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Five questions with Band of Horses' Ben Bridwell

Posted 8:06pm on Wednesday, Apr. 17, 2013

Band of Horses' Ben Bridwell

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A few weeks before taking off on Band of Horses' current tour, frontman Ben Bridwell decided to make a pilgrimage of sorts to his old haunt Seattle. "I get here and I'm staying at this fancy hotel and it's two blocks away from this parking lot, now a vacant parking lot, that they used to have Ryder trucks on -- a rental place. And I used to actually sleep on those trucks," he says by phone.

Since the group formed nine years ago, Band of Horses has released four albums -- the last two of which, including last fall's Mirage Rock, debuted in the top 15 of the Billboard 200. Now based in the Charleston, S.C., area, Bridwell is married and a father of two.

Bridwell talked with The Associated Press last month about adjusting the rock 'n' roll lifestyle to a family.

1 Did you bring your family with you to Seattle?

I'm here by myself. I was home for like a month and a half, and tour's about to start again, but I really needed a little break to come out and look at the trees and the forest, as it were. It's a dangerous thing, though, right? They always say you can't go back home or whatever. It's a dangerous thing, but it's at least interesting.

2 You have kids [ages 4 and 2] now. How do you handle family and the rock 'n' roll lifestyle?

It's an interesting balancing act that I think at first was really tough to try to balance. Not only the touring aspect and missing them and feeling guilty about not being there when there's a crisis or something, but even just like being home and the day-to-day want to create at all times.

3 Have your daughters shown any interest in music? Yeah, man, I'm almost afraid as a parent to show them what you're really into, like you're forcing it on them or something. But obviously I'm always playing music. As soon as they wake up, I play them something that will help them have a nice day or something.

4 You ever thought about taking them on tour? I just don't think it's time yet, honestly. I'm a worrywart, man. I just worry about their safety on a bus. It's not like you're wearing a seatbelt.

5 You'll play in front of thousands at festivals this summer, but you also play small clubs. Are those shows different?

In a club, you play a longer set, as opposed to a festival show where you play 40 minutes to an hour if you're lucky. [At festivals] you want to give a nice, concise overview of the band's most popular stuff. With the club show you can tailor the set list a little more to the deep cuts. They're both really fun.

-- Chris Talbott, The Associated Press

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