Lara Hope on her new album “Here To Tell The Tale”, rockabilly influences, how Jewish community theater helped shape her, and more
Winner of the 2017 Ameripolitan Music Award for “Best Female Rockabilly Artist” and named “Best Promising Group” by New York magazine Hudson Valley, Lara Hope & The Ark-Tones will release an album on June 25, 2021: “Here to tell the story. The group – led by Lara Hope, from Long Island, New York – have spent much of the last few years on the road in Europe and the United States, touring alongside the Brian Setzer Orchestra, The Blasters and The Rev. Horton Heat. In addition to being invited to perform at the original site of the Woodstock festival, Hope herself has appeared on the covers of British Rock ‘N’ Roll magazine and Ulster magazine in New York.
Lara Hope & The Ark-Tones is much more than a “rockabilly band”, by its musical roots and pedigree. He was originally born out of a hybrid of Hope’s former band, The Champtones, and bassist Matt “The Knife” Goldpaugh’s international psychobilly band, The Arkhams. Hope and Goldpaugh also play a duo, The Gold Hope Duo, and under that nickname they recently self-released a very current album called “Songs In The Key Of Quarantine”.
On May 27, 2021, I had the pleasure of speaking with Lara Hope via Zoom, as embedded below. Besides “Here To Tell The Tale”, we discussed the following:
- Musical influences and pre-rockabilly performances (hint: this involves Jewish community theater)
- His roots in Long Island, growing up in Plainview, New York
- Life during COVID-19, including conducting weekly live broadcasts
- Future projects for 2021 and 2022
More information on Lara Hope can be found here and here.
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