12/21/12…It was supposed to be the end of the world, and we were en route to Downtown Los Angeles. Several twists and turns through the warehouse forest and we found HOTT MT at their studio tearing apart wood palettes for the fire pit outside. Inconspicuously nestled underneath a bridge, this loft seemed more like the bomb shelter we would need to survive the night. The ground shook as the train roared by across the wash, and front woman Ashleigh recalls “The Christmas Train,” one covered engine to caboose in twinkling lights. We all warmed our hands over the fire until we were dexterous enough to do our jobs, and the music began. Given the stigma of the night, HOTT MT provided the perfect theme for those who were uneasy - a counterintuitive lullaby that reminds the listener that everything repeats itself and you are exactly where you need to be in the balance of it all. “You Know When You’re Right” is a rousing and demanding track with a hypnotic pulse and colorful, driving layers that you just want to dive into and swim. The band played and we filmed well through midnight, and were happy to see the world was not ablaze when we all remerged. It was supposed to be the end of the world, but it felt like just the beginning…we were alright. - Bridgette Moody
The first time I saw Fort King, singer Ryan Fuller, violinist Kaitlin Wolfberg and upright-bassist Jeff Hogan spent ten minutes setting up gear with one hand and dialing frantically with the other. As each mic was turned on for soundcheck, the band’s murmurs of their missing drummer echoed out of the speakers above me. They exchanged a look and a gentle sigh; it was time to play, and this handful of miscommunications led to a more stripped-down set from these three that left me transported.
Fuller’s lyrics were the North Star of the night, guiding his symphony of three through brutally honest and wickedly funny past and present truths. It was like hearing a great story with the perfect delivery, where certain phrases resonate in your head for days after. Fort King’s brand of orchestral folk seemed to to not only rely on but supply the heartbeat of whole room, making the crowd cheer, laugh, and even bow their head in solemn introspection. It was a harsh thrust back to reality when their set was through, naturally I needed another beer. I caught up with Ryan Fuller at the bar, and told him right there I would be a life-long fan.
Now with the new additions of Rob Danson on guitar and Charlie Woodburn on drums, Fort King is a complete force to be reckoned with. Danson’s guitar playing and superb backing vocals take Fuller’s stories to a new level, permanently stapling these songs to the inside of your skull in the most loving way possible. It seems to be the perfect incarnation of this project, and new recordings are being eagerly awaited. We are grateful to have our good friends as our first One Question Session, and cannot wait to share with you these legends-to-be — Fort King. -Bridgette Moody
Welcome to One Question Sessions where we dare ask our musical guests the golden question “what’s this song about”? Below you will find our crew of very talented people behind the curtain.
John Seasons is a musician, writer, and director residing in Los Angeles CA. He has played some of LA’s most prestigious venues and toured the country through his musical creations. He currently plays in Haunted Summer with Bridgette Moody. John codirects all videos for One Question Sessions with Bridgette.
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Bridgette Moody is a musician, writer, director, and actress. She is no stranger to the LA music scene, from playing almost every venue in LA, to touring the United States she has had her fair share of musical exposure. She currently plays in Haunted Summer from Los Angeles CA with John Seasons. Bridgette codirects all One Question Session videos with John.
If you would like to reach Bridgette Moody email her at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jason Tovar is a video editor and cinematographer residing in Los Angeles. He works for Thrillhouse Productions who released the acclaimed documentary “Pass The Music” on the LA music scene. He has also shot music videos for some of LA’s finest bands over the years. Jason shoots and edits all videos for One Question Sessions.
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Sean Guerin is a musician, producer, and music engineer. He has done live sound for some of LA’s best venues and music festivals including The Echo, The Smell, Lot 1, and Make Music Pasadena Festival. Sean does all the live sound mixes for One Question Sessions.
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Mike James is a writer, director, and cinematographer. He directed his first film “Open Mic Night After The Apocalypse” last year and has worked with acclaimed comedy pioneers 5 Second Films for quite some time. Mike shoots with One Question Sessions in HD and in RED sometimes.
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