"I always love coming back to the UK. In many ways it has become my second home."
4 January 2019
Hello Sari and welcome to The Gig Cartel Blog. We’re very much looking forward to hosting you as special guest on King Kings UK tour in Jan/Feb. Are you excited to return to the UK?
I always love coming back to the UK. In many ways it has become my second home. Although I got my big break in Memphis, Tennessee when I met Mike Vernon, it was in the UK where my career really broke ground. The momentum was exciting and ever more gratifying being such a big fan of British Blues. I was heavily influenced by bands like The Rolling Stones, Cream, Bad Company, Chicken Shack, and of course Led Zeppelin. And now to be working with some incredible British musicians is a dream come true. My band features Ash Wilson, Mat Beable, Roy Martin and Dutchman, Bob Fridzema. It’s a collaborative feast when you throw my American roots into the mix.
How does playing in Europe differ from playing stateside?
First of all, I spend more time apologizing for the incompetent idiot in the White House. What a mess!
Secondly, logistics are the biggest difference. Here in the States, the mileage you’ll cover on a tour is massive. To give you an example, we drove 11 hours just in the Northeast between Philadelphia and Rockland, Maine. You need more travel days on a US tour and those are expensive without shows to offset the costs of hotels, travel and catering. Luckily, for the promotional tours when I’m not with the band, I have access to a Cessna and a brother with a pilot’s license. On our last run we did four in-studio radio station interviews in four different states in one day. I’ve always wanted to get my pilot’s license. My father was an Air Force jet pilot, so maybe it runs in the family.
Have you performed alongside King King before in the past?
We’ve been on several festivals with King King in the past, but this is our first time as their support. This past November, I had an especially good time supporting the Nimmo Brothers. It was inspiring to see the chemistry play out between two such talented brothers. I love family and seeing Alan and Stevie together reminded me of the days long gone when my sisters, brother and I played together loud and proud in garage bands.
As we got older our collaboration was moved to my father’s plastics factory where we worked the drill presses through the summer breaks. After my sister’s hair got caught in the drill, more suitable jobs were found for us in Burger King. I was miserable but I needed a job to pay for my burgeoning record collection. I made the best of it by using their microphone to sing all the burger orders into the kitchen.
How have you found the response to the release of ‘Never Say Never’ in 2018?
The response to ‘Never Say Never’ has been much greater than I even hoped it would be. This is the reward for an album that was often painful to write and record. It’s a hard thing to explain, but I do see the success of this record, my voice and everything that is happening as a gift that has been given to me for whatever reason. I don’t take credit for the periods of true inspiration. They always feel like they are coming from a higher source than myself. The creative process is an odyssey into a mysterious and inexplicable world. The gifts are abundant but the journey is a mosaic of twists and turns that will test your tenacity as it provokes your insecurities and self-doubt.
My songwriting partner/producer Henning Gehrke and I shared a strong vision for the album. We clearly knew the record we wanted to make. I was lucky to have the support of my label. Alan Robinson in particular understood the vision. Henning and I always had the creative freedom we needed to take the necessary risks. We were pushing the boundaries of blues rock. We understood that music is never stagnant. It is always evolving as each one of us evolves throughout our lives.
What inspired the album?
I’m inspired by the people I’ve met and the places I’ve been. The sunlight in Antibes, France, the weight of the big brass key in my hand to my first apartment in Bath, the stunning display of bluebells in Wales. All these experiences have shaped my life and are reflected in my music. I love people and when I write about the human experience I like to tell stories about our triumphs and challenges. These are the things that connect us to each other.
What’s your idea of the perfect concert?
A kick-ass band, a passionate audience, a well-planned show that retains its spontaneity and a great sounding venue.
The perfect concert will give you a sense of community and it will deepen the bond you have with the band and the people you are with. The perfect concert will also help you reflect on your life and improve your sense of well-being.
For anyone who is considering coming to see one of your live shows, what can they expect?
They can expect a celebration of life through the liberating power of music. Music is, in its purest form, a conversation. I think of myself as a storyteller with a phenomenal band. Every time I have the opportunity to be on stage, I try to have an honest conversation with the audience about love, heartbreak and hope. Seeing any band you love live in concert will allow you to feel the music more deeply. A personal connection happens when people have a shared experience. We become fully invested in the moment together, allowing the music to take us on an emotional journey of self-discovery. In a high-tech world of fake friends and tweet moments, I believe meaningful, face-to-face human interactions are more important than ever before.
See Sari Schorr Live on tour with King King this January/February
31 Jan Nottingham Rock City
1 Feb Birmingham Town Hall
2 Feb Cardiff, Tramshed
7 Feb London Koko
8 Feb Bournemouth The Old Firestation
9 Feb Brighton, Concorde 2
10 Feb Norwich The Waterfront
15 Feb Manchester Academy
16 Feb Newcastle Boiler Shop
17 Feb Glasgow O2 Academy
For Tickets and information click HERE