The Blue Hit's Grace Park Talks Gillian Welch, The Inspiration For Her New Solo Project

Musicians are undoubtedly influenced by the music they listen to. An artist's musical selection can sometimes even foretell what a next album might sound like. So if you've ever wondered what the artists who grace your stereo are getting funky to, here's your chance to find out. Every week, I'll ask traveling musicians -- as well as a few locals -- the fated question: What are you listening to right now?

Times are changing for The Blue Hit, the three-piece baroque pop band from Austin.

As the members plan for a temporary hiatus to pursue individual musical goals, they recently came back to Hailey's Club in Denton for one more get together with friends and fans alike.

After the show, we got the chance to sit down with the leas singer and predominant songwriter for the group, Grace Park, to hear details about her new project.

Currently jamming: Gillian Welch's The Harvest and The Harrow, Neil Young's Harvest.

"What I love about Gillian Welch is her patience. She's got a lot of patience that most people don't have. Many hear her stuff and say, 'I'm bored,' and they don't ever get to reap the benefits of listening to her and experiencing it. If you just lay back and sip some iced tea and listen to what she has to say, it's so worth it. It's so exuberating. Her music has longevity."

Inspired by: New people, new places, new things.

"I like all types of music, but I've recently been listening to a lot of hip-hop because I got married to a rapper. It's very new to me, but I love it. It's this whole different world. People listen to music for different reasons, y'know? Just like eating different foods at different times, or, like, going to a family feast of people who eat completely different than you do. Sometimes, it really takes. Sometimes it doesn't. But, overall, it's just a learning experience."

Where the two roads meet: A new solo project founded on a more timeless style of musical lyricism

"I appreciate Gillian Welch's longevity, and I want to have the same kind of thing going on with myself. Whatever I play, I want to be able to sing it in 20 years. I feel like I've drifted so far from that. With the Blue Hit, we've only been together four years and there's stuff that I look at and say 'Man, I've grown up so much since then and I don't believe that anymore.' I'm trying to be more prophetic [in my writing], as in trying to visualize what is going to be important in 50 years. I started doing that a few years ago, and I think I've done pretty well. Since I changed my mind about writing that way, I feel more comfortable singing those songs."

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