Tim Ferguson/The Cousin Lovers

10th Annual Instrumental Song Nominee

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Home Base: Los Angeles, CA, USA

Genre: Alternative

Category Entered: Instrumental Song

Work Submitted: “Penetration”

Artists Featured: Barry Thomas, Dean Thomas, Craig Eastman, Stuart Johnson

Label: Unsigned


Influences: Jimmy Martin, Bill Monroe, Hank Williams, The Breeders, M.I. A, Bob Wills, Devo, The Sex Pistols, All the old Blue Artist, Big Band Singers, Django Reinhardt and too many others to mention.

What’s the meaning of your band name? It started out as a joke and stuck.

Describe your nominated work: A Bluegrass instrumental influenced by a Devo B-Side Song

Why did you choose to submit this work to The 10th IMA’s? The music you select is top quality and a good venue for the independent artist.

Did you use any unusual effects or instruments in this recording? No, except maybe the mandolin.

Were there any happy accidents while in the studio, or did everything go as planned? Everything on the album we recorded was a happy accident.

Did fans help you fund this project? No

Who’s sitting in your audience? Hipsters

What makes your fans unique? Our fans enjoy great live music by great musicians that enjoy performing without all the gimmicks.

Are there any songs you wish you wrote? Too many to count

What artists are you listening to that would surprise your fans? My fans would not be surprised by anything I listened to or songs I cover

What is your dream show lineup? Dream show would be to open for Johnny Cash

Should music be free? No

How has digital affected your career? Makes it easier to record but harder to be listened to

Are digital singles vs. full albums the future of music? Yes

Finish this sentence: The music industry is… reorganizing.