True Blood Finale: A Look Back on… The Music

August 24, 2014

Nathan Barr Discusses His Musical Choices:

True Blood composer Nathan BarrWhen you ask anyone what song they think of when they are asked about HBO’s True Blood, most people would answer Bad Things by Jace Everett. But there is someone else who is just as responsible for giving True Blood its musical groove: Nathan Barr. He is the TV show’s composer and is the one who makes the song choices for each episode. According to Nathan, creating an original music score for True Blood is easy because he is a fan first, composer second:

If I can react as a fan then it gives the music a chance to really be a part of the show in a way that’s going to be of the best benefit and please the audience.

And, being such a fan of the show, it was his idea to push for True Blood: The Musical. It is an idea that has stayed with him from the time he composed the song Take Me Home for the scene in Season 1 when Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) eats her Gran’s pecan pie after her death. While his idea may never come to fruition, he is still hopeful:

There are no guarantees at this point… It’s more about finding the essence of what the story is about and if you look at it from that point of view, it actually becomes quite simple because a musical is two hours.

But before he can even seriously push for a True Blood musical, there is still the question of the True Blood finale: who will live and who will die? Considering the fact Nathan hasn’t seen the episode yet, but he has composed the music for it, he has this final gem to add:

I haven’t even seen [it] yet… I know that the absolute last scene in the show is going to be really, really emotional.

What do you think he means by this? Let us know your thoughts and theories on the True Blood finale by commenting below!

Source: Out.com – A True Blood Fan First, Composer Second

(Photo Credit: NathanBarr.com)

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VIDEO: Jace Everett Sings True Blood’s ‘Bad Things’ on Huckabee

August 21, 2014

Jace Everett Discusses His Music and THAT Iconic Song:

true-blood-opening-creditsIt’s every truebie’s favorite; the theme song for HBO’s True Blood. Even after seven seasons of listening to it, Bad Things by Jace Everett still encapsulates everything we love so much about True Blood. It’s hard to believe this tune was originally selected as a bookmark song until something better came along.

You can check out the quick interview Jace did with Huckabee recently. He talks about his music and how lucky he is to have his song selected for a show like True Blood. Then he goes on to sing his now famous song, Bad Things. Jace also discusses the release of his newest album, Terra Rosa, which you can purchase from iTunes by clicking here. Terra Rosa is an album which had it’s inspiration drawn from the Bible.

You can check out the full video below of Jace performing alongside Huckabee host Governor Mike Huckabee:


Let us know your thoughts by commenting below!

Source: Fox News – Jace Everett sings the ‘True Blood’ theme song

(Photo Credit HBO Inc.)

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True Blood Tunes: Delta Rae

June 12, 2013

Bottom of the River

Delta Rae:Grant Emerson, Elizabeth Hopkins, Ian Holljes, Mike McKee, Brittany Holljes and Eric Holljes.

Group shot of Delta Rae: Grant Emerson, Elizabeth Hopkins, Ian Holljes, Mike McKee, Brittany Holljes and Eric Holljes.

Recently we at TrueBloodNet.com had the great pleasure of chatting up members of the band, Delta Rae. They, like all of us, love True Blood. Imagine their delight at finding out their song, “Bottom of the River” was being used in the season 6 promo reel.

TBN: Thanks for joining us today guys.

Delta Rae: Great to be here.

TBN: So let’s jump right into the big question, how did your song, ‘Bottom of the River’ get selected for the True Blood season 6 promo?

Delta Rae: We honestly don’t know. Our best guess: Magic.

TBN: Fairy or Wiccan? :laughter: Was “Bottom of the River” selected by Gary Calamar? [Editor’s Note: True Blood’s Music Guru] How did you find out about the selection and what was your reaction?

Delta Rae: We found out the day it came out. One of our fans tweeted that they had heard it in the trailer and so then we looked it up on YouTube and totally freaked out. We’ve been big fans since episode 1!

TBN: Wow, that must have been an awesome surprise! Some songs featured on True Blood are tweaked toward its dark theme. Did they use the original recording or did you need to do any changes?

Delta Rae: The song was dark enough to begin with I think, but they did edit it to fit the length of the trailer. They had to squish a lot of the big vocal parts into one short clip!

TBN: Is this the first time your music has been used on True Blood?

Delta Rae:  It is! Hopefully not the last time though…

TBN: We hope not either. In fact, I think “Morning Comes” would be a great human theme song. So, who wrote ‘Bottom of the River’? Was it a collaboration? Can you share your thought processes with us? What were you thinking about, what was the mood you were trying to create?

