Caleb Groh’s new album Bottomless Coffee is out today! Caleb kindly took the time to answer a few questions for my zine I’m in the process of making. Here’s what he had to say:
Where are you from, and how did you get your start in music?
I’ve lived coast to coast my whole life, but I’m in Arizona now and for the first time, I’m landlocked. I always feel that home is wherever I am currently. I moved here from Boston, moved to Boston from Florida, to Florida from New York, to New York from California, to California from Connecticut, etc.
I’m not sure how I got my start. There was no clear start to any of it, I started writing songs around 8 years old, playing them on guitar closer to 13, and then I released a record at 16 without my family or friends knowing I was making music.
What did you enjoy most about recording Bottomless Coffee?
Bottomless Coffee was fun because I didn’t play all the instruments. All my friends over in Ohio and Kentucky played as session musicians, and made everything up on the spot. Chad Wahlbrink recorded and engineered it all, and we did it all in his space, which was a house that had been converted into an office building.
How does Bottomless Coffee differ from the previous Happiest Lion albums?
This record doesn’t really relate to any of the Happiest Lion work, it’s completely different to me. Despite changing the band name to just my name, more people are involved in these recordings. It was the first record I didn’t make in my house, the first record I’ve released with a label, it’s all different.
How do you think your music has evolved from the first album you made?
All evolution and growth in the music is rooted in personal growth.
What has been the most rewarding aspect of recording and distributing your music?
Writing songs on busses and trains is fulfilling enough, but the fact that people listen to those songs and feel good things about them blows my mind. Music makes way for really beautiful friendships, too.
What are your hopes for the future regarding your music?
My only hope is that I can support myself like this, just make enough for food and rent, you know?
If you could have a jam session with any musician, who would it be and why?
I’d like to jam with young Bob Dylan, because DUH.
What are your must have songs for a road trip?
The Swimming Song - Loudon Wainwright III
Stuck Inside of Mobile - Bob Dylan
If I Don’t See You Tonight - The Deep Vibration
Jambalaya - Hank Williams
Mama’s Eyes - Justin Townes Earle
The Last Thing I Needed - (NUMBER 6) Phosphorescent
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