I chatted on the phone with Betty Dylans Dan and Vickie Dubelman on February 15, 2006.
Tell me everything I need to know about your band Betty Dylan.
Vickie- Betty Dylan is a singer/songwriter duo out of Nashville, Tennessee. Dan and I are husband and wife, and we met through our day jobs. Neither of us knew that the other played music. The name Betty Dylan came out of my mouth, and it still sounded good the next day. Betty Dylan is a pretty even mixture of country, rock, blues, and soul.
Dan- I thinks its just rock and roll, but back when guys like Neil Young were playing it. They call us alt-country these days, but were more old school 70s rock.
Vickie- Sometimes were a duo, other times well play as a full band with semi-regulars, depending on where we are playing.
Talk about your current CD, Abdicate the Throne.
Dan- This record differs from our other five records, almost sounding like a White Stripes record. We made the record in a couple of days in Cincinnati. Its just the two of us, without a bass player, joined by Kenny Aronoff on drums. Its hippies and rednecks trying to get across a political concept and get our message out. Our other records, aside from our first, were different sessions put together to make a statement. On Abdicate the Throne, the three of us went into the studio to get our message out fast and simple.
Vickie- Abdicate the Throne is a raw, rock, concept record. Its sold at cdbaby.com. Sound clips are available at our website and at our Myspace page. My favorite cut is our cover of Bob Dylans Masters of War. We do it very differently, and it came out sounding heavy and nasty. Its hard-hitting.
Dan- My favorite cut is Sheryl Crow, which has become my signature song when we play live. The song is a laundry list of all my weaknesses of character. Its an interesting contrast of verse and chorus. Its about being insecure and doing whatever you can to cover it up while watching Sheryl Crow or the current hottie wearing a mini-skirt and dancing around on top of a bull.
Vickie- It kind of makes you feel better and worse at the same time. Its NOT an attack on her, its all about observations.
Dan- Shes a symbol in our society of beauty, cleanness, and hipness. Here I am with all of my faults and here she is. The song is not about her, its about the image she represents to average folk. Weve got to be very careful playing that song in southern Missouri, where they are very defensive of Sheryl Crow. Again, its all about image. Bob Dylan saw Napoleon in rags, I see Sheryl Crow in a mini-skirt.
Tell me about the Nashville music scene and Betty Dylans local and national touring plans for 2006.
Vickie- The Nashville music scene has been very good to us although weve been banned from a famous club called The Bluebird. Our last show there was a big success for us. We sold a bunch of CDs, the crowd was laughing and cheering, and they mobbed us afterwards to get on our mailing list. When we called to re-book, they didnt want us back. I guess we werent your typical Nashville singer-songwriters. They told us we had too harsh a sound.
Dan- Nashville is a tough music town and likes to break peoples spirits. If everything isnt right, if equipment breaks down or you dont execute your riffs, its part of your musical history forever.
Vickie- Weve played a lot of the other music clubs here that play original music and its gone great. We have a residency in East Nashville every Wednesday at the Radio Café. We do a monthly show at The Basement called Go Plug Yourself.
Dan- When you get outside of Nashville, its a whole different world, and people respect it. Weve developed a good following because of what weve done in Nashville. Betty Dylan plays about 100 dates a year. We try to get to the Northeast twice a year and California once a year. The price of gas these days almost forces you to stick to the places where we make money. Before, wed get in the motor home and travel anywhere. Well do anything that makes sense.
What does Betty Dylan have in store for your existing fans in the next 12 months?
Dan- Were still negotiating a deal but the plan is to get a new CD out right away. The producer wants to re-do an album of the best of Betty Dylan and include new material, kind of a definitive album. We dont have the biggest budget, but they want us to take some time and care. There is no working title yet.
Vickie- Well definitely be playing and touring all year.
Feel free to promote anything else youd like that applies to your band.
Vickie- Our website is www.bettydylan.com and our Myspace page is www.myspace.com/bettydylan. We have plenty of merchandise and CDs at our website. Our blog is at www.bettydylan.com.blogspot.com. We just did a rough cut of a movie about ourselves, and we hope to make it available to our fans soon.
Dan- We did a funny political commercial that is at our blog.
Vickie- We do pod-casting. Sometimes its excerpts from our Go Plug Yourself show. Sometimes its cuts from our live shows.
Please share your thoughts on Dimebag Darrell.
Dan- Dimebag was an incredible musician and a great guitar player. What really struck us was that his murder happened on the anniversary of John Lennons murder. It was so ritualistic and thats disturbing. Theres a lot of meaning and strange coincidences in his death.
Vickie- If youre a rock star, in a funny type of way, thats the way to go out if youre going out.