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Fans of doom metal band Windhand take note: frontwoman Dorthia Cottrell is touring her new folk album through Indy and it’s spectacular. She'll stop at the Melody Inn tonight for a show with Nate Hall (with whom she covered the Townes Van Zandt track "Our Mother the Mountain" — that may make an appearance at tonight's show.) Her self-titled is out on Forcefield now.

We exchanged emails with Cottrell, who was kind enough to answer a few questions before the show. She'll also play an in-store at Indy CD and Vinyl at 6:30 p.m. tonight. 

NUVO: How long have you been working on this S/T? I know some of these songs are quite old — what was the basic timeline that this album took?

Dorthia Cottrell: Some of the songs are around 10 years old. I've been writing songs since I was in high school but just never sat down and recorded an album until now. I just wanted to remember them and get them out of my head to make room for new material.

NUVO: How did you adjust your creative process to write this album as opposed to work with Windhand?

Cottrell: It's not really an adjustment, it all comes from the same place and I've been writing acoustic stuff for forever, so if anything, I've adjusted to Windhand.

NUVO: Memories of great shows in indianapolis? Terrible ones? How has our fair city treated Windhand through the years?

Cottrell: Only great ones for the most part. We love the Melody Inn and we have made some close friends there over time who we are always especially excited to see.

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NUVO: Tell me why you included the Van Zandt and Parsons covers.

Cottrell: I've just been playing them both for so long they're kind of my warm up songs. If I get nervous at a show I know I can play those and it will relax me.

NUVO: Will Nate join you onstage (i.e. for a Van Zandt duet?) at any point at the Indy show?

Cottrell: Of course. 

NUVO: I'm really interested in this quote from the Columbus paper you did an interview with recently (“I come from a country little town and the boys were really chauvinistic, so they would never let me sing." “Windhand was the first thing I liked where I was able to join in.") We did a series on sexism in the nightlife scene last year. In your view, what's a way to make nightlife/music culture a more equal place/playing field/experience?

Cottrell: I personally feel like I've always been treated fairly and equally since joining Windhand but I know that's not always the case with other women who play music. I try to ignore any negative people and just be as good at what I do as I possibly can and if people respect that then awesome but if they don't I just don't really care, it's just not my problem.

NUVO: I've seen Windhand's "Evergreen" noted as a bridge between Windhand and this new album. Do you agree?

Cottrell: I can see how people might think that. But I wrote "Evergreen" specifically for Windhand and I think it's different from my my solo album in that I wanted it to just be a Windhand song but "unplugged." 




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