Rita Hosking: 9th IMA Country Album Nominee
THE INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS
Nominee Spotlight- COUNTRY ALBUM
BAND NAME: Rita Hosking
WEB SITE: www.ritahosking.com
ARE YOU SIGNED OR SELF-RELEASED? Self-released
HOMEBASE/COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Northern California, United States
ALBUM NAME: Come Sunrise
ARTISTS ON THIS ALBUM: Rita Hosking, Rich Brotherton, Glenn Fukunaga, Lloyd Maines, Warren Hood, Tom Van Schaik, Danny Barnes, Sean Feder, Marty Muse, Kathy Brotherton, and Marc Gunn.
WHERE WAS THE ALBUM RECORDED? Ace Recording in Austin, Texas USA.
WHICH GENRES BEST DESCRIBE YOUR MUSIC? Country, Folk, Americana, and a little Bluegrass-y.
WHAT/ IF ANY UNUSUAL INSTRUMENTS, SONG STRUCTURE/WRITING TECHNIQUE, RECORDING METHOD DID YOU USE? On the song “Hiding Place,” my producer, Rich Brotherton, used an autoharp and hammered dulcimer. That was an unusual and brilliant move. It adds a lot of magic to that track.
WHERE IS YOUR MUSIC AVAILABLE? iTunes, CDBaby, Digstation, Amazon, etc…
DID FANS HELP FUND THIS PROJECT? Fans create income for me, (for which I am very grateful,) so yes, they helped to fund it.
DESCRIBE YOUR AUDIENCE: Cute, intelligent, can be a little scruffy, deep, and they like stories. Sometimes they cry, they give good handshakes, and once in a while they’ve got a dog or two waiting in the car outside.
WHAT MAKES YOUR FANS UNIQUE? They are excellent listeners!
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE PLACES TO PLAY? The Palms Playhouse in Winters, CA! Also I enjoy any good listening room with a great audience, and outdoor music festivals.
WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR MOST MEMORABLE ACHIEVEMENT TO DATE? Well, I’m still making music. I’ve made three albums and continue to sell them and play live, and that makes me really happy. I was thrilled when I won the Dave Carter Memorial Songwriting Contest, and was a finalist at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival Troubadour contest. But I must say that most of all, it’s when you really move someone in the audience, and they let you know–that is most memorable; to know that people are connecting with your music. It also really feels good when people learn your songs themselves.
WHAT’S IN THE WORKS FOR 2010? Come Sunrise is being released in the United Kingdom now, and my partner and I will be touring there in the summer. We’re looking forward to that! Also, some festivals, and lots of writing, and hopes to make another record soon.
FINISH THIS SENTENCE: THE MUSIC INDUSTRY IS…periodically experiencing the feeling that some bugs have when they’re flipped onto their backs and their little legs are waving around in the air.
WHAT IS YOUR DEFINITION OF SUCCESS? Setting realistic goals and meeting them.
WHAT’S ON YOUR IPOD THAT WOULD SURPRISE YOUR FANS? Let’s see: Talking Heads (and David Byrne), Qawwali Music (like Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan), X, lots of different kinds of African music, etc…
NAME SOME ARTISTS YOU ARE CHAMPIONING: My daughters; they are awesome.