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Artist Interview

Georgia Rae

October 14, 2016

When you've got a name like Georgia Rae, you can't not be cool. Musician, photographer, pug-owner, and song-writer, we think Georgia (aka "Gigi") has it covered. Equal parts grit and grace, Gigi is the epitome of cool. She's a dress-and-sneakers kind of girl with an old soul vibe. Midway through our Ode photoshoot, she tuned a borrowed guitar in a clearing in the Montague Sandplains and played a song she'd written about chains and meadows and skies and memories. It's the kind of song that sticks with you. Come hear Georgia Rae perform at Ode Friday, October 14th, 6-8pm. We'll be sipping cider and celebrating the Fall.


What song sounds like Fall to you?
Nico’s “These Days” definitely conjures a certain autumnal feeling for me. Also, maybe more obviously, the Mamas and the Papas’ “California Dreamin”.

Tell us about your pug. 
I found Helo in L.A. in the summer of 2012 at a rescue out of a journalist/animal-lover’s cottage in the suburbs. I had been looking for a pug for a while, and knew I wanted to rescue one. I was heading to L.A. on a cross-country trip and realized while in Denver that I hadn’t exhausted the West Coast’s rescue resources yet. It was instant love when I walked into the cottage. As a small herd of black pug puppies ran out to greet me, Helo came trotting out behind, grinning and upright. He rode all the way back across the country in the car with me, wheezing and snorting (as a pug is oft to do in the hottest days of summer). One day into the trip back, we had a nasty run-in with a junkyard dog, but it only brought us closer. Today he’s seven years old and still enjoys short walks, long car rides, and anything remotely edible.


Best musical performance you’ve ever seen?
I’ve seen so many great shows in basements, rock halls and larger venues, but if I were to choose one within this year, I’d have to say seeing Wilco at Mountain Jam was pretty insane. It was one of those pinch-me moments where I couldn’t believe I was finally seeing the band I’ve sung to.

When you record your first album (soon, please!), what do imagine on the cover?
I actually did write and record an album in high school for my senior project with a slew of great local musicians including June Millington, Jim Armeni, and Penny Schultz. I recorded it with June at the Institute for the Musical Arts in Goshen. Because I was a 17-year-old girl, I naturally chose to have my face by the cover. I’d rethink that method now. I think for my next album, which would no doubt be with a full band, would have a cover that invoices whatever imagery is around me when we record it. Whether that’s a photograph, or a collage, or a drawing from a friend is very much in the air.

Describe your style. Any favorite pieces you like wearing during sweater weather?
My style is a little random, and entirely dependent on the season, weather, and my mood. Sometimes, a simple t-shirt, jeans, and trucker hat with Converse, and other times, I go all out. Whatever I wear, though, it’s always for me. In sweater weather, I typically like to wear big, wrap-around scarves and tall boots and/or leg warmers, for their practicality and look. And chunky sweaters. I’m pretty much always kind of trying to look like Katniss in District 12.

Along with being a musician, you’re a photographer too. What's your favorite photograph you’ve taken? 
My aim is to capture real moments with people. I also love taking pictures of animals. Some of my favorite photographers include Dave Heath, Sara Saudkova, Man Ray, and Jason Houston.


What’s on your most played list?
Whitney’s new album, "Light Upon the Lake", has me completely captured.

And lastly, a very important question: what are you going to be for Halloween?
Princess Buttercup (if I can find the dress in time) or a fox are the current ideas. But I usually have a costume plan, then seconds before going out Halloween night, I scramble to find something else ‘cause my current costume has become boring to me.

                  Chattman Photography    |    Makeup by Jenessa    |    Styling by Kristin / Ode