Sometimes in the process of interviewing musicians, writers fall into the rut of asking a series of mundane, obvious questions: How did you begin? What are your influences? How did you come about recording so-and-so’s song on the new album? How did the Durango audience treat you last time you were here?
These interviews turn into trivial interactions with performers who are bored with stock questions and reporters who are just mailing it in to meet their word count or, worse, earn a paycheck. I’ve been guilty of it, even though I try to research the artists in advance and formulate at least a question or two worthy of a legitimate response.