Five questions with Tallgrass

Tallgrass return to their old stomping grounds of Iowa City this weekend. — photo courtesy of Tallgrass

Tallgrass w/ Natural Oil, The Ashe Brothers Band

Gabe’s — Saturday, June 28 at 9 p.m. ($7)

Describing themselves as a “dirt-stomping soul” band, Tallgrass formed in 2011 and have since released two full-length records, 2012’s God, Sin, Whiskey, and Women and 2014’s Better than Medicine. The trio relocated from Iowa City to Fort Collins a year ago, so Saturday’s show should be an extra-special homecoming show of sorts. Fans of The Avett Brothers and Head for the Hills would be wise to head to this show.

Get acquainted with Tallgrass’s Matt Skinner as he answers a few questions about hummus, squirrels and Bill Clinton.

1. Favorite thing about Iowa City?

We really like the Englert and Oasis so we figured if we dunked the Englert in Hummus it could be the best thing in town.

2. Bands you were listening to in high school?

Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, The Silver Bullet Band (without Bob Seger).

3. Favorite piece of musical equipment?

Baldwin the piano, Uncle Skip’s banjo, ironic facial hair.

4. Dream collaboration?

Bill Clinton on the saxophone, Jimmy Carter on bongos, and Vladimir Putin on shirtless vibes (they’re called the World Power Trio).

5. Plans for the coming year?

Training Squirrels to rescue cats from trees, carbo-loading, ridding the world of killer clowns, and, you know, that music thing…we’re gonna practice n’ stuff. A lot.

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