EMQ’s with MAGNOLIA BAYOU
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Gulfport, MS based Southern Blues/Rock band Magnolia Bayou. Huge thanks to lead guitarist & founding member Dylan Palmiero for taking part.
What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?
My name is Dylan Palmiero, Lead Guitar & Founder. The band started in 2015 after Josh, our first drummer and I all got together every day after Jazz Band to jam blues tunes and a couple from the charts. We hardly spent time on the “homework” from Jazz Band as we wanted to see where we could go musically with just the 3 of us. As that went on, Drew and I were getting together in our spare time geeking out over guitar gear. He was in another band at the time playing guitar and singing background vocals. One day out of the blue I’d told my Dad about Drew being from the delta, his eyes lit up, and he asked, “Hey Drew, ever thought about singing?”
That’s all she wrote.
How did you come up with your band name?
The band name came about because we wanted something that encompassed where we came from and the vibe we were trying to convey. We all got in a group chat and started sending words and phrases that related to where we grew up. Magnolia and Bayou ended up right next to each other, it was fate. Magnolia Bayou
What country are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
We’re in the state of Mississippi from the United States. I know a lot of bands like Dirty Honey, Greta Van Fleet, Joyous Wolf are making a lot of buzz these days so it’s really a great time for Rock N Roll. There’s a lot of guys that are up and coming like Them Dirty Roses, The Georgia Thunderbolts, Otis, Jive Mother Mary. The state of Rock N Roll is in good hands.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single or Video)
Our latest release is ‘Sweet Magnolia’ which you can find anywhere you stream music. We’ve released a number of singles this year, including ‘Tupelo’, ‘Thieves’, and a cover of ‘Nutshell’ by Alice In Chains
‘Sweet Magnolia’ (Audio)
Who have been your greatest influences?
Collectively we all love bands like AC/DC, Alice In Chains, and delta blues guys like Howlin Wolf. It’s a big melting pot for sure.
What first got you into music?
Really, music has always been played in the house for all of us. We all kinda come from the same type of background. Music lovers and music fans. It’s pretty much always been there. It’s no wonder we do this for a career.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
Tedeschi Trucks Band or The Revivalists would be awesome. TTB is like Church. The Revivalists have awesome energy and they would be really fun to hang and collaborate with.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
So far, nothing weird. We’ve had various items made for us and it’s very humbling. We have some special fans.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
I feel like our fans are like a huge family and it’s a blessing that they have been so generous with their time and their money to come see us. We’ve had a number of people come see us 3-4 nights in a row on tour and it’s awesome.
Let’s grow this fan base! Spread the word and spread the love!
If you could bring one Rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
For me personally, Duane Allman.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
I can’t think of anything I hate, other than not being able to play live during this pandemic. I know we all enjoy being able to travel, see new places, and experience new things. We have a lot of friends across the country that we don’t get to see a whole lot, so catching up with those friends is always a plus. It’s all just a big hang til show time.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
The greedy people up at the top who aren’t in it for the music. That shit really rubs us the wrong way.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
The Allman Brothers Band – “At Fillmore East”. The greatest live album of all time in my honest opinion. Little Feat – “Waiting For Columbus” is a very close second.
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
Vinyl for damn sure!
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
Tipitina’s in New Orleans, Louisiana in November 2019
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
I don’t think that’s an option for any of us.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
(Dead): Prince, Duane Allman, Lowell George, George Harrison, Jimi Hendrix
(Alive): Tom Morello, Derek Trucks, Jaimoe, Sturgill Simpson, Billy Strings
What’s next for the band?
Right now, we’re sitting on a helluva lot of tunes, so we’re going to get back into the studio as soon as we can to cut a new project. We have been cooped up since March, so we’ve been re-writing some old tunes and refining all of the songs that have just been sitting in the vault. We’ve got a lot of great material, just waiting for the right time. Some bands will write a song and won’t release it for years and years until it fits on a specific record.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?
I’m gonna say a biscuit just because I feel it’s a trick question. Don’t shoot me if I’m wrong.
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Thank you, guys, for having us!
We will be releasing our Sophomore Album “Strange Place” on September 24th, so head over to www.magnoliabayou.com/ to scoop up yours NOW!
Also be sure to stream our new singles, ‘Sweet Magnolia’, ‘Thieves’, and ‘Tupelo’
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