The Gold Souls

  • Genres
  • Blues
  • Funk
  • Soul
  • Awards and Nominations
    • SAMMIES 2020 Nominee★ Funk ★
    • SAMMIES 2019 Nominee★ Funk ★
    • SAMMIES 2018 Nominee★ New Artist ★
    • SAMMIES 2018 Nominee★ R&B/Soul ★
  • Musicians
    • Alex Severson — keyboard
    • Billy D. Thompson — drums
    • Jace Dorn — bass
    • Juniper Waller — vocals
    • Matt Hevesh — guitar
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Q & A

Tell us about how the band formed.


A flashing green light on the horizon at 3 a.m. Jace was on his nightly run and happened upon a seance in a cemetery. Juniper was summoning Matt from the dead, about to sacrifice Billy to the Goddess Hecate. Alex was robbing a nearby grave and came over when he heard the commotion. Thus formed The Gold Souls.

Tell us about your best gig in Sac.


"Every time I see you guys play a show it's your best show." -Tom

Tell us about your worst gig.


At that roadside bar outside L.A. that was attached to a strip club summer 2017.

What was the first song you learned to play?


Jace: "Hit The Road Jack" by Ray Charles.

What's next for the band?


We have a single coming out on February 12 and a tour this April to New Orleans and back!

What's the story behind the band name?


Juniper and Jace were playing a holiday party with their old band, and Juniper was wearing her grandmother's vintage gold beaded sweater. Her grandmother was a blues singer in Chicago back in the day and Juniper said something about feeling like her soul was with her every time she wore it. The band name dawned on us then and there.

What's your favorite local artist/group?


The Philharmonik, Big Sticky Mess, Hayez, Ideateam, Element Brass Band, City of Trees and George Napp.

Who are your biggest influences?


Juniper: Etta James, Janis Joplin, Billie Holiday, Sharon Jones and Amy Winehouse.

Jace: James Jamerson.

Matt: Steely Dan, Earth Wind and Fire.

Billy: Jimi Hendrix

Who first inspired you to play music?


Juniper: My mom and Whitney Houston.

Alex: Vince Giraldi.

Matt: My dad.

Words to live by?


"Music doesn't lie. If there is something to be changed in this world, then it can only happen through music." - Jimi Hendrix

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