Penny and Sparrow are duo from Austin, TX - here this Friday with JJ's own Luke Brindley. Mei caught up with them for a quick Q&A.
Where and when was your first show?
One of the first shows we remember was at an honest to goodness dive in Austin, TX called the Carousel Lounge. The place could hold maybe 40 people, we brought about 20, and the stage was 4 inches off the ground and situated right in front of a gigantic ceramic Elephant. That was over two years ago but we can still picture our buddy's faces as they say around drinking Lone Star and probably thinking to themselves, "What the hell are we doing here?"
What band/artist would you consider to be your main influence?
For both of us that answer is different. So, in the spirit of dividing and conquering, here's a short list.
Kyle: Jonsi, D'Angelo, Joanna Newsom, Justin Vernon, James Cleveland
Andy: Anaïs Mitchell, Glen Hansard, the 10th Anniv. cast of Les Miserables, Slaid Cleaves, David Ramirez
What is one of your most memorable or off-the-wall touring experiences?
We met a fella in Tuscaloosa, AL a few years ago who we now consider family. He loves us and we love him a ton, so when he came to our show in Florence a year later it was an awesome surprise. However, the bigger surprise came when he came up to us, right before we went on, and presented us with a series of gifts. Here's an itemized list of the aforementioned presents:
-1 bottle of rye whiskey
-1 snark digital guitar tuner
-1 retractable Gerber hunting knife (we were told to think of him whenever we open it)
-1 piece of authenticated Game of Thrones memorabilia in an ornate box (Gold Embossed "Hand of the King" pendant)
-6 tear soaked hugs (for each of us)
-Did we mention that we love this guy? Because how could you not?
Kyle: Spaghetti/Indian food
Andy: Chipotle or assorted deli meat
Andy: booker's bourbon
If you were to have a film/movie based on your career, which actors or band would you select to portray yourself?
Kyle: Samuel L. Jackson
Andy: Charlize Theron
What two words would best describe your music?