BahamaIn 2018 Detroit Sounds took us on a cross-country text interview with The Go Round’s Graham A Parsons and behind the scenes with two of this city’s biggest music influencers, Ann Delisi and Chris Koltay. Along the way we got better at asking questions and learned a lot about sun signs. For those who don’t know astrology, that’s the sign the sun was in during the time of your birth AKA your “sign.”
Most of all, we got turned on to a lot of new music. And a lot of new old music.
It was a wild ride.
Our NYE plans? Lounging on our couch with a bottle of bubbly and 10-12 hours devoted to nothing but Spotify listening. Or another road trip.
Thanks for the soundtrack, Detroit.
CV Henriette: You’re a music and arts consultant. How’d that happen?
Peter Shin: After six years at Shinola I wanted to focus on my true passions: food, music and arts. Roe Peterhans was kind enough to introduce me to Bob Lambert at the Foundation—and what perfect timing! They were looking for someone to implement some specific programing that would add Detroit culture into the mix.
CVh: Starting from the very beginning. When did you know you were an artist or wanted to be an artist?
JY: Probably during puberty. My Mom found No Doz and cigarettes in my room in 8th grade and freaked out. It was 1985 and Just Say No was peaking. She wanted the names of the other kids I was using with and when I wouldn’t give them up, she called the parents of ALL my friends. Ironically, the next day at school I was labeled a narc. Suddenly I had no friends and sat at a table in the lunch room alone. No one would sit with me. After lunch I went in the gym to shoot baskets by myself and the entire 8th grade came in, sat on the bleachers, and heckled me. I eventually ran out of the gym crying and about 20 of them chased me all the way to the office. Fucking cannibals! I was now an outcast and I had a lot of time to myself. So, I sat around drawing vampires, reading comic books, and listening to The Butthole Surfers. In retrospect, the rejection by my peers was crucial.
CV Henriette: Hello, Graham A Parsons? Who are you? Thoughts on other Gram Parsons?
Graham A Parsons: Hello CV Henriette. I’m the son of a full-blooded Polish woman from Detroit and a blue collar farm boy from Toledo. I’m many things but currently I’m wearing the hat of musician and producer, working in Corktown on the final details of the next full length Go Rounds album.
There is indeed another GP. He was the son of a Florida citrus magnate who became one of country music’s most influential and tragic songwriters. Heroin. Even The Rolling Stones had to kick him out of the Exile on Main Street sessions for being too fucked up. Many believe he was the main composer of ‘Wild Horses.’
My mother tells me I was supposed to be a girl, that the pregnancy was nothing like her other two boys. My name was going to be Lillian.
“Sean Patrick will make you believe in magic. The quiet, mundane variety one encounters with animals and people who meditate often. He’s one of those who move through life with ease and grace and somehow excel at everything and you can’t get jealous because jealousy is a useless emotion. To be in the presence of these people is to sit by the bank of a calm river and somehow be connected to the source of the river. Manifestation. Synchronicity. Things happen—patterns emerge, introductions are made.”
DII: The last album you listened to in its entirety?
AD: The War & Treaty’s upcoming August release titled “Healing Tide” and My Brightest Diamond “A Million and One”
Since a lot of my listening is for work, I listen on my computer, but when I have a chance to listen for enjoyment, I like to use my turntable.
DII: One song that’s changed you?
AD: Jeff Buckley “Lover You Should Have Come Over”
CVh: Pretend we never met. Tell me about your work.
NS: I make paintings. Most of my works are based on images I find, either on the internet or I happened across them in some other way.
CVh: At the height of an ambitious career, you moved from NYC to Detroit—with continued success. Tell us about that.
NS: I moved back to Detroit in 2014 a few months out from a show with 47 Canal. The idea was to isolate, get away from the distractions of Brooklyn. Detroit has always been a better place to hunker down and work. I’ve been very lucky being able to show and sell my work. Being in Detroit has made it possible for me to paint and teach one class a semester without feeling too financially precarious.
CVh: Sun sign?
KR: Aires, I hear it’s the best one.
CVh: Inner avatar?
KR: Something that portrays incredible peace and thunderous laughter. But cool like with sunglasses or something sci-fi .
“‘Patrick Hill is an artist who,’ in the words of Bahamas Biennale’s Sean Thomas Blott, ‘works with a beautiful understanding of minimalist form, balance and restraint to create his sculptures. His work carries an ornate history within his material choices and the interactions dance between rigidity and fragility in a way that rewards the viewer and leaves one pondering.'”
“As far as we’re concerned Chef Sarah Welch may be the most badass and underrated chef in Detroit. After appeasing her parents with a business school degree, she studied at the French Culinary Institute in NYC and hasn’t stopped since. Scratch that. She’s been going since age six since when she fell in love with cooking Jamaican food. With the neighborhood kids on her parent’s resort. Which may be where she caught the travel bug. Example: that time she spent 4 months eating her way across America with her dog, Quincy. Total badass. “