5GB with Angus Stone, Playing Rock and Roll Hotel, Friday, September 28th.

While most of you are probably more familiar with Angus & Julia Stone, the talented Australian brother and sister folk duo, Angus Stone released his solo album, Broken Brights, back in mid-July. In Broken Brights, Angus takes a laid back and softer approach. He comes off as sensitive, curious, and vulnerable.

We caught up with Angus over the phone, as he was hanging out in Boston in between shows, on his Northeastern U.S tour. The laid back approach is not just a characteristic of his music. It’s in his blood. He values his friends and family, and over the phone you could tell he was smiling when he spoke of them.

What’s the first gig you ever attended?

When we were little (Angus and his sister Julia) my dad used to play at weddings and we’d fall asleep under the tables, but my first real show… My mom took me to see the Rolling Stones. All this time I thought all their songs were my dad’s originals and Bob Marley too. My dad did not write The White Album (laughs).

What is the best gig that you ever played/performed?

In a forest, at an Ireland festival. We had to take a boat to an Island and there was a little clearing and the stars were out. It was magical..

What is the best gig you have ever seen?

The thing that captures my heart is when my friends play me songs that they’ve written. My ex-girlfriend wrote me a song once and she had never written a song before and it was really powerful.

What is the gig you would most like to play?

I would like to play in my backyard on my balcony for my friends and anyone who wanted to come really.

What would be the lineup for your dream gig?

Joe Purdy and Bon Iver.

Being a big Angus fan I had to ask one more question, a departure from the 5GB series. I asked Angus What do you like most about being on your solo tour?

It’s cool because it’s just the fellas kicking back, rolling joints, and [drinking] whiskey. I was also able to put together a band of all my friends.

Catch Angus Stone at Rock and Roll Hotel in D.C. on Friday, September 28th!

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