The Cumberland Collective is a community of independent singer/songwriters and musicians from across the U.S. All respected in their own right, the band’s 15 members have become their own small community; growing organically into the most creative project in Music City today.
Those who attend a Cumberland Collective performance find themselves a part of the community too. Audiences don’t just watch The Cumberland Collective, they experience it.
This incredible outfit exhibits the essence of Nashville’s songwriting sensibility, with the joy of youthful Rock & Roll passion and the reverence of Gospel inspired sweet Southern soul music. Wherever The Cumberland Collective goes, music is loved, connections are made and friendships are forged.
We got the chance to speak with Clay Evans of The Cumberland Collective about their upcoming performance at Eddie’s Attic in Decatur and here’s what he had to say…
What is the strangest thing a fan has done for you?
The strangest thing a fan has ever done for The Cumberland Collective at a show is come up on stage and put a cash tip in a band member’s shirt!
What is the funniest moment you have had as an artist/band so far?
The funniest moment I’ve had as an artist is probably forgetting how to play guitar in a songwriter round at The Bluebird Cafe due to intoxication (let it be noted that it wasn’t funny to anyone at the time!)
Do you have any pre-show rituals?
I have a few pre-show rituals that I am not at liberty to discuss [laughs]. But seriously folks … As a band we don’t really have any set pre-show rituals but I like to do whatever I can to relax and get comfortable in the venue we’re playing at before the show.
If you could describe your music in one word, what would it be?
AmericanaSoul. One word.
How do you connect with a crowd?
I try to connect with a crowd any way I possibly can. Sometimes focusing intensely on the lyrics I am singing helps me connect and communicate better with an audience. I also try my best to be myself on stage and convey my personality and who I am to an audience.
How did you come up with your band name?
Mike came up with the band name a few years back. I didn’t like it at first but now I LOVE it. It’s based on The Cumberland River in Nashville and how it geographically brought together a group of independent artists and musicians.
What is the best way to write music?
The best way to write music is from the heart.
To become a part of the Collective community follow the link below to see The Cumberland Collective at Eddie’s Attic on Friday, June 28th!