by Bill Forman
Suburban Home recording artists Drag The River play down this way so often that they should be allowed to vote in El Paso County elections. In fact, their bassist — Triple Nickel Tavern proprietor J.J. Nobody — does live down here (although we're not entirely convinced that J.J. should be allowed to vote anywhere.)
So when a publication goes to the trouble of doing the world's longest interview with Suburban Home's Virgil Dickerson, in honor of his Denver-based label's 15-year anniversary, we figured some of you will want to know about that.
Especially when that publication is called Small Doggies Magazine.
Here's just a sample:
Matt: Tell us about the next 15 years of Suburban Home, what’s in the future?
Virgil: I’d like to think that I’ll have a jet pack, the ability to travel through time, and probably a transporter. When any of my bands are playing a show I want to see, I could just beam to their show. Drinking whiskey will help me to lose weight. Drinking beer will help tone my muscles. And I have a feeling my future me will subsist on a diet of hot wings and barbecued ribs which will be the equivalent of taking a daily multi-vitamin.
And here's what he has to say about Drag The River:
Musically, Suburban Home started out as only a punk rock label and it wasn’t until Drag the River released “Hobo Demos” that I realized that Country music didn’t have to suck. Starting to work with Drag the River was a life changing experience as I started to and continue now to work with Americana/Alt-Country acts and for many, that is how the label is identified. Don’t get me wrong, I will still put out punk rock (have you heard the new Gamits album “Parts”? It is one of 2010’s best punk records and I had a hand in releasing it), but my heart is more in line with Americana these days.