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: What animal do you associate yourself with (given our ties to oxen)?

Cortese: It is interesting that you ask this because we are currently working with a Swedish artist to render our spirit animal selves. I’ve long been told I am a sun bear. We are both classified as vulnerable despite our regal appearance 😉

B&L: Why music? Why do you seek it? Why do you create it? How’d it come calling to you?

Cortese: In the interest of time and eloquence, I’ll let Frank Zappa speak for me:

“Information is not knowledge.
Knowledge is not wisdom.
Wisdom is not truth.
Truth is not beauty.
Beauty is not love.
Love is not music.
Music is THE BEST.” 

B&L: How did David Bowie play into your fascination of the fiddle and fiddle fueled music?

Cortese: You might have heard that the first thing I learned on the fiddle was the Irish Washerwoman, taught to me by my Grandma Mildred. This is what I tell people. But would you believe me if I told you that my first “fiddle tune” was actually the keyboard line to “Under Pressure”? You should.

B&L: How’d the Dance Cards come together?

Cortese: We met slowly over a long period of time due to completely random circumstances. A bit like evolution. These circumstances were simultaneously magical and completely not magical.

B&L: The band is described as “bold and elegant, schooled in the lyrical rituals of folk music and backed by grooves that alternately inspire Cajun two-stepping and rock-n-roll hip swagger.” That just sounds badass. And the makings of an epic hoedown… What excites you about this band?

Cortese: EVERYTHING. After reading that quote how could I not be excited.

B&L: How many bows have been harmed in the making of Dance Cards music?

Cortese: Too many to count. But all the casualties were worth it.

B&L: What’s the making of a great show?

Cortese: You and me baby. By you I mean the audience. By me I mean the band. Connect the circuit.

B&L: You ladies recently traveled to India, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Bangladesh. How did the Dance Cards music translate overseas?

Cortese: People everywhere are AWESOME. And we have already discussed the epicness of our music. You know the answer…

B&L: What’s the state of acoustic music in 2016? People seem to be paying attention. Are they? What’s in store for the Dance cards in this new calendar year? Any lofty goals?

Cortese: State of the Dance Cards Union. LOTUS on SOTDCU. New music. New videos. New album. And many more adventures.

B&L: What’s one tune (or, heck, a couple) that exists out there in the ether that blows you away that you kind of wish you had written yourself?

Cortese: My pal Taylor Ashton has two new songs, one that the Dance Cards will record called “If You Can Hear Me” which you will hear tomorrow. And another that you will see my cameo in if you tune into on January 26 for Taylor’s video release. The video was recorded at Miles of Music Camp in June.

B&L: What can folks expect when they come out to see you lads perform the ol’ Stone Church on January 14th?

Cortese: More vulnerability than in this interview.

B&L: Question number 12. If you could have a dozen of anything, what would that dozen of something be?

Cortese: Over the last year I’ve been part of the KonMari wave. I’m pretty likely to donate three quarters of anything I have 12 of other than perhaps cloth napkins. Can I say a pint of the month artisanal ice cream subscription?

Laura Cortese and the Dance Cards will prop up upon the Stone Church stage on Thursday, January 14th. For tickets: Click here.

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