FW: The Boggs remind us of the
Pogues who likewise took traditional music and made
it a little more punk rock. Is your name a play on
words.... the bluegrass Pogues, or are you all just
big Dock Boggs fans.
Jason: The band was named after Dock Boggs.
I don't think that we actually are a bluegrass band.
That was another revival from another time--one centered
on purest aesthetics in the face of an increasingly
commercial country establishment. I think we look
back to an earlier period when country, blues and
all of the other rural folk idioms were not so compartmentalized.
That music was punk, or Archival No-Wave, we end up
being louder and more aggressive because we fail in
the same way that the Stones did as a blues band--it's
FW: What is your take on the folk, country,
and bluegrass revival going on these days?
Jason: Hippies and the Nashville machine ruined
so much of what was good about American roots music.
Likewise the Rock historians cut out all but the blues
from the lineage. It's good that we are all getting
past that. I only hope that the O' Brother hillbilly
clown doesn't become the accepted personality of country/blues.
Those people were serious. I would hate to be sitting
next to a young Dock Boggs or Roscoe Holcomb during
FW: Every band gets influences hung on them,
but lets do the opposite. Finish this sentence: "If
you hate (insert bands here) you'll love The Boggs"
Jason: If you hate Hank Williams Jr. and/or
Soviet, you'll love The Boggs.
FW: Would you rather open for Ralph Stanley
or The Ramones in their prime.
Jason: The WHO, circa 68. I'll just sit and
watch Mr. Stanley, thank you.
FW: Being in a band is much better than working
a shitty job. What's the
shittiest job you ever had?
Jason: Aurelio Valle of CALLA and I spent a
summer day hauling and tossing hundreds of garbage
bags stuffed with dirt. That was bad. Busking in the
winter is also pretty harsh. My hands were always
chapped and cut, but I was my own boss. For sheer
drudgery, the hours logged over three years at KIMS
was the shittiest.
FW: Do The Boggs have a band van? If so, please
FW: Who would be your dream cameo on your next
Jason: A duet with Chan Marshall.
FW: What's your biggest pop culture vice?
Jason: I am a religious English football fan.
A Manchester United supporter. I probably would have
been disowned if it had been any other way. My father
was a professional footballer back in the old country
(South Africa) so I had tales of Georgie Best and
Bobby Charlton told to me whilst laying about the
crib. Thus I will tuck myself away early on a friday
or saturday night so I can awake to watch the footie
(sometimes 6:30 a.m.).
FW: What are The Boggs upcoming projects?
Jason: I'm always writing new material and
there is already more than enough for a new record.
The last record was made quickly (2 days) so I would
like to make the next one over a long period of time.
We'll see. I have been meaning to do some recording
with Phillip of ON AIR LIBRARY, although not necessarily
for the public. I've also played some electric guitar
in our new Banjo player Dave DeVoid's band CAUSE FOR
APPLAUSE. It's very much on the Richard Hell/Gang
of Four side of things. So far Dave has been pretty
set on only playing secret shows in burned-out warehouses,
but he may be doing an e.p. and i may or may not play
FW: Would you say your music comes from the
heart, the soul, or the loins?
Jason: :Fucking hell! Your'e not getting me
to fall for your Cartesian delusions.