Peach Jam Podcast: The Ain't Sisters
LISTEN: Indigo Girls mixed with Dream Theater.....but make it bluegrass. That's how The Ain't Sisters describe their version of "extremely eclectic folk rock."
The Peach Jam podcast features stories and songs recorded live in our GPB studios from a variety of incredibly talented and diverse bands and artists who call the Peach State home.
Jeremy Powell: How long have you all been together?
Barb Carbon: We've been playing music together for maybe close to 15 years. But as The Ain't Sisters, 10. We just had our anniversary show at Trees Sound Studios with Paul Diaz, which was an amazing dream come true.
Jeremy Powell: Where does the name come from?
Arrie Bozeman: We were down in Folly Beach, South Carolina, and she was teaching me how to surf. I'd never surfed before. We were having a great time and I got wrecked out in the water, but we decided to go and play on the boardwalk there at Folly Beach. And we're playing having fun. There's kids, you know, dancing. People have babies. We've got like a good little crowd. And people kept asking, Are y'all sisters? Are you sisters? And we be like, "No we ain't." And eventually it kind of took a turn for the you know, the cops came and, you know, like, so we've got this joke at our old bios we're forged in the depths of Folly Beach holding cell. We didn't actually get arrested. But we did get hassled.
Barb Carbon: It was close.
Arrie Bozeman: Yeah, Barb said. Had some choice words for the officers. Probably not GPB-friendly.
Jeremy Powell: Tell me some of the places in town, in and around Atlanta or around the state that you've been surprised as your reception and how fun they are to play.
Arrie Bozeman: It starts with me and I honestly the dive bar, the MoonShadow Tavern over in Tucker has always been like a big support and we've thrown some crazy shows there and it's just, you know, your favorite little hometown bar. And I, I enjoy playing that place even though they smoke and Barb hates the smoke. But I think they're about over that. I think it's, you know, times are changing. So as far as like little dives go and stuff like that, that place has got a piece of my heart.
Richie Jones: But you also got like, you know, Eddie's Attic and you got your staples and you've got, you know, Eddie Owens presents which is the Red Clay Theater and that there's so many different places around Atlanta and around Georgia that, you know, for that matter. And but yeah.
Arrie Bozeman: The Hunt House.
Richie Jones: The Hunt House, that's another great one. Yeah. Yeah. There's just so many little and there's little nooks and little places that keep sort of popping up or places it's been a while that you'd never even heard of it. Like, you ever been there? Like, no. And you go like, Oh, my gosh. And it's just another connection. Everybody's sort of like, it's just it's it's interesting The inner workings of how this whole thing falls together is pretty natural and pretty awesome.
Jeremy Powell: So when you think about bluegrass as if that's like a basis for you guys, it's typically not something that you're going to see with members of the LGBT community. So, speak a little bit about representation in the universe that you're playing music in.
Barb Carbon: Well, I would start by pointing to Mimi from Fruition.
Arrie Bozeman: Yeah, well, no doubt.
Barb Carbon: She's gay and and out — "I'm proud about it." And they're one of the better bluegrass bands that exist out there. So I think it's just like anywhere else, like you. I think maybe in pop culture, they kind of celebrate the LGBTQ community a little bit more. So it's like the more of the forefront of what you're presenting to the public. But with us, it's we're gay, but we don't talk about it like it's a we just kind of like go out and do what we do and we are who we are. And I think that that exists within the community and it's just less of a focus.
Richie Jones: And there could be a part that seems like, you know, lyrically, whatever they're writing a song, that could be implied too, as an experience in life, it seems, is just me as the drummer. But, you know, it's it's there as far as the art form, but it's not trying to be anything outside of the art form except for just being ourselves. That's the most important part too.
Arrie Bozeman: Yeah, that is certainly my experience is just I've been myself the whole time and I wasn't necessarily gay the whole time that, you know, says like, you know, I've since come out or whatever you want to call it, I don't know. But the yeah, the representation for me is. I'm proud to represent. And also it's never really been like at the forefront of my thought. I'm just loving making music and, you know, being a part of pride or whatever. It's something that I definitely hope to do.
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