Thirsty Thursday Featuring Ludlow Creek
You are returning to the studio to begin work on new music. What has changed in your life between recording your last album and this one? It has been very exciting – we have been working so hard together to improve the depth and breadth of our song lyrics and our musical compositions and we're now using a more collaborative approach to creating our original music versus each of working as individual songwriters. Our philosophy is "no earworm goes unexplored" when it comes to recording someone noodling around with a catchy riff so we can listen again later to see if there's something there.
How was it filming the video for "Stoney Lonesome Road?" It was an amazing experience for us all. Our videographer is a true professional and it was so interesting to take his cues and follow his directions and then watch to see how he pulls it all together - writing the script, recording long segments of the band performing, filming small "snippets," and then piecing it all together into such a moving,beautiful musical story.
What's the story behind your album's title? One of our guitar players, Dave, wrote Hands of Time while dealing with the grief of losing his father. The song was a poignant reflection on his relationship with his father and how quickly time passes. When we were trying to decide on the name of the CD, we quickly chose "Hands of Time" because not only is
it a beautiful song, but it represents all of us and is also very relatable to everyone.
At the end of the day, what do you hope is the message of your music? What do you hope people take away from your songs? We want our music to be uplifting, energizing, and comfortable as people maneuver through their lives. We hope our music is part of their everyday life and that when they hear our songs, they are transcended back to a wonderful memory or a special time that warms their heart. Some of our song lyrics are written in a way that might help someone through a difficult time and perhaps give them hope. That would be amazing - we believe we could all use a little more hope.
Do you have any pre-show rituals? Before each show, we try our best to huddle together to say a quick prayer, to get focused, and fired-up to rock out and entertain the audience.
What is an example of a menu you would prepare if I came over? In addition to my love of creating and playing music as the keyboard player/vocalist with Ludlow Creek, I love to cook! If you were coming for dinner, maybe we'd have grilled steak fajitas with grilled peppers and onions with a side of Mexican rice and corn/black bean salsa with warm tortilla chips and homemade guacamole. And, of course, a nice frosty beverage of your choice.
How do you drink your coffee? We drink a lot of coffee during rehearsals. Since we practice late into the evenings most of the time, we all have converted to drinking Decaf coffee versus Regular coffee. Some of us like unflavored coffee and some of us like the fancy flavored coffees. It's always fun to find a new decadent flavor and try it out on the guys. We all drink our coffee straight up – no cream or sugar.
What is your favorite sandwich? I normally cook dinner for the band on rehearsal nights. One of their favorites is an Italian "mega-hoagie." It's made on a long Italian loaf of bread and has dry salami, spicy salami, pepperoni, provolone cheese, onions and banana peppers and drizzled with olive oil. It's put under the broiler to melt the cheese and turn the edges of the meat a little crispy, then dressed with olive oil, wine vinegar, oregano, lettuce, and tomatoes. It's really messy but oh, so delicious!!
What's your favorite food on the road? Once our gear is packed up after shows, we usually search out a Mexican place or a Wing place. Something that's bursting with flavor and compatible with a nice, cold beer.
If you could be sponsored by one food/drink brand who would it be and why? We would have to choose the Reese Candy Company!! It's our favorite sweet snack – Reese Cups, Reese Take 5, Reese Fast Break – we love them all! During our rehearsals, these candies refresh us, inspire us, help us to create even sweeter music! They're the perfect pick-me-up after a long hard day and they make our drummer, Jeff, do a special funny dance because they're "so delicious"!!!!
Ludlow Creek is a group of 5 close friends and accomplished singer- instrumentalists who love to create and perform music. Tapping into their strong bond of friendship and u=lizing an array of instrumentation - including both acoustic and electric guitars, keyboards, bass, drums and occasionally mandolin – they create genuine, hearBelt music with infec=ous guitar and keyboard riffs featuring strong vocal harmonies. Genera=ng a sound that can only be described as “modern classic rock,” some have compared their catalog of material to the sound and feel of The Doobie Brothers and The Eagles.
Formed in 2013 as the Dayton, Ohio based cover band “Southbound," they performed over 200 plus shows. Over the years, they began crafting music that embodied the sound and feel of their various musical influences, and eventually decided to pursue writing and performing their own material full time. As the band prepared to release their second album over the winter of 2021-2022 they renamed themselves, and Ludlow Creek was born. For more details about Ludlow Creek and schedule information, visit their webpage at www.ludlowcreek.com and on Facebook, at facebook.com/ludlowcreek.
Ludlow Creek is:
Allen Seals: Guitar, Mandolin & Vocals
Dave Benson: Guitar & Vocals
Jeffrey Friend: Drums & Vocals
Michelle Scarpelli: Keyboards & Vocals
Tom Scarpelli: Bass & Vocals