Nelsonville Music Festival 2014 Interview: Lily & Madeleine

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TheBlueIndian.com crew is happy to be back at Nelsonville Music Festival to celebrate ten years of amazing music in Southeast Ohio. The 2014 lineup includes headlining performances from The Avett Brothers, The Head and the Heart, Jason Isbell, and Dinosaur Jr, along with a solid support cast. St. Paul & the Broken Bones closed out a raucous night one with a packed crowd at the Porch Stage who were treated to an encore performance of “Try A Little Tenderness”.

Day two includes sets from The Tillers, Shakey Graves, Kurt Vile & Violators, and many more – plus an two sets from folk duo Lily & Madeleine. We chatted with the girls about their Summer plans, their debut record, and what they’re looking forward to about spending the weekend in Nelsonville.

Where does the story of “Lily & Madeleine” begin? Not just as family, but as a musical duo..

Madeleine: Our mom is our biggest musical inspiration. She encouraged us to sing and take piano lessons when we were young so there was always music around the house. We sang together since we were little but it wasn’t until a few years ago we decided to post some songs online.

I read that you sold out the first two performances of your career? Tell me a bit about those shows and what it was like for you..

M: The reaction we got was really neat! All our friends and neighbors came to the shows. It was so nice to have their support.

L: I was really nervous for those two shows. Madeleine did lots of musical theater in high school so she had done vocal performances before, but it was my first time on stage!

You’re both relatively young compared to a lot of your peers you’re sharing stages with, but that clearly hasn’t slowed you down. I assume you have a strong support group from not only your professional team, but your friends and family?

M: Our parents are incredibly supportive. They just want us to be happy and successful.

L: We’re also very lucky to be surrounded by a talented and caring team of individuals. Being young in the industry it’s easy to be taken advantage of, but everyone we’ve worked with has been very respectful and supportive.

You’ll be making your Nelsonville Music Festival debut this weekend as part of a lineup that includes The Avett Brothers, Shovels & Rope, Jason Isbell and tons of other great talent. What are you looking forward to about the festival and what can audiences look forward to with your set?

M: We really like playing festivals because they atmosphere is more casual and fun. We’re playing two sets at Nelsonville and we’re so lucky to share the stage with our friend Shannon Hayden. She’s an amazing cellist and the festival-goers are going to be blown away.

You have a bit of time off this Summer in between short runs of shows and a few festivals; What are you looking forward to the most about the next few months?

M: I’m excited to be able to see my friends that I’ve missed all year and to go see local bands play.

L: Definitely just relaxing and enjoying summer. Playing shows is awesome but having time off to not think about music and only hang out with friends is really great too! If only Indianapolis was by the beach…

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