (and if I don’t hear about it through some article myself, our CTO Mr. Sheets certainly makes us aware). Nonetheless, I still find it awesome that folks from all sides of the country can come together to make great music – such is the case for Fiery Blue, a collaboration between songwriter Paul Marsteller in San Diego, producer and musician Gabe Rhodes in Austin, and NYC-based vocalist Simone Stevens.

They’ve worked together while thousands of miles apart on their latest effort, a release titled “Our Secret”. Marsteller says “This one is a little more countryesque than the debut. I wrote the songs trying to showcase the niche strengths of our singer, Simone, and our multi-instrumentalist/producer, Gabe Rhodes.” Even Paul has a rough time describing the style this unique partnership creates; he calls it “Country folk rock pop arty.” Check out “Our Secret” and look for more work from Fiery Blue in the near future. There’s much more to get into, so keep reading for all the answers to the XXQ’s.

XXQs: Fiery Blue (PEV): How would you describe your sound?

Fiery Blue (FB): Country folk rock pop arty.
PEV: What kind of music where the members of the band into growing up? Do you remember your first concert?
FB: I was into The Beachboys, then The Beatles and other British Invastion bands, and then particularly liked the seminal late '60s country-rock pioneers(Buffalo Springfield, Neil, Byrds, Gram Parsons).
My first concert was Jimi Hendrix in '68 at the International Ballroom in D.C(where Reagan later got shot).
PEV: What was the underlining inspiration for your music? Where do get your best ideas for songs?
FB: On Our Secret cd, trying to explore some of the various feelings and stages related to romantic situations. The best ideas just kind of pop out.
PEV: What’s one thing we’d be surprised to hear about the members of Fiery Blue?
FB: We have done about 50 songs together in the past two years without ever being in the same room (or State, for that matter).
PEV: What can fans expect from your latest release, “Our Secret”? Tell us more about this album.
FB: This one is a little more countryesque than the debut. I wrote the songs trying to showcase the niche strengths of our singer, SImone, and our multi-instrumentalist/producer, Gabe Rhodes.
PEV: What is the feeling you get after a song is complete and you can sit back and listen to it being played the way you envisioned?
FB: It's a nice feeling, but, for me, not as good as when the song is in the formative stage. The process, the horizon ahead, is what I really love.
PEV: What can we find each of you doing in your spare time, aside from playing/writing music?
FB: We are each at different stages of our lives and in different locales, so it really varies. Gabe has kids, Simone is in NYC, and I live on the beach in San Diego -- so the usual things associated with those lifestyles.
PEV: Name one present and past artist or group that would be your dream collaboration? Why?
FB: Well, for me, Emmylou Harris comes to mind. I used to go see her in the very early '70s at a little folk club in my hometown (D.C), before she was discovered. I like her subtle and always elegant musical instincts, and the way she strives always for new dimensions in her music while staying true to her core instincts.
PEV: Is there an up and coming band or artist you think we should all be looking out for now?
FB: Of course, The Civil Wars seem to be on the verge of being huge and they're pretty good to boot.
PEV: So, what is next for Fiery Blue?
FB: We are finishing up a side project record(a song cycle based on an 1800's female adventuress who goes West). And we have a third Fiery Blue record half done, should be ready by early next year.






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