On Episode 18 of the Scene In the Wild Podcask I chat with former — possibly future — Calgary artist Reuben Bullock, frontman and songwriter behind Reuben and the Dark.
Bullock and his band have hit pretty lofty heights over the past several years, signing to Canadian boutique label Arts and Crafts, home to such other acts as Broken Social Scene and Feist, and releasing a pair of albums including the latest effort Arms of A Dream.
Our conversation, which was recorded live at the Wild Rose Taproom on Tuesday, May 1, 2018, and produced by Lorrie Matheson at his local Arch Audio studio, covers a wide array of subjects. Some of them include: The themes behind the new record; his unique upbringing as the “son of a preacher man,” who moved with his family around North America throughout his youth as well as his early days as a professional skateboarder; how he came to music relatively later in life; being part of the Calgary music community as a booker for Market Collective; the songwriter’s thoughts on the scene he grew out of; his future plans for world domination; and his relationship with the Calgary Folk Music Festival, the first place Reuben and the Dark performed and an event which he’ll now return to at as a Mainstage headliner on Saturday, July 28, 2018.
His music is amazing and he’s an artist who’s easy to root for.
Thanks very much for Bullock for taking the time to sit down and talk, to Ken Beattie at Killbeat Music for facilitating it, to Wild Rose for supporting Alberta culture in general and sponsoring the Podcask, and to producer Lorrie Matheson for prettying it up as much as he does.
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Thanks for listening.
(Photo courtesy Scott Ramsay.)