Eric: It was a collaboration between me and my brother, Ian. I woke up at 3 am with the chorus in my head and I ran to my phone in a haze to record it before falling back to sleep. That has never happened to me before, or since. A few weeks later I remembered that I had recorded it and I brought it to Ian. He got the feeling immediately and we wrote the verses in the same gospel, Old Testament feel. I don’t know where the inspiration for the song came from. We just tried to follow the thread.

TBN: Can you tell us a bit about making your video version of ‘Bottom of the River’? It must be very different from performing live, does that make it more difficult, from an artistic viewpoint, to perform without the audience feedback?

Delta Rae: Making music videos is a very challenging feat because they have so many moving parts, and in our case, we needed to do it in one take so everything had to come together in a single exceptional moment. We made this video about a year before we were signed to Warner Brothers, so we had no money and relied heavily on friends, like director Lawrence Chen, and local talents, like our dancers in DefMo and the Sigma Step team. On a wet and misty night in September, the band, about 20 dancers, and a dozen crew got together at the Duke Homestead (built in the 1800s, and VERY “True Blood”), blasted this creepy song into the darkness and started our stomping march. It was high pressure because we had to beat the sunrise. Overall I’d say performing that song has never felt more natural than it did on that haunted piece of land, freezing and foggy, trying to beat first light just like genuine vampires. When we perform it live, it’s about transporting everyone to that place.

"Bottom of the River" video by Delta Rae

Bottom of the River Video Delta Rae

Delta Rae

TBN: That sounds really spooky. Let’s talk about the group for a minute. Three of the group are siblings, is that correct? Can you tell us how you all ended up as Delta Rae?

Eric: The three siblings have been singing since we were tiny. My brother and I started writing songs when I was about 10 years old and he was 12 and we fell in love with it. When we graduated college we knew we wanted to go into music and we reached out to our sister and a childhood friend from California, Liz Hopkins,  we loved both their voices. We all moved into a house in the woods of North Carolina where we rehearsed non-stop and then started touring on the weekends while all holding down part-time jobs. About a year in, we linked up with our amazing drummer, Mike McKee, and badass bass player, Grant Emerson, and Delta Rae was complete!

TBN: Can you tell the fans a bit about who does what in the band? Do you all contribute to writing some songs or do only a few of you do the writing? What instruments do the band members play?

Ian: Eric and I write all the songs. Everyone participates in writing and arranging harmonies and instrumental parts. Eric plays piano, guitar and sings. I play guitar and sing. Brittany and Liz both sing and play percussion. Grant is on bass, and Mike plays drums and occasionally trashcans. I think this will continue to change as we grow as a band, but that’s what’s happening now.

TBN: That must look interesting on Mike’s resume: Trashcan artist. If you couldn’t be musicians (an ugly thought to be sure), what else would you want to do for a living?

Eric: Yes, this is a terrifying prospect. But here goes. I’d like to be a Filmmaker.

Ian: A writer.

Liz: A teacher.

Brittany: A Farmer.

Grant: A psychologist.

Mike: A music store owner

TBN: What’s the hardest part of the musician’s or singer’s lifestyle? If you could eliminate one aspect, what would it be?

Delta Rae: The travel in a van for hours and hours can be rough. It’s close, uncomfortable quarters and not everyone smells great all the time… but I still wouldn’t eliminate that time. We laugh a lot in the van, and get to think and read and see the country. You can’t eliminate the worst parts of this lifestyle because then the best parts wouldn’t feel as hard won.

TBN: I won’t ask for any smelly names… What is your favorite song that Delta Rae does?

Delta Rae: It changes daily. I’m really excited about some of the new songs we’re performing. They’re not on an album yet, so you have to come see us live!

TBN: I’d love to. I’ll have to check your website for the schedule.  [Editor’s note: www.deltarae.com] What is your favorite song or musician, outside of Delta Rae?

Delta Rae: Impossible question. Fleetwood Mac, Joni Mitchell, Billy Joel, Jeff Buckley, Stevie Wonder, Coldplay, Tom Petty, RHCP, James Taylor, Mumford & Sons, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Kings of Leon, James Taylor, Brandi Carlile, Michael Jackson, to name very few…

TBN: There are a lot of great musicians on that list. What’s the most rewarding part of the musician/singer lifestyle?

Delta Rae: The shows. Connecting with people who have been moved by the music is an incredible gift.

TBN: What are your plans for the future? Do you want to expand into writing for other bands or, say, movie or TV scores?

Delta Rae: We’re playing a lot of great festivals this year and then we’re in the studio working on album 2!

