Fans of doom metal band Windhand take note: frontwoman Dorthia Cottrell is touring her new folk album through Indy and it’s spectacular. She'll stop at the Melody Inn tonight for a show with Nate Hall (with whom she covered the Townes Van Zandt track "Our Mother the Mountain" — that may make an appearance at tonight's show.) Her self-titled is out on Forcefield now.
We exchanged emails with Cottrell, who was kind enough to answer a few questions before the show. She'll also play an in-store at Indy CD and Vinyl at 6:30 p.m. tonight.
NUVO: How long have you been working on this S/T? I know some of these songs are quite old — what was the basic timeline that this album took?
Dorthia Cottrell: Some of the songs are around 10 years old. I've been writing songs since I was in high school but just never sat down and recorded an album until now. I just wanted to remember them and get them out of my head to make room for new material.
NUVO: How did you adjust your creative process to write this album as opposed to work with Windhand?
Cottrell: It's not really an adjustment, it all comes from the same place and I've been writing acoustic stuff for forever, so if anything, I've adjusted to Windhand.
NUVO: Memories of great shows in indianapolis? Terrible ones? How has our fair city treated Windhand through the years?
Cottrell: Only great ones for the most part. We love the Melody Inn and we have made some close friends there over time who we are always especially excited to see.
NUVO: Tell me why you included the Van Zandt and Parsons covers.
Cottrell: I've just been playing them both for so long they're kind of my warm up songs. If I get nervous at a show I know I can play those and it will relax me.
NUVO: Will Nate join you onstage (i.e. for a Van Zandt duet?) at any point at the Indy show?
Cottrell: Of course.
NUVO: I'm really interested in this quote from the Columbus paper you did an interview with recently (“I come from a country little town and the boys were really chauvinistic, so they would never let me sing." “Windhand was the first thing I liked where I was able to join in.") We did a series on sexism in the nightlife scene last year. In your view, what's a way to make nightlife/music culture a more equal place/playing field/experience?
Cottrell: I personally feel like I've always been treated fairly and equally since joining Windhand but I know that's not always the case with other women who play music. I try to ignore any negative people and just be as good at what I do as I possibly can and if people respect that then awesome but if they don't I just don't really care, it's just not my problem.
NUVO: I've seen Windhand's "Evergreen" noted as a bridge between Windhand and this new album. Do you agree?
Cottrell: I can see how people might think that. But I wrote "Evergreen" specifically for Windhand and I think it's different from my my solo album in that I wanted it to just be a Windhand song but "unplugged."