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Bonnie and the Clydes


Longmont Americana/country troupe Bonnie & the Clydes has been developing its sound of late, honing and fine-tuning itself into a mean, lean country machine. They play Waterloo this month, so we had a chat with front-woman Bonnie Sims to find out what we can expect…L

Yellow Scene: When did the band form and what where you looking to do?

Bonnie Sims: I put the band together to fulfill my lifelong ambition of playing music for a living. I was 24 when the band started, so it’s almost five years old. I’ve always wanted to do this, so it was just making that leap of leaving a day job and starting a music endeavor.

YS: Describe the sound…

BS: We play original country music with an Americana/folk vibe. Our sound is kind of changing right now. We’ve recently added a new bass player, Caleb Roberts, who is also a mandolin player and used to be in a band called Open Road. He’s really changed and shaped the sound, adding a lot musically.

YS: What are your plans for the set?

BS: We plan to play a lot of the new stuff that we’ve been writing. Taylor [Sims] and I take off every January to collect ourselves, not do lessons and shows, and to take a break and write, be creative in our own space. So we have a handful of new material that we’re excited to try out, and we’re really focusing on trying to grow our original sound.

YS: When that show’s over, what’s next for the band?

BS: We have a bunch of stuff in the summer. We’re traveling down to Texas, we’re going to Austin, traveling a bunch around the state of Colorado too. Trying to record a another album is on the docket for this year but we don’t have solid plans for that yet.

Bonnie & the Clydes plays at 9 p.m. on Friday, April 17 at Waterloo; 809 Main St., Louisville; 303-993-2094; no cover.


Brett Calwood
Brett Callwood is an English journalist, copy writer, editor and author, currently living and working in Los Angeles. He is the music editor with the LA Weekly. He was previously a reporter at the Longmont Times-Call and Daily Camera, the music editor at the Detroit Metro Times and editor-in-chief at Yellow Scene magazine. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brett_Callwood

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