28 July 2019

[Melissa Morgan Parker] - City Pharmacy Sunday Social w/ The High Divers

It's that time of the month again, friends. The last Sunday of July sees the return of the City Pharmacy Sunday Social. 

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City Pharmacy | 1105 Church St. Covington, GA 20014 | 470.441.5092

For this installment, Tedo & the CP crew are bringing in the The High Divers, a critically acclaimed and well known Indie Rock group based out of Charleston, SC. 

The High Divers have been covered by Paste, Performer Magazine, KDHX, practically every outlet in their hometown of Charleston and are consistently named one of the best bands in South Carolina. Now, with their new Sadler Vaden-produced EP, Ride with You — an emotion-clad and wholly triumphant project — this four-piece are poised to break out on a national scale. 
The High Divers

I had a chance to chat with High Diver Luke Mitchell: 

Y'all are on tour promoting your new EP, Ride With You and scheduled for The Bragg Jam in Macon.  How's the tour going? Are there any bands playing you want to check out?

The tour has been going really well! It’s been so cool to see people really connecting with these new songs, and it’s nice to be put touring with brand new songs and a new show. We were fortunate enough to play Bragg Jam a couple years back, and we can’t wait to play again this year. There’s so many great bands playing, and we’re lucky to count a lot of them as great friends. To be completely honest, I would love to see almost every set, because they’re all my favorite bands! 

Did recording in East Nashville at Battle Tapes Studio bring out any nostalgic influences from Nashville's rich, music scene/history?

Going to Nashville to record was pretty intimidating for us as a band. This was our first record where we paid some hefty recording costs, and had a Producer and engineer that both had their respective jobs. The history of music in Nashville and the folklore surrounding the city definitely had us on our toes and had us feeling like we were really entering into a professional arena with our music. The end product blew us away, and we’re really glad we made the trip. 

What's your approach to songwriting and developing an album?

For the past 2 records we’ve done, Mary Alice and I like to take a trip somewhere in the mountains and just sit and write for a week or longer. No distractions, limited access to internet, just writing and walking in the woods. Then, we bring songs into the band to see how they sound with bass and drums. Usually we can tell pretty quickly what needs to change once all the elements are there. 

We’ve always felt that a song needs to come across on just an acoustic guitar, or maybe it’s not the best song. There’s always exceptions, but that approach seems to really work. 

Last but not least, what's spinning on the road?
Mostly podcasts by David Ridgen, haha! We’ve really been loving the new Anderson .Paak album, Dylan LeBlanc’s new album, “Renegade”, and John Prine’s “Tree Of Forgiveness”. A lot of great music coming out these days! 

This is such a good band; I hope to see you today at 5PM at the place "Where Friends Meet."
Melissa Morgan Parker
TPC is very proud to have the talents of Melissa Morgan Parker as a Correspondent, Stringer & Contributing Writer. A multi-generational Newtonian, Mrs. Parker is a Mom, Wife, Music Lover, Artist Extraordinaire & Educator who very deeply cares about all & everyone that is the Glorious Georgia Piedmont.