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article imageInterview: Nancy Wilson from Heart talks Roadcase Royale Special

By Markos Papadatos     Apr 11, 2017 in Music
Nancy Wilson from the acclaimed rock band Heart chatted with Digital Journal about her new side project Roadcase Royale.
On their new single, "Get Loud," Wilson said, "My new band, Roadcase Royale, got together just to try out working together, and to see if we got along and sounded good together. I met Liv Warfield when she and her guitar player, Ryan Waters, had opened with their band at the Hollywood Bowl last year for two nights. Liv and I became tight friends very fast, and we decided to get together to do something. When we did, it was almost instantaneous that we had songwriting going on. We had all these ideas that we plugged in together, and so 'Get Loud' was almost the first thing we wrote. Chris Joyner, the keyboard player, had this amazing groove track and Liv Warfield had great melodies to put to the lyrics, and we just grooved on it, and it came to life as a new song right at the time when the Women's March was happening in Washington, and it was instantaneously adopted as a women's anthem for these marches that were going on. It was a really great thing that just fell together at the right time, for this new band and this great song, and we have more new songs as well."
The guitar queen shared that they were "racking their brains for a couple of months," in order to figure out a name for their band. "Band names are not easy. If you try to get too weird with the band name, then nobody is ever going to remember it, and if you are trying to be too easy to remember, then it sounds too normal. So, it was a cool idea since I already acquired a production company called Roadcase, and eventually when we thought of Royale, it brought together both of the elements of Prince's new power-generation of which Liv and Ryan were a part of. The Roadcase part would be more from my experience from all the decades I was on the road with a road band called Heart. Roadcase Royale described both of the worlds that came together," she said.
Roadcase Royale
Roadcase Royale
Roadcase Royale
When asked if there are any plans to tour with the new band, the rock goddess responded, "We are waiting to hear back on a couple of different options that will be presented to us this week through our CAA representatives . We are excited to do any kind of playing we can get. We are a brand new band, even though people still know me from Heart. I had time to get this new band together and we are ready to go out. We just did a show at the Rock Against MS benefit at the amazing Los Angeles Theatre, which is a beautiful place."
On her plans for the future, Wilson said with a sweet laugh, "I am going to cook Easter dinner for my whole family on Sunday. I'm planning for that this week, because I'm going to make the menu. I love being home right now, and I'm real happy to cook Easter dinner."
Wilson had nothing but the kindest remarks about Joan Jett and touring with her last year, as part of the "Rock Hall Three for All" tour with rock group Cheap Trick. "Joan Jett is just fantastic. I love her. She is the cutest punk rocker chick ever. She is true and authentic to her form, and she doesn't waver too much from her form," Wilson said. "We toured with Cheap Trick and Joan Jett last summer, which was fantastic. Cheap Trick is one of the best bands out there. They work the hardest, and they don't stop, and they are the coolest people on the planet."
Roadcase Royale
Roadcase Royale
Roadcase Royale
The songstress is motivated each day simply by being in the world of art and creativity. "Building songs and getting lyrics together to present to the band for the next group of songs that we want to do," she said. "It motivates me to inspire people with music, mainly."
Over the last four decades, she reflected, "Nothing is glamorous as you might think, but it is easier in retrospect to live through it, cause you already had to."
She praised author Charles Cross for being a great writer, of their Kicking & Dreaming: A Story of Heart, Soul, and Rock and Roll autobiography, and noted that they worked with him for a couple of years, in an effort to put that together.
In 2013, Wilson was finally inducted into the coveted Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as part of the rock band Heart. "That felt really cool because of that rear-view mirror and all of those arduous times, getting through and surviving that lifestyle. Unless you are the Queen of Sheba and you have all the money in the world to make your life super-comfortable on the road, it is going to be a difficult tour of duty, and there is no comfort zone anywhere close. You have to really be passionate about wanting to bring that to the people. The two hours on the stage is the biggest gratification and the biggest reward for all that hard travel work," she said.
For her fans, she concluded, "Roadcase Royale is coming to your town. I can't wait to get out and do more shows, since people already love it. The reviews are just amazing. People hope that this is just a side project, and they don't want it to end. There is already a lot of positive reaction, and Heart fans can love it just as much as they love Heart, and that's even better. It's new and exciting content."
To learn more about Roadcase Royale, check out their official website.
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