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Getting to Know... Briar Rabbit

Chicago Thought-Pop Storyteller


While his “thought-pop” is captivating,
Briar Rabbit wants listeners to really respond to the lyrics which he carefully crafts like a story, just as his namesake would insinuate. With his suspenders and classic style, it’s easy to imagine Briar Rabbit on a stage decades ago crooning away. He is not only a musician, but also a storyteller, writing his lyrics with the intentions of having them processed by listeners and creating a dialogue with his fans. His newest release, From Your Bones (out September 10), digs deeper while presenting a songwriter really coming into his own. With contributions from Jeff Parker (Tortoise) and Quin Kirchner (Wild Belle), Briar Rabbit says the new release is quite the Chicago record. Rabbit answered some questions below about his life outside of music to give you a glance into his life in Chicago filled with dapper get-ups and classic music. 


Where are you from?

I was born in West Bloomfield, MI. I then went to Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA and have been living in Chicago the past four years. I would say the through line with my music is that it's very city based. It's not pastoral like a lot of folk indie people.

What’s your primary mode of transportation?

A tiny Nissan versa. When I had a band we raised money on kick starter for a school bus but didn't get enough to convert it over. The band and I split and it got 9 mpg so I sold it, paid for most of the record and got the Nissan 35 mpg!

What’s your favorite store to shop?

Goorin Bros hat shop. Hands down.

Do you have a favorite piece of clothing?

I like my hats quite a bit. I have this straw fedora with a rainbow band. It's the best.

What’s your favorite song? Who’s your favorite musical artist?

"Hope She'll Be Happier With Him" by Bill Withers is up there. Musical artist? I've been on a huge Fats Waller kick for a while.

How do you listen to music at home?

I have some rad old Technics that are huge and someone sold for 5 bucks at a yard sale!

What’s your favorite season? 

Fall. I love the food and good things seem to always happen. (Listen to the song "Indian Summer")

What was your favorite thing to do as a child?

Talk.

What’s your favorite movie? 

Eternal Sunshine has been a favorite recently.

If you could only have one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Pad Thai.

What’s your astrological sign?

Leo. Gives the chorus of "From Your Bones" a whole new meaning, yeah?


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