Review Fix chats with Tobin Bawinkel, the lead singer of the Chicago-based folk band, 6’10, who discusses the band’s roots, hopes, goals and their recently released album, “The Humble Beginnings Of A Roving Soul.”
An awesome combination of classic folk and warm, yet gritty Americana, this band will capture anyone’s ears that grew up with bands the likes of the Dropkick Murphy’s but loves the poetry of Simon and Garfunkel.
Listen to the band’s single, “Cannonball,” below:
Review Fix: Where did you get the name for the band?
Tobin Bawinkel: The band’s name comes from my height. I am 6 feet 10 inches tall.
Review Fix: How was the band founded?
Bawinkel: 6’10 was formed when both I and the mandolin player from flatfoot 56 (my other band) started playing flatfoot acoustic shows. We thought it would be fun to do a project that was more stripped down and folky. The band started in the spring of 2012.
Review Fix: What song on this album do you think is most indicative of your sound?
Bawinkel: The song “Hurricane” has a strong feel that is a good example of what we are. This being said we try to mix it up from song to song.
Review Fix: What song do you think has the best story behind it?
Bawinkel: The song “The Travelers” has a great twist to the end and a strong thematic vibe that really captures your imagination and paints a picture. I always ask myself if a song takes me somewhere when i listen to it? If it does, this is a good indication of a good story telling song.
Review Fix: Folk has had a huge revival over the past few years. What makes you different from all of these new bands?
Bawinkel: I think that i have had such a long run playing music and learning music that was folk, that the idea of it being huge is kind of funny. My family has always played this music and I have always been around it. It’s a style that teaches history and paints pictures. We don’t play because its popular. We play because in a world with so much noise, people need something of substance that while simple still makes you stop and think. Folk artists do this with lyrics and stories.
Review Fix: Why is folk music so important?
Bawinkel: It has always been used to unify and challenge the norms of society. It documents our history and defines us as a culture. It gets to the root of who we are as people and forces people to listen to words and not just the beat. It is timeless.
Review Fix: How do you want this album to be remembered?
Bawinkel: I want this record to be something that is a staple for people who need something to encourage them as they face life. I want it to be something that can be used as a source for hope. I want it to be a record that they share with their kids and that inspires them to pick up a guitar and start writing.
Review Fix: What’s next?
Bawinkel: We hope to do some touring and we have a tour planned to Europe for Next September and October.
Photo by Lena Marie Photography