TBN: That’s great news for your fans! I can’t wait to hear what’s coming next. So, there will be new music soon.

Delta Rae: YES.

TBN: You said you love that audience feedback at your concerts. Are you appearing anywhere in the next few months?

Delta Rae: We are almost literally appearing everywhere 🙂 Bonnaroo, Firefly, ACL, Voodoo Experience are the big festivals we’re playing and they’ll be extremely fun. True Blood fans would love Voodoo Experience. It is in New Orleans, which is one of my favorite cities we’ve explored, and last year at the festival we lost our minds watching Metallica.

TBN: Voodoo Experience in New Orleans! You can’t get more “True Blood” than that. [Editor’s Note: Fans can check out where Delta Rae will be here: http://www.deltarae.com/tour/upcoming]

TBN: Do you have a website you’d like to share with the fans?

Delta Rae: We would love for people to find us all over the internet! [Editor’s Note: They are EVERYWHERE:  www.deltarae.com ; https://twitter.com/DeltaRae ; https://www.facebook.com/deltarae ; http://instagram.com/deltarae]

Demons in the Bottom of the River video by Delta Rae

Demons in the Bottom of the River video by Delta Rae

True Blood Fans

TBN: What was your first impression of True Blood?

Brittany: I remember having heard about the show for a little while before it came out and I was SO excited to see the first episode. I majored in ancient Mediterranean religion, which is just a fancy way to say Paganism, and I eat fantasy novels for breakfast, so this show felt like it was made for ME! I was hooked from the first moments and once that theme song played, I knew it would be one of my favorite shows of all time.

TBN: Who is your favorite True Blood character?

Brittany: My favorite characters are Lafayette, Alcide, and Jessica. It’s changed from season to season, but that’s where I’m at now.

Ian: Jason is my favorite.

Eric: Eric Northman

TBN: Have to stick with your namesake! If you could be any type of character from the show, which type (vampire, human, werewolf, witch, fairy, shifter, etc.) would you guys want to be.

Brittany: Fairy or shifter. I’ve wanted those powers since I was a wee babe.

Ian: Shifter.

Eric: Shifter.

TBN: Do you visit fan sites to read about yourself or interact with them?

Brittany: Right now most of our fan interaction happens on Twitter and via Facebook, we answer almost every message we get. Liz and Grant run the band Twitter account, and they are REALLY good at reaching out to fans and answering any questions fans have!

Eric: I answer almost all the Facebook messages, which is very rewarding because fans write us beautiful and personal notes. Occasionally, I email them to the whole band, because they remind us all that the music we are making can have a big impact on people’s lives.

TBN: We like to turn the tables a bit when interviewing. Is there anything you’d like to ask your fans?

Brittany: I’d love to know what fans enjoy most about our live show. We always want to give fans what they’re after and enhance the show, so tell us your favorite things and we’ll try to do more of them!

TBN: We know you twitter as a group (@DeltaRae), but do any of you have a personal twitter you’d like to share with the fans?

Delta Rae: Yes please!

Brittany: @BrittanyHellyes

Eric: @EricHolljes

Ian: @IanHolljes

Liz: @BatSparkles

Mike: @MikeMckeeDrums

Grant: @nosremetnarg

TBN: Thanks guys.. almost done. Just one more True Blood question. Will you be watching the True Blood premiere?

Delta Rae: Of course!!! We all will. Probably won’t be able to catch it on TV, unless we get really lucky and our hotel rooms have HBO… but we’ve got HBO-Go and will be watching as soon as it’s available!

TBN: Beware of Twitter if you don’t get to see it live — spoilers will abound! Thank you for your time and the great music!

We’d like to thank Delta Rae for taking the time to answer our silly True Blood questions. Best of luck on their new album! But just for True Blood fans, Delta Rae is giving us a few CDs to hand out. Keep tuned to Twitter where we’ll give the details during the Season 6 premiere!

Photo Credits: Delta Rae

Feel free to leave comments below and we’ll forward them to the band!

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VIDEO: Alabama Shakes Tune Shakes Up New True Blood Soundtrack

May 24, 2013

Alabama Shakes Tune Appears on TrueBlood Soundtrack Volume 4

The Alabama Shakes (Courtesy photo/Autumn de Wilde)

The Fourth True Blood Soundtrack Shakes Things Up:

Alabama Shakes “Pocket Change” track will appear on the upcoming “True Blood: Music From the HBO Original Series, Volume 4″ soundtrack to be released May 28!

