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Willie Stratton: "Great Feeling To Get Feedback From All Around The World"

Thanks to Willie Stratton for taking the time to answer ... I know he's touring a lot at the moment. And a big thank you to Ma Stratton for putting us in touch with Willie. :-) Published July 25 2014.

  by Mario

A little more than a month ago Willie Stratton & The Boarding Party have completed the funding for their just released album Deserter on Pledgemusic. I talked to Willie about the Pledgemusic experience, the new album and their plans for the next months ...

50K MUSIC: For a start, who is Willie Stratton? What is The Boarding Party?
Willie: I am Willie Stratton! I'm a 22 year old singer/songwriter, and the Boarding Party is a group of mean string pluckers that I play with. We've got Dave Fultz on guitar and baritone guitar, Grace Stratton on bass and occasionally smacking the floor tom, and Patrick Murphy on the drum kit.

50K MUSIC: Where do you come from? What are your (musical) roots?
Willie: I come from Bedford, which is a Nova Scotian town in Canada. It's nothing too special, just a suburban area, but it's nicely located on the harbour. My musical roots come mainly from American folk music. When I was younger I was strongly influenced by my Grandfather, who played piano and basically anything else he could get his hands on. I was also a huge fan of Woody Guthrie, and basically anything I could find that Alan Lomax recorded. I try to do what those old songsters did with a bit of a Canadian twist.

50K MUSIC: You've released your new album Deserter just a few days ago. Are happy with your work?
Willie: Yeah, I'm really happy with it! It's a bit different from my last full length album, which was totally acoustic, but I wanted to explore a more 1960's influenced sound, taking inspiration from old spaghetti western movie soundtracks and American girl groups like the Ronettes.

50K MUSIC: ... and how has it been received by your fans?
Willie: So far, so good! I was a bit worried how people would respond to the departure from a folk sound, but I haven't had anybody yell "Judas" yet!


50K MUSIC: You've funded the album with the support of a crowd of pledgers on Pledgemusic. Please tell us something about this direct-to-fan experience.
Willie: It's awesome! I think everybody should fund their projects with crowd sourcing platforms, it's a great way to get connected with fans on a more personal level. Pledge was great to work with, they were super helpful on the campaign.

50K MUSIC: How can fans keep on supporting you after the album is released?
Willie: They can head over to williestratton.bandcamp.com and buy tshirts, records, posters, CDs, and digital downloads! Also we love to see your faces out to shows we play!

50K MUSIC: And what are your plans for the next few months apart from spreading the word for your album?
Willie: I'm excited to get back to writing because I've got a lot of ideas for the next album. I don't like taking breaks so I can't wait to get the next one started as soon as possible.

50K MUSIC: Will we see you live on stage this summer?
Willie: I'll be playing around Canada on a tour over the next two weeks, and playing around as much as possible. I might even be coming to Germany in September!

50K MUSIC: And last one - anything you want your fans and pledgers to know?
Willie: I love them all! I want to thank everybody for their support. It's a great feeling to get feedback from all around the world. And to anyone who has pledged, you have my mailing address, so let's keep in touch! I love to receive recordings, art, and letters in the mail, and will always mail you back!