It’s been nine years since Adelaide alt-folk duo The Yearlings (Robyn Chalklen and Chris Parkinson) met at a Jimmy Little gig at the Tamworth Country Music Festival. Four albums down the track, the pair have hit the road in support of their latest release Sweet Runaway. Sadly, tour commitments meant that Robyn and Chris couldn’t make it in to FBi studios for a live performance and a chat…. But they were kind enough to briefly answer some questions for In The Pines ahead of their Sydney show at Raval this Thursday night. For your enjoyment, I’ve added in some youtube goodness so you can hear what they’re talkin’ about.
What contemporary artists do you admire?
Jeff Tweedy, Daniel Lanois, Bo Ramsey, Lucie Thorne, Sime Nugent and Eileen Jewell
What old school artists do you admire?
Karen Dalton, Big Mama Thornton, Neil Young, Lightning Hopkins and Muddy Waters
What is your favourite album released in 2010?
Heath Cullen, A Storm Was Coming But I Didn’t Feel Nothing
If you could support any singer/band, who would it be?
If you guys weren’t playing in a folk/country duo, what other genres do you think you would pursue and why?
Bert Kaemfert style safari lounge music. We both LOVE baritone guitar.