Self-taught singer Molly Durnin tunes in
PITTSFIELD -- Singer/ songwriter Molly Durnin was born, according to her bio, "at the foothills of the Berkshires." That means Grafton, which, as most Berkshirites would know, is actually in New York state.
But as the 25-year-old Durnin pointed out, her town is right along Route 2 and not far from Williamstown. In fact, it's right over the mountain. In the foothills, come to think of it.
In a recent phone interview, Durnin talked about a few things, including her musical roots, singing Led Zeppelin songs and producing her first CD.
Q: How do you describe your style of music?
A: Oh, God, that's the worst question for me. It almost depends on the song. If I had to explain it, I'd call it Americana with folk and blues influences? I guess?
Q: That sounds like a good description. How about talking a little about your musical influences growing up?
A: Well, I didn't have my own radio, or a tape player or a CD player, so I really ended up listening to my mom's stuff: Bonnie Raitt, Shawn Colvin, Michael Jerling. Very accomplished singer/songwriters.
Q: What was the first instrument you ever played?
A: When I was 5, I started playing piano. My mother signed me up for piano lessons. I kind of liked playing piano, but on the other hand, I didn't enjoy reading music. Actually, I hated reading music (laughs).
Q: When did the guitar playing start?
A: When I was seven, I picked up a guitar.
Q: Did you take lessons for that?
A: No, I was self-taught. My mother Carolyn is a guitar player, so she kind of helped me.
Q: You're also a songwriter. When did that start?
A: I think when I was 13 -- that's when I started writing songs.
Q: You're a solo artist right now. Was there ever a time when you were in a band? Fronted a band? Something like that?
A:Well, when I was in high school, I was the lead singer in a classic rock band.
Q:Really? Interesting. What did you call yourselves?
A:The Diggery Don'ts. Yes. And I sang Led Zeppelin-type songs.
Q: Well, that sounds kind of fun. You sang "Rock and Roll" and "Stairway to Heaven" and "Fool in the Rain"? Songs like that?
A:Yes. And I did enjoy it. I had a lot of fun, although it wasn't really my type of music. So I left after a few months. After that, I began to work on original music.
Q:You have a CD out,
A: Yes. It's called "Run" and it came out last year. All the songs on it are mine.
Q:How long did it take for you to actually complete it, from writing the songs to the finished product?
A: Oh, God, it took forever. I self-produced it and it just took so long trying to get it all right. But I'm pretty happy with it.