The Bad Hats “This Time It’s Different” EP Proceeds Help Nashville’s Room In The Inn
The Bad Hats are an American, contemporary folk band based in Nashville, TN that plans on redefining the folk genre for their generation. Having started the band in Evansville, IN, in 2017, they aim to “make more people less lonely” through each and every release. The band has a quickly growing following as they continue to develop their unique sound.
You formed the band, in part, to travel and share connections with new friends. What are some of the most memorable fan moments from shows?
It’s always memorable to have a crowd singing along to our songs. Each night on tour, whether it’s a show day or an off day, is a blast full of hanging out with our friends where they introduce us to their friends, their towns, and their lives. We’ve definitely had some serious fun in Paducah, KY. We’ve slept on the floor of the moonshine distillery we play at every night we play, just for the tradition of it. Trust me, there’s a lot of craziness going on.
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To help fund your new EP, “This Time, It’s Different”, you started a fundraising campaign. As part of the campaign you included investing more time and money back into the Nashville community. How have you been able to use a portion of the proceeds to help Music City’s Room In The Inn?
We were able to give them 5% of the proceeds from the crowdfunding campaign. It may not be a lot, but it was what we had to offer. We hope that as opportunities arise for us in careers, to give back much more when we have the chance to do so. The money from crowdfunding allowed us to create the recordings, which have already made an impact on people’s lives. The response has been overwhelming, and we can’t thank everyone enough for the part they played in making this happen.
You previously told me that the lyrics on the latest release “have become more about adjusting to a changing world, rather than adjusting to a changing self.” The world has definitely changed a lot in the past few weeks. How are each of you taking care of yourselves during the quarantine?
We’re definitely trying. We were unable to tour in support of our EP release. This was very unfortunate for us, because we are predominantly a live band with the focus of what we do being touring. We have decided to do a virtual tour in mid-May in which we will go live from our studio here on the social media pages of our favorite venues around the country. We will also be releasing a series of covers and music videos that our fans requested as a part of our crowdfunding campaign.
Saw your post about Penny Lane Coffee House helping entertainment and hospitality workers. Nashville was just starting to rebuild from the devastating tornados when the Coronavirus pandemic hit. What resources are available for artists such as yourself?
I’m not sure really. We’re all lucky to be both supported by the government and also safe from the disease. Being an artist in this time feels more like we should be providing people with the resource of art and diversion to help our society cope.
Which songs would you suggest for fans wanting a quarantine playlist to help them work through these difficult times?
Any of the songs on the EP should give someone looking for an opportunity to reflect on their life what they’re looking for. We’ve been listening to the songs from our friends Parrotfish, Betcha, Watkins, Dark Moon Hollow, Sam Johnson, and many more.
Have you written any songs about the pandemic?
Our music isn’t really that literal. The pandemic is an obvious event with its own story that everyone swatching unfold. It’s possible that we may write a song about the difficulties of spending all your time with people in a confined space or possibly the value of seeing a familiar face on a video chat. Those kinds of stories aren’t known to anyone but the storyteller. That’s more our direction. We don’t want to be as much a commentary on the world, as we are witnesses to it.
Any new dances like the one you created for “Clockwork”?
Haha. We sure as hell hope so!
Once we are allowed to start resuming our new normal lives, how do you see scheduling shows and touring taking shape?
That’s the big question. The discussion happening in music right now is a confusing one. Most people have cancelled their shows at least through the end of July, with others suspecting that we won’t have anything over 200 capacity until 2021. As a band that plays a handful of national music festivals, it’s difficult to know when they will be rescheduled. Right now, it’s more important to stay focused on building relationships with our friends and followers and help them cope with this than it is for us to know when we will be on the road again.
Until that time, a number of artists are finding creative ways to connect with fans. Do you have a schedule for upcoming online shows since you aren’t currently doing your Tuesday Night Live?
We have cancelled Tuesday night live to make more space in our calendar to create silly, uplifting content. We will instead be doing a live stream concert from our studio every weekend until we are able to get back on the road. We also have a virtual livestream tour in Mid-May to promote our EP. What message would you like to share with fans moving forward after social distancing ends? Hold your breath, and hug each other. Everyone needs it right now. In the months that come, we will no doubt be faced with a lot of challenges, confusion, and questions on how to return to our normal lives. We think it’s better to prepare to return to better lives as people who are rested, inspired, eager, motivated, and altruistic. Be patient. Stay positive. If you are having a difficult time adjusting, we are responding to all social media messages and emails, so give us a shout.
What’s the best way for fans to connect with the band right now?
Hangout with us on our social media platforms! We are hanging around the house making silly videos and songs to post. We’re al basically living on our phones and computers. If you have something you’d like to see us do or you just want to say “hey,” send us a message!