The soundtrack also includes “tracks from Iggy Pop and Best Coast singer Bethany Cosentino, My Morning Jacket, Howlin’ Wolf, The Flaming Flips and others”.

Alabama Shakes are best known for their song “Always Alright” which appeared on the soundtrack for the Academy Award- winning “Silver Linings Playbook”.

The band features “vocalist/guitarist Brittany Howard, guitarist Heath Fogg, drummer Steve Johnson, bassist Zac Cockrell and keyboardist Ben Tanner”.

You can hear this tune below! Check it out, seems to fit right into the True Blood world!

Source: al.com-Alabama Shakes tune to appear on new “True Blood” soundtrack (video)

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True Blood Soundtrack to be Released on Vinyl

May 6, 2013

HBO’s Vampire Series, True Blood Volume 4 on Vinyl:

True Blood Volume 4 Album CoverCheck May the 28th off on your calendar because this is the day that volume 4 of the True Blood soundtrack comes out – on vinyl! This will be a week after Season 5 of the popular HBO vampire series will be released on DVD and BluRay.

The album is produced by the show’s music supervisor Gary Calamar. Artists include: Iggy Pop, Eric Burdon, Alabama Shakes, Bosco Delrey, My Morning Jacket, Mobley, Deap Vally, Los Lobos and The Flaming Lips.

The Full Album List:

1. Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood – Eric Burdon with Jenny Lewis
2. Let’s Boot and Rally – Iggy Pop with Bethany Cosentino
3. What Makes A Good Man? The Heavy
4. Smokestack Lightnin’ – Howlin’ Wolf
5. Pocket Change – Alabama Shakes
6. Authority Song – Bosco Delrey
7. Turn Turn Turn – My Morning Jacket
8. Your Face Can Tell The Future – The Flaming Lips
9. The Sun – The Naked and Famous
10. Undertow – Warpaint
11. I Wanna Be Your Man – Mobley
12. {She’s A) Wanderer – Deap Vally
13. Whatever I Am, You Made Me – Koko Taylor
14. We’ll Meet Again – Los Lobos

You can enjoy to Iggy Pop’s (with Bethany Cosentino) ‘Let’s Boot and Rally’ now:

 

Source: B-Sides on Air – True Blood Soundtrack: Volume 4 To Be Released

(Photo Credit: HBO Inc.)

 

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Trueblood’s Nelsan Ellis’s Spoken Word Debut!

January 11, 2013

Lafayette lends his voice for a song!

Nelsan Ellis who stars as Lafayette Reynolds in HBO's True BloodHey Trubies, Nelsan Ellis (who plays Lafayette Reynolds) has a different talent: he lends his voice to rapper Malachi’s new singleNew World (Part II: The Schizo Speaks).” Wetpaint.com posted an article about the True Blood star’s new venture. In the song you can hear Nelsan around the 2 minute mark with the following lyrics:

“I am the beat that never sleeps; I am the heart that gets skipped over by dirty feet on hot concrete,”

Nelsan says in the beginning of his monologue:

“My cardboard box tells a story.”

I listened to the song and really like it. You can listen to the song here on Malachi’s SoundCloud or you can listen to it by going to the article on Wetpaint.com and to do that you can click on the source below. What do you think of the song trubies let us know by leaving a comment on the comment section below?

Source:  Wetpaint.com– Listen to True Blood Star Nelsan Ellis’s Spoken Word Debut

SoundCloud.com – MalchiRivers

(Photo Credit: Art Screiber/HBO Inc.)

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True Blood Shapeshifter Actress Shares Her Musical Creativity

November 26, 2012

Janina Gavankar Releases a Creative Music Video Showcasing Her Musical Side:

janina-gavankar-billboard magActress Janina Gavankar plays shapeshifter Luna Garza on HBO series True Blood. Ms. Gavankar has released a single and accompanying music video for her song, “Waiting for Godot”. A very creative artist, Ms. Gavankar plans to release a video for each track on her upcoming EP, and has consciously tried to break unstated rules of both music and video production.

Ms. Gavankar studied classical music and percussion as a child. Her EP is still in production with Randy Jackson’s label, Dream Merchant 21. She is unsure what the rest of the tracks will sound like, but has completed at least one other that she talks about in this way:

“very strange, all a cappella, and no moment is like the moment that came before it.”

While acknowledging it as a lofty goal, Ms. Gavankar intends to produce a music video for each track on her EP.

“But I really feel like it’s what I’m supposed to do. It’s the way that I think, it’s the way that I create. It’s all kind of one and the same. I don’t know how to do anything small-scale, much to the dismay of some of the people around me.”

