Local 913, Episode 41: The Telephone Line
Tied Up, the debut album from The Telephone Line offers soul wrapped up in rock and roll groove. All members are originally from Pittsburgh, with the exception of organist and guitarist Joseph Gustafson, who is a Boston-area native. Lead singer, Addi Twigg, who is also married to Gustafson, has exceptional vocal skills that prove to be a centerpiece of the band. Even though The Telephone Line’s sound draws in elements of soul, Twigg talks about her surprising vocal inspiration:
“My dad was really into Patsy Cline. He grew up in the middle of nowhere. Even though she’s not necessarily a soul singer, she has a lot of soul in her voice. She’s one of my inspirations actually. I was just drawn to anything that would make me want to sing.”
Addi continued talking about what she enjoys about her own vocal style:
“You have these singers like Macy Gray, where she has this kind of weird voice, but she stands out. I’ve always kind of worried that my voice isn’t interesting enough. It’s pretty, but is it interesting enough to hook you? It’s grown a lot, I’ve been singing for about 30 years now and it’s really evolved. I’m a different singer than I was even two years ago. Being with the band really helps it to evolve. The short answer is: I like my voice and I like it the older I get.”
The Telephone Line release their debut album on January 22 at Club Café. For more on the band, check out their website.