Adding to her creative credentials, Ms. Gavankar produced the “Waiting for Godot” video herself. It was directed by her friend, Caitlin Pashalek. Several years ago, Ms. Pashalek also helmed the video for Ms. Gavankar’s cover of Kanye West’s “Love Lockdown”.

“One stake we set in the ground from the get-go with this was this it wasn’t going to be a ‘regular music video.’ I don’t give a sh** about following any sort of norms. I don’t really care if people think I’m hot. I really set out to make something beautiful that had a strong narrative.”

Ms. Gavankar believes that all people are complex and multi-sided. Music and videos are ways in which she expresses the duality of her own nature. While most of her True Blood cast mates know about her musical side, Ms. Gavankar says she has not outwardly advertised it, but she knows most are aware. She believes her music videos are evidence that, as an actress, she is able to bring true creativity to her performances.

You can watch Ms. Gavankar’s music video here:

Source: Billboard.com

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True Blood Score Featured At SD Comic-Con 2012

July 9, 2012

Lisbeth Scott to Discuss Providing Her Voice to the Music of True Blood:

alcide-postcardHBO’s series True Blood will be a topic of multiple discussions at San Diego Comic-Con 2012. ‘Behind the Music with CW3PR: Perfect Sound for TV & Film’ is a panel highlighting singer and composer collaborations that create memorable music in TV and film. One panelist is singer Lisbeth Scott, who has lent her voice to the score of True Blood, among other notable projects (Avatar, Iron Man 2).

Ms. Scott will join top composers and singers from TV and film to discuss the singer and composer collaboration. Topics that will be covered are: how these dynamic partnerships work, how they are essential to create poignant and memorable music, and how a singer’s voice can amplify an original score. Ms. Scott is one of only two singers featured, along with four composers.

The panel featuring Ms. Scott and her work on the score of True Blood will be held at SD Comic-Con on July 15th from 3:00-4:00 p.m. in room 7AB of the San Diego Convention Center. Attendees of the panel will receive exclusive giveaways. They will also be the first to see and hear surprise sneak peeks from upcoming projects of the panelists. A fan-led Q&A will follow, as per usual.

Source: Lisbeth Scott

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True Blood Composer Represents at WonderCon

March 31, 2012

Nathan Barr Attends 3rd Annual “Behind The Music” Panel:

One of the most impressive things about True Blood is the music. Not only the various songs borrowed from other artists, but the original compositions as well. Who doesn’t remember the beautiful Sookie and Bill theme?

Nathan Barr has traveled the world and studied music extensively from a very young age. This definitely comes out through his compositions. True Blood has had some truly unique music over its four seasons. During the panel at this year’s WonderCon, Barr and many other Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Action/Animated television series composers discussed with fans the ways in which they evolve and elevate music composition to new heights.

Also in attendance at the panel was Ellen Greene, star of ABC’s “Pushing Daisies” and Warner Brothers’ “Little Shop Of Horrors,” Jim Dooley (FX’s “Wilfred”), Robert Duncan (ABC’s “Castle”), Mark Isham (ABC’s “Once Upon a Time”), Danny Jacob (Disney Channel’s “Phineas and Ferb”), David Ari Leon (Disney XD and Marvel Entertainment’s “The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes”), and Blake Neely (CBS’ “The Mentalist.”).

WonderCon 2012 Behind the Music Panel

Source: CW3PR

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True Blood Auction – Studio Tour with Nathan Barr

December 16, 2011

Proceeds Go to the Screen Actors Guild (SAG):

Nathan Barr (composer from HBO's True Blood) eBay AuctionIt’s auction time again for HBO’s True Blood. This time, on offer, is a studio tour with True Blood composer, Nathan Barr. Barr has composed the music for all four seasons of our favorite hit HBO TV series.

This item is being auctioned on eBay and there is not a lot of time left! Barr has worked with the likes of Alan Ball and the master or gore-horror, Eli Roth. Not only does Barr compose the music – he plays it too! And not just your everyday items, he has in his studio amongst other peculiar items, the following: a human bone trumpet from Tibet, dismantled pianos and gourd cellos.

Make sure you bid on this item before it gets away. All proceeds will go to helping out Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and their fabulous (and award winning) children’s literacy programs, BookPALS and Storyline Online. Plus, benefits will also go to the Foundation’s Catastrophic Health Fund and the Actors Center.

You can bid on the item here. Let us know how high you go!

Source: eBay – “True Blood” Composer Nathan Barr Gives Personal Studio Tour

(Photo Credit: eBay/HBO, Inc